BLOG: Watch a Budget Speech Preview from Governor Wolf

first_imgRead more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf February 07, 2016center_img Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos On Tuesday, February 9th at 11:30 AM, Governor Tom Wolf will deliver his 2016-2017 Budget Address. The speech will be live streamed on our website at You can also find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Watch this budget preview from Governor Wolf — and make sure you tune in for the full 2016-2017 Budget Address live this Tuesday at 11:30 AM at, we stand at a crossroad. The path we choose will have a profound impact on our commonwealth’s future. My proposed budget provides a clear vision for a promising future for our state. It assumes the bipartisan budget agreement that proved elusive in December is ultimately enacted this year. It provides a plan for 2016-17 that meets our needs and continues to restore the cuts to our schools.We must, however, acknowledge that a failure to act has severe consequences that will be felt across the Commonwealth. If we do nothing, and continue the status quo, our schools will face impacts that cut deeper than anything we have faced in recent memory.In fact, it would result in another $1 billion cut from education; doubling down on the deep cuts of the past.Funding for home- and community-based services for seniors, veterans and child care would be reduced by hundreds of millions.Bond ratings would be lowered again, while debt costs and local property taxes would soar upward. And our deficit would balloon to over $2 billion dollars.We must take action to avoid this from happening to our state and to our future. We still need schools that teach, jobs that pay, and a government that works. BLOG: Watch a Budget Speech Preview from Governor Wolflast_img read more

Standing on the shoulders of (sustainable) giants

first_imgChristian Thimann, AXA, chair of HLEGThe group will release its interim report around the time of the G20 Summit, taking place on 7-8 July. It will present its recommendations in December.Sustainable finance building blocksAccording to the minutes of the early March meeting, the HLEG “has identified six key areas in building a sustainable European financial system, all of which rely their own specific institutions, actors and actions but also are inevitably interlinked”.The areas form the group’s work streams.The group says the areas are not exhaustive, but are intended to cover “the largest structural challenges and mechanisms”.Thimann simplifies the six areas into three:A shared vision and understanding;Integration of sustainability into the EU’s regulatory and financial policy framework, such as by “addressing structural obstacles and time misalignments”; andThe mobilisation of capital flows towards sustainable investments, including expanding financial markets for sustainable assets.“The topic of sustainable finance is so wide that we need to develop a shared vision and understanding,” says Thimann. “We have to define the framework and what we mean by sustainable finance.”The Commission’s ambition relates to a financial system that “focuses on systematically addressing societal challenges” such as education, employment creation, the environment, and health, Thimann explains.“The interesting thing – and this is why our topic is so fascinating – is that these challenges are also long-term challenges,” he says.He says that the group is trying to come up with “a little bit more of an analytical framework” about what would constitute a sustainable financial system.“What does success mean in terms of capital costs? In terms of orientation of flows? How can you tell that the financial system is sustainable or contributes to sustainable growth and development? That is what we are trying to do in this area,” says Thimann. There have been countless investor groups and campaigns set up to promote sustainable investment, but Christian Thimann, chair of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on sustainable finance, believes the group he leads has a “unique” opportunity to influence regulatory policy. “Our value-add is the link between all the work that has been done before and all the legal texts that govern the financial system,” he tells IPE.Thimann, also group head of regulation at AXA, claims it is precisely “because so much has already been done on the subject” that the group feels “great” about its work. “We are standing on the shoulders of giants,” he says.  The group is distinct from all other groups and initiatives that have dealt with sustainable finance, Thimann says, because “this is the first group that is directly supported on a lasting basis by the European Union’s main financial regulator”.“There is now a group on this subject that is working with the support of the regulators, so we’ll be getting serious on sustainable finance,” he adds. “There’s a great momentum in the group, because everyone feels this is a unique chance that has been given to us to work with the regulator.”Comprising 20 individuals from different stakeholder groups, the HLEG is tasked with making recommendations for “a comprehensive EU strategy on sustainable finance as part of the Capital Markets Union”.The expert group has now met twice, and recently published minutes of its second meeting, held in early March. These unveiled its thinking about “the key areas in building a sustainable European financial system” and the framework the group has adopted to guide its work.Several of the issues mentioned in the minutes have been talked about at length in the institutional investment industry, such as the need to “adapt processes, incentives and culture across the investment and lending chain”.last_img read more

Special ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ presentation funds Puerto Rico relief

first_imgBatesville, In. — A special showing of the 1975 cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show will be at midnight in the Gibson Theater Friday, October 20.The presentation of the production will done as a “Shadow Show.” Volunteer Charlotte Meritt says, “In a “Shadow Show” actors mimic the screen performance while their back is to the stage. The method requires the performers to know the movie very well. And members of the audience can interact with the live actors.”The show is free, but volunteer Charlotte Meritt says they would like movie goers to bring supplies for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. Doors open at 11:30. The show starts at midnight.Here are some suggestions: The following items are being requested:BOTTLED WATERNON PERISHABLE FOODLarge plastic totesHeavy duty trash bagsMops, brooms, and rakesCleaning supplies (especially bleach)Walkers & wheelchairsHand SanitizerUtility Knives & Leather work glovesBox FansNew Bed Pillows & Blankets .First Aid ItemsBatteries – all sizesEnsure & incontinence productsPersonal Hygiene Products/Toiletries – Body wash, shampoo, deodorant, over the counter medicines, toilet paper, paper towels, shaving cream, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and paper platesDiapers, formula, baby food, bottles, wipes, diaper rash ointmentThe donations will go to Matthew 25 in Cincinnati, they have a distribution network and personnel in place on the island. Cash is always a welcome donation. Special thanks to the Grinning Gobblin and Don for his sponsorship over the last 4 years.last_img read more

Karen Ann (Bowen) Weimer, 79

first_imgKaren Ann Bowen Weimer, 79, of Greensburg passed away on May 17, 2020 at Aspen Place. She was born on May 25, 1940 in Clinton County, Indiana, the daughter of James and Joan (Goldsberry) Bowen. Karen was a 1958 graduate of Frankfort High School and a 1962 graduate of IU School of Nursing.   On August 26, 1962 she married Dr. Larry Weimer and together they had three children: Jennifer, Suzanne, and Matt. Karen was an active member of the community. She loved to sing in the Choir and Praise Team at the United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Tree County Players and Tree City Singers. She loved doing philanthropy work with Psi Iota Xi. She loved animals.Karen was a wonderful mother, wife and friend; the poem Afterglow is how she would want us to celebrate her memory. Afterglow, I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles. When life is done I’d like to leave an echo whispering. Softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done.Survivors include: Husband, Dr. Larry Weimer; Daughters, Jennifer (Don) Blankman and Suzanne Weimer; Son, Matt Weimer; and Grandsons, Michael and David Blankman.Family and Friends are welcome to attend the Virtual Funeral on Facebook Live, Thursday May 21, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Rev. Jon Porter will be officiating. Immediately following the funeral, the family will welcome friends in a drive thru style visitation from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Memorial contributions can be made to the Our Hospice of Decatur County or to the Decatur County Animal Shelter. Online condolences can be made to the family at ww.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

Barbados Williams Invitational Race Meet… Pre-race testing to shake the ‘dust’ off Team Guyana

first_img(By Stephan Sookram in Barbados compliments of Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc, Transpacific Motorspares and Auto Sales, Nexus Machining and Fabrication Workshop, B.M. Soat Auto Sales and Spares, Miracle Optical)MOST of Team Guyana for the Barbados Williams Invitational race meet got in some valuable testing yesterday ahead of this weekend’s race at the Bushy Park Raceway.The team, which includes Andrew King (Group 4), Mohan Rangasammy (Group 4), Danny Persaud (Groups 3 and 4), Rameez Mohamed (Groups 2 and 3) and Kristian Jeffrey (Sr3 Radicals) got into Barbados earlier this week.When customs opened the container after lunch yesterday, teams scampered to gather their cars in search of valuable practice.While Rangasammy and King had to do some work, Jeffrey and Mohamed put in some valuable dial in sessions with Persaud not running at all.Mohamed spoke to the media there, saying “The car feels good. I took it lightly today to relearn the track and basically to run in some new brake pads and tyres I had installed prior to shipping.”“Tomorrow (today) is when the real work begins for us,” he added.Meanwhile Jeffrey, the only other member of the team, to get in some practice said, “We just got the car out of the container so we basically had one session. We had some brake issues which we are now sorting out and we are about five-tenths of a second off the pace which we have to get for (today’s) qualifying.”Today’s qualifying begins at 09:00hrs with races set to begin at the same time tomorrow.last_img read more

Viscarra’s Vice: Dodgers flipping script this postseason

first_imgOh yeah, something’s definitely different.The past five seasons of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball have reaped five divisional titles and three trips to the NLCS. But in each of those postseason runs, something was undoubtedly missing from those teams, hindering their pursuit of World Series glory. Dodger squads of postseasons past lacked something — something you couldn’t quite put your finger on — a playoff magic of sorts that would lead to ultimate failure come October.Over the past decade, Angelenos have witnessed the Dodgers strand runners in scoring position when a big hit was needed. When a strong inning of relief pitching was required of the bullpen, a Dodgers hurler would be sure to serve up a game-winning run to the opposition in devastating fashion. There’s been no shortage of postseason disappointment for L.A. fans over the past three decades.But at the exact moment when Justin Turner launched a 3-run homer past the outfield wall in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday night, I concluded that this year’s Dodgers team is in fact, different. Turner’s walk-off blast, which gave his team a 2-0 lead in the NLCS against the reigning champion Chicago Cubs, came on the exact 29-year anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s legendary World Series home run in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic. It doesn’t get more Hollywood than that. The Dodgers’ bullpen also performed heroically in Game 2, completely shutting down the Cubs lineup from the sixth inning on after starting pitcher Rich Hill delivered five frames of one-run baseball. Dodgers relievers combined for four innings of shutout, no-hit baseball: The only Cub to reach base was Anthony Rizzo, who was hit by a Kenley Jansen pitch in the top of the ninth inning. Through the opening two games of the NLCS, the L.A. bullpen has retired 24 of the 25 hitters faced. Chicago has yet to record a hit or walk against Dodger relievers in this series.Jansen, in particular, has been automatic for the Dodgers, recording a save in Game 1 and a win in Game 2. Through 2.1 innings pitched against Chicago in the series, Jansen has struck out six and allowed only one hitter to reach base. Jansen is the finishing move that opposing teams never want to see the Dodgers resort to. “[The bullpen is] just executing pitches, and they’re ready when called upon and competing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media following Game 2. Considering the Dodgers have been victim to bullpen meltdowns in past postseasons, it has been a refreshing sight to see Dodgers relievers locking things down in the early stages of the NLCS. Moving forward, Los Angeles must keep dialing up strong outings from the back end of its bullpen. Timely hitting and heroic pitching efforts are twomust-have elements for any team looking to make a title run in October. In their 5-0 start to this postseason, the Dodgers have put both aspects on display. And now, following Sunday’s magical win, Los Angeles is believing that the Commissioner’s Trophy could be coming to the southland for the first time in 29 years. The Dodgers’ postseason slogan in 2017 has been “This Team.” The slogan is appropriate, as it appears that this team could be the one to finally solve the championship puzzle for the Dodgers. It appeared so during the regular season, but through five games of postseason play, the Dodgers have confirmed that they have the championship attributes necessary to win a World Series title. “What’s different about this team?” Jansen said. “We all care about each other. It’s not about that one guy or this … every night it’s been someone [different] stepping up for us.”Jansen’s sentiments about this Dodgerg team ring true. It’s been a different hero every night for Los Angeles all season long. The Dodgers have had 10 walk-off wins in 2017, coming from nine different players. The Dodgers’ collective efforts have brought them to the gates of baseball’s promised land. Two wins from a World Series berth and six wins away from ending a nearly three-decade title drought. This team will look to make another advance toward the Fall Classic Tuesday night in Chicago for Game 3. The Dodgers now leave the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine for those of Wrigley Field. Behind Yu Darvish, Los Angeles will look to take a stranglehold on this series and return home by the end of the week with the franchise’s first National League pennant since 1988. This team. This team is the one with all the potential to return World Series prosperity to the Dodger faithful. Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, Viscarra’s Vice, runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

B&H Futsal Team Better Than Macedonia

first_imgThe B&H Futsal team beat Macedonia last night in a friendly match in Veles with a score of 4:3 (0:0).Aladžić had two goals for B&H in the 30th and 34th minute, and one by Mulahmetović in the 36th minute and Lalić in the 39th minute.On the Macedonian team, Todorovski scored in the 28th minute, Micevski in the 37th and Rangotov in the 40th minute of the game.This was the second meeting of the B&H and Macedonian teams in two days, and in the first game Macedonia won with a score of 4:2.(Source: read more

Alic, Mesic and Tuka to Represent BiH on the European Championship

first_img(Source: Three BH athletes – shot putter Hamza Alic (Athletic Club Zenica), Kemal Mesic (AK Sarajevo) and Amel Tuka (AK Zenica) will participate in the race to 800 m.On Wednesdays morning, the athletic representation of BIH will travel to Prague where from 6th until 8th March, the 33rd European Indoor Championships, will be held.The main aim of the BH representatives on the EP will be to qualify in the finals. According to the current form, Amel Tuka has the best chances to do so.“I know that my colleagues and everyone else expects me to do well. I am satisfied with the form, the most important is that I am healthy and that I feel good and that I will do everything to present my city and BiH”, said Tuka.He added that he won the gold medal on the recent Balkan Championship, but said that the two competitions are not comparable.“Balkan Games where I won gold is not at the level of European competition, but I will certainly do my best”, said Tuka.Opportunity to qualify for the finals will have the best “bowlers” of BiH as well.Mesic will travel to Prague with the best score of the season 19.80 m, while the European indoor vice champion from 2013 in Goteborg Hamza Alic has a somewhat weaker result – 19.65 m.last_img read more


first_imgMemories of the Past in St. Connell’s Museum & Heritage Centre:Today Saturday 24th August from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Traditional Craft Workers will be in St. Connell’s Museum & Heritage Centre, Glenties demonstrating their traditional crafts and skills. There will also be guided tours of the Museum. Partial wheelchair access. For more information (087)6542203.Irish Dance Classes: Irish Dance Classes will resume on Tuesday 3rd September in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties Beginners and Junior Dancers are welcome at 4 p.m. Advance Class at 5 p.m.Wedding Bells:Congratulations and best wishes to Daniel Furey, son of Patsy and Bried Furey, Ard Patrick, Glenties and his bride Jamie Lee Fox, Sligo who were married in Sligo Cathedral on Saturday 17th August 2013. The reception was held in The Diamond Coast Hotel, Eniscrone and the honeymoon is being spent in Las Vegas and Cancun.Bingo: Winners at the Bingo on Tuesday 13/08/2013 were – € 50 winners – Sally McGuigan, Patrick McHugh, Nora Gallagher, Breidin Keeney, Rosaleen Gallagher, Nancy Dorrian, Kathleen McGlynn, Bernadette McDevitt, Mamie McGeehan, Fergus Roarty, Gazley, Mary Furey, and Eimear Doherty; € 100 Winners – Margaret Reilly, Rose Boyle, Emma Sweeney, Maura Gallagher, Kitty McGlynn, Amanda O’Connell, Mary Duffy, Charlie McLaughlin and Kay McGeehan; € 40 Winner – Mary Duffy; € 300 Winner – Winnie Long.Connell’s Museum & Heritage Centre Society Limited, Glenties:St. St.Connell’s Museum Committee would like to thank all their subscribers for their generous donations to their recent Church Gate Collection which came to € 650. This will be a great help in enabling The Committee to carry on The Museum.Big Bingo:Big Bingo in the Glenties Community Centre on the 10th September 2013 at 9 p.m. Doors will open from 7.30pm. Every line €100, every house €300. Jackpot €2000 paid out on the night. Snooker:Snooker room is available from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day.Anyone who would like to book the Community Centre ring 0872679321.Positions Available: Glenties Community Centre Amalgamated C. E. Scheme are recruiting new participants for their scheme which will commence on 26/09/2013. Any one interested should email [email protected] or ring 087 9695053. Fás criteria apply.Glenties Community Centre:Bingo in the Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Every line € 50, every house € 100, if not won jackpot will be €7900 on 45 numbers or less on the 27/08/2013. If not won on the night € 300 will be paid out. In house draws.Donegal Leprosy Fund Church Gate Collection:The Donegal Leprosy Fund Church Gate Collection taken up on 3rd & 4th August amounted to € 530.85. Thank you to all who supported this cause.You can send YOUR community news to [email protected] LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: August 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more