Douglas, Governors Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds Immediately

first_imgGovernor Douglas and CONEG Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds ImmediatelyWaterbury (August 5, 2008) – The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, today urged the President to release the remaining $120 million in contingency funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).The Governors had also voiced their support for Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) efforts to provide an additional $2.73 billion in FY2008 funding for LIHEAP in regular program and contingency funding; and now say the prompt release of the remaining contingency funding is critical to ensuring states-particularly those in the Northeast-can adequately prepare for the fall heating season. “Through initiatives like the new Wood Warms program and weatherization assistance offered through my Fuel and Food Partnership, my administration is actively addressing challenges presented by the upcoming heating season,” said Governor Douglas. “It is clear, however, that the federal government must release LIHEAP contingency funds in a timely manner so that we can continue to meet the needs of lower income families at the start of the fall season.”The CONEG noted the immediate release of these funds was necessary in the Northeast because preparations for the upcoming LIHEAP program year begin in July. Planning for the LIHEAP program is particularly important this year as home energy prices, utility service disconnections, and the number of households in arrears to utilities all continue to rise to alarming levels.Thanks to the financial commitments made by Governor Douglas and the Vermont legislature, last year Vermont provided the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, averaging approximately $1169 per household, with approximately 23,000 households served.”The LIHEAP program is critically important for Vermont’s most vulnerable families, and states must have the unwavering support of the federal government if we are going to be able to continue to provide a meaningful LIHEAP benefit to support Vermonters hardest hit by rapidly rising fuel prices,” said Agency of Human Services Secretary Cynthia D. LaWare. “Vermont is fully engaged in a variety of state efforts to ensure all our residents stay warm this winter, but we can’t do it alone.”#####last_img read more

Puzzling pig-linked disease spreads in China

first_imgJul 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A puzzling disease outbreak linked to pigs in southwestern China has expanded to 152 cases with 31 deaths, more than double the number of cases reported 3 days ago, according to Chinese news services. The AFP report said the disease is rare, with only 200-plus cases reported since the first recorded ones, in Denmark in 1968. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture said a vaccine for the illness would soon be produced and rushed to the affected area, according to a report today by the Chinese news service Xinhua. Doses “are expected to reach Sichuan Province in about one week after being inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture,” the report said. China’s Health Ministry reported the numbers as of noon today, according to China Daily. There were 106 confirmed cases of what the ministry called pig streptococcosis and 46 suspected ones, with 27 people in critical condition. On July 25 officials had reported just 58 cases, 17 of them fatal. All the cases are in Sichuan province. The World Health Organization said that if the disease is in fact caused by S suis, it would be the first time so many people had been affected at the same time, AFP reported. This would raise concern that the pathogen has become more virulent.center_img AFP quoted WHO spokesman Bob Dietz as saying that it was too early to know whether S suis is the cause, or the only cause, of the illness. The illness, featuring high fever, vomiting, and hemorrhaging, has affected people who handled sick or dead pigs. It has been attributed to the bacterium Streptococcus suis, commonly found in pigs, but past human outbreaks have typically been very small, according to health officials. Experts told the Beijing Daily Messenger that the disease has struck only those who had contact with infected pigs or pork and had open wounds at the time, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. Those who only ate the pork didn’t get sick.last_img read more

Valfresco Direkt is now available in the area of ​​Rijeka and the Opatija Riviera

first_imgValamar cooperates with more than a hundred local partners and suppliers from Istria, Kvarner as well as Slavonia and Dalmatia, with the aim of expanding cooperation to interested partners from all parts of Croatia. Valfresco Direkt offers a wide selection of fresh local products and groceries from family farms from Istria, semi-finished and ready meals according to traditional recipes, prepared in the central kitchen and distribution center of Valamar in Vinež, as well as many other necessities bought in the market. Valfresco Direkt offers in one place the products of family farms, winemakers, olive growers and many other local producers with a long tradition in the production of healthy and quality food, as well as traditional dishes and desserts from Valfresco Cuisine. Namely, Valamar launched its online store Valfresco Direkt for all citizens and tourists in Istria at the beginning of June, and at the end of June it became available for guests in Valamar’s camps on the island of Krk. Valfresco Direkt, Valamar’s online store with delivery from September 14, is expanding its service to the area of ​​Rijeka and the Opatija Riviera. center_img From now on, the citizens of Rijeka, Opatija, Ičić, Viškovo, Dražice, Jurdan, Kastav, Kostren, Kukuljanovo, Lovran, Martinšćica, Matulji and Mošćenička Draga will be able to order products from Valfresco Direkt. “We are proud that the citizens of Rijeka and the surrounding area will also become part of the Valfresco Direkt story, which has already been extremely successful in Istria, where we are continuously recording an increasing number of regular customers. By purchasing through the Valfresco Direkt online store, citizens can be sure that they will receive quality and home-made food and dishes prepared to the highest catering standards and a Valamar guarantee of quality and safety at their home address. Also, by buying through Valfresco Direct, customers directly support the local community and gain access to groceries that are difficult to find in retail chains. “, said Karmela Višković, Valamar’s product development director and Valfresco Direkt project manager.last_img read more

Dutch pension fund BpfBouw to expand into local real estate

first_imgBpfBouw, the €40bn pension fund for the Dutch building industry, is planning to increase its investments in Dutch real estate to €6.6bn, having already allocated €500m for new developments. It is also considering investing in property in the care sector, according to its 2013 annual report.Last year, nearly 20% of BpfBouw’s entire portfolio was invested in the Netherlands, and more than half of that was in property.The pension fund expected the extension of its local property holdings would generate stable returns of 3.5%. The scheme said it largely continued to stick with its investment mix of 15.3% real estate, 33.3% equity and 40.5% fixed income.However, the board has decided to set the allocation to private equity, commodities and hedge funds – last year 2.6%, 4.1% and 3.7%, respectively – at 4% each.To reduce its equity risk, it also increased its allocation to low-volatility equity in developed markets from 10% to 25%.BpfBouw started investing in sustainable energy and responsible nature and forestry conservation through ‘green bonds’.The building scheme reported a return on investments of 4.8%.However, this result was halved, following a 3.8% loss on the 66% interest hedge on its liabilities due to rising interest rates, it said.Developed market equity, with a return of 20.4%, was BpfBouw’s best performing investment.By contrast, the scheme incurred a 6.5% loss on emerging market equities.It also lost 1% on its fixed income portfolio, with government bonds, credit and inflation-linked bonds delivering 0.1%, -1.6% and -4.1%, respectively.The scheme’s combined property holdings returned 1.6%, but its stake in global real estate produced 7%, it said.BpfBouw attributed the 16.6% private equity return to the maturing of the portfolio.However, the return on hedge funds did not exceed 0.1%, with Funded Asset Management generating a 3.3% loss.As a consequence, the scheme’s board decided to divest its FAA portfolio gradually.The pension fund said it spent €107 per participant on administration costs last year, adding that asset management and transactions cost 58 and 14 basis points of its asset under management, respectively.BpfBouw has almost 806,000 participants in total, affiliated with 11,620 employers.last_img read more

AP2 creates ESG-led multi-factor equity indices for €10bn portfolio

first_imgAP2, the second of Sweden’s national pensions buffer funds, has created a pair of multi-factor indices to guide its internally-managed global equities investment, in a bid to improve returns and take more account of environmental, social and governance matters (ESG).Publishing its 2017 annual report, the pension fund reported a return on its total portfolio of 9.1% last year, compared to 10.5% in 2016. This excludes commission fees and operating expenses.Eva Halvarsson, chief executive of the Gothenburg-based pension fund, said the fund had been working “intensively” in the area of sustainability in 2017.“An important step in integrating sustainability as part of the investment decisions is that we have continued to implement ESG in the global equities asset class in our internal quantitative management,” she said. “During 2017, we designed two new so-called multi-factor indices where ESG is the most important factor for the weighting in the indices,” Halvarsson said.The indices are for AP2’s internally-managed global equities, which make up 29% of the overall portfolio, or SEK99bn (€10bn). One index is for developed markets equities and the other for emerging markets.To be introduced this year, they include all the factors AP2 seeks exposure to as well as ESG factors, and will replace the six indices the fund currently uses for this part of its portfolio.Claes Ekman, quantitative portfolio manager at the buffer fund, said: “Our new index has many benefits for today’s and tomorrow’s pensioners.“It has a better expected expected absolute and risk-adjusted return, lower costs and also takes ESG into account in the investment process to a higher degree,” he said in the annual report.Meanwhile, among asset classes, AP2 reported that Swedish equities generated an 11.3% return in 2017, while developed markets equities returned 10.7% and emerging markets equities gained 20.6%.Foreign government bonds and foreign corporate bonds lost 2.3% and 1.7%, respectively, while investments in Swedish bonds generated a return of 0.6%.Alternative investments, meanwhile, returned 9.5%, down from 2016’s 13.5%.The fund’s assets under management ended the year totalling SEK345.9bn, up from SEK324.5bn at the end of 2016.AP2 had net outflows of assets into the national pension system of SEK7.4bn last year, up from SEK6.6bn the year before.Halvarsson said that the pension fund had experienced increased costs in its supply chain in 2017, but that overall costs remained low despite this.“The way we deal with this is to manage more and more internally and continue to develop our activities in a cost-effective way,” she said.Operating expenses fell to 0.06% of asset management costs, AP2 reported, down from 0.07% the year before.last_img read more

House ‘hastily’ approves P4.1-T 2020 nat’l budget

first_imgThe approval of the budget bill was contraryto the 2019 budget, which was delayed until April./PN Days after President Rodrigo Duterte certified the measure as urgent, the House of Representatives “hastily” approves the passage of the P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget. ABS-CBN NEWS House speaker Alan Peter Cayetano thanked hisfellow congressmen for passing a “quality people’s budget in record time.” The six lawmakers who opposed the passage ofthe budget bill were opposition congressmen Carlos Zarate, Eufemia Cullamat andFerdinand Gaite of Bayan Muna, Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, France Castro of ACTTeachers, and Sarah Elago of Kabataan. “The House sacrificed the proper scrutiny ofprograms and projects of the Duterte administration just to railroad theapproval of the 2020 national budget,” Zarate said. In a 257-6 voting on Friday, the Houseapproved on second and third reading House Bill No. 4228 or the proposednational budget for next year. MANILA – Days after President Rodrigo Dutertecertified the measure as urgent, the House of Representatives railroaded thepassage of the P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget. The proposed budget was the first to breach P4trillion. It prioritized funding for education, infrastructure, security,universal health care and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. “Opomabilis po tayo pero hindi lang po sa budget.Our passing the budget on record time will give our standing and specialcommittees more time to exercise their oversight functions,” Cayetano said. Cayetano urged his colleagues to submit theiramendments to the proposed budget as he admitted that the expenditure plan fornext year was still “imperfect.” The approval of the measure came a month afterthe Department of Budget and Management (DBM) submitted its proposed NationalExpenditure Plan to the Congress on Aug. 20.last_img read more

Osimhens’ announce dad’s burial programme

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Victor Osimhen’s dad, Patrick Osimhen, will be laid to rest in Lagos on June 23, the family has announced.This was contained in the burial arrangement made available by the family. Pa Osimhen aged 80, will be interred according to Christians rites at a private cemetery, Omega Memorial Garden, Ojodu, Lagos.Late Osimhen, who breathed his last on May 23 after a brief illness, is survived by seven children.They are Andrew, Samson, Gloria, Esther, Joy, Blessing and Super Eagles’ goal poacher, Victor Osimhen.He lost his wife, Christiana Osimhen, in 2001 after a brief illness.The Osimhen family from Uromi, Edo State has also informed that they have concluded to adhere strictly to the social and physical distancing by the Lagos State Government during the burial ceremony. Meanwhile, Osimhen has been the subject of multiple offers according to Lille president Gerard Lopez.The 21-year-old scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit before the season in France was prematurely called off.Osimhen only joined Lille last summer from Belgian side Charleroi, but has already attracted interest from around Europe.Osimhen rejected Arsenal’s advances earlier in his career and the Gunners are on a long list of clubs tracking the Nigerian.Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Napoli are also interested, but Lopez is seeking a similar fee to the one that saw Pepe leave for north London if Osimhen is to depart the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Tags: Ligue 1LOSC LillePatrick OsimhenVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

EPL: Saints compound Bournemouth woes

first_imgRelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Derby County want Jordon Ibe EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Struggling Bournemouth’s Premier League survival hopes were left hanging by a thread following late VAR drama in a damaging 2-0 home defeat to local rivals Southampton.Cherries academy graduate Sam Surridge thought he had cancelled out Danny Ings’ opener deep into stoppage time at the Vitality Stadium only for the strike to be chalked off for an offside against Callum Wilson. Saints substitute Che Adams compounded the hosts’ misery by doubling the advantage in the final moments.Eddie Howe’s hosts remain three points below 17th-placed Watford, with an inferior goal difference and having played a game more ahead of next weekend’s season finale at Everton.In-form Saints striker Ings, who began his professional career with the Cherries, also had a second-half penalty saved by Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, damaging his pursuit of the golden boot.Victory for Southampton ensured a small piece of history in their remarkable recovery from last October’s 9-0 humiliation at the hands of Leicester.Unmarked Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse headed a decent chance straight at home goalkeeper Ramsdale, before Kyle Walker-Peters almost diverted the ball into his own net following good work from Cherries forward Joshua King. The opening goal arrived on the counter-attack four minutes before the break and there was an air of inevitability about the identity of the goalscorer.Lloyd Kelly’s sloppy pass out from the back was intercepted by Walker-Peters and, after contributions from Shane Long, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond, Ings shifted the ball out of his feet to clinically bend into the bottom right corner from the edge of the box.Bournemouth had battled back from a half-time deficit in sensational style to shock Leicester last weekend and needed to produce something similar.They survived falling two goals down in the 59th minute when Ramsdale saved Ings’ tame penalty after VAR punished Cherries substitute Harry Wilson for handling following Oriol Romeu’s header from a corner.Ward-Prowse, who missed from the spot at Everton early this month, stepped aside on this occasion but Ings’ effort at the end of a stuttering run-up lacked power, leaving him two goals short of the division’s top scorer Jamie Vardy. Bournemouth created little in the second period but looked to have snatched an unlikely point when Surridge drilled in from close range.Unfortunately for the 21-year-old, England international Wilson was marginally offside in the build up.Bournemouth’s players were left dejected by the decision at Stockley Park.Tags: BournemouthDanny IngsSam SurridgeSouthamptonlast_img read more

Bees bash West Genesee, win boys lacrosse sectional Class A title

first_imgB’ville was spectacular in all phases of the game in the May 24 sectional Class A title game at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, not letting up until it had put away the Wildcats 18-6.That it ended up this way was a bit of a surprise, given that WG, while losing twice to the Bees in the regular season, had led through three quarters of their second encounter on May 9 in Camillus, B’ville requiring a big finish to win 14-10 that night.Here, the alarm went off early. When the Wildcats’ Anthony Dattellas and Max Rosa netted back-to-back goals in the middle portion of the first quarter, the Bees trailed 2-1. Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys lacrosse It didn’t last long.Less than a minute after Rosa’s tally, Brendan Wilcox converted to tie it 2-2, and when Austin Bolton followed it up a goal (one of two he had in the opening period), the Bees led for good.But it was an eight-minute stretch of the second period that turned the game into a romp, B’ville striking for six straight goals to cap off a 9-0 run that displayed all of the team’s skill and depth.Adam Davis found the net less than a minute into the period. Wilcox, Connor Steria, Mike Tangredi and Spencer Wirtheim all scored, too, before Davis returned to complete his hat trick with 3:25 still remaining in the half.And B’ville didn’t feel content, even with a 10-3 halftime lead. Bolton dominated the third quarter, scoring three times as he ultimately matched Davis with four goals apiece, Davis also getting a pair of assists.Wilcox topped them both with a team-high five goals as Wirtheim, the catalyst for the Bees’ attack, dished out six assists and Braden McCard managed four assists as he, along with Quinn Peters, earned single goals.All along, B’ville’s defense was a consistent force, only letting three different WG players score – three goals by Rosa, two by Dattellas and one by Nick Louise. Dan Stehle was particularly good, turning away 17 of the 23 shots he faced.With the game well in hand, B’ville was able to truly celebrate this title as the clock ticked down, sure of the outcome, unlike 2017, and ready to see if it could translate into a first-ever state championship.And this only began a memorable weekend for Bees lacrosse. Former B’ville star Charlie Bertrand led Merrimack College to the NCAA Division II championship on Sunday, defeating Limestone 16-8 in Philadelphia.Bertrand, a junior, had four goals and three assists, giving him 78 goals for a season where he was awarded the Lt. Raymond J.  Enners Outstanding Player of the year, Division II’s top honor, and was chosen as an All-American for the third year in a row.In next Saturday’s Class A regional final, the current B’ville squad facesSection IV champion Corning, a team that’s won 16 games in a row, on the Hawks’ own home field.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Through the years and decades, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team had seen West Genesee accumulate more than 30 Section III championships, and if anyone did stop them, it required going to the wire, or beyond.When the Bees broke it own 25-year title drought and beat the Wildcats in the 2017 sectional Class A finals, it was close and tense, the victory a catharsis for B’ville players and fans who spent a generation thirsting for glory.Fortunately for Bees partisans, the wait for another sectional championship only lasted two years – and for once, it was West Genesee on the other end of a lopsided decision in the biggest local game of the spring.last_img read more

WBB : Hall looks to end slump as SU travels to take on Cincinnati

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 21, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Elashier Hall was on her way to becoming Syracuse’s star.The sophomore averaged 15.8 points per game and shot 47.5 percent from the field through an 11-game stretch from a Dec. 22 game against Clemson to a Jan. 29 game versus South Florida. She hit 17-of-32 shots from 3-point range. She scored double-digit points in all of those games except a nine-point outing against Marquette.But against Notre Dame on Feb. 1, that streak came to a crashing halt. Hall missed the only three shots she took in South Bend, Ind., and failed to score in SU’s 71-48 loss.The game was the beginning of a severe dip in the guard’s offensive production. Hall refused to call her past six games a slump, but the numbers prove otherwise. Her scoring average has plummeted to 4.7 points per game on 22.5 percent shooting in the recent stretch. She also knocked down just two 3-pointers in February after being deadly from beyond the arc during that 11-game hot streak.Hall will look to reverse the trend Tuesday when Syracuse (19-7, 7-6 Big East) takes on Cincinnati (8-17, 1-12) at 7 p.m. in Cincinnati.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s growing pains for her,’ head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘She’s got to understand, it’s really out of respect because a team’s game-planning for you, and they fly out and they run double teams. That means that they really respect her game.’Hall showed signs of a recovery Saturday against St. John’s by scoring 10 points in SU’s 78-67 win. But prior to that outing, her highest total in the subpar stretch had been seven against DePaul on a 3-for-13 shooting effort.In her mind, the main difference has been Syracuse’s game plans. The goal in recent games has been to pound the ball inside and let the Orange bigs overpower the opposition. SU’s frontcourt scoring has been up in recent contests, but there’s another area of Hall’s game that has contributed to her lack of production.‘Obviously shooting,’ she said when asked what worked for her in the hot stretch. ‘Just going hard, playing hard. That’s what I do every game. I don’t know. Maybe something clicked in those games.’As things started to click for Hall, though, opponents started paying her more attention. Hillsman said he first saw it after the sophomore tallied back-to-back 20-plus point efforts against Rutgers on Jan. 11 and West Virginia on Jan. 15.Defenders fly out and contest her shots quicker than they used to. Opponents double-team her and force her to dribble instead of giving her catch-and-shoot opportunities.‘I guess now she can see it,’ Hillsman said. ‘And now she understands people are not going to let you just come downcourt and let you get free shots when you are a prolific scorer. And she proved to be that.’Sophomore Carmen Tyson-Thomas and senior Erica Morrow both said the best thing to do in a slump is to stay confident and shoot out of it. Morrow added she can provide some help for Hall in games, but a lot of it still falls on the sophomore to work her way through the struggles.‘Just as a point guard, it’s my job to put her in positions to score,’ Morrow said. ‘And then from there, it’s in her hands.’Hillsman agreed the burden is on Hall to fight her way back to the level of production she was at earlier this year. He said the sophomore has to create more opportunities for herself to get going.She did that a little more Saturday, knocking down 4-of-9 shots against St. John’s. And Hall is still confident — slump or not — that she can rise to the occasion when the time comes.‘The shots that I get, I just have to convert,’ she said. ‘But I’m not really worried because my team will take care of it. I’ll get it done when it needs to be done.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more