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Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite Visitors to “Creatures of the Garden” Event at the Governor’s Residence SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf, Governor’s Residence, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today invited the public to visit the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg this Sunday, August 9 for the upcoming “Second Sunday” event, focused on Creatures of the Garden. Each second Sunday from June through September, visitors are invited to attend a series of free summer events at the Governor’s Residence and gardens from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each event highlights a specific theme and features family-friendly activities.“We hope visitors from Central Pennsylvania and across the commonwealth will take advantage of this opportunity to explore the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence and gardens,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Second Sunday events at the Residence, which take place throughout the summer, provide a unique opportunity for the public to visit this Pennsylvania landmark and also participate in fun summer activities for kids and the whole family.”The theme of this week’s event is Creatures of the Garden and will feature presentations by the Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, ZooAmerica, the Backyard Beekeepers Association and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Residence docents, or tour guides, will also be available to provide information as visitors are invited to participate in self-guided tours of the Residence and gardens.Additionally, Second Sunday event visitors will be able to view the current art exhibition entitled, “Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania; Through the Lens of Paul W. Meyer,” which is on display in the State Rooms through August 31.Second Sunday events are free, and reservations are not required. No large bags, purses or totes are permitted, and security measures will be in place. For more information, visit www.residence.pa.gov.MEDIA CONTACT: Andrea Mead, 717-805-1779 August 05, 2015 # # #
In the statement reacting to ISS’s and Glass Lewis’ advice, CEPB’s Matthews said their decision “raises serious questions about how investors can receive advice that enables them to meet their fiduciary duties to navigate the financial risks posed by climate change”.“Our fear is that continued inertia in the proxy voting system will ultimately prevent the objectives of key engagement interventions such as Climate Action 100+ being achieved,” he added. The Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) has criticised influential proxy voting advisers’ stance on climate change-related resolutions ahead of an annual general meeting of mining company BHP in London next week.In a statement, Adam Matthews, head of ethics and engagement at the £2.3bn (€2.5bn) CEPB, called on the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) to convene “a high-level meeting of climate aware asset owners with the heads of the proxy voting providers to discuss a fit for purpose approach to climate change voting”.The statement was issued this morning after it emerged earlier this week that ISS and Glass Lewis had decided not to recommend investors vote in favour of a climate lobbying shareholder resolution at BHP. The resolution, which was co-filed by CEPB, calls on BHP to suspend its membership of industry associations whose lobbying activities are inconsistent with the goals of the Paris agreement on climate change.The proxy advisers’ standard recommendation to investors was to vote against the resolution, with both service providers noting that the final decision was investors’. The BHP board has recommended shareholders oppose. “The decision by ISS and Glass Lewis … raises serious questions about how investors can receive advice that enables them to meet their fiduciary duties to navigate the financial risks posed by climate change”Adam Matthews, head of ethics and engagement at the Church of England Pensions BoardAccording to the CEPB, as of this morning investors with more than £2.1trn (€2.3trn) of assets under management had indicated they would support the resolution. Aberdeen Standard Investments, which holds around 3.2% of BHP shares, publicly declared its support for the resolution early this afternoon.Not all proxy voting agencies recommended a vote against the resolution: PIRC, a smaller outfit, recommended shareholders support it.BHP’s London AGM is on 17 October 2019, with the Sydney AGM on 7 November.The ISS and Glass Lewis perspectiveAaron Bertinetti, senior vice president, research and engagement at Glass Lewis, responded to CEPB’s statement, saying that the firm’s clients made their own judgements on proxy voting matters “as required of fiduciaries acting on behalf of the investments and retirements of their beneficiaries”.The company’s advice was an input to “the sophisticated decision-making processes” they used to do this, he added.“Climate change is a very serious and material issue, but it is not the only issue that is of concern or required to be considered by fiduciaries”Aaron Bertinetti, senior vice president, research and engagement at Glass Lewis“Climate change is a very serious and material issue, but it is not the only issue that is of concern or required to be considered by fiduciaries,” said Bertinetti. “[W]e do not blindly support or oppose issue-based proposals, we support some but not others based on whether each individual proposal is in the best interests of shareholders at each particular company.”ISS has a policy not to provide ad hoc comment to media on “evolving stock-specific situations”.A spokeswoman noted that clients can request custom and speciality policies, which can include policies based on sustainability considerations, and also said the ultimate voting decision was the responsibility of the investor, in keeping with their fiduciary duties.The reasoning behind the firms’ non-tailored voting recommendation on the BHP climate lobbying resolution was roughly similar. Both noted, among other points, that the company was carrying out a further review of its industry associations and was due to publish a report on this soon.Glass Lewis said BHP had “demonstrated responsiveness” to shareholders’ concerns about positions taken by their trade associations, and that it believed the company was “in the best position to determine what actions to take regarding either productive engagement with or its membership status with its industry associations”.Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the PRI, said the organisation would be happy to organise a meeting with asset owners and proxy advisory firms.“As an industry, we must acknowledge that one of the key reasons the world is so far behind in limiting the world to 1.5 degrees of warming is that the negative corporate climate lobby is winning the day with delay and denial,” she said.Last year the PRI produced a guide to help investors engage with portfolio companies on their direct and indirect lobbying practices related to climate policy.
This led to an estimate that at least 10% of sponsoring employers were likely to delay making contributions for at least three months.According to the Pension Protection Fund, as at the end of March there were 5,436 defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in operation in the private sector – LCP applied 10% to that figure.According to data prepared by the Office for National Statistics, in a typical quarter employers pay around £5.5bn into DB schemes in the UK, with the large majority of this being to clear deficits.If 10% of schemes were to agree to DRC delays, this would suggest around £500m in payments was being put on hold.Last month The Pensions Regulator published guidance effectively allowing pension fund trustees to agree to sponsors delaying making contributions where the firm faces serious economic challenges, subject to certain safeguards.These safeguards include that the companies must also be cutting back on dividends and bonuses and must have explored other methods of easing their short-term cash-flow problems.“Some firms that are fundamentally sound are nonetheless facing huge short-term cashflow pressures during the present crisis”Jill Ampleford, partner at LCPJill Ampleford, partner at LCP, said: “Some firms that are fundamentally sound are nonetheless facing huge short-term cashflow pressures during the present crisis.“The ability to agree with trustees a delay in making pension contributions will help them to weather the present storm and continue their support to the scheme in the long-term.”According to LCP, reasons for employers not seeking to take advantage of these easements included that their next contribution may not be due for some months, as some deficit contributions are only due annually or twice yearly.In addition, some employers may consider that continuing to pay contributions now would help support long-term plans for tackling the deficit.Steve Webb, partner at LCP and former pensions minister, told IPE the consultancy had the impression some employers were trying to “reputation manage”, in that they would quite like to delay contributions but were aware of the potential implications further down the line, in terms of getting regulatory approval for a valuation on the basis of a strong employer covenant.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. More than 500 UK companies are likely to use new regulatory flexibilities to delay making pension deficit contributions in response to the pressures brought on by public health responses to the coronavirus epidemic, according to an estimate from consultancy LCP.It estimated that around £500m (€565m) in total will be held back by employers. There have already been media reports that firms such as retail companies Arcadia and Debenhams have sought to delay making deficit repair contributions (DRCs). LCP thinks its analysis is the first industry-wide estimate of how widespread such moves could be.It came up with its results by combining soundings from industry with analysis of data on more than 200 schemes for which the consultancy acts as an adviser.
Nigeria’s military cannot meet the president’s December deadline to crush Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising, and Nigerians must expect suicide bombings to continue, a government spokesman said Thursday.Air Commodore Yusuf Anas of the Center for Crisis Communication said the deadline “may be unrealistic” and warned Nigerians not to view December as a “sacrosanct date when all suicide bombings will end.”The 6-year-old uprising already has killed 20,000 people and driven 2.3 million from the homes.“The timeline on when to stop the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs into soft targets in any part of the country, especially in the frontline states, is therefore not tenable,” Anas said.Forces from Nigeria and neighboring Chad earlier this year drove the extremists out of areas in which they had proclaimed an Islamic caliphate. Recently, the Nigerian Air Force and ground troops have reported destroying numerous Boko Haram camps and freeing more than 1,000 kidnap victims.In June, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military to crush the insurgency by December, but the extremists have pushed back with village raids and urban suicide bombings that have killed more than 1,500 people.They have also continued to strike in neighboring countries. On Wednesday night, suspected Boko Haram militants raided a town in southeast Niger, killing 18 people and kidnapping a 3-year-old girl, according to a statement read out on state TV Thursday night.Last month, Buhari told the commander of the U.S. Africa Command, Gen. David Rodriguez, that improved training, weapons, logistics and welfare had put Nigerian forces in a stronger position.Boko Haram was named the world’s most deadly extremist group in the Global Terrorism Index last week, with 6,644 deaths attributed to it in 2014 — more than any other extremist group.
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Singing in public was a fear Tim Bedel conquered a few years ago.BATESVILLE, Ind. – Two Batesville residents are auditioning today for the next season of “America’s Got Talent” in Nashville, Tennessee.Tim Bedel, 59, and Mary Orr, 19, are performing individually with hopes to impress show producers enough to advance to the next round of the talent competition.Both Batesville residents are students at Miss Shannon’s Music Studio.Bedel says he will perform the Opera piece “Adagiou” at the urging of his music instructors.“Not my favorite genre but they said that’s my strength and I should go with my strength,” Bedel acknowledged.Singing in front of others hasn’t always come easy for the Batesville man. He admits he spent a large portion of his life scared to sing in front of others.“I have always sung but could never sing in front of anyone, until a couple friends of mine from New Orleans dragged me up on stage a couple years ago,” Bedel remarked. “That is when I lost my fear of singing in front of people. That’s when I realized, not only I can do this, but I want to do this.”It will be months before Bedel finds out if his performance nets a second round appearance. Either way, he says the trip to Nashville is worth it.19-year-old Mary Orr will perform an Opera tune in Nashville Wednesday.“If I walk away from this with nothing more than having the ability to say I put myself out there, then I will consider myself a winner,” he divulged.Bedel hopes his audition can help others overcome their fears saying, “I just want people to know, that it is never too late to go for your dreams.”Orr is scheduled to perform “La Wally” from the Opera La Wally Wednesday.Auditioning for a network television competition is a long process as both contestants are told they will perform sometime between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. today.
Batesville, In. — Local law enforcement agencies are among 111 selected in the state to receive money to purchase ballistic and stab resistant body armor from the United States Department of Justice.“According to the National Institute of Justice, ballistic body armor has saved more than 3,000 police officers’ lives during the past three decades,” said Dave Murtaugh, executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. “The ICJI recognizes local agencies that met the requirements for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership matching grants and applied directly with the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.”The City of Lawrenceburg $13,367.42The City Of Batesville $1,826.88Franklin County $1,617.22City of Rushville $1,483.81City of Connersville $912.85City of Greensburg $688.83City of North Vernon $788.26The Bulletproof Vest Partnership gave funding priority to cities, towns and counties with less than 100,000 residents. The 50-50 matching funds reimburse the purchase of NIJ-compliant vests that are made in the United States and ordered after April 1, 2017. The local agencies listed below must request reimbursement before Aug. 31, 2019.
Indianapolis, In. — By: Jerry Raynor, Indiana State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Steven Brown, State Executive Director, Indiana Farm Service AgencyFarmers are the backbone of America. They grow food to feed us, fiber to clothe us, and fuel to run our homes and cars. Their hard work and dedication provide economic stability across the nation – stability that supports rural economies and creates much-needed jobs in local communities. No matter who we are, where we live, or what we do, we all have a reason every day to celebrate and thank our farmers.March 14 is designated as National Ag Day. Today and every day, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Indiana join fellow agencies, non-profits, private industries, and consumers in thanking our agricultural producers for their contributions to our nation and beyond.This year’s National Ag Day theme, Agriculture: Food for Life, spotlights the hard work of American farmers who diligently work to provide food and fiber for the United States and countries around the world. At USDA, our driving commitment is to support them as they put food on America’s tables.USDA works with millions of rural producers through a network of local service centers that serve every county. Our farmers face challenges each day, and we’re proud to offer a variety of programs to help them fund their operations, manage risk, conserve natural resources, and recover from natural disasters.On behalf of USDA, we would like to thank our farmers for feeding our nation and the world. To our farmers: We are here to support you every step of the way. Visit your local service center for one-on-one support with USDA programs and services, or learn more at farmers.gov. On National Ag Day, and every other day of the year, we celebrate you.