Hooked up, but not hooked in

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Bowden turns up heat in Leicestershire race

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Weekly Update: Offering Health Care Solutions, Supporting Medical Marijuana Patients, and Ensuring Public Safety

first_imgWeekly Update: Offering Health Care Solutions, Supporting Medical Marijuana Patients, and Ensuring Public Safety By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf February 26, 2018 Ensuring that all PA schools are equipped with the tools they need to provide the best possible education to our kids is my top priority. Thank you to Frances for visiting with the students and teachers at S.S. Palmer Elementary School to reinforce my commitment. https://t.co/DpEJoFWfyC— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 21, 2018 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog,  Weekly Update Health CareLast week, Governor Wolf joined with the governors of Colorado, Ohio, Alaska, and Nevada to lay out a bipartisan plan to improve our nation’s health system performance.“I am pleased to join with my fellow governors to demonstrate how state efforts can be effective at streamlining regulations and cutting Medicaid costs, while ensuring there is still a competitive insurance market,” Governor Wolf said. “My commitment has always been to put Pennsylvania’s residents first, and make sure consumers who need vital, at times life-saving health care, can get it.”Medical MarijuanaAGRiMED Industries in Carmichaels, Greene County, become the 11th grower/processor approved to begin operation on Thursday. More than 19,600 patients have registered to participate in a medical marijuana program, 5,000 have been certified by a physician, and more than 1,300 have received medication from a dispensary. Six of the 11 dispensaries that have been approved to operate have started sales.SORNAOn Wednesday, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 631 into law, now Act 10 of 2018, to ensure that convicted sexual offenders remain subject to registration requirements in the wake of recent court decisions impacting Pennsylvania’s implementation of the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).This bill will ensure that as many as 12,000 sexual offenders remain on Pennsylvania’s registry and subject to the regulations in place at the time of their offense – either a 10-year or lifetime registration.RedistrictingAfter the PA Supreme Court implemented a new remedial congressional map last Monday, the governor stated his attention now is on the Pennsylvania Department of State.“Now, my focus will be on making sure the Department of State can support our counties and all candidates in the election process, particularly during the petition period. My administration will work expeditiously to update Department of State systems and ensure all processes are in place to assist candidates for Congress.”Schools that TeachFirst Lady Frances Wolf continued the Schools that Teach tour on Wednesday, visiting S.S. Palmer Elementary School in Palmerton. During her visit, she emphasized Governor Wolf’s commitment to increasing funding for public education. She met with students and teachers, toured classrooms, and was even able to read to a third-grade class that invited her and the governor to visit the school.“I was delighted to meet with such talented and bright young people at S.S. Palmer Elementary School today,” said the First Lady. “We owe it to these students, and all students in Pennsylvania, to ensure we are giving them the resources they need to succeed. That is why investing in education from preschool through higher education has been a top priority for this administration since day one.”Governor Wolf’s Week, February 18, 2018 – February 24, 2018Monday, 2/19/18Governor Wolf Statement on Remedial Congressional Map from PA Supreme CourtTuesday, 2/20/18Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Millerstown for Cabinet in Your Community EventWednesday, 2/21/18Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Highway Foreman, Robert GensimoreFirst Lady Highlights Wolf Administration Commitment to Investing in Public Education During Visit to S.S. Palmer Elementary SchoolGovernor Wolf Signs Bill to Protect Victims of Sexual Abuse CrimesThursday, 2/22/18Governor Wolf Honors Reading Terminal Market’s 125th AnniversaryWolf Administration Celebrates Expansion of Existing Amazon Tech Hub in Pittsburgh, Creation of More Than 100 JobsWolf Administration Approves 11th Grower/Processor to Begin OperationFriday, 2/23/18Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Governors Issue Blueprint to Improve Our Nation’s Health Care SystemHighlights from TwitterPennsylvanians want fair and equal elections. The old gerrymandered districts were neither fair nor “correct” — Pennsylvania’s highest court found them unconstitutional. Now my administration is focused on ensuring fair and secure elections. We can’t go backwards. https://t.co/sR28PJuW4T— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 20, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

KENFO turns to PE, infra, amid ‘challenging’ return expectations

first_imgKENFO, Germany’s nuclear waste management fund, is focusing on private equity and infrastructure for its illiquid asset allocation amid a “challenging” environment for expected returns.It has also expressed interest in equities given a possible prolonged period of low yields on bonds, chief executive officer Anja Mikus told IPE.It’s important that the fund reaches its target returns to be able to provide funding for the costs of safe disposal of nuclear waste over the next 80 years.“Return expectations across all asset classes are certainly challenging right now and there isn’t really a place to hide. Therefore, we invest broadly into different asset classes like infrastructure, private equity, bonds and stocks globally, including all sub asset classes,” she said. Anja Mikus, KENFO’s CEOIts cash position, a broadly diversified portfolio with a sustainability approach, helped the fund during the crisis.KENFO had spotted opportunities in the market during turbulent times, with lower valuations in specific industries.“At the beginning of the crisis, the market downturn revealed solid companies which had adapted to new challenges such as digitisation and sustainability, and those ones which had failed to adapt,” Mikus said, adding that the shale industry is an example of a sector that currently struggles for its non-sustainable business models and questionable business practices.Digital business models are the winners of this crisis, the CEO said, underlying that “the big success factor” in the future is the ability to adjust to progress driven by technology and climate change.“All sectors will be impacted by those rapid changes, which in turn can provide attractive investment opportunities for investors. Obviously, we’re always mindful of valuations,” she said.ESG as a strategic diversifierIts environmental, social, and governance (ESG) approach led KENFO to underweight energy-intensive markets and place industries such as technology and health care at the top of its equity investment list. It seeks to invest worldwide, in broadly diversified future-oriented industries, Mikus said.“Currently, we see a huge transformation process where specific sectors and many companies strive to adjust to the climate crisis. This transformation provides again investment opportunities for investors,” she added.KENFO has developed a specific concept to integrate ESG criteria for each asset class within its strategic asset allocation. Good corporate governance in particular is an important parameter for sustainable investments.In March, the fund joined the United Nation’s Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance. It has committed to building a climate-neutral portfolio by 2050.The CEO explained that its ESG strategy is largely based on a decentralized architecture, with external asset management companies running investments according to certain ESG principles. The fund managers work with ESG data providers to incorporate sustainability metrics.“This way, we are able to benefit from established cooperation processes between external asset management companies and ESG data providers, ratings agencies, to stay abreast of new developments in the field of ESG management,” the CEO said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. KENFO is in the process of building a portfolio based on a step-by-step approach over a certain timeframe. It has hired several asset managers to run specialist mandates for a broad range of asset classes, she said, without disclosing the firms.“Cost-averaging helps us to avoid timing risks and has worked very well so far. We are quite stringent in sticking to our plan of successively moving toward our strategic target allocation, which takes into account ALM considerations,” Mikus said.KENFO recorded a €9.4m profit in 2019 despite a -0.5% interest that the Deutsche Bundesbank charges on deposits. It expects a further increase in earnings to €100-125m in 2020.The fund’s assets totalled €23.2bn at the end of last year. The capital invested amounted to €11.8bn and the cash reserve was worth €11.4bn.Its dry powder allows the fund to actively seize investment opportunities.In March, around the time of the market crash for example, KENFO deployed almost 80% of its investment tranche into equity mandates.last_img read more

Reid not leaving West Ham for cheap

first_imgSam Allardyce will not be letting Winston Reid leave on the cheap in January and would rather see the defender leave West Ham on a free next summer. Press Association But, as Reid continues to develop into a vital part of Allardyce’s squad which has impressed this season, Allardyce intends on holding out for a big payday as he looks to keep his best players together in the hunt for European football. “He isn’t going anywhere,” Allardyce insisted. “He is not going anywhere unless someone bids £20 million or something like that. There is obviously not a lot I can do about that. “If somebody flirts around with a measly offer because he is in the last year of his contract, we would make more money by keeping him and finishing where we are in the league than selling him and putting our good season in jeopardy. “Because replacing him in January – replacing anybody in January – is a very difficult job indeed.” Eight wins in their opening 15 games has left West Ham in fourth place heading into their clash with Sunderland and Allardyce hopes that a continuation of that form could tempt Reid to stay – even if the negotiations are out of his hands. “I just don’t pay too much attention to it now it has gone on so long,” he said of the contract talks. “I just hope that the phone call is a yes when the chairman rings me up at some stage. At the moment it is neither a positive nor a negative. It is neither a yes or a no from Reidy at the moment. “In the end, I just hope he decides what is happening this season here and what is happening with us now has a telling factor on the decison that he makes in the end and it is not just money. “After a difficult start after an injury and a difficult back end to last season, has started to show some reasonably good form – and that is why I say reasonably good – we have only got three clean sheets so they do get a bit of stick from me.” center_img The 26-year-old New Zealand international’s contract at Upton Park expires at the end of the season and he has reportedly attracted the attention of Premier League rivals Liverpool and Arsenal. With Reid able to leave the club for nothing, the Hammers could have looked to cash in on the former FC Midtjylland defender and look to sign a replacement during the January transfer window. last_img read more

Hutton: We want to right wrong

first_imgAston Villa’s survival may be assured but Alan Hutton knows they have something to prove in their Premier League finale after capitulating at Southampton. Tim Sherwood’s side arrived at St Mary’s knowing victory would guarantee another season of top-flight football, but there were no signs of their recent impressive form on Saturday. Villa were blown away 6-1 thanks in no small part to a remarkable first half in which Sadio Mane netted the fastest ever Premier League hat-trick and Shane Long grabbed a brace. “It just seemed a wee bit edgy, it is hard to put your finger on it,” full-back Hutton said. “I don’t think anybody played to their ability. “It’s disappointing for the fans travelling down here, supporting us and we put on a performance like that. “The fans have been great with us, to be honest. The fact they are still singing when we are getting beaten to the very last minute. We thank them for that really.” Christian Benteke did pull one back in first-half stoppage time and Villa improved markedly after the break, although Graziano Pelle was still able to notch another for Saints . Disappointment quickly turned to relief, though, as results elsewhere on Saturday meant survival was assured with a game to spare. As positive as that is, Hutton says the players will be keen to make amends when relegated Burnley visit Villa Park, before attention turns to the FA Cup final against Arsenal. “I don’t think it will be forgotten, no,” the Scotland international said. “Everybody is hurting, the boys are hurting. You don’t want to go out and give a performance like that. It is not nice for everyone involved. Press Association “Whatever the results are we have to go and put it right next week. “There is a mixture,” Hutton added on the dressing room personalities. “Obviously, everyone wants to win, no one wants to come and play bad. “You don’t set out to play bad but it was just one of those days we had. It’s disappointing. “We said what we wanted to say and we keep it in house. But we are going to have to go out and put on a performance next week, that is for sure.” Southampton’s final league of the campaign sees them travel to second-placed Manchester City. It is a match Ronald Koeman’s men approach having already secured seventh place – their highest-ever Premier League finish with a record points tally of 60. Saints could yet sneak as high as fifth and know a top-six finish would guarantee Europa League football, capping a remarkable campaign. “It does (feel special),” said midfielder James Ward-Prowse. “It gives goosebumps to me especially, the great season we’ve had and the support. “You can see how much it means to the fans and for us as players to give them that is great. “We approach City full of confidence. It’s the last game of the season. We obviously still need to make sure we perform well and win the game. “As professionals, we will go out and prepare right and obviously go to win the game.” last_img read more

Other Sports Bajrang Punia Beats Mongolia’s Tumur Ochir To Win World Wrestling Championship Bronze

first_imgNew Delhi : Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia on Friday defeated his Mongolian opponent Tumur Ochir 8-7 in the 65kh weight category to win the bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships. Punia, who had won the Silver last year, made a stunning comeback from 6-0 deficit to win the bout 8-7.Punia faced a charged up Ochir, who took two points in the first 20 seconds and then bagged four more with a powerful chest throw. Down by 6-0, Punia tried to reduce to difference by scoring 2 points. At the end of the first round, Ochir looked all set to win the bout with the scorecard reading 6-2.However, Punia, who suffered a heart-breaking defeat in the semi-final, had other things in mind. He came out too strong for Ochir to handle in the second round and collected 6 consecutive points with a leg shot. Now, the scorecard read 8-6 in favour of the Indian wrester.Also Read | Amit Panghal Becomes First Indian Boxer To Reach World Men’s Championship FinalIn the end, the bout ended with the final scorecard reading 8-7 in favour of Punia. This was the second consecutive World Championship Medal for Punia. He had won the silver in 2018 World Wrestling Championships held in Budapest. With his qualification for the bronze medal bout, Punia was already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Meanwhile, in other sports news, star Indian boxer Amit Panghal on Friday created history and became the first even Indian male boxer to reach the World Boxing Championship final in the 52 kg Flyweight category. The 2018 Asia Games gold medalist defeated Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov in the hard-fought semifinal by points 3-2. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Wins for Dartmouth FC, Henrietta FC in NAMILCO Under-17 football

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyTHE NAMILCO/GFF-sponsored countrywide Under-17 football tournament began in grand fashion with a double-header at the Anna Regina Community Centre ground on Sunday.After a formal opening ceremony with officials of the ECPFA and witnessed by a large gathering; there were emphatic wins for Dartmouth FC and Henrietta FC, following hat-tricks from Ridley Williams and Joel Caesar respectively.In the opening match, Dartmouth FC humbled Good Hope FC 4-0. Three goals were netted in the first half, all of which came off the skilful boot of Ridley Williams in the 14th, 29th and 42nd minutes of the game to register the first hat-trick of the tournament.During the second half, Dartmouth FC again created numerous opportunities until Romel Benn found the back of the net in the 78th minute to seal a comfortable victory for Dartmouth FC, who dictated the pace and creativity throughout the match.The ARCCG proved a fertile gold mine for Henrietta FC as they drubbed Capoey FC by 13-0 in the second encounter. The assault began in the 3rd minute when Joel Caesar opened his account with a neatly angled shot into the left corner of the net.Joel caesarThe dapper striker looked unstoppable and was easily the star player of the day. The game was played at a fast pace and with well executed combinations that saw Henrietta FC completely dominating the display with skill and precision.Christan Bacchus netted in the 20th minute and was soon followed by Jemain John in the 23rd minute.Striker Ariel Chester opened his account with an accurate strike in the 42th minute, while Caesar was on the score sheet again for his second in the 50th minute to give Henrietta an unassailable lead of 5-0 at halftime.While Capoey FC adapted better during the latter half, they were unable to prevent the goals from flowing. Jemain John found the net again in the 54th minute for his second while his namesake Jemain Bowen scored his first in the 58th minute.Caesar completed the second hat-trick of the day with his third in the 65th minute. Completing the score-line of goalscorers were Arial Chester for a double in the 69th, Mark Holder in the 73rd, Eric Narine 80th, Prince Baird 84th and Marquan Brown in the 94th minute to complete a massive victory for Henrietta FC.The matches were witnessed by ECPFA officials including GFA executive Maxine Steward and TDOS Travis Bowen and Ranzolin Durga. The next round of matches will be played this weekend at various venues along the Essequibo Coast.last_img read more

Guyana South American Youth Games team returns

first_imgTHE Guyana team who represented the country at the just concluded South American Youth Games in Santiago, Chile, returned to home turf yesterday afternoon and were met with a warm welcome from friends, family and supporters.None on the team was happier than the medallists Kenisha Phillips, Deshanna Skeete and Jermaine King, who could not stop beaming from ear to ear as they were continuously congratulated by well-wishers when they arrived in Georgetown at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The second edition of the South American Youth Games wrapped up last Sunday with Guyana securing four medals, all in the discipline of athletics.“I just feel proud of myself and glad that I can make my country and my club and my mother proud,” Skeete remarked yesterday.On her first outing at an international event Skeete landed a gold medal – Guyana’s highlight at the Games as it would be Guyana’s first gold in the history of the event, and the team’s only gold medal this year.The Mackenzie High School (MHS) third former clocked 57.28 secs to win ahead of Brazil’s Jessica Moreira who ran 57.54 seconds in the event.“It was very challenging at first when I got into the blocks I wasn’t feeling right, the place was very cold. But overall I felt good, the experience was very good but it was very cold,” she noted.Phillips also noted that though the cold was overwhelming at times, her determination led her through it all.Phillips won silver in the Girls’ 100m and 200m, her first silver at an international event of this magnitude.“The air was very cold but I was able to manage. Because I trained very hard, my coach made sure I did. I knew to myself that I was going to medal, I checked up the timings and compared their times to mine and mine was the best.Even for the semi we had to run it in the rain. But it was okay because I was accustomed to rainy weather,” said Phillips, who will now be turning her focus to landing a spot at Nationals.Phillips had big praise and thanks for her coach, her sponsor, Colin Ming, and all her family and friends who supported her performance at the event. The other medallist, King, returned home with a silver, having finished second in the Boys’ 100m.However, also smiling despite much adversity was boxer Keevin Allicock.Chef-de-Mission for the team, Godfrey Munroe, noted that despite Guyana not medalling in the other sports he was still satisfied that the athletes gave of their best and gained experience.“I would like to focus on the positives. We wanted to ensure that the athletes were competitive and they were competitive. I’m happy by the competitiveness from the athletes,” Munroe said.last_img read more

Everest Masters to host United All Star in 35-overs encounter

first_imgBy: Elroy StephneyANOTHER visiting team will compete against host, Everest Masters, in a 35-overs encounter tomorrrow at the Everest cricket ground, starting from 11:00 am. The United All-Star team from Florida, USA, which accepted an invitation will seek to gain top honors against the host as an exciting match is anticipated between the two Masters’ sides.Both teams have released their squad as follows:-Everest Masters – Rajesh Singh (Captain), Sahadeo Hardaiow, Basil Persaud, Hemraj Garbarran, Saheed Mohamed, Imtiaz Sadik, Rohan Sarjoo, David Harper, Rakesh Gangaram, Ronald Jaisingh, Johnny Azeez, Satyendra Khemraj, Ramesh Narine and Anil Beharry.United All Star – Nandkishore Phanisnaraine (Captain), Bhim George, Ragendra Sooknanan, Vivian Gooniah, S. Persaud, M.Lallbeharry, Balham Persaud, Jaipaul Seenauth, Muneshwar Lall and Devin Baldeo.Trophies and plaques are sponsored by Trophy Stall, a long-standing donor to the Everest Cricket Club.last_img read more