DVM: The World’s Biggest Game of Hide-and-Seek

first_imgDiel vertical migration (DVM) refers to the daily, synchronized movement of marine animals between the surface and deep layers of the open ocean. This behavior is the largest animal migration on the planet and is undertaken every single day by trillions of animals in every ocean. Like a big game of hide-and-seek, animals that perform DVM spend the day hiding from predators in the deep ocean, and then migrate to the surface to feed under the cover of darkness. In this article we will explore this incredible strategy for survival. We will introduce the animals involved, describe how the environment of the open ocean drives DVM, and reveal the questions still to be answered as the ocean environment continues to change.last_img read more

The Boris bounce has arrived says estate agency Chestertons

first_imgJ7Agents hoping for a post-General Election ‘Boris bounce’ should be reassured by the latest results from central London estate agency Chestertons, which has reported an ‘unprecedented’ surge in activity following the New Year.It may only be 22 working days since the Conservative won the election with an increased majority, and ten since the beginning of the year, but estate agency Chestertons says sales enquiries have increased by 76%, instructions by 20%, new buyer registrations by 15% and offers received by 43.7%.The company’s CEO Guy Gittins (below) claims this sharp increase in buyer and seller activity is due to pent-up demand being released.“We’re hopeful that this will result in more properties coming on to the market over the coming months, as the London market is dramatically under-supplied,” he says.“As agents, we’re in a privileged position as we get to see data that is not readily available to the general public and allows us to get an early indication on what is happening in the market right now.“For example, looking at the number of new applicants we are registering gives us a good indication of market sentiment and analysing the number of offers those prospective buyers are making show us their level of motivation.”Chestertons’ results reflects yesterday’s RICS housing report, which also recorded a 17% increase in buyer enquiries, more agreed sales including a 22% increase in London.“Sales expectations for the next three months are also positive, for the third month running, with 31% of respondents anticipating transactions will rise,” said RICS Chief Economist Simon Rubinsohn.Read more about the housing market. guy gittins RICS Simon Rubinsohn Chestertons January 17, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » The Boris bounce has arrived says estate agency Chestertons previous nextHousing MarketThe Boris bounce has arrived says estate agency Chestertons39-branch estate agency says sales enquiries have surged by 76% since the New Year and new buyer registrations are up by 15%.Nigel Lewis17th January 20200880 Viewslast_img read more

A Letter From Brandon lee Ferguson Candidate For District 77 State Representative

first_imgA Letter From Brandon lee Ferguson Candidate For District 77 State RepresentativeIf you’re like me, you complain every election about the candidates or lack thereof, because ourconcerns are not being represented. I am running because I believe it is time to make Evansville a better city and community for all.Every year, we put our trust in candidates believing they will carry forth our struggles, and represent us both fairly and equally only to be left behind once election season is over.  I, like many in our community work hard for a living, live check by check, and struggle because the cost of everything is rising faster than we can afford. Most of us worry about keeping the heat on, hospital bills, putting food on the table, and day care costs for our children. We worry about affording insurance, and making that next car payment, and so do our seniors.  They worry about health insurance,and bills while living on fixed incomes. These are real issues we are facing every day. As a son, husband, and father, these are issues very near and dear to my heart. I understand the struggles and frustration of working hard and continuing to make ends meet, and this is why I am running for office. I believe in our city’s potential, and I truly believe there are things that we can do to improve our community in ways that benefit all its citizens. I am running to move Evansville forward.I believe it is time we put ourselves on the map by having an identity. Nashville is known forCountry music, Orlando has Disney, St. Louis has the Arch, and Seattle has the Space Needle. Let’sencourage small businesses and become the entrepreneur city where we encourage not only bigbusiness but mom and pop shops alike not only start but succeed in our community.  Many qualifiedgraduates leave our city due to lack of employment, I believe we need to utilize our new IU MedicalCenter to its full capability, by insuring those students have great jobs in our community when they are finished.The Medical Center has potential to be a hub at the forefront of research and the development of cures for disease. This is a great opportunity with potential for creating even more jobs in ourcommunity.  We not only need more jobs but, good paying jobs making American made products, and this can be done once again by supporting small businesses in our community here in Evansville. We need to support and encourage those in our community making American made products. We have enough families working 2 and 3 minimum wages jobs. There isn’t a reason why we can’t make our own clothes, TV’s, washers…etc. It is not only unpatriotic but it should be illegal to take jobs from this country to another country and sell the products back just because of greed! Lack of employment leads to criminal activity, and I am also running to address and create solutions to the problems in our community in regards to crime and safety.As a father, and like many in our community, safety is important for our families and loved oneswhich is why we need to approach how we engage our youth differently. Instead of incarcerating ouryouth and putting our police force in harm’s way, we need to start looking at prevention measures such as educational youth programs, and activities that give our youth purpose. Let’s allow our youth to be engaged and responsible members of society by providing them with the right tools to help them stay away from criminal activities. Let’s keep open those venues that keep our youth engaged and allow ourchildren to explore without participating in dangerous activities for example; recreational parks, community pools, and libraries. I believe in promoting healthy, positive activities, where the kids can be kids.The diversity in our community is something we should all be proud of as it reflects the manycultures within our community. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an international district where wesupport those in our community who want to open businesses to showcase their culture whether in the form of restaurants or grocery stores? There are many wonderful things about our city, and I believe it’s time we make Evansville work for everyone. You won’t receive emails from me to raise money. I am not asking for your money because most of us are already struggling. I am asking for your support and vote to improve our community to become a prosperous, and better place to live.Let’s move Evansville forward.  God bless you all!Brandon Lee FergusonCandidate for District 77 State RepresentativeFOOTNOTE:  This letter was posted without opinion, bias or editing.  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Hear Renee Elise Goldsberry Perform a Cut Song from Hamilton

first_img You may think you know Hamilton, but we have a surprise for you: Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry and King Rorge (a.k.a. Rory O’Malley) shared a cut song at #Ham4Ham on August 31, which was also the last day of the incredibly popular Hamilton pre-show entertainment. Goldsberry sang, “Congratulations,” which ended up not getting its shot in the final Broadway production. Take a listen below and feel like you learned something new about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit musical! Happy trails, #Ham4Ham. We’re gonna miss you! Star Files View Comments from $149.00 Rory O’Malley Renee Elise Goldsberry & Rory O’Malley Related Shows Renée Elise Goldsberry Hamiltonlast_img read more

Kevin Kline Will Star in Present Laughter on Broadway

first_img Kevin Kline Star Files Related Shows Kevin Kline(Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images) Oscar and Tony winner Kevin Kline will headline a revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter on Broadway. Performances will begin early next year at the St. James Theatre; opening night is set for April 5. Moritz von Stuelpnagel will direct.Kline won Tony awards in 1981 and 1978 for The Pirates of Penzance and On the Twentieth Century, respectively. He most recently appeared on Broadway in the 2007 revival of Cyrano de Bergerac. He also appeared on stage in a Tony-nominated turn in Henry IV, Ivanov and Arms and the Man. Kline’s myriad screen credits include an Oscar-winning performance in A Fish Called Wanda, as well as Sophie’s Choice, De-Lovely and the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast.Coward’s comedy, which first premiered on Broadway in 1946, follows Garry Essendine, a self-indulgent actor who receives a visit from a young admirer, initiating a parade of intruders and interruptions, including his ex-wife, his manager and an aspiring playwright. The play was last revived on Broadway in 2010 with Victor Garber in the role of Essendine.The St. James is currently home to Something Rotten!, which will close on January 1, 2017. Disney Theatrical confirmed earlier today that the musical adaptation of Frozen will play the same space in spring 2018.center_img Present Laughter View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 2, 2017last_img read more

Poor energy sector returns making divestment decisions easier for university fund managers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:As big endowment funds face mounting pressure to reduce their exposure to the fossil fuel industry, there’s one thing making their decision easier: the energy sector’s underperformance.In the last ten years, the S&P energy sector gained just 1% as low oil prices, high operational costs and shifting consumer sentiment set off a wave of selling. In the same time period, the broader market gained 212%.Energy’s lackluster performance coincides with college students across the United States protesting university endowments’ role in owning and supporting fossil fuel companies. Now, from the perspective of fund managers, divestment could make sense on both financial as well as moral grounds.On Feb 5. the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted in favor of the endowment divesting from the fossil fuel industry in a 179-20 vote, according to the Harvard Crimson. The vote does not ensure implementation. — Harvard President Lawrence Bacow will bring the results before the endowment committee — although the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the University’s largest division. The vote in and of itself is important since Harvard’s endowment is the largest in the world and is looked at as an example for ways in which other universities can build their own funds. As of June 2019, it stood at $40.9 billion.One day later, on Feb. 6, Georgetown University announced that it would make no new investments in companies whose business is fossil fuel-dependent, and said over the coming years it would work to shed its exposure to fossil-fuel related companies in both the public and private market.The actions from Harvard and Georgetown follow the University of California, which in September said it was going fossil fuel free. In an op-ed for The Los Angeles Times the endowment’s chief investment officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher and the UC Board of Regents’ Investments Committee chairman Richard Sherman said the decision was “not exactly for the reasons you may think. The reason we sold some $150 million in fossil fuel assets from our endowment was the reason we sell other assets: They posed a long-term risk to generating strong returns for UC’s diversified portfolios,” they added.[Pippa Stevens]More: As big endowments spurn fossil fuel stocks, there’s one thing making this decision easy Poor energy sector returns making divestment decisions easier for university fund managerslast_img read more

Trump Obliterates Obama Environmental Regulations

first_imgOn Tuesday President Trump signed an executive order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency that directs federal regulators to rewrite the rules that curb carbon emissions in the U.S. while rolling back many other environmental regulations.With EPA head Scott Pruitt, Vice President Mike Pence, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a group of purported coal miners looking on, Trump put his pen to work dismantling a major component of President Obama’s climate change policies. Dubbed the “Energy Independence Executive Order,” it starts to undo Obama’s Clean Power Plan, rescind a temporary ban on new coal leases on federal lands, eliminates a federal guidance to factor in climate change when making policy and gets rid of the federal researchers who measure the social cost of carbon, methane and nitrous oxide.Trump said he signed the executive order to grow America’s wealth, gain energy independence and end “job-killing regulations” so the country can “put our miners back to work.” As he declared, it marks an end to “the war on coal.”The executive order sparked a huge reaction nationwide. Here in New York, the response was vehement, whether from elected officials or environmental activists.“If there was any doubt that big oil was back in charge under the Trump administration, today’s executive order lays that to rest,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.). “It reads as if it was written in an Exxon board room, with no regard for the health and safety of the American people, or the planet. This executive order is nothing more than a giveaway to big oil at the expense of the health and safety of our children and the bank accounts of hard working middle-class families. Simply put, the Trump administration has put the health of the American people and the future of our planet on the back burner all for the sake of lining the pockets of big oil and extreme-right special interests.”New York’s junior Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also weighed in with this tweet: Embed from Getty Images Her spokesman said, “New Yorkers are on the front lines of climate change, and rolling back this plan ignores science and the threat of extreme weather like Superstorm Sandy. Climate change will hurt our fishing industry, and rising sea levels will result in more New Yorkers residing in flood zones.” Long Island Republican Congressman, Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) applauded Trump’s action Tuesday, saying that President Obama had overstepped the bounds of the Constitution by ordering the EPA to overhaul the nation’s energy market through regulation and without an act of Congress.“I support President Trump’s executive order calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to significantly review and revise the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan,” said Rep. Zeldin in a statement. “While I support clean and renewable energy on Long Island, I am opposed to unfunded EPA mandates that ignore the role of Congress and the Constitution.“On Long Island we pay some of the highest electricity rates in the nation, and, as proposed, the Clean Power Plan is expected to double electricity rates,” Zeldin continued. “The solution is an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that lowers rates, is reliable, and protects the environment. I will continue working across the aisle to protect the valuable natural resources we treasure on Long Island, to support clean energy research and safeguard our environment.”His Democratic colleague from Long Island, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), didn’t see it that way.“President Trump and Scott Pruitt deny basic science and do what big oil companies tell them to do, even when it means jeopardizing our national security, environment, and public health,” said Rice in a statement. “But it’s people in places like Long Island who will pay the price of polluted air, rising sea levels and extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy.“We have an opportunity on Long Island and across New York to create a lot of good local jobs by leading the transition to clean energy,” Rice told the Press in a statement. “I’m going to keep working to make sure we seize that opportunity, even if the Trump administration continues to deny basic facts and lead us in the opposite direction.”She was joined by Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), who slammed the executive order for derailing important environmental regulations.“This executive order unravels important measures that are meant to keep the air we breathe clean for families and children,” said Suozzi in a statement. “Even if New York has clean power plants, polluters in other states will negatively impact our air quality. We can’t let that happen.“Keeping our environment safe is not a partisan issue,” Suozzi added. “As co-chair of the bipartisan Long Island Sound Caucus and a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, we need to work together to protect our ever-changing climate. [Tuesday’s] actions go too far.”Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, who represents parts of Queens and a sliver of Nassau, called Obama’s Clean Power Plan “evenhanded” and predicted it could prevail in court.“This executive order will certainly be challenged in the courts and I hope they will see Trump’s executive order for what it is—an ill-conceived and potentially dangerous plan that could hurt Americans and people around the world,” said Meeks in a statement. “Smart regulations help protect our environment and ensure that our children enjoy a beautiful world, as so many generations have before them.”In Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a joint statement with California Gov. Jerry Brown that reaffirmed both states’ commitment to exceed the targets of the Clean Power Plan and reduce carbon pollution.“Dismantling the Clean Power Plan and other critical climate programs is profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science,” the governors’ joint statement said. “With this move, the Administration will endanger public health, our environment and our economic prosperity.“Climate change is real and will not be wished away by rhetoric or denial,” it continued. “We stand together with a majority of the American people in supporting bold actions to protect our communities from the dire consequences of climate change.“Together, California and New York represent approximately 60 million people–nearly one-in-five Americans–and 20 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product,” added Gov. Cuomo. “With or without Washington, we will work with our partners throughout the world to aggressively fight climate change and protect our future.”Their statement noted that New York and California lead the nation in ground-breaking policies to combat climate change. Both states, which reportedly account for roughly 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, have adopted advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to meet and exceed the requirements of the Clean Power Plan and have set some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America–40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The governors concluded, “New York and California will continue to work closely together–and with other states–to help fill the void left by the federal government.”New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that he’s leading a coalition of 23 states, cities and counties in opposing President Trump’s executive order designed to curtail the Clean Power Act.The coalition includes the Attorneys General of New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as the chief legal officers of the cities of Boulder, Colorado, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and South Miami.“We strongly oppose President Trump’s executive order that seeks to dismantle the Clean Power Plan,” they said in their statement released Tuesday afternoon. “Addressing our country’s largest source of carbon pollution—existing fossil fuel-burning power plants—is both required under the Clean Air Act and essential to mitigating climate change’s growing harm to our public health, environments, and economies. We won’t hesitate to protect those we serve—including by aggressively opposing in court President Trump’s actions that ignore both the law and the critical importance of confronting the very real threat of climate change.” Schneiderman’s office pointed out that the EPA had adopted the Clean Power Plan “through a multi-year stakeholder process that drew heavily on the experience of states and utilities in reducing power plant greenhouse gas emissions…These states recognize that, on such a crucial issue that is already costing taxpayers billions of dollars in storm response and other costs, state action alone will not be enough and strong federal actions like the Clean Power Plan are needed.”Activists were practically unanimous in slamming Tuesday’s executive order. “Anyone with Twitter knows that President Trump fails to grasp the impact of his words,” said Travis Proulx with Environmental Advocates of New York. “But today, he’s demonstrated a failure to grasp the devastation of his actions as he’s placed our health and security at risk. With the stroke of a pen, President Trump thinks he can repeal facts and bully us back to the dirty and dangerous ways of the past. He may view this as a moment of ‘American Pride,’ but he and his administration are the only ones who don’t get that no one voted for air that makes our kids sick.”He urged Cuomo to step up.“If it wasn’t clear to Governor Cuomo before today why he must place his climate and clean energy policies into law, he must get it now,” said Proulx. “Climate action cannot be sustained through executive actions alone; New Yorkers need the force of law to protect them. As New York joins with California to fight for state-based climate action, it would be wise to replicate the wisdom of California by enshrining our goals and programs into law. President Trump may be a lost cause, but his actions are causing millions of New Yorkers who know that climate change is getting worse to engage. New York State owes it to them to provide security in knowing that their government is looking out for them.”Heather Leibowitz, director of Environment New York , called Trump’s executive order “an opening salvo. There’s a lot that the administration will have to do to actually rewrite the Clean Power Plan,” she told the Press in an email. “The fact remains that the Supreme Court has affirmed that carbon dioxide is a pollutant governed by the Clean Air Act, which obligates the EPA to address it.“There’s certainly other things the administration could try to do to slow our transition to clean energy,” Leibowitz warned, “but ultimately, I think the trend is unstoppable. Slowing it down can certainly do harm, but we’ll be doing everything we can at the local, state and federal level to limit pollution and grow clean energy.“When it comes to climate change, everyone lives downwind,” she said. “Allowing more pollution will increase the risks we in New York City and Long Island face from more extreme weather, coastal flooding and heat waves.”Leibowitz didn’t buy Trump’s explanation that repealing the Clean Power Plan as well as lifting other environmental protections will lead to many more jobs in coal mining.“Already in the US, more than 2.5 million Americans go to work every day in the clean energy industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors of our economy,” said Leibowitz.According to an analysis by the Energy Department released in January before Trump’s inaugural, coal mining in the U.S. reportedly accounts for 75,000 jobs, while renewable energy, which includes wind, solar and biofuels, has yielded more than 650,000 jobs nationwide.“The Clean Power Plan is one of the biggest steps forward to address climate change and promote clean air in the history of our nation,” noted Adrienne Esposito, Long Island’s executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “The President cannot obliterate a federal law just to give a gift to his friends in the fossil fuel industries.”Esposito pointed out that our region is especially vulnerable to the unfortunate by-products of fossil fuel.“Long Island is in the air shed of Midwest power plants, which means their pollutants travel to Long Island and degrade our air quality, and are deposited in our bays, harbors and estuaries,” she told the Press in a statement. “This means our waters will contain more nitrogen leading to toxic tides, and will become more acidic, which kills shellfish and changes the ecology of our local waterways. We need Congressman King and Congressman Zeldin to stand up and stop this public health and environmental nightmare. We have made tremendous progress in protecting our air and water in our nation. No one voted to ‘Make America Polluted Again’ so let’s stop this environmental assault.”center_img Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Završje won 2nd place in the selection for the best film location

first_img“Silver” second place is a great success for our Završje, Istria and Croatia! The voices and support we received from all over the world put Završje in the European film map and the very top of desirable locations for filming. Impressive locations, as well as state incentives, influenced the arrival of large film productions in Istria. A lot is being shot in Istria, and we believe that this result will contribute to greater visibility of Istria and Croatia, as desirable film destinations. Congratulations to the winners, we thank all the voters of Završje, and the second place we won gives us the wind in our sails for new nominations in 2020! At one of the most important film festivals in Europe and the world, the Berlin Berlinale, after almost 3 months of uncertain struggle in the race for the Location Award, the winner was announced. Among the 10 shortlisted locations, the Istrian town of Završje, a candidate of the Istrian Film Commission, which is in charge of promoting Istria as a film destination within the Istrian Cultural Agency, was also included. Let us remind you that in Završje, in the municipality of Grožnjan, the film Robin Hood was shot three years ago.. It has been organizing the selection for the best film location for the third year in a row European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN) in collaboration with the film portal Cineuropa.center_img Competing with other, magnificent 9 locations, being alongside nominated locations, European metropolises, beautiful millennial locations, breathtaking landscapes, was a real challenge for Istria and our little Završje, which has only 40 inhabitants. Ten European locations, all of which emphasize the beauty and diversity of Europe, were nominated by film offices / film commissions, members of the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN).Voting began in late November, and 31.12. the voting deadline was extended until January 20, 2020. Until the very end of the voting, a close battle was fought between the Croatian Završje and the Spanish El Hierro, the candidate of the Canary Island Film Commission. El Hierro is the location where the thriller TV series “Hierro” was filmed. In the end, by a majority vote, the primacy went to El Hierro. Source: Istrian Cultural Agency and Istrian Film CommissionPhoto: TZ Grožnjanlast_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf Vetoes Budget that Fails to Address Pennsylvania’s Most Pressing Issues

first_img Press Release,  Severance Tax Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf tonight vetoed the Republican budget that fails to address the core issues facing Pennsylvania, including a structural budget deficit, a drastically underfunded school system, and rising property taxes for seniors and middle-class families. The Republican budget is unbalanced and built on one-time revenues that lead to a $3 billion deficit.“The citizens of Pennsylvania sent us here to do serious work and to address the problems facing this commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “This includes enacting a budget that contains fair and adequate education funding in part by implementing a commonsense severance tax, providing property tax relief to Pennsylvania families and seniors, fixing the structural deficit, and providing a sound plan to create jobs across this commonwealth. This budget does not accomplish these essential tasks, so I cannot, in good faith, give it my approval.”Governor Wolf emphasized that he remains committed to working with Republicans to come to a negotiated solution. But he reiterated that he will not accept a budget that completely ignores key issues that he set out in his budget address, including adequately funding our schools with a commonsense severance tax, reducing property taxes, eliminating the structural deficit, and creating jobs in Pennsylvania.“Throughout this process, I have strived to work with Republicans. I have made concessions and I have kept an open mind,” Governor Wolf said. “In return, Republicans have simply said no to my plan that will get Pennsylvania back on track, fix our schools, provide property tax relief, and address our structural deficit. In fact, when asked what their counteroffer to my commonsense severance tax proposal was, Republican leaders said, “Nothing, yeah nothing.” That is completely unacceptable. It is not how to negotiate in good faith. This is why the people of the commonwealth have lost confidence in their government.“In business, I never saw negotiations approached in such a manner. Pennsylvanians deserve better and now is the time for us to get to work. It’s time to stop playing games.”In addition to its failure to address the priorities shared by a majority of Pennsylvanians and the governor, the Republican budget simply does not add up. The Republican budget relies on $1.5 billion in gimmicks and one-time fixes and would lead to a $3 billion dollar deficit. Instead of responsibly addressing Pennsylvania’s structural deficit, this plan is filled with smoke and mirrors like budgets of the past four years that have resulted in serial credit downgrades.In the midst of serious cuts to school funding at the state level over the past four years, Pennsylvanians have seen struggling schools and higher property taxes. The Republican budget fails to address either of these pressing issues with no property tax relief and a meager $8 million net increase going to the classroom, less than 2% of the $500 million needed to restore the damaging cuts of the past four years.It’s time to end the games and gimmicks. We cannot stand for the status quo any longer. Governor Wolf will fight for the people of Pennsylvania who elected him governor to move our commonwealth forward.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # Governor Tom Wolf Vetoes Budget that Fails to Address Pennsylvania’s Most Pressing Issues June 30, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

EIOPA to focus attention on occupational pensions

first_imgThe European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is looking to put a “stronger emphasis” on occupational pensions next year by implementing new technical standards and conducting further work for the revised IORP Directive.As part of its work programme, the Frankfurt-based authority said it intended to implement a first technical standard on the reporting of information of prudential nature by national supervisors in 2014.The authority also plans to conduct “extensive advisory work” as part of the upcoming legislative proposal for the revised IORP Directive.EIOPA said it would continue to work on the creation of a Europe-wide approach to personal pensions, with a clear focus on consumer protection. Carlos Montalvo, EIOPA’s executive director, said the work programme was “ambitious”.“Our priorities are driven by supervisory and regulatory convergence, enhancement of financial stability and promoting a leading role in consumer protection, which is key in our daily work,” he added.“We have made strategic choices in each of the different areas of work. And we need to keep developing the organisation, to ensure that in all these areas we can make a difference for Europe and its citizens.”EIOPA’s working programme is in line with the authority’s request for more independence.Earlier this year, it called on the European Commission to strengthen the authority’s operational independence, reinforce its independent role towards national authorities and enhance its mandate and powers.EIOPA’s plans also come at a time when the European Commission is supposed to launch a legislative proposal for pillars two and three – which focus on governance and transparency issues, respectively – of the IORP II Directive sometime this autumn.However, the Commission, which originally sought to launch its proposal at the end of this month, recently decided to postpone its plan, according to sources close to the situation.last_img read more