UNC weekend events draw season-high number of fans

first_imgBlue skies and “perfect weather” helped Notre Dame welcome season-high numbers of fans to football activities throughout the North Carolina game weekend, according to Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety.Zach Llorens “For as bad of weather as it was for the Stanford game last week, it was the exact opposite this week, as it could not have been a more perfect day on Saturday for the UNC game,” Seamon said. “… As expected given the perfect weather, there were literally thousands of people who came to campus to enjoy the home football weekend atmosphere.“We saw an uptick in the number of people on campus as we estimated about 110,000 were here to watch the game, visit the Grotto and the Basilica, go to the bookstore, hear the band play their pre-game concert on the Bond Hall steps, see the player walk to the stadium and tailgate before the game.”Zach Llorens Seamon said 6,150 fans took the tunnel tour at Notre Dame Stadium on Friday and 1,516 visited the LaBar Practice Complex, both of which amount to season records. He said 8,250 fans attended the pep rally, and the number of guests at Friday’s football luncheon remained consistent with 1,050 people in attendance.Seamon said Notre Dame fans continued to represent the University and its football culture well by being “very welcoming to our guests and visitors from the opposing school.”“We’ve received numerous emails and letters from the North Carolina fans telling us how welcomed they felt when they visited campus,” he said. “That welcoming spirit by everyone on campus, including our students, is a testament of what it means to be part of the Notre Dame family.“This welcoming attitude is one of the main reasons why the University has such a special and unique reputation as one of the top places in the country to watch a college football game.”Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) officers arrested nine individuals Saturday, according to NDSP Chief Phil Johnson.“Three arrests were for public intoxication or public order related offenses,” he said. “Four people were arrested for shoplifting.“One man was arrested for attempted theft and resisting law enforcement, and one man was arrested for public intoxication and possession of marijuana.”Tags: Mike Seamon, NDSP, North Carolina, Notre Dame football, Phil Johnson, UNClast_img read more

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#TonyLove! Tweets From 2014 Nominees & More

first_img View Comments CONGRATS CHRIS!!!!!!! TONY NOM!!!!!! My man!!!!!! ONE OF THE BEST ACTORS I’VE EVER WORKED WITH!!!!!! http://t.co/n2dhND85z0 — James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) April 29, 2014 OK! Now that I have stopped screaming & crying! I just got nominated for a Tony! I get to sit in the seats @TheTonyAwards! WOW! So Blessed! — james m. iglehart (@jamesmiglehart) April 29, 2014 @raminkarimloo RRRAAAAAMIIIIIIIIIIIN! Woo! — Kyle Scatliffe (@KyleScatliffe) April 29, 2014 Congrats @AfterMidnightNY on 7 @TheTonyAwards Nominations including Best Musical! It’s a joy to share the stage w/ u all! Alright now y’all! — Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) April 29, 2014 @TheTonyAwards thank you for the nominations for our show. I’m beyond thrilled. A great day for ensemble acting & men in dresses. An honour. — Paul Chahidi (@PaulChahidi) April 29, 2014 I just found five dollars in my coat pocket! Feeling like a winner… — Kate Baldwin (@RealKateBaldwin) April 29, 2014 Oh my goodness, apparently I’ve been nominated for a Tony award. I can’t believe it. How rippingly thrilling. — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) April 29, 2014 Congrats @idinamenzel and Tom Kitt and Brian Yorky on Tony noms!! So great being apart of this amazing show every night! @IfThenMusical — LaChanze (@laChanze) April 29, 2014 The Tony Nominations are in! Thank you Thank you Thank you! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee! #ARaisinInTheSun! — Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) April 29, 2014 Of course, not everyone we were rooting for received a nomination, and, let’s be honest, we’re pissed. Fortunately, most of our favorite performers who were not recognized today handled it with grace, having nothing but kind words to say about their peers and shows: I am overwhelmed and humbled by the staggering level of love and cheers since this morning. My goodness. Thank you all. Also? Holy $#!t. — Jarrod Spector (@jarrodspector) April 29, 2014center_img Just woke up to a plethora of messages on all available apps. The global support already will be the best memory of today. Thank you all x — Ramin Karimloo (@raminkarimloo) April 29, 2014 THRILLED for all the #TonyAwards noms; @joshuahenry20, @sfosternyc and everyone at #Violet who I get to be in the building with everyday! — Colin Donnell (@colindonnell) April 29, 2014 Congrats to all @TheTonyAwards nominees!! A truly inspiring theatre season. — Sebastian Arcelus (@SebArcelus) April 29, 2014 Been trying 2 figure out how 2 best respond 2 tweets I’ve gotten about the Tony noms. Congrats to all nominees. Thx 4 tweets of kind words. — Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) April 29, 2014 Very VERY verrrrrry proud of our @iamNickCordero today!!! He is tall. He is quiet. He is Tony nominated. Bravo my friend:) @BulletsOverBway — Heléne Yorke (@HeleneYorke) April 29, 2014 I am part of a Tony nominated show that’s been CHANGING LIVES for almost 30 years, including my own. Congrats @LesMizBway & @raminkarimloo X — Keala Settle (@kealasettle) April 29, 2014 The 2014 Tony Award nominations have finally been announced, and we’re not gonna lie, we can hardly contain our excitement. You know who else is freaking out? The nominees! Take a look below at what some of our favorite performers had to say on social media about the honors, as well as some kind words from those we wish got some Tony love. .@iamNickCordero is the discovery of the year. His level of talent is what Broadway is about. @BulletsOverBway #TonyNominations — Zach Braff (@zachbraff) April 29, 2014 So proud of my partner in crime @RockyBroadway #teamrocky #hardworkwinsbitches pic.twitter.com/FNXHdEb2nL — Margo Seibert (@Margo_Seibert) April 29, 2014 AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY CRAP! I’m so blown away! — Lena Hall (@LenaRockerHall) April 29, 2014last_img read more

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Nevada to vote on 50% renewable energy requirement

first_imgNevada to vote on 50% renewable energy requirement FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:If at first you don’t succeed, go directly to the people.More than eight months after Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) vetoed a bill that would have increased Nevada’s renewable energy mandate to 40% by 2030, clean energy advocates have succeeded in getting enough signatures to bring an even more ambitious mandate directly to the state’s voters.According to multiple local news outlets, Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future did not only get the required 113,000 signatures, but more than 200,000 for an initiative that would raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) so that utilities will have to source 50% of their electricity from solar, geothermal and wind by 2030.This is a significant increase on the state’s current mandate of 25% by 2025, and would put Nevada in a four-way tie with California, New York and New Jersey for the third-most aggressive RPS, as all of these states have already mandated 50% renewable energy by 2030.Nevada is not exactly doing poorly at present. Even when large hydroelectric dams are excluded, renewable energy represented nearly 21% of in-state generation in 2017. Solar comprised more than half of this at 11.2% of total generation, and Nevada joined California and Hawaii as one of only three states where solar made up more than 10% of generation.More: Nevada 50% by 2030 renewable mandate qualifies for referendumlast_img read more

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Irish, Chinese firms partnering to develop 1GW Scottish offshore wind farm

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Independent.ie:The ESB [Ireland’s state-owned utility] has teamed up with a Chinese-owned firm to develop a €3bn-plus wind farm off the coast of Scotland. It’s the second major Scottish offshore wind farm project that the semi-State ESB has signed up to in the past year.In its latest deal, the ESB has inked a 50-50 joint venture with Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power – a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s State-controlled SDIC Power – to develop the Inch Cape wind farm. It will generate up to one gigawatt of electricity and include 72 turbines.Last year, the ESB snapped up a 50pc stake in the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore Scottish wind-farm project from French utility giant Electricite de France. Construction of the €2bn project, which features 54 wind turbines, is already under way, with full commissioning expected to take place in 2023.No specific timelines have yet been hammered out for the development of the Inch Cape wind farm, which will generate enough electricity to power up to one million homes.ESB and Red Rock Power have also agreed that they may collaborate on future energy projects.The ESB has a substantial presence in the UK market, owning power stations and wind farms. It also has a retail arm there. SDIC Power has assets across wind, solar, hydro and coal-fired power generation. Those assets have a total installed capacity of 36.3 gigawatts.[John Mulligan]More: ESB to co-develop €3bn offshore wind farm in Scotland Irish, Chinese firms partnering to develop 1GW Scottish offshore wind farmlast_img read more

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Is your financial institution prepared for the digital age?

first_img continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The digital age, as it has with so many facets of daily life, has permanently altered how regular consumers use and view financial institutions. Consider that today’s consumer only walks into a physical branch an average of three times per year; in 1995, they visited a branch more than 24 times a year. Today it’s easier than ever before to transfer money, apply for loans, make deposits and payments, and get information—without ever setting foot inside a bank or credit union.While consumer banking habits have changed, many banks have not changed their marketing and advertising tactics to keep up. And this is a problem. Non-traditional services like PayPal, Square, and Mint have ridden the digital wave and are crowding the financial services playing field. If traditional financial institutions want to compete, they need to embrace digital marketing.Traditional Advertising vs. Digital Marketing While we’re not suggesting you scrap your traditional advertising channels altogether, it’s important to know why they are limiting. The problem with traditional advertising is that it’s one-dimensional—it sends a single message and hopes that it is being received. Digital marketing, on the other hand, allows for continued personalized interaction with your brand, offers opportunities for consumers to take immediate action, and lets you track results.last_img read more

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Australia pours out $4.2 million in aid for Indonesia’s COVID-19 response through WHO

first_img“Supporting Indonesia’s immediate critical health security efforts, in partnership with the WHO, is fundamental to ensuring our region’s recovery.”Read also: UN allots $2 million for Indonesia’s COVID-19 responseWHO representative to Indonesia N. Paranietharan said that, over the next two years, his organization would continue to work with the Indonesian government to achieve improved national policies and procedures to better respond to public health emergencies.“With the support from [Australia’s] Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the WHO will be able to ensure essential support is provided towards the preparedness of the health system, including enhancing the national surveillance and case detection system and strengthening infection prevention and control activities,” Paranietharan was quoted as saying in the statement.Other countries and international organizations have also given aid to Indonesia for its COVID-19 response.The UN announced last week that it would contribute $2 million to support Indonesia’s COVID-19 response under its COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund (COVID-19 MPTF).Last month, New Zealand announced it would contribute NZ$5 million ($3 million) to Indonesia’s COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery efforts through UNICEF Indonesia.Topics : Australia is set to disburse aid totaling AU$6.2 million (US$4.2 million) to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support Indonesia’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.According to a joint statement by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and WHO Indonesia, the funds are to “strengthen Indonesia’s laboratories, improve the way Indonesia collects and uses health information and help to protect patients and health workers at health facilities”.“As neighbors and long-term partners, Indonesia and Australia are well-positioned to overcome these challenges together,” Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan said Tuesday.last_img read more

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Executive Order: 2019-01 – Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance

first_img7. Independent Agencies, State-Affiliated Entities, and State-Related Entities.Independent agencies, state-affiliated entities, and state-related agencies areencouraged to participate in the goals and provisions of this Order.8. Effective Date. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remainin effect until amended or rescinded by the Governor.9. Rescission. Executive Orders 1998-1 and 2004-12 are hereby rescinded.Attached File: 2019-01 Executive Order: 2019-01 – Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Environment,  Public Health Subject: Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable GovernanceNumber: 2019-01By Direction of: Tom Wolf, GovernorDate: January 8, 2019WHEREAS, the Constitution of Pennsylvania protects the Commonwealth’s citizens’ rightsto life, liberty, possessing and protecting property, and happiness. Further,the Constitution of Pennsylvania and various other laws also preserve theCommonwealth’s citizens’ right to clean air, pure water, and the preservationof the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth government has long protected, valued, and recognizedthese rights, specifically under Executive Orders: 1973-9 EnvironmentalProtection by State Agencies; 1980-3 Life Cycle Costing; 1998-1 Governor’sGreen Government Council; 2002-8 Governor’s Interagency Task Force onEnergy; and 2004-12 Energy Management and Conservation inCommonwealth Facilities; andWHEREAS, climate change impacts in Pennsylvania are real and continue to putPennsylvanians at risk: in recent years, extreme weather and naturaldisasters have become more frequent and more intense. Like many areas ofthe United States, Pennsylvania is expected to experience highertemperatures, changes in precipitation, and more frequent extreme weatherevents and flooding because of climate change in the coming decades; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to further reducing its net greenhouse gasemissions which, left unchecked, would create a high risk of irreversible,widespread, severe climate impacts in the Commonwealth and beyond; andWHEREAS, as a major energy provider, Pennsylvania can take steps to continue toreduce emissions in the power sector, increase reliance on clean energy andimproved energy efficiency, and continue reductions of potent greenhousegasses such as methane; andWHEREAS, as a major transportation hub, Pennsylvania can take steps to increasereliance on low-carbon transportation solutions, and reduce emissions fromthe transportation fleet; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s economy, health and safety, and quality of life of its citizensare dependent on the careful stewardship of resources, a healthy economy,and the development of technologies to enable economic growth whileprotecting the environment; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania has a robust clean energy sector that provides tens ofthousands of good paying jobs in construction, manufacturing, cleantechnology, and services across the state; and a wealth of job-trainingprograms to prepare workers for jobs in the energy efficiency and cleanenergy fields; andWHEREAS, Commonwealth agencies can continue to demonstrate their commitment toboth environmental and fiscal stewardship by implementing best practices toreduce energy and resource consumption, improve energy efficiency, realizecost savings, and protect the environment; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to joining and working with Pennsylvaniabusinesses and industry to reduce emissions through pollution prevention andimproved energy efficiency; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth is resolved to do its part to address climate change, themost critical environmental threat confronting the world.WHEREAS, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtueof the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania andother laws, do hereby reestablish the Governor’s Green Government Council (hereinafterreferred to as the “GreenGov Council”), and do order and direct as follows:1. Climate Goal for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealthshall strive to achieve a 26 percent reduction of net greenhouse gas emissionsstatewide by 2025 from 2005 levels, and an 80 percent reduction of net greenhousegas emissions by 2050 from 2005 levels.2. Performance Goals for State Agencies.All agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall:Collectively reduce overall energy consumption by 3 percent per year,and 21 percent by 2025 from 2017 levels.Replace 25 percent of the state passenger car fleet with batteryelectric and plug-in electric hybrid cars by 2025 and evaluateopportunities for the reduction of vehicle miles traveled andincorporation of new technology where appropriate.Procure renewable energy to offset at least 40 percent of theCommonwealth’s annual electricity use and evaluate opportunities tosource electricity through Pennsylvania Certified Tier I credits, and/ordirect purchase of renewable power generation sited withinPennsylvania.Any new building construction project, build-to-suit leased building, orrenovation project by a Commonwealth agency that costs more than 50percent of the replacement cost of the building, where the design of theproject commences after the effective date of the Executive Order, shall bedesigned and constructed as a high-performance building achieving a 10percent reduction in energy consumption over ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard90.1.2016. Agencies may seek US Green Building Council LEED certification,Green Building Initiative Green Globe rating, or a comparable numeric ratingfrom another accredited sustainable building certification program whereappropriate.3. GreenGov Council Mission. The GreenGov Council shall encourage theincorporation of environmentally sustainable practices into the Commonwealthgovernment’s policy, planning, operations, procurement, and regulatory functions,and strive for continuous improvement in efficiency and performance, to achieve thegoals set forth above.4. Composition of the GreenGov Council. The GreenGov Council shall consist of theSecretaries of the Departments of General Services, Environmental Protection, andConservation and Natural Resources, who shall chair the GreenGov Council jointly, aswell as other individuals the Governor shall appoint.5. Council Responsibilities. The GreenGov Council shall serve as a centralcoordinating body to promote the implementation of this Order and the achievementof the Goals set forth above. In this role, the GreenGov Council shall:Establish a schedule of regular meetings with designated representatives ofCommonwealth agencies to review methods, policies, programs, and actionsthat will implement the objectives of this Order and evaluate and trackprogress towards meeting the Performance Goals.Establish and administer a GreenGov certification program to assess agencies’efforts to implement cost-effective conservation and efficiency strategies andachieve the Performance Goals.Prepare, issue, and maintain an electronic GreenGov Certification Checklist,containing a menu of measures and strategies which may be employed byCommonwealth agencies to achieve certification in the GreenGov program.Work with all agencies to develop procedures to reduce energy and otherutility usage and costs in all Commonwealth-owned and leased facilities.Examine opportunities to provide additional training and acknowledgmentprograms to enable and encourage Commonwealth agencies to become moreproficient in identifying opportunities and implementing best practices forenergy conservation and efficiency, and create incentives for furtherimprovements.6. Responsibilities of Commonwealth Agencies.All Commonwealth agencies shall work to achieve the Goals set forth in thisOrder. In particular, all agencies shall:Develop policies to incorporate the strategies outlined in this Order toachieve the Commonwealth’s Performance Goals.Seek to implement new cost-effective conservation, sustainability, andefficiency strategies in order to achieve GreenGov certification.Complete and submit to the GreenGov Council a GreenGovCertification Checklist within six months of establishment of thecertification program, and yearly thereafter.Cooperate with the Department of General Services to track andanalyze agency utility usage through Pennsylvania’s utility billmanagement system.Establish energy and other utility performance benchmarks for allCommonwealth-owned facilities over 20,000 square feet which arecooled or heated over which the agency has jurisdiction.Designate an Agency Representative at the Deputy Secretary orequivalent level to attend meetings of the GreenGov Council andensure compliance and implementation of the necessary activities andmeasures to achieve the Goals.Evaluate opportunities and implement, where practical, renewable andclean energy resources, energy and resource conservation, and energyefficiency best practices at Commonwealth facilities.Work collaboratively to conserve energy and promote sustainableresources and best energy and resource management practices.Propose and support Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (“GESA”)projects for recommendation to Department of General Services wherecost-effective and appropriate.Provide to the GreenGov Council, or Department of General Services,any requested information and data needed to implement the intent ofthis Order.Contribute a proportional share of costs to support the GreenGovCouncil and the annual Commonwealth Comprehensive Energy andUtility Usage Report.The Department of General Services shall:Coordinate with all agencies to include green building, energyconservation, and energy efficiency practices as part of any newconstruction and renovation projects.Work with all agencies to track and analyze agency utility bills throughPennsylvania’s utility bill management system.Provide agencies with access to current utility bill performance data.Benchmark Commonwealth facilities’ energy efficiency against federaland association standards.Consider life cycle cost analysis in the selection of new energy sources,products, systems, and controls in conjunction with new constructionand renovation projects.Develop and implement programs to train appropriate personnel inbenchmarking, energy conservation, and energy efficiency.Pursue and facilitate the development of new GESA projects with allCommonwealth agencies.Contract for an annual Commonwealth Comprehensive Energy andUtility Usage Report covering all Commonwealth agencies.Research, recommend, and develop vehicle fleet sustainabilitypractices and metrics consistent with leading fleet accreditationprograms.The Department of Environmental Protection shall:Provide advice and assistance to the GreenGov Council and agencies indeveloping cost-effective conservation, sustainability, and efficiencystrategies necessary to implement the requirements of this Order.On an ongoing basis, develop and recommend additional no-cost andlow-cost management and conservation measures which may beimplemented by the Department of General Services andCommonwealth agencies.Assist the Department of General Services in developing andimplementing long-range management and conservation plan goalsand options to be applied in Commonwealth facilities.The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources shall:Offer technical assistance and references on green building and sitedesign, low-water landscaping, and related topics.Provide demonstrations of its high-performance buildings and sites andalternative energy and transportation installations and operations.Continue to invest in green building and sites projects on state parksand forest lands and in communities. 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El Gobernador Wolf urge a la legislatura a proteger a los propietarios e inquilinos del desalojo

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf urge a la legislatura a proteger a los propietarios e inquilinos del desalojo Economy,  Español,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf estuvo acompañado por el Director Ejecutivo y CEO de la Agencia de Financiación de Vivienda de Pennsylvania (PHFA, por sus siglas en inglés) Robin L. Wiessmann, el Senador Jay Costa, la Representante Maureen Madden y asesores para instar a la legislatura a que apruebe rápidamente una legislación que proteja a los residentes de Pennsylvania del desalojo de sus hogares y corrija un programa estatal que ayude a más propietarios e inquilinos según lo previsto.“Los residentes de Pennsylvania no deberían perder sus hogares o tener que preocuparse por un lugar donde vivir debido a las dificultades financieras causadas por la COVID-19”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Los residentes de Pennsylvania están haciendo sacrificios para luchar contra esta pandemia, pero un lugar para vivir no debería ser uno de ellos. He pausado los desalojos durante casi cuatro meses, pero ahora necesitamos legislación. Solicito a la Asamblea General a que apruebe de inmediato una moratoria sobre los desalojos y corrija las fallas en un programa de alivio de alquileres para que más personas puedan obtener la ayuda que necesitan”.Desde que la moratoria de desalojos de la Corte Suprema de Pennsylvania expiró en mayo, el Gobernador firmó decretos el 7 de mayo y el 9 de julio que protegían a los residentes de Pennsylvania de las ejecuciones hipotecarias y los desalojos. El decreto reciente expiró el 31 de agosto y el Código de Servicios de Emergencia del estado no permite que el Gobernador proporcione más ayuda relacionada con la vivienda temporal. Se necesita legislación para detener los desalojos en mayor medida y garantizar que las personas tengan un lugar estable donde vivir mientras la economía continúa recuperándose.El Gobernador también urge a la Asamblea General a corregir los defectos en la Ley 24 de 2020, que proporciona $175 millones de dólares para alivio de rentas e hipotecas utilizando fondos de la Ley CARES. El programa administrado por la PHFA tiene un proceso de solicitud complicado y está ayudando a menos personas de lo esperado.El Gobernador solicitó cambios para ayudar a los inquilinos a:Aumentar el límite mensual de $750 para el alivio de la renta a al menos el 130% de los límites de HUD. En algunas partes del estado, los pagos de las rentas superan los $750 al mes. Por ese motivo, los propietarios se niegan a participar y esto deja a los inquilinos sin asistencia para el pago.Eliminar el requisito de que los hogares tengan 30 días de retraso en la renta para ser elegibles para recibir asistencia. El requisito crea una carga injusta para los solicitantes que priorizan los pagos de la renta y la hipoteca sobre el pago de los alimentos, los medicamentos u otras facturas.Eliminar la verificación de que los solicitantes pidieron la compensación por desempleo. El paso administrativo adicional crea retrasos innecesarios en el procesamiento de las solicitudes y la disponibilidad de la asistencia.Brindar a los propietarios y acreedores hipotecarios la opción de perdonar los pagos de renta o hipoteca pendientes o permitir que el saldo se reembolse a lo largo de un año. Ofrecer a los propietarios el saldo de los pagos debería fomentar la participación en el programa.“En los primeros dos meses de administrar los programas de alivio para inquilinos y propietarios de viviendas, hemos aprendido cosas que pueden hacer que los programas funcionen mejor y llevar la asistencia a más personas”, dijo el Director Ejecutivo y CEO de PHFA, Robin Wiessmann. “Hacer estos cambios y extender el plazo de solicitud debería ayudarnos a brindar asistencia a muchas más personas y, lo más importante, evitar que se queden sin hogar”.El Gobernador envió cartas a la Cámara de Representantes y al Senado la semana pasada para explicar las recomendaciones.“Nadie debería preocuparse por perder su techo al mismo tiempo que le preocupa contraer un virus mortal y altamente contagioso”, dijo el Senador Jay Costa. “Nuestro trabajo es mantener a las familias seguras, no quedarnos de brazos cruzados mientras se quedan sin hogar a montones. Insto a los Republicanos del Senado a que nos llamen a sesionar de inmediato para extender la moratoria sobre desalojos y ejecuciones hipotecarias”.“Estábamos en una crisis de vivienda antes de la pandemia de COVID-19”, dijo la Representante Maureen Madden. “El virus ha quitado la fachada y ha dejado al descubierto las vigas desmoronadas. Ahora, uno de cada cinco inquilinos y propietarios no pueden realizar sus pagos mensuales. Piénselo. ¿Cuántas personas viven en su calle? Ahora piense en una de cada cinco casas vacías. Debemos actuar ahora”.“En todos estos años, nunca he omitido un pago, pero actualmente estoy en una situación en la que una opción es elegir arriesgar mi vida ya que soy inmunodeprimido”, dijo Jesús Rodríguez. “Muchos residentes de Pennsylvania han perdido sus empleos e ingresos, y necesitamos que la legislatura extienda la moratoria de los desalojos para proteger a las familias de la clase trabajadora de la falta de vivienda”.Para ayudar aún más a los inquilinos, el gobernador propone $100 millones de dólares adicionales para el Programa de Alivio de Alquileres para brindar más asistencia financiera a favor de los inquilinos de ingresos bajos a moderados que tienen problemas para pagar la renta como resultado de la pandemia. La asistencia se mantendría como subvenciones y los fondos se pagarían directamente a los propietarios.La Agencia Federal de Financiamiento de Vivienda, Fannie Mae y Freddie Mac han extendido sus moratorias de ejecución hipotecaria y desalojo hasta el 31 de diciembre.View this information in English.center_img September 01, 2020last_img read more

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Aon: latest valuations show 67% UK schemes use long-term funding target

first_imgTwo years later, in March 2020, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) published the first of two planned consultations on its proposals for a revised code.The LTO principle, Aon said, is key to the revised code and introduces for the first time an explicit requirement that schemes look to the long term: “By the time they are significantly mature, the regulator expects schemes to have a low level of dependency on the employer and be invested with high resilience to risk.”TPR has proposed that a scheme be considered ‘significantly mature’ upon its duration reducing to somewhere in the range of 14 to 12 years.It defines ‘duration’ to be the mean term of the liabilities weighted by the value of the scheme’s future cashflows; in less technical terms, it might be considered the number of years until the ‘average’ payment date of the scheme’s benefit outgo.Aon said the rationale for introducing such a principle now is the maturing of the typical DB pension scheme.The Pension Schemes Bill – which is currently going through parliament – will require schemes to set a strategy for ensuring that benefits can be provided over the long term, the firm added.In its consultation, TPR cites this as a requirement for trustees to set an LTO for their scheme with regards to the desired funding target – the long-term funding target (LTFT) – the time taken to get there and the investments a scheme will hold.In its 2020 annual funding statement, TPR said schemes with LTFTs already in place should be able to continue to focus on these targets with suitable short-term modifications and encouraged other schemes to set a LTFT.Although a revised code will not be in force until December 2021, based on the regulator’s current timescales, Aon’s findings show that trustees and employers understand the importance of setting an LTO, and that they are anticipating the likely changes to the funding regime.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Aon has published a report under its In Depth series, Pension scheme funding – an analysis of completed valuations, showing that 67% of surveyed UK pension funds used a long-term funding target in addition to a technical provisions target during their latest valuations.Of those schemes, 74% had a journey plan to achieve the target by the time the scheme was significantly mature, the study also found.The analysis sets out the positions of schemes at effective dates to July 2019, and considers the assumptions adopted for assessing schemes’ liabilities, and formulating recovery plans where schemes were found to be underfunded.The March 2018 Department for Work & Pensions white paper on Protecting defined benefit pension schemes proposed that a revised Code of Practice should include a description of how trustees and sponsoring employers should set their statutory funding objective – their technical provisions – in the context of their long-term objective (LTO).last_img read more

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DOJ wants graft charges vs Albayalde, 12 ‘ninja cops’

first_imgFormer Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde was believed to have violated the anti-graft law over an allegedly anomalous antidrug operation in Pampanga in 2013. According to the Department of Justice, prosecutors have found probable cause to charge Albayalde and 12 other police officers. ABS-CBN NEWS The DOJ on Thursday added thatAlbayalde did not implement an order “which sought to penalize police officersinvolved in the questioned drug operation.” Fallout from the Senate probe promptedAlbayalde to quit as PNP chief in October 2019, less than a month after hismandatory retirement. The police officers will be chargedwith misappropriation of confiscated drugs, planting of evidence, delay, andbungling in the prosecution of drug cases, which are offenses under theComprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Government prosecutors conducted areinvestigation into a complaint against the so called “ninja cops,” followinga Senate probe which exposed the alleged anomalies in the operation. During the hearings, former policegeneral and now Baguio City mayor Benjamin Magalong accused Albayalde ofintervening to stop the dismissal of Baloyo and his colleagues who were foundguilty of grave misconduct in connection with the 2013 drug raid.  MANILA – The Department of Justice(DOJ) said prosecutors have found probable cause to charge former PhilippineNational Police chief General Oscar Albayalde and 12 police officers forviolation of the anti-graft law over an allegedly anomalous antidrug operationin Pampanga in 2013.  It said Albayalde’s violation was“persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an actconstituting a violation of rules and regulations in connection with theofficial duties of the latter,” and “for causing any undue injury to any party,including the government,” under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Charges related to the planting ofevidence, bungling of the prosecution of a drug case and qualified bribery willalso be filed against the 12 police officers. All the charges will be endorsedto the Office of the Ombudsman. Indicted along with Albayalde, werepolice officers who conducted the raid led by Police Major Rodney RaymundoLouie Baloyo IV and 11 others. President Rodrigo Duterte has yet toappoint Albayalde’s replacement./PNlast_img read more

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