Welch plan on UI Trust Fund would save Vermont $8.4 million

first_imgLegislation authored by Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) to support states’ Unemployment Insurance (UI) trust funds gained traction this week as the Obama administration signaled its support for the plan.HR 650, which Welch first introduced in the House last January, would extend for two years an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provision allowing states to delay paying interest on federal loans to cover shortfalls in their UI trust funds. If signed into law, the legislation would save Vermont $8.4 million in interest payments, according to state officials.Obama is expected to include the provision in the budget he submits to Congress on Monday.‘This legislation provides essential breathing room for Vermont and other states to weather the fiscal crunch created by the recession,’ Welch said. ‘The federal government should partner with the states to ensure that fragile signs of economic recovery are enhanced, not diminished. This legislation does just that, by helping Vermont and other states balance their budgets when times are tough.’Welch first unveiled his legislation at a Montpelier press conference in January 2010 alongside state, business and labor leaders. The Vermont Department of Labor on Friday said the plan would save $3.6 million in 2011 and $4.8 million in 2012.Vermont Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding said, ‘Given the pressing need to close a $176 million shortfall in the state’s budget next year, this temporary federal assistance would provide much-needed support when Vermont needs it most.’Passed in February 2009, the Recovery Act delayed interest accrual for state UI trust loans through Dec. 31, 2010. Welch’s bill extends that provision through Dec. 31 2012.  Source: Welch’s office. 2.11.2010last_img read more

Climate change investors call for greater policy coordination

first_imgMacDonald, also a trustee at the £42.6bn (€60bn) BT Pension Scheme, was speaking at a private equity conference supported by the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).He lamented the progress on policymakers’ attempts to limit global temperatures to within a 2⁰C increase, and said every increase took the world closer to the “tipping point for runaway climate change”.“As investors, whether pension funds, fund managers, general partners or limited partners, we need to think about the consequences of our investment policies and decisions,” he said.However, MacDonald praised private equity investors’ involvement in climate change and said it had become a mainstream discussion.Research from consultancy PwC showed institutional investors wanted private equity firms to quantify responsible investment within their holdings.The survey showed that 74% stated environmental stances, alongside social and governance concerns.However, only 19% of investors approached managers pushing for further evidence.“Limited partners and general partners are well placed to help make that transformational step-change the world needs, but we need to have real leadership from policymakers, and I sincerely believe investor engagement with them is not only highly desirable but absolutely necessary,” MacDonald added.Additional research from Mercer and LGT Capital Partners showed the overwhelming majority of asset owners considered environmental issues when selecting private equity, property and infrastructure managers, but less so with hedge funds. The Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has criticised the lack of coherent regulatory output on tackling the issue and said all investors needed to begin thinking about the consequences.Chair of the group, Donald MacDonald, said institutional investors had the capital but lacked the support of an appropriate regulatory framework or policies.“In many cases, energy regulation, pensions regulation and insurance regulation are simply not integrated,” he said.“The IIGCC has been engaging with the European Commission about the perverse impact well-intentioned regulation might have, for example, on issues around energy unbundling and pension and insurance fund solvency.”last_img read more

Syracuse ties season high in hits in 10-6 win over Canisius

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 4, 2018 at 6:55 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected] Left fielder Bryce Holmgren was at the plate. It was the bottom of the fourth and SU was up 4-3. Holmgren knocked the ball out to right field. It rolled past a diving Canisius first baseman and Holmgren was safe on first.Second baseman Gabby Teran advanced Holmgren to second with a ball far into center field for a single right after and Holmgren advanced to second. A wild pitch moved both players up a bag, placing both in scoring position. The next batter, center fielder Toni Martin, took advantage of that. She sent the ball deep into the outfield, doubling, and sending the baserunners home.After winning the early game of Wednesday’s doubleheader 6-2 and giving Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch his 600th career win, Syracuse (18-14, 4-7 Atlantic Coast) delivered its third-highest scoring game of the season in the second game against in-state foe Canisius (3-22), 10-4. SU had its highest combined batting average of the season and tied its season high in hits.“They have confidence in what they do,” Bosch said, “and I think what you see is that if one or two players have success the people behind them feel confident and it just kind of builds on each other.”Canisius was the first on the board, scoring three runs at the top of the third. It didn’t take long for SU to respond, scoring four in the bottom of the same inning.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt started with center fielder Alicia Hansen, who had gone 1-8 in her last three games, launching one deep into the outfield. The ACC leader in triples added to her total and put herself in scoring position. A wild pitch during the next at-bat scored Hansen.“For me to be able to go up and overcome all the struggles I’ve been having in the last few at-bats, and then coming up and getting a triple, I think that gave everyone confidence,” Hansen said.Once the scoring started in the third inning, SU scored in each subsequent inning. Four came in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two to top it off in the sixth.SU posted a .467 batting average. That is its highest of the season by .032 and is about .200 more than the team’s overall average. It also tied its season high in hits with 14.“On average a game is like eight hits,” Hansen said. “14 hits is definitely a lot.”After Hansen scored in the third, it was a few at-bats before the last three runs were recorded. Martin and first baseman Faith Cain both walked, putting them at first and third when designated hitter Rachel Burkhardt stepped up to the plate. A line drive down the third base side pushed her to second base and allowed Cain and Martin to score. Catcher Michala Maciolek hit one out to right field to drive Burkhardt in for the final run of the inning.Ten batters stepped up to the plate for the Orange and all 10 got on base at least once. Nine of the 10 recorded hits. Pinch-hitter Andrea Bombace was the only person to not record a hit but was walked the one time she was up to bat. It was the first time since the George Mason game a month ago that the Orange notched 14 hits.“For us that’s huge,” Bosch said. “We’ve had times where we’ve had a couple people in the line-up who have had good games but putting up one through nine at times has been difficult, and so to see everybody in the line-up at least having a hit or getting on base or doing something productive is huge.” Commentslast_img read more

Vinesh Phogat: ‘All I want is to win the Olympic gold in Japan’

first_img First Published: 24th September, 2019 09:22 IST Written By WATCH US LIVE She will not settle for anything less than gold at the Tokyo Olympics and she will do anything to achieve that, promises Vinesh Phogat after returning with a bronze in the World Wrestling Championship. “I know, I know. I am equally disappointed like you. I was the favourite. At least everybody thought so and I also felt that until I lost the semi-final. I should have won the gold at the World Championship,” Vinesh told Republic TV after her return from World Championship today.”All I want is to win the Olympic gold in Japan”: Vinesh PhogatVinesh continued: “But never-the-less, it has been an amazing journey for me — returning from Rio Olympics in 2016 to qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020. I had won many important gold medals, including Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018 during this period. This bronze is stepping stone towards Tokyo Olympics. All I want is to win the Olympic gold in Japan.”READ | Wrestler Vinesh Phogat sees ‘Japan as her biggest challenge’Vinesh, who was earlier competing in the 50kg category but switched to 53kg early this year, pointed out that her change of weight category had helped her immensely. “I have changed my weight categories, and it has helped me immensely. It has worked out well for me. My coaches have worked with me on this. It has been a story of extreme hard work and adaptability. The shift has been beneficial for me. The change in weight category has been advantageous for me. I have won back-to-back medals. I feel everyone is strong in the 53kg category. Japan, of course, is the powerhouse and will also have the home advantage. I would love to beat them and win the gold,” she said.READ | Vinesh Phogat: ‘Changed tactics suggested by coaches for WWC’Vinesh Phogat on missing the Rio OlympicsWhen asked whether there was the fear of 2016 Rio Olympics injury still playing on her mind, Vinesh said she would complete the unfinished task — her bout in next year’s Tokyo Olympics. “There are a lot of things going in my mind regarding the Olympics. Hopefully, in Tokyo, I will play the entire six minutes of a bout. A lot was left out for me to achieve in Rio. I was not able to play my entire match.”READ | Vinesh Phogat wins Bronze in WWC, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 OlympicsRelieved to have sealed an Olympic berth, Vinesh said the injury in Rio motivated her to make a strong comeback. “After my injury in Rio, I never thought I’d be able to go back to the Olympics. Somewhere in my mind, I felt incomplete. That feeling always kept on driving me to do better. I am very stubborn, I motivated myself to do better, and that is why I am going to the Olympics,” she said.READ | Vinesh Phogat eyes World Wrestling Championship title 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat wins Bronze in WWC, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympics WE RECOMMEND COMMENT FOLLOW US 11 months ago Wrestler Vinesh Phogat sees ‘Japan as her biggest challenge’center_img Suman Ray 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat eyes World Wrestling Championship title LIVE TV Last Updated: 24th September, 2019 09:22 IST Vinesh Phogat: ‘All I Want Is To Win The Olympic Gold In Japan’ Vinesh Phogat spoke to Republic Tv after she returned from the World Championships. She promised that she will not settle for anything less than gold in Tokyo. SUBSCRIBE TO US 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat: ‘Changed tactics suggested by coaches for WWC’ 11 months ago Saina Nehwal: Badminton ace’s journey from Hisar to London Olympicslast_img read more

Taco Bell customer gets doused with gasoline and lit on fire

first_imgTallahassee Police Department(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A suspect who poured gasoline on a Taco Bell customer and then set them on fire is being hunted by Florida police for attempted murder after the victim was left with serious injuries.The incident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 6:18 p.m. at a Tallahassee Taco Bell restaurant when the suspect entered the establishment, doused the female victim with gasoline and then lit them on fire.The suspect has been identified as Mia Williams, 32, “who identifies as a black female,” according to a statement released by Officer Rachel Denmark of the Tallahassee Police Department.Williams fled the scene of the crime on foot and police are currently looking for her whereabouts.“Williams was last seen wearing a black shirt with white writing, tan capri styled pants, and a red wrap on her head. Williams also had several necklaces around their neck,” the statement read.The victim, who currently remains unidentified, was taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering serious injuries.Investigators don’t yet know if the suspect knew the female victim involved in the attack or if it was done at random.Tallahassee Police Department spokesman Damon Miller told the Tallahassee Democrat: ”At this time, (investigators) are on scene trying to basically solve this puzzle, to figure out why this heinous crime was committed.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Two Dead, One Injured in TX Church Shooting

first_imgTwo people are confirmed dead and another has been injured, in a shooting at a church in Fort Worth, Texas.The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. at the West Freeway Church.One person was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second victim succumbed to their injuries en route to the hospital.Authorities believe the shooter is dead.This is a developing story.last_img

21-year-old intentionally runs over Vietnam veteran

first_imgAuthorities have arrested a 21-year-old man who told them that he ran over a veteran because he wanted to know what it left like to kill someone.Justyn Pennell was arrested in Pasco County Thursday after he called the sheriff’s department to report that he intentionally ran over an elderly veteran.Pennell told authorities that he left his home with the intention of running someone over and spotted the 75-year-old victim walking down the street with a walking stick. He then made a U-turn and accelerated in the Vietnam veteran’s direction to run him over.During the police interview, the 21-year-old also told investigators that he had been having thoughts of killing someone for months and that he was laughing and smiling as he ran over the victim.When asked why he contacted police, Pennell the car sustained too much damage and was immobile so he could not leave the scene.Pennell has since been charged with first-degree homicide.last_img read more

Vice President Mike Pence to campaign in Florida

first_imgVice President Mike Pence landed in Tampa, Florida on Thursday to attend events being held as part of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.Vice President Pence will make his way to the Hillsborough County community of Wimauma early in the day to host a ‘Keep America Great Rally.’ He is then scheduled to make an appearance at a “Latinos For Trump” event at 6 p.m. at the Nación de Fe church on W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee.His visit comes just a day after impeachment articles were signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and sent to the Senate.Trump Impeachment Trial Formally Begins Today, USMCA Passeslast_img

Demi Lovato to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl 54 in Miami

first_imgDemi Lovato will sing the national anthem at next month’s Super Bowl in south Florida. Demi Lovato will perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl https://t.co/vevAOryGVa pic.twitter.com/FUd2iw5zDu— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 16, 2020 The NFL and FOX said today the Grammy-nominated singer songwriter will take the stage in Miami on February 2nd to sing in front of a global television audience.The news comes after Lovato went to rehab in 2018 for a drug overdose.Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will provide the halftime entertainment on Super Bowl Sunday. 3 weeks until the Super Bowl so I’m giving you a sneak peak into my half time performance. Head over to my TikTok to check it out. Dance to On The Floor with me!!! I’ll reshare some of my favorites. #JLoSuperBowlChallenge https://t.co/zmYLllY0hO— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) January 12, 2020last_img read more

Kayaker found after missing for nearly a week in Florida Everglades

first_imgThe Collier County Sheriff’s Office says a Virginia man who went missing while kayaking in the Florida Everglades has been found alive by a helicopter crew.The crew spotted 67-year-old Mark Miele on Monday and led a marine unit to his location. Miele was transported to a local hospital to be treated.Officials say he went on kayaking on January 22nd and was suppose to be back on January 29th but never returned.National Park Service rangers found a bag with his wallet and phone Sunday, which helped authorities find him. Collier County Sheriff’s Officelast_img