Ridge Woman Dies in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 87-year-old Ridge woman was killed when she crashed her vehicle in Rocky Point on Wednesday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Francine Schenkel was driving a Toyota northbound on Rocky Point Road when she crossed into the southbound lane, drove off the roadway into a tree at 2:45 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. She was driving alone at the time.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Report puts cost of Dodd-Frank at $36 billion

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Regulations from the Wall Street financial reform law have imposed more than $36 billion in costs on the economy and have created 73 million paperwork hours, according to a new report from the conservative American Action Forum.The report, which comes a day before Dodd-Frank’s sixth anniversary, found that the law costs about $112 per person or $310 per household, and it would take 36,950 employees working full-time to complete the paperwork required by the law in a single year.The report’s author, AAF Director of Regulatory Policy Sam Batkins, said that of the hundreds of rulemaking mandates contained in the sweeping financial reform law enacted July 21, 2010, there are at least 61 regulations remaining that could add another $3.3 billion and nearly 1 million paperwork hours to the law’s tally.Batkins said the Federal Reserve’s Requirements for Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs) is the biggest rule still to finalize. Proposed last year, the rule aims to improve capital standards at the largest interconnected financial institutions and carries a cost of $1.5 billion annually. The final rule is due out in December 2016. continue reading »last_img read more

We Will Not Give Up the Fight Against Heroin and Opioid Abuse

first_img  SHARE  TWEET By: Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 14, 2017 It’s been 1 year since we began touring the state highlighting the heroin epidemic. Read how we’re fighting it: https://t.co/FcppNzUXtx pic.twitter.com/I9MC0LUL90— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 14, 2017 Awareness through reporting of this crisis can only help in the fight. And even as overdose death tolls are tallied and seem to mount, there is progress being made.I chose to fight the opioid crisis head on. Here are some ways we have worked to combat the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania over the past year:My administration has participated in 91 opioid roundtable discussions and events across the state with advocates, medical professionals, law enforcement, first responders, recovering addicts, families, legislators.We have developed 45 treatment centers for those battling addiction. The centers began to take patients earlier this year, and they are already making progress to improve treatment.With the legislature, we have worked to limiting opioid prescriptions to minors, improved and increased education for opioid prescribers, strengthened the prescription drug monitoring program, and limited opioid prescriptions to emergency room patients.We have also expanded drop-off locations for unwanted prescription drugs and increased access to naloxone for individuals, law enforcement and first responders, resulting in thousands of lives saved.Pennsylvania is facing a tremendous crisis, but we are working hard to meet the challenge.Here in Pennsylvania, we can lead the nation in fighting this crisis. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Human Services,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog The epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse hits home on many fronts in Pennsylvania and its victims are not forgotten. I have heard and told countless stories of lives cut short and families ruined by this scourge on society. We Will Not Give Up the Fight Against Heroin and Opioid Abuselast_img read more

Governor Wolf Reaffirms Commitment to Good Jobs, Skilled Workforce in Second Term

first_img Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is working to create family-sustaining jobs and bring businesses to the commonwealth. With new and innovative investments in job training, apprenticeships, and partnerships with the private sector, the state is preparing workers for good jobs in growing careers that will strengthen our economy.Today, the governor joined government, labor and business leaders at the Iron Workers Local Union No. 3 in Pittsburgh and pledged to continue investing in Pennsylvania’s workers during his second term.“Businesses are growing, and they need a well-educated and skilled workforce. We’re listening to workers and employers and investing in education and job training for careers in high demand,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re building a workforce for the 21st century that will help business expand and thrive, create good jobs and build a stronger economy for everyone.”During the last four years, Governor Wolf has prioritized middle class jobs and supported high growth industries with a number of significant improvements, including: Launching PAsmart, a new and innovative approach that is investing $30 million in science and technology education, job training, and apprenticeships in expanding fields.Creating the Manufacturing PA initiative to support manufacturing and link job training in these good-paying careers.Launching the Office of Apprenticeship and Training to help businesses create apprenticeships for more workers can earn a paycheck while getting hands-on job skilled.Increasing the number of registered apprentices by 27 percent to nearly 17,000 and the boosting registered apprenticeship programs to 725.Overhauling outdated overtime rules so nearly half-a-million people are paid fairly for their hard work.Eliminating burdensome business taxes such as the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax.Elevating the Workforce Development Board, the governor’s private sector policy advisors, to recommend improvements to public services and investments in education, career readiness, job training programs and collaboration among state agencies.During the governor’s first term, Pennsylvania added 239,500 jobs, setting an all-time record with more than 6 million jobs. The state added more than 12,010 new businesses establishments.At the same time, the unemployment rate dropped by 1.2 percent, to a near record low. The number of initial unemployment compensation claims declined significantly from 152,455 in December 2014 to 91,977 in December 2018.The governor will build on that progress by continuing to fight for job training and workers, including to:Make strategic investments in job training to produce highly skilled employees with in-demand careers with family sustaining wages.Raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage above $7.25, as 29 states, including all of our surrounding states, have done for workers. The governor raised the wage floor for employees under his jurisdiction to no less than $12 an hour on July 1, 2018. The rate rises by 50 cents a year until reaching at least $15 per hour in 2024.Support efforts to combat the gender wage gap, as the governor did for state workers. State agencies no longer require a person’s salary history during the hiring process.Support the creation of an additional 15,000 jobs with the creation of a Shell Cracker Plant in Western Pennsylvania and investment in the Port of Philadelphia.“We will continue to invest in the workers of Pennsylvania to create a highly-trained and highly-skilled workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “We will grow Pennsylvania’s economy with strong communities that help workers of all ages to get good jobs, attract dynamic employers to our state, and create more jobs that will support a family.” Governor Wolf Reaffirms Commitment to Good Jobs, Skilled Workforce in Second Term SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img January 07, 2019last_img read more

Governance body criticises scheme for ‘blindly following’ Syntrus Achmea

first_img“The former board blindly followed its asset manager and pensions provider Syntrus Achmea,” he said.The pension fund’s supervisory council (RvT) agreed that the scheme still lacked a balancing power.It recommended the pension fund appoint a “fully independent” external adviser and suggested the scheme might need to re-assess its future viability.Since 2013, the scheme has applied 9% in overall rights cuts.Stroot said the VO preferred a merger with another pension fund, but he acknowledged that its current low funding made it a relatively unattractive partner.The former board has been largely replaced, including former chairman Piet Duijndam, who stepped down – partly at the VO’s request, according to Stroot.The new board, chaired by Ronald Heijn, has launched an extensive recovery plan, focusing on governance, risk management and checks and balances.Heijn said the scheme would assess its viability annually and stressed that the needs of participants would take precedence over its continuing independence.He also said a third rights discount was “not yet on the cards”, as the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) allowed pension funds to smooth out cuts over a 10-year period.Duijndam, the former chairman, dismissed the VO’s criticisms as being “one-sided”.He pointed out that, 10 years ago, when interest rates were 3%, the board had unanimously decided against applying an interest hedge, “as a further rate decrease was deemed highly unlikely”.“When rates started to drop,” he said, “we still refrained from hedging, as the cost would have come at the expense of returns. With the wisdom of hindsight, the board would have taken different decisions.” The accountability body (VO) of the €700m pension fund for Dutch dental technicians has blamed the scheme’s low coverage ratio on the “indecisiveness” of former board members. In the pension fund’s 2014 annual report, the VO said the previous board’s dithering over the implementation of a strategic interest hedge caused its funding to drop below 94%.VO chairman Guus Stroot said: “The combined effect of rights cuts and missed indexation means participants have lost 30% of pensions accrual.”He added that communication between the VO and the former board had been “very difficult”, and claimed that any countervailing power on the board had been “totally absent”.last_img read more

Maersk Supply Service enters Mexican market with new long-term gig

first_imgMaersk Supply Service has secured a long-term contract with Subtec S.A de C.V. of Mexico, a subsidiary of Blue Marine Group, for one of its Stingray newbuild vessels.Maersk Supply Service will enter the Mexican market for the very first time with a long-term contract award with Blue Marine Group, the company informed on Tuesday.According to the vessel provider, this contract secures utilization of one of its four Stingray subsea support vessel newbuilds, none of which have been delivered to date.To remind, Maersk Supply last month postponed the delivery of five anchor handling vessels under construction at Kleven Yard in Norway and four Stingray vessels under construction at Cosco, Dalian in China. Under this new agreement, delivery dates for the Stingray vessels range from summer 2017 to spring 2018.“This contract is the result of two companies working together to provide a superior integrated service offering and we look forward to building a strong partnership with Blue Marine Group going forward. We are excited to commence our activities in the Mexico region and offer the exclusive capabilities and operational efficiencies of our Stingray new-building to Blue Marine Group and their clients,” says Chief Executive Officer Steen S. Karstensen.The Stingray vessel will be operating in the Bay of Campeche performing general support duties for Blue Marine and its clients, including IRM and maintenance of Pemex’s platforms as well as enhancement and well stimulation.The contract will start in autumn 2018 with a firm duration until June 2020.Juan Reynoso Durand, Executive Chairman of Blue Marine, said: “Despite the challenging market, we are confident that this vessel will be a valuable tool for our Group in order to provide integrated services to oil companies in the region in the years to come. It is also an opportunity to create synergies between Maersk Supply Service and Blue Marine for the oil & gas market.”last_img read more

Borealis becomes official partner of Waves4Power

first_imgBorealis informed that it will become an official partner of Waves4Power (W4P), a Sweden-based company that develops and sells wave energy systems. The heart of these systems is the WaveEL buoy – a point absorber – that converts the energy of waves into electrical power, the company explained.Waves4Power have launched and connected the first wave power system to the Norwegian electricity grid.At the same time, the company has started the development of the WaveEl buoy “Next Generation”, using polyethylene (PE) for the main body of the new buoys.Borealis is playing an important role in this development work and will be bringing the sustainability benefits of its Borstar PE materials in terms of light weighting, resource efficiency and corrosion resistance to the strategic partnership.“Having Borealis as a partner will help us to achieve our goal of having light and corrosion resistant buoys with increased energy efficiency, to achieve overall better sustainability footprint. It will also help to make these systems more affordable,” said Ulf Lindelöf, Waves4Power Chief Executive.“Borealis wants to help Waves4Power overcome the limitations of their current technology with our time-tried Borstar PE solutions. We believe these materials will play an essential role in taking the next steps in harnessing marine power,” said Gisela Lehner, Borealis Senior Application Marketing Manager. “Partnering up with Waves4Power ties into our Sustainability strategy, where one of the 3 focus areas is Energy & Climate. Here we have set our focus on developing innovations that contribute to increase energy efficiency and use of renewable energy to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of addressing the Energy Challenge.”last_img read more

SSM vote maybe trump moment says gay couple who oppose it (Aust)

first_imgThe Australian 5 September 2017Family First Comment: Interesting commentary from Australia“This could be the Brexit or Trump moment for Australia, where the polls are saying one thing but you go to the ballot box and people are clearly in another mind, going to vote another way,” he said. The Wollongong couple have been together for over five years, and are both planning on voting No. “There’s never been any discrimination with any of our families, or dramas coming our way because of our sexuality,” said Mr Rogers. “When I first came out I think one of the consequences was giving up marriage and children and things like that.”www.protectmarriage.nzA gay couple who oppose same-sex marriage say those planning to vote no in the postal survey are scared to publicly express their opinion, which may lead to a shock result similar to the election of Donald Trump or Brexit.Ben Rogers and Mark Poidevin told ABC TV’s 7.30 Report last night they oppose same-sex marriage and wanted to preserve the traditional definition of marriage.Mr Poidevin said heated debate on both sides leading up to the survey could result in a shock result if the vote goes ahead.“This could be the Brexit or Trump moment for Australia, where the polls are saying one thing but you go to the ballot box and people are clearly in another mind, going to vote another way,” he said.The Wollongong couple have been together for over five years, and are both planning on voting No.“There’s never been any discrimination with any of our families, or dramas coming our way because of our sexuality,” said Mr Rogers.“When I first came out I think one of the consequences was giving up marriage and children and things like that.”Mr Poidevin, a Catholic, said he had previously been a supporter of same-sex marriage but his partner convinced him otherwise.“I just explained to him, ‘I don’t think it’s my cup of tea,’” Mr Rogers said. “It’s not something I had ever envisioned.”They said they feel their views are repeatedly dismissed as homophobic.“The campaign’s gotten nasty on both sides and I think the comments that I hear are, ‘You’re a homophobe if you don’t support gay marriage’,” Mr Poidevin said.“I’m a gay person here that’s coming out and saying, ‘Well, no it’s not. It’s your right to have a view, your right to have a view either way and people should be respected.’“You’re not intolerant if you don’t support a view.”He said he was concerned about the ramifications of legalising of same-sex marriage.“If we make one exception for one community, that being the same-sex couples, where does it stop?” Mark said.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/ssm-vote-may-be-our-trump-moment-says-gay-couple-who-oppose-it/news-story/7da513d05594ee94c532784ef105128clast_img read more

Bach: No protests at Tokyo Olympics

first_img Loading… Athletes will however be allowed to express their political opinions on their social media accounts and in official media settings. Bach’s comments come after a series of political incidents in athletics in 2019, including Russia’s four-year ban from international sporting competitions over what the World Anti-Doping Agency calls a state-sponsored doping programme. American fencer Race Imboden and hammer thrower Gwen Berry were put on 12 months probation by the US Olympic Committee after protesting against the policies of President Donald Trump as they collected medals at the Pan-American Games in August. Imboden took a knee during the playing of the US national anthem while Berry raised a clenched fist before later calling out social injustice “and a president who’s making it worse.” In October the International Judo Federation (IJF) banned Iran from competition indefinitely over the country’s refusal to face Israeli competitors. Read Also:Bach warns athletes against political protests at Tokyo 2020 Iranian fighter Saeid Mollaei, defending his title at the Tokyo World Championships in August, had said he was ordered to throw his semi-final rather than risk facing an Israeli in the final of the -81kg class. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In a meeting of the IOC in Lausanne, Bach stressed the “importance” of a series of recently-adopted directives designed to clarify what is banned and the sanctions for those not respecting the ban, established under Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter. “The Olympic Games are always a global platform for the athletes and their sporting performances. They are not, and must never be, a platform to advance political or any other potentially divisive ends,” Bach said. Athletes, coaches, trainers and officials are banned from political protests on the field of play, the Olympic Village, during the opening and closing ceremonies and on the medal podium. Anyone who does not respect these rules will face sanctions from the IOC, their country’s governing body for sport and their national Olympic committee. “If this political neutrality is not respected, then the Olympic Games will divide, and not unite, the world,” added Bach. International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach insisted on Friday that protests should be kept out of this year’s Tokyo Games, saying that the Olympics should “unite” the world. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffitilast_img read more

‘Tree City Fall Festival’ this weekend

first_imgGreensburg, In. — After a one year break the Tree City Fall Festival returns to downtown Greensburg September 15 and 16. This year the festival will highlight non-profits in Decatur County.The festival includes a cookie baking and chili making contest, a lip sync competition, Little Miss and Mr. Tree City, Miss Tree City and the Herb Kohler Memorial Parade. Kohler was the chairman of the festival for the five years of operation.The Herb Kohler Memorial Parade has a total of 50 entries-with a twist. About half of the entries will be humorous in nature. Some of those entries are “The Red Neck Yatch Club” and a “Precision Lawnmower Drill Team.”On Friday night the main stage will be dedicated to two other founding members David Begely and Art Powers. Friday night entertainment includes a 50’s and 60’s tribute with the Van Dells.Organizer Anita Feldman expresses special thanks to Decatur County Tourism, Decatur County Community Foundation, MainSource Bank, Best Way Disposal, the city of Greensburg, Aspen Place Health Campus, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Honda, Gecom, Sound Hearing Solutions, Strand Associates, Napoleon State Bank, Umbaugh, Walters Tire, Elwood Staffing, Redfin, Ford Abstract Corporation, Gilliland and Howe Funeral Home, Dave O’Mara Contracting, ETC, Delta, Solutions Bookkeeping and Payroll and Doerflinger Insurance.There’s more information online here.last_img read more