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Black Lives Matter: A next chapter

first_imgFour years after Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., young people of color are still dying. Still, as a panel discussion at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum noted on Monday, a movement has grown at the same time.With a new documentary shedding light on Brown’s life and the subsequent Black Lives Matter movement, the national focus has turned to basic human and Civil Rights issues broached by his death — and the killings of Trayvon Martin, Stephon Clark, Philando Castile, and others — that society is being called on to tackle.The Institute of Politics (IOP) panel discussion followed a screening of that documentary, “Stranger Fruit,” by filmmaker Jason Pollock. Pollock was joined by Benjamin Crump, attorney for the families of Brown, Martin, and Clark; Lezley McSpadden, Brown’s mother; and Jasmine Reed, attorney for the families of Brown and Martin.The discussion was moderated by Khalil Muhammad, professor of history, race, and public policy at the Kennedy School (HKS), and Ashley Spillane, Roy and Lila Ash Student Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, which co-sponsored the event with the HKS Black Student Union, HKS Arts and Culture Caucus, and the IOP’s Politics of Race and Ethnicity program.The documentary, explained Pollock, began when he moved to Ferguson after hearing what had happened to Brown. Coming from Los Angeles, he said, “I didn’t see anyone talking about the case of Mike Brown, and that felt like the most important thing.”Once he began to work on the film in 2013, its story deepened. “We wanted to show more of the context of what was happening in Ferguson,” said Pollack. “We talked a lot about the city of St. Louis,” where the so-called “race riots” of 1917 resulted in the deaths of more than 40 people of color, and possibly many more.“Our country was built on genocide and slavery,” he said.Reed said the film “did an incredible job of bringing you critical evidence of evidence that was concealed from the general public.”“We are hoping it will change the hearts of people,” said McSpadden.,Available on iTunes and video on demand on cable, “Stranger Fruit” will make its television debut on the Starz network on June 18. Pollock is also bringing it to various film festivals and is looking for a wider commercial release. A portion of the proceeds go to supporting Brown’s family.At the heart of Brown’s case, the panel agreed, is racism. Pollock’s film explores the history of this prejudice and points out the discrepancies in the evidence and treatment of this particular case.Crump stressed the importance of discerning the pattern in this treatment. To highlight the racism inherent in what he called all the “hashtags” since Brown, Crump pointed out the difference between these cases and the recent ones of the Parkland and Waffle House shooters, in which white suspects were apprehended alive.“White murderers are given more consideration than black unarmed men,” he said.To tackle these issues, Rand said the best way forward is a multidisciplinary approach.“We’re here because being an attorney is not enough,” Rand said. “That’s why we’re in the courtroom. That’s why Jason had to make his documentary. That’s why you’re here at the University.”Crump directed concerned citizens to the ballot box, noting that it is up to legal officials to get indictments in such cases. “We have to hold these people accountable,” he said.After McSpadden announced to applause that she was considering running for the Ferguson city council, she discussed her own goals of enlightening and giving comfort.“I’ll never get over what happened to my son,” she said. “If I can make a difference, if I can help another mother, and share with them this journey, I feel a little bit better inside.”last_img read more

Asian Allure honors alumni in performance

first_imgThis year’s Asian Allure, called “Timeless,” transported audiences back in time to explore the history of the Asian student community at Notre Dame. The Asian Allure performances, sponsored by the Asian American Association, took place Friday and Saturday in Washington Hall. Junior Michael Mercurio, director of Asian Allure, said the show adhered to its “Timeless” theme by telling the stories of Notre Dame alumni through traditional dances and skits. “We would not be the Asian community we are today if not for the timeless stories of all the students that came before us,” he said. Mercurio said Asian Allure is an important event for the Asian student community because it unifies all students of Asian descent. “It’s the one time of the year when all the Asian clubs get together to showcase our culture,” he said. “It’s the one time to really build community.” To collect the “timeless” stories used in this year’s show, Mercurio said this summer nine students interviewed alumni from all over the world about their experiences as Asian students at Notre Dame. “We told the alums [this year’s show] was a tribute to them, and they really found that touching,” Mercurio said. For the weekend’s performances, alumni’s narratives were weaved into a plot similar to that of “The Hangover.” Students with fuzzy memories of what happened the night before find a time machine to travel back to the previous night, but they accidentally journey back to 1905 when the first Asian student enrolled at Notre Dame. From there, the students keep traveling forward through time, watching the Asian student community grow on campus. Within the show, each Asian student club sponsored a particular act. These individual acts either showcased traditional dance or music, or presented a more modern twist, Mercurio said. “The Philippine American Student Organization has a traditional dance called tinikling where they have bamboo sticks and they clap them together, except they do it to hip hop dancing,” he said. Sophomore Denver Lobo participated in the Indian Association of Notre Dame’s performance of the traditional bhangra dance. “It’s a lot of jumping around, a lot of energy,” Lobo said. “It’s a very quick dance. There’s a lot of leg movement and hand movement in it.” Mercurio said this year’s Asian Allure also included an exhibit on the history of Asian Americans that was on display in Washington Hall. “It’s an educational thing,” he said. “We have quotes there, life advice and inspirational quotes from the alums.” Lobo said being a part of Asian Allure allowed him to connect with other students of similar cultural backgrounds. “I’ve gained a lot of friends from doing Asian Allure,” he said. Mercurio said he received positive reactions about this year’s show, especially from alumni. “I got more than a few people who said, ‘This was the best Asian Allure I’ve ever seen,’” he said. “Even alumni who have seen six or seven Asian Allures.” The success of the show is due to all the hard work and time the students spent on the show for the past few months, Mercurio said. “Everyone who was involved has a reason to be proud,” he said. “At times people think we’re not very visible on campus, but … we want to share with you. We love being a part of Notre Dame.”last_img read more

Former Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli discusses future as tenured professor and four upcoming spring semester courses

first_imgFormer Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli will teach four classes in the upcoming spring semester. This most recent development in Cervelli’s involvement at the College follows her abrupt resignation from her position as President on Oct. 5, 2018, and the filing of a civil lawsuit against Saint Mary’s claiming members of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees had pressured her to resign and had not honored settlement agreements.Cervelli, who has filled professorial and administrative positions at previous institutions, said she is especially looking forward to re-entering the classroom and teaching at Saint Mary’s.“I really, really couldn’t be more excited,” Cervelli said. “I’ve loved teaching, that’s what’s really driven me my entire career. It was always my dream to — when I finished as president — to go back to the classroom here. And I love the Belles. I mean, I loved being president, but I also love being in the classroom with the Belles, too.”Observer File Photo Cervelli said she is not quite sure how students will receive her as a professor, as they’ve only ever known her as President of the College.“So far, students have been very, very warm and friendly when I’ve met with them and talked with them,” she said. “I suppose they’re very curious. Because when you hold one role or you’re a figure in one way, do they see that other side? I hope there’s an open mind and I know there certainly is for me, and in many ways I’m going to be able to be closer to the students than I was president, although I gave it my best.”If faced with difficult questions surrounding the events of the past year, Cervelli said she cannot address certain aspects of her lawsuit with the College, but hopes by remaining on campus to fill a teaching position, she will show students how invested she is in the Saint Mary’s community.“I believe in life that honesty and transparency is the best way,” she said. “I can’t talk about everything because I’m not at liberty to. It’s not my choice. But I think I want everyone to know, from my perspective, that I loved being president of Saint Mary’s. I love the Belles, that has never changed. My commitment is still here 900% as it was. I can’t really speak to the rest of it. But I hope by my remaining here, and working hard on these classes that my actions speak louder than any rumors, reports in the newspaper, any of that. I think that one’s heart is demonstrated by who someone is and what they do.”Past multidisciplinary experience and future, far-reaching lesson plansCervelli received her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, and has previously taught courses in landscape architecture and design at other universities.“I started way back in 1981, as a junior professor at the University of Kentucky, and I taught there for 20 years in landscape architecture,” she said. “And then I went to Clemson University as Dean, but I continued to teach in the design studios. I’ve taught subjects like basic landscape architecture, site planning, urban design, urban planning, transportation planning, urban infill and revitalization, sustainable urban infrastructure, sustainable construction technology, graphic design, communication and leadership.”Cervelli is scheduled to teach ART 103, the Design Lab I course within the Art Department, as well as three classes within the College’s Environmental Studies program. These courses will explore environmental design, a field Cervelli said she is excited to introduce to Saint Mary’s students.“It’s a field that leads to many great careers,” Cervelli said. “And it’s very attractive to those that are interested in the environment generally, so it aligns with the Environmental Studies program that we started few years ago. The first class is ART 274, which is ‘Introduction to Environmental Design,’ so that’s kind of the basics of ‘How does one go about designing an exterior space?’ For those who are interested in landscape architecture, architecture, construction, real estate development or environmental art, we will be spending a lot of time looking at environmental factors but also how people use outdoor space.”This class will offer students the opportunity to work on projects pertaining to the outdoor spaces on Saint Mary’s campus, including the sustainable farm, she said.“I’m working with the facilities folks to identify some projects that they might like for the students to undertake,” Cervelli said. “Mark Kubacki, the head of the grounds, is excited for the opportunity to work with students. So I think it’s a great opportunity for students to be creative, but also see what it might be to actually implement something.”The second class within the Environmental Studies department, Environmental Design Studio II, is the advanced version of ART 274, Cervelli said.“These courses again are studio, so we’re spending a lot of time interacting one-on-one, doing critiques and working at a studio kind of an environment,” Cervelli said. “And so it deals with bigger, more complex projects. One might be, for example, the crossing of [Indiana State Road] 933 and the Avenue, and looking at not only the beauty of the area and preserving the Avenue experience, but also improving big-time safety issues there.”Cervelli said these safety concerns should be seriously considered, referencing a 2012 incident in which a Saint Mary’s sophomore riding a bike across State Route 933 around 9 p.m. died after being struck by SUV.“As we know, unfortunately we lost a Belle there,” Cervelli said. “I think there’s a lot of different lessons to be learned around traffic control, visibility, … all the different ways you can configure roadways to help, and it might get a little bit more fanciful, maybe some underpasses, possibly. So I want the students to be able to explore their imaginations, but also look at what may be feasible because you never know in the long-run, these ideas might be able to feed the administrations on both sides of the road. I’ve had some conversations with the folks at Notre Dame … about those issues because they’re concerned about them as well.”The third course Cervelli will teach within the department is titled “Give Me Shelter,” an exploration of the history and theory of the house, its impact on the nature of the family unit and its evolution over time.“We’re going to go all the way back to ancient times, and look at shelter in the most basic form for humans,” she said. “But we’re also going to look at some of the social issues related to housing affordability. We’ll also address issues of environmental justice as it relates and health as it relates to housing.”Within the studio portion of “Give Me Shelter,” Cervelli said students will complete an exercise in which they are assigned a hypothetical mortgage and asked to research what kind of house they could afford to purchase in South Bend, as opposed to other areas, such as San Francisco.“It really brings home both as a good exercise for students, for themselves in terms of financial management and planning, but also, what are the challenges to many people who work multiple jobs and still find it difficult to have decent housing,” Cervelli said.In pursuit of course approval and tenured teaching positionCervelli said the process of getting her lesson plans for these courses approved was extremely intensive, and necessarily so. When writing course proposals for a specific department, the department’s learning objectives must always be met, she said. In applying for her four courses, Cervelli took her proposals through the Art Department and Environmental Studies Department, as well as the multidisciplinary Sophia Program.“Saint Mary’s has a very, very involved process of writing course proposals, going through a review process at various levels,” she said. “You’ve got to give credit to Saint Mary’s faculty, they take this very seriously. They want to make sure that not only are you up to speed in your field, that you’re recognized in it, but you’re also looking at it through the lens of the student. They’re rigorous, I can tell you, and I did several revisions, which is great because it really, really made me think.”This approval process was crucial to Cervelli’s pursuit of a teaching position at Saint Mary’s, which was allegedly contested following her resignation. In her formal complaint, Cervelli claimed that the College had not honored its settlement agreement, which stated that Cervelli would be granted tenured professorship and the appropriate pay and benefits following her resignation.When the College filed a counterclaim response March 22, 2019, former assistant director of integrated communications Haleigh Ehmsen addressed these issues in a statement.“This case is about tenure, and as is Saint Mary’s policy and practice, we are working with Ms. Cervelli to get her classes approved so that she can teach,” Ehmsen said in the statement.Cervelli said she plans to continue working towards her original plan for after she resigned.“I was granted tenure here as a full professor,” Cervelli said. “And tenure is a very sacred and important element in higher education, maybe the most important in any institution of higher education. I’m proceeding on the same path that I planned when I agreed to be president. My personal plan was to come back home, be part of Saint Mary’s and be part of my hometown, and I’m continuing with my plan.”Tenure is an important principle to uphold at all institutions of higher learning, Cervelli said, and a concept sometimes foreign to students.“What it means is that the institution makes a commitment to the individual until they decide to resign or retire,” Cervelli said. “And then likewise, the individual makes a commitment to bring excellence to the classroom and to the students. To me, it’s a sacred agreement. And what it does is it provides you faculty that are at the top of their game, and that are truly committed as partners, true partners. It’s like a partnership in a business. And when you’re not really in a committed situation, faculty may not … be as committed in a long-term sense of really giving their heart and their soul to the institution.”Tenure also protects academic freedom, Cervelli said, allowing the professor true expression within his or her field of expertise.“So tenure is really critical, and it is a mark of quality to an institution,” Cervelli said. “And when I started by saying it’s one of the most sacred concepts to higher education, it truly is. My continuing in this position is a reflection of my personal plan, but it’s also my absolute and core belief in tenure at Saint Mary’s College.”Tags: design, environmental design, environmental studies, give me shelter, Jan Cervelli, President Jan Cervelli, tenurelast_img read more

U.S. coal mining jobs fall to near-record low levels

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wyoming Public Media:Coal mine employment in the U.S. has fallen to nearly its lowest level since the industry began reporting it. The industry has lost 2,206 jobs since the start of this year, according to updated data from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).The current average number of coal mine employees sits at 52,310. That’s down nearly half from 2012.Taylor Kuykendall, coal reporter for S&P Global Market Intelligence, said there was no big drop in domestic coal production, but it has been steadily declining. “Since late 2016, a lot of that’s been covered up by a boom in export coal markets. That’s starting to go away here in the third quarter,” Kuykendall explained.He added the drop is also connected to the bankruptcy of Blackjewel LLC this summer, which left well over a thousand people jobless nationwide.But Kuykendall explains the problem for coal jobs may continue as the challenge of oversupply with weakened demand remains. A report from Moody’s Investors Service in October showed the Powder River Basin is expected to see a significant drop in production in 2020 with potential mine closures too.“That it might be time to shut down some of those mines. It’s going to be complicated to see which of those mines might see that. Obviously, there’s a good bit of uncertainty in the region right now,” he said, adding there are several new operators along with a merger coming from Arch and Peabody. “It’s hard to tell if they’re thinking about maybe rationalizing some production or if they have no other plans for that part of the basin. I think Arch and Peabody have demonstrated that, if they’re not getting the prices that they want, they will pull back production,” he said.More: U.S. coal job numbers fall close to 2016 levels U.S. coal mining jobs fall to near-record low levelslast_img read more

Cops Probe 3 Armed Home Invasions on Long Island in 3 Days

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau police released this sketch of one of the suspects in the New Cassel case.Authorities are investigating three armed home invasions over President’s Day weekend, including one in which shots were fired and another in which the suspect pretended to be a victim in need of help, Nassau and Suffolk county police said.In the first case, a man knocked on the door of a Mastic home on Mastic Boulevard and told the woman who answered the door that he was hit by a car at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Suffolk police said.When the victim gave him ice for his wound, he pistol-whipped her in the face and stole her jewelry and property before fleeing the scene, police said. The nature of the victim’s injuries were unclear.In the second case, two masked men knocked on the front door of a New Cassel home on 3rd Avenue, displayed handguns and forced their way inside at 10:37 a.m. Monday, Nassau police said.The gunmen forced six victims—two women, a man and three children—into a second floor bedroom, where the assailants demanded cash before being confronted by a second man who returned home, police said.That’s when the gunmen fired a shot, which hit the wall, before they fled with cash and jewelry, police said. The second man then fired a gunshot at the duo as they fled, police said. There were no reported injuries in that case.Then, shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, two masked men armed with a handgun knocked at the back door of a Baldwin home on Fargo Street and forced their way inside when a 29-year-old man answered the door, Nassau police said.The victim struggled with the gunmen, who stole the victim’s wallet before they fled on foot to a dark-colored, four-door sedan that was waiting for them on Seaman Avenue, police said. The getaway car was last seen fleeing northbound on Grand Avenue.The victim, who sustained contusions and abrasions to his head, refused medical attention.The suspects were described as Hispanic men in all three cases. In the first case, the suspect was only described as being in his teens or early 20s. In the second case, one suspect was described as 5-feet tall and the other was described as 6-feet tall.In the third case, the first suspect was described as 6-feet tall, 175 pounds and the second suspect was described as 6-foot, 3-inches tall and 220 pounds. Both were in their 20s wearing black winter hats, black jackets and jeans.Detectives are continuing the investigations.last_img read more

Credit bureau Pefindo sees signs of recovery despite increasing bad loans

first_imgTopics : The bureau’s data shows that, as of June, banks made up 16.7 percent of total inquiries this year. In 2019, bank inquiries accounted for 11.8 percent of the total inquiries.The reverse trend was observed in multifinance inquiries, which made up the majority at 74.7 percent as of June this year, compared to 78 percent of the total inquiries last year.The loan disbursement rate among banks grew just 1.49 percent year-on-year in June, much slower than 3.04 percent in May, according to data from the Financial Services Authority (OJK). The government has moved to boost the disbursement by placing Rp 30 trillion (US$2 billion) in state-owned banks in June.However, the credit bureau highlighted an increase in the non-performing loan (NPL) rate among its members. It recorded a 3.61 percent NPL rate in June, up from 3.14 percent in May and 3.2 percent in March.OJK data shows that the banking industry’s NPL rate went up to 3.1 percent in June from 3.01 percent in May. Meanwhile, non-performing financing (NPF) increased to 5.12 percent from 4.41 percent in the same period. The bureau noted that 45.5 percent of debtors were classified as high- and very high-risk as of May this year, versus 41.2 percent last year.Debtors marked low- and very low-risk made up 33.7 percent, compared to 45.3 percent last year.“We saw a rising percentage of debtors within the high-risk to very high-risk categories and a decline within the low- and very low-risk debtors,” Yohanes added. Pefindo Biro Kredit head of research and development Lucky Herviana stated that the increasing trend of high-risk debtors might still continue in the future.“Changes to the risk profile are still very likely to happen,” Lucky said.The credit bureau projected the average growth of credit would be at 2 to 3 percent this year, considering a slowdown in the economy, weak consumption, low foreign investments and the impact of the pandemic.According to the Bank Indonesia Banking Survey published in July, credit growth is expected to slow to 2.5 percent this year, a decrease from 6.1 percent booked in 2019.Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo said on July 16 that loan disbursement was limited due to slowing domestic demand, as banks tried to avoid risks amid heightening debt restructuring. The central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate to 4 percent to support the economy. Private credit bureau PT Pefindo Biro Kredit has reported that it sees early signs of loan disbursement recovery due to rising credit inquiries, though it noted an increase in bad loans and high-risk debtors amid the ongoing pandemic.A credit inquiry is a request by an institution for credit report information on a borrower following a credit application.The bureau reported that it saw a surge of more than 100,000 credit inquiries booked in June to over 378,700 inquiries, from a year-low figure of around 263,000 inquiries in May, according to Pefindo Biro Kredit president director Yohanes Arts Abimanyu.center_img It was seen as a positive sign even though it was lower than the figure in the first three months of the year, which exceeded 1 million inquiries each month.“After the large-scale social restrictions [PSBB] were relaxed, several financial institutions started to channel loans, but this was limited, as evident in the credit report inquiries curve going upward,” Yohanes said during a virtual media briefing on Tuesday.The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has depressed the public and businesses’ purchasing power, resulting in cooling loan demand and difficulties in repaying existing loans. The economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year.Pefindo Biro Kredit recorded a 0.58 percent month-to-month credit portfolio decrease among its 296 members in June to Rp 3.36 quadrillion, although the figure was still an increase of 3.06 percent from April to May.last_img read more

Arsenal to back Mikel Arteta in transfer pursuit of Dayot Upamecano in January

first_imgAdvertisement Upamecano is a long-term target of Arsenal’s (Picture: Getty)Arsenal want Dayot Upamecano to be Mikel Arteta’s first signing and have made transfer funds available to the new Arsenal boss to complete the signing, reports say.Upamecano, 21, is regarded as one of the best centre-backs of his age in Europe and was subject of interest from Arsenal during the summer.RB Leipzig reportedly quoted Arsenal as much as £80million, but the Daily Mail claim the Gunners are ready to make a second approach for the defender.Arteta has demanded two centre-backs be signed in January amid mounting concerns about Arsenal’s current crop of defenders.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Arteta reflects on first loss as Arsenal boss against ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:49FullscreenArteta reflects on first loss as Arsenal boss against Chelsea is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Calum Chambers also appeared to suffer a serious knee injury, which could keep him sidelined for the rest of the campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s collapse against Chelsea in the closing stages of the local derby highlighted the need for defensive reinforcements.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityClub chiefs want to back Arteta in his first window in charge and believe they can convince Leipzig to sell at a knockdown price.Upamecano has 18 months left on his current deal and Arsenal think they could snap up the Frenchman for just £40m.After the injury to Chambers, Arteta admitted the club would now re-evaluate their transfer plans for January. Chambers faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines if his knee injury is serious (Picture: Getty)‘We will discuss in the next few days, internally, where we can improve the squad,’ Arteta said after the game.‘Because at the moment we have a lot of injuries like I said.‘Some of them might be long term as well, so we have to adapt the plan.’ Coral BarryMonday 30 Dec 2019 11:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Arsenal to back Mikel Arteta in transfer pursuit of Dayot Upamecano in Januarylast_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Three Bills Into Law

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Three Bills Into Law Bill Signing,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today signed three bills into law. The following pieces of legislation are now law:Act 17 – Senate Bill 284 sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker amends Title 75 (Vehicles) which will provide for special motorcycle plates related to veterans. Specifically, this will allow an honorably discharged veteran of the armed forces of the United States, or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, to obtain a special registration plate designating the motorcycle belongs to a person who is a veteran.Act 18 – Senate Bill 285 sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker amends the Military and Veterans Code to require that the Veterans’ Trust Fund include amounts payable to the fund for special license plates for veterans.Act 19 – Senate Bill 438 sponsored by Senator Donald White designates a bridge on a portion of State Route 982 over the Loyalhanna Creek, Westmoreland County, as the Lance Corporal Joseph E. Roble Memorial Bridge. July 08, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Burbank home with pool in the middle up for sale

first_imgThe office area has a man cave off it.The property has a “man cave” off the office, and a granny flat upstairs with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen. There is also a gym, spa and sauna in the same complex at the property. The shower is one-of-a-kind.It, too, opens out to the pool, but has an ensuite with a freestanding bath and shower behind a tiled feature wall. The main bedroom also opens to the pool.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Every bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, but the master suite is set on the opposite side of the house from the others. The pool is the feature of the house.Owner Jon Kelly said the pool was one of his favourite areas.“The pool is built into the centre of the house and almost every room opens to it,” Mr Kelly said.“It’s really great.”The single-level home has parquet floors and in the kitchen there are marble benchtops and a walk-in pantry which is almost as big as a bedroom. The property has a hardstand and six-bay industrial shed.For horse lovers there are 1.6ha of fenced equine yards and paddocks, along with two stables serviced by two water tanks.There are also horse trails in the adjoining national parks.Mr Kelly said in the three years they had lived at the property, they had thrown many parties.“We’re always entertaining whether it’s a barbecue or something else with friends and family,” he said.“It’s a good party house.” Almost all doors open out to the pool at the 1565 Mount Cotton Rd, Burbank, home.GLISTENING blue water can be seen from almost every room at this Burbank house.The 1656 Mount Cotton Rd home is set in a U-shape, with a pool enclosed in the middle. The living spaces are open and have parquet floors.The 4ha property would be perfect for those wanting to run a trucking or transport business, with a separate office, a six-bay industrial shed and hardstand at the property.“I think the fact you can run a business from here and still maintain a separate lifestyle here is really handy,” Mr Kelly said.last_img read more

German, Swiss and Austrian investors report spike in ESG investments

first_imgAustrian asset owners mainly used excluson criteria and ‘best in class’ approachesFor Austria, FNG reported a significant level of best-in-class investment approaches, only rivalled by exclusion-based strategies. Both approaches were applied to almost all sustainable investments surveyed for the report.Pinner said: “Well-done best-in-class approaches amount to a detailed sustainability analysis of an industry.”He added: “In many cases ESG-integration is the strategy used by asset managers approaching sustainable investments for the first time.”However, Pinner emphasised that with all styles the most important aspect was how they were applied and how the data behind them was analysed. “Depending on how it is done it can be very profound or very superficial,” he said.Across the DACH region, carbon has become the most-applied exclusion criteria this year. Pinner put this down to the general rise in climate awareness but added that social criteria such as human rights and labour rights consistently remained on investor’s exclusion lists. Different stylesThe report tracked the application of various ESG investment approaches, including exclusion criteria, best-in-class, norm-based screening, engagement, ESG integration, shareholder voting, impact investment and themed sustainability funds.The application of these styles varied from country to country, but Pinner said “very often several of these approaches are combined” by investors or asset managers. German investors preferred exclusion-based approaches to ESG investingThroughout the region, ESG integration and norm-based screenings saw the highest growth by assets, almost doubling the volume of assets invested according to those styles year-on-year.In Germany, exclusions were still the most widely used approach, applied to more than half of all sustainable investments in the country. Norm-based screening, ESG-integration and engagement were applied to around €100bn of sustainable investments.In Switzerland, ESG-integration and norm-based screening took the lead, being applied to almost €200bn and €175bn respectively.In all three countries impact investment and sustainable-themed funds were at the bottom of the list, with only minor levels of application. Total 158€474bn Austria 23€21bn Germany 58€233bncenter_img Switzerland 77€219bn The former amounted to just over €2.8bn, with this figure having grown by 6% year-on-year.  Credit: Erich Westendarp Switzerland accounted for 77 investors and €219bn of assets in FNG’s surveyAcross the DACH region, the volume invested in sustainable investment funds increased more significantly than that in specialist investment mandates for institutional investments.Investment funds amounted to €223.6bn (up by 88%), while mandates accounted for €162.6bn (up by 38%). The remainder was invested by specialist banks or in individual client portfolios. Overall, institutional investors made up by far the largest share of institutional investors in the sustainable segment.The growth of sustainable investment in the DACH region (€bn)Chart MakerAt a press conference in Vienna, Wolfgang Pinner, head of FNG Austria, pointed out the increase was also down to the fact that more and larger institutional investors – mainly from the insurance sector – took part in the survey this year.FNG’s latest annual sustainable investment market report is available here (in German).Source: FNG surveyCountry Investors surveyed Assets  The total volume of sustainable investments increased across Germany, Austria and Switzerland over the course of 2018, according to research from the Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG).FNG, which promotes sustainable investment in the DACH region, surveyed more than 150 investors and found that the application of ESG-integration and norm-based screening approaches surged significantly over the whole region when compared with the organisation’s previous report.The survey showed an overall increase in the volume of sustainably invested assets by 50% to more than €474bn. In the report, FNG differentiated between sustainable and responsible investments: responsible investments were defined as industry entities adhering to certain standards at a company level, while sustainable investments were defined as products with ESG investment standards set down in writing.last_img read more