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Government Reform, Government That Works, The Blog, Transparency Pennsylvanians need to have confidence that decisions made by their government are the product of a robust competition of ideas, not rewards for the special interests with the deepest pockets.Right now, there are no limits on how much special interests can contribute to candidates.As part of his “Government That Works” Reform Plan, Governor Wolf supports strong campaign finance reform that would for the first time:Place limits on contributions to candidates seeking elected officeImplement aggregate limits for racesPlace sensible restrictions on Political Action Committees (PACs); andStrengthen reporting and disclosure requirements across the board.In addition, this legislation would prohibit the use of campaign funds for personal expenses, including legal fees.Pennsylvania is currently one of only twelve states that impose no contribution limits on individual donors. The Center for Public Integrity ranked Pennsylvania among the worst states on regulating political financing – giving us a grade of ‘F’ and a rank of 43 out of 50 states.From Pennsylvania’s report card:Are there regulations governing the financing of candidates and political parties? By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary In law, there are limits on political action committees’ donations to candidates and to political parties.NO BLOG: Time to End Unlimited Campaign Contributions in PA In law, there are limits on lobbyists’ donations to candidates and to political parties.NO In law, funds raised by outside groups in coordination with a candidate and then spent in support of that candidate are subject to donation limits.NO April 20, 2016 In law, there are limits on individual donations to candidates and to political parties.NO Read more posts about government reform.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By enacting strong new campaign finance measures, we can help restore confidence in government, and curtail the role of campaign spending in our political process. In law, all current and former candidates/elected officials are prohibited from the personal use of campaign contributions.NO SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
”Cost is a big part of what we are doing – this is about understanding what the drivers are and then accessing them in the most cost-efficient way.”He added: “There is still a place for traditional active management in the RPMI portfolio – it’s just that the bar for consideration has been raised substantially.“If we think we can get 80% of the benefit of something at 20% of the cost, we’d consider that a good outcome, so active managers would need to persuade us that more than 80% of the excess return they generate is not replicable systematically and cheaply.”RPMI is implementing its strategies via both indexation, with implementation of tracker mandates by Legal & General Investment Management, and active quantitative management methodologies, all of which are open to evolution.“We are always looking to broaden and deepen exposure if we can identify and design more effective ways of capturing these risk premia,” said Artingstall. For example, the Research Affiliates fundamental indexation approach forms one part of RPMI’s value allocation.However, RPMI subsequently worked with index provider FTSE to build a bespoke, more concentrated version of this strategy and is due to transition assets to the new version soon.“We use external active managers, such as Unigestion for low-volatility and AQR for risk premia, which might be regarded as active managers but which we regard as simply having a well-designed or more refined approach to accessing the factors we are interested in,” said Artingstall.“Cost-efficiency remains critical, so there is still a very high bar for the quantitative active managers to clear when there are well-established style indices available.”Speaking with IPE after presenting at a factor investing conference for institutional investors hosted by MSCI, Artingstall said RPMI was actively researching momentum and quality risk premia.Areas of further research would include the small cap and illiquidity factors, he added.“We have already moved to a significant position, with 50% of our public equity exposure managed in this way, and we will consider increasing that depending on the level of conviction we have in other factors we are examining at the moment,” he said.For the longer-term agenda, RPMI will look into the cost-efficiency and transparency of moving towards long/short implementation of its risk-premia strategies, which have so far been long-only.It may also take the project beyond its equities portfolio and look into ‘exotic’ or ‘hedge fund’ betas.Altaf Kassam, head of index applied research for the EMEA at MSCI, told IPE RPMI Railpen’s moves were part of a broader trend in institutional asset management.“We launched our Minimum Volatility index in May 2008, and, of course, after the market fell in September, everyone rushed into defensive strategies,” he said.“But then the market rebounded in 2009, and everyone recognised you couldn’t put all of your eggs in one basket, so investors started looking for a more cyclical factor, like value or momentum, to diversify the minimum-volatility.“Today, what we are seeing is the idea of diversification between multiple factors to manage financial risk, as well as governance or career risk.” RPMI Railpen, manager of the assets of the UK’s £21bn (€28.9bn) Railways Pension Scheme, has taken big strides towards transitioning to smart beta-style strategies, putting 50% of its public equities portfolio into products designed to access risk premia systematically and cost-efficiently.A dedicated alternative risk premia function, established as part of RPMI’s ‘Investment Transformation Programme’ (ITP), has allocated to low-volatility, value and income equity strategies after a period of research conducted in collaboration with risk analytics and index provider MSCI.Further research into other risk premia is currently underway, and alternative ‘hedge fund beta’ is on the longer-term agenda.Steve Artingstall, an investment manager at RPMI Railpen, said: “This project came out of looking at the underlying drivers of risk and return in different asset classes but also at how much we were paying to get exposure to these factors through actively managed strategies.
Fox News 13 March 2015A group of middle school basketball players walked off the court in the middle of a game when they heard bullying coming from the stands directed at cheerleader, Desiree Andrews, who has Down syndrome.“We walked off the court and went to the bullies and told them to stop because that’s not right to be mean to another person,” said Miles Rodriguez, one of the players, told Fox & Friends Friday.The athletic director at Lincoln Middle School in Wisconsin told the show he was proud of the boys for what they did, as well as Desiree and the other cheerleaders.“It truly does take a village to do great things,” AD Tim Nieman said.Brandon Morris, who was the boys seventh-grade coach at Lincoln told the Kenosha News, “One of the kids stepped up and said, ‘Don’t mess with her,’.Eighth-graders Miles, Chase Vasquez and Scooter Terrien stormed off the court to confront the bully, who was giving Andrews a hard time.“We were mad; we didn’t like that,” Rodriguez told the paper. “We asked our sports director to talk to the people and tell them not to make fun of her.”In a video on TMJ4 news in Wisconsin, Andrews called the gesture “sweet, kind, awesome, amazing.”“It’s not fair when other people get treated wrong because we’re all the same. We’re all created the same,” Terrien told TMJ4.http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/03/13/players-leave-court-mid-game-to-confront-bully-cheerleader-with-down-syndrome/
Healso urged commuters and drivers to be more patient because the P480-millionflyover being constructed in Barangay Ungka II will ultimately be beneficial toall. The453.70-meter long flyover will stretch from the Petron gasoline station up tothe intersection of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue and the road leading toParc Regency Subdivision in Barangay Ungka II. “Iask for yourcooperation andunderstanding,” said Gorriceta whose Pavia would be the first municipality inWestern Visayas to have a flyover. “Itis imperative that we all adjust to the situation. When completed, the flyoverwill make our travel much easy,” said Gorriceta. Gorricetasaid private vehicles may also take the access roads of residentialsubdivisions Green Meadows, Centro Verde, Pro Friends, and Parc Regency. *from airport to Mandurriao or Molo – take the Oton-San Jose, Santa Barbara Road(Bangga Dama, Santa Barbara – Bangga San Jose, San Miguel – left turn to IloiloCity ALEOSAN Road towards Hibao-an, Mandurriao) ILOILOCity – Don’t want to be stuck in traffic in Barangay Ungka II, Pavia, Iloilo orbe late in your work or appointment? Leave your house very early in themorning, according to Mayor Laurence Anthony “Luigi” Gorriceta. TheSen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue is the main gateway to Iloilo City from theIloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo, thus it becomes congested most especiallyduring rush hours in the morning and late afternoon. The flyover is seen toreduce if not totally eliminate the congestion. *from airport to Jaro district – take the Iloilo-Santa Barbara Road(particularly Rizal Street – Taft Street – Barangay Agutayan – Barangay CabugaoNorte – Barangay Tigum – Barangay Pagsanga-an to Barangay Tacas, Jaro) Gorricetasaid private vehicles from the airport going to the city can avoid the trafficcongestion in Barangay Ungka II by taking the following routes: Trafficaides of the municipality have also started “filtering” in Barangay Aganan allprivate vehicles from the Iloilo Airport going to Iloilo City, he added. TheSangguniang Bayan of Pavia approved on Tuesday the memorandum of agreementbetween these subdivisions and the local government making available theiraccess roads to private vehicles while the flyover is being constructed, saidGorriceta. Hesuggested that people give themselves at least 30 minutes of lead time in themorning when traveling to work, school or an appointment. Theyare guiding these vehicles to re-route to Barangay Balabag then to BarangayHibao-an, Mandurriao district, or re-route to Barangay Tigum then to BarangayPagsanga-an, Pavia to Barangay Tacas, Jaro, said Gorriceta./PN
Haiyan and Batesville officials gather during welcoming ceremonies on Thursday.Government officials from Haiyan, China are in Batesville on Thursday.During the welcoming ceremony at the Memorial Building, Mayor Rick Fledderman introduced representatives from Batesville City Council and local government.“I know your community is much larger than ours,” Mayor Rick Fledderman told the four Chinese government officials. “But you will see Batesville is a thriving center with growing industries, excellent schools, beautiful homes and a word class hospital and healthcare facility.”Representatives from China include: Jian Jin Liang, Vice Director of Haiyan Peoples Congress Standing Committee; Zhao Yong Jun, Vice Director of General Office of Peoples Government of Haiyan County; Ma Jian Sheng, Vice Director Social Security Bureau; and Ma Jian Liang, Vice Director of Haiyan Financial District.The four government officials were accompanied by a translator.“I am very honored to come here to this beautiful city,” said Jian Jin Liang via the Chinese-English translator. “I hope this trip will communicate with our two cities and hopefully build a sister city relationship.”Mayor Rick Fledderman is hoping the trip also leads to a partnership among the communities.“It means a lot and we are proud to show our city. We have a lot to showcase here and a lot to be proud of. It means a lot to establish this relationship and develop our cultures and understand each of our cultures more,” said Fledderman.It could also lead to additional economic development and industry growth for Batesville.Fledderman spoke about the trip he made to Haiyan two years ago. As the Haiyan officials expressed interested in Batesville, Mayor Fledderman also shares a mutual respect for the school system and local economy in the Chinese city.The city of Haiyan was established in 222 B.C. and is located in the northern part of the Zhejiang Province. The city of 430,000 people offers agricultural products such as rice, fresh water fish, and livestock. Modern industry includes ports, equipment manfucturing, and electronics and electrical appliances.The Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant in Haiyan was the first self-designed and constructed nuclear power plant in China, with a total generating capacity that reaches 6.3 million Kilowatt.Haiyan and Batesville officials are touring Ivy Tech, Batesville schools, the Hansen Center, Weberdings and take a driving tour of Oldenburg on Thursday.
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By Nick SaidCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa have named three uncapped players in their Test squad for the three-match tour of India in early October as they begin life without retired veterans Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla.Fast bowler Anrich Nortje, wicketkeeper/batsman Rudi Second and spin bowling all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy have been included in the 15-man selection that will be captained by Faf du Plessis.It will be led by interim team director Enoch Nkwe, filling the role after the decision not to renew the contract of West Indian coach Ottis Gibson.“All three newcomers to the Test side have more than earned their spurs through impressive performances in last season’s Four-Day Franchise competition,” Cricket South Africa Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl said.“We feel we have covered all the options for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent with (spinners) Muthusamy and Dane Piedt, who was far and away the leading wicket-taker in our Four-Day competition, providing the back-up to Keshav Maharaj,” he added in a media release.van Zyl also announced a squad for the Twenty20 Internationals before the Test series, with du Plessis not included in that group and Quinton de Kock set to captain.“The T20 Series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options, as the next edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away, which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group,” van Zyl said.“I would like to stress that Faf du Plessis remains an important part of our plans for white-ball cricket.”South Africa will start the tour with the limited overs matches, the first of which is in Dharamsala on September 15.That will be followed by Tests in Visakhapatnam (October 2-6), Ranchi (October 10-14) and Pune (Oct.ober19-23), which are the first for South Africa in the newly-formed ICC Test Championship.Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt.), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions, vice-capt.), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Dean Elgar (Titans), Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), Senuran Muthusamy (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Rudi Second (Warriors).Twenty20 squad: Quinton de Kock (Titans, capt.), Rassie van der Dussen (Highveld Lions, vice-capt.), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Junior Dala (Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), David Miller (Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors).
After remaining unbeaten following a weekend series against the defending NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, the Badgers women’s hockey team will get the next weekend off.Coach Mark Johnson said it is a welcomed intermission.“It comes at a good time,” Johnson said. “You play 12 games and … mentally you get a break because you don’t have to prepare for either traveling and playing or playing at home next week. That’s a huge mental release for the players.”The break in the schedule accommodates for the Women’s Four Nations’ Cup Tournament, which will take place in Lake Placid, NY, next week from Nov. 4-9. Four Badger standouts will participate in the event, including senior center Erika Lawler, senior goaltender Jessie Vetter, junior forward Meghan Duggan and sophomore forward Hilary Knight.Coming off two pivotal conference matchups against rivals Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth, the weekend off gives Wisconsin a breather and a chance for reflection and evaluation.According to Vetter, the team is pleased with its performance with almost a third of the schedule already in the past.“We’re playing really good hockey,” Vetter said. “We’re doing a really good job of responding to whatever comes at us during the game and just playing some good hockey.”Good hockey may be an understatement.The No. 1-ranked Badgers have proven to be the most explosive offense in the country, topping the nation in goals per game, scoring margin and power play. Additionally, the team is second in combined special teams and penalty kills and is tied for first in scoring defense.Sophomore forward Kelly Nash, who scored the decisive shootout goal in Saturday’s come-from-behind victory against the Bulldogs, said although the team is satisfied with their accomplishments thus far, there are still elements to work on.“Obviously we have a very strong team from the past games we’ve already played this season,” Nash said. “[But] we seem to have trouble in the first period. So we just need to work on getting a head start in the games so we don’t have to worry about it during the intermissions.”Although the team has produced from everywhere, some of the largest contributors have been the team’s youngest members. Most noticeably, freshman forward Brooke Ammerman, who scored two more goals over the weekend, has 12 goals through 12 games, placing her second in the country in total goals, behind only teammate Knight, who has 13. Ammerman is also tied with Knight and two others for the most game-winning goals and is second in points per game for rookies.Johnson said Ammerman proved with her play against Duluth that she is capable of stepping up and playing at the highest level of competition.“Last weekend, after our first game against Minnesota on Friday, the pace was a little quicker than she had been used to in her first eight games,” Johnson said. “But she adjusted nicely and had an impact on this weekend, so that tells me that she’s bringing her game up to where it needs to be in regards to competition. You know, we expect high things from her, and she expects that from herself so she’ll continue to work at it and hopefully be just as productive.”After the weekend off, the team will face WCHA foe North Dakota before heading to Fort Myers, Fla., for a rematch against a New Hampshire team that beat the Badgers twice last season. But for now, Duggan said, the team can be happy with how they’ve performed and excited about the rest of the season.“We’re really rolling right now,” Duggan said following Saturday’s dramatic 2-2 shootout victory. “That was a great, great come-from-behind win for us. It was great to get four points this weekend. I think we have a lot of potential on this team, especially these two weekends we just faced. And [we] really kind of set the tone in the WCHA — you know, Wisconsin’s a pretty good team this year.”
There’s action in Dundalk this evening as Ireland’s only all-weather track plays host to a seven-race card that gets underway at 6.05pm.For Tipp FM, John Fogarty looks ahead to the local interest on today’s card.