Trump to visit Kenosha in wake of racial unrest

first_imgDeere did not say if Trump would meet the family of Blake, 29, who was left paralyzed from the waist down.Protesters have taken to the streets in major cities nationwide this summer over the deaths of black people at the hands of police, including George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.It is the most widespread civil unrest in the United States for decades.Trump has characterized the mostly-peaceful activists as rioters as he pushes a law and order message while fighting an uphill battle for re-election in November. US President Donald Trump will travel next week to the Midwestern city where African American Jacob Blake was shot multiple times in the back by a white policeman, sparking a nationwide wave of protest.Trump will meet police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday and “survey damage from recent riots” triggered by Blake’s shooting last weekend, White House spokesman Judd Deere said Saturday.Blake took at least half a dozen shots in front of his small children as he tried to get into a car, in an incident that has prompted an outpouring of anger over yet another shooting of a black man by police. Kenosha, about an hour’s drive from Chicago, saw three nights of violence after the Blake shooting as protesters set fire to buildings and cars.Major US sports leagues including the NBA were forced to suspend play as African American and other players outraged by the shooting joined the latest national wave of anger over racial injustice and police misconduct.On Friday tens of thousands of protesters thronged the US capital for a mass march marking the anniversary of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr’s historic “I have a dream” speech on August 28, 1963.It was dubbed “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” in reference to Floyd, who suffocated beneath the knee of a white officer.Often fighting back tears, relatives of Floyd, Blake and Breonna Taylor — a black 26-year-old shot dead by police in her apartment last March — took turns addressing the sea of people, who repeatedly called out the victims’ names in response. “Black America, I hold you accountable,” said Blake’s sister Letetra Widman. “You must stand, you must fight, but not with violence and chaos. With self love.”Like his father 57 years ago, Martin Luther King III stood on the Lincoln Memorial steps and urged Americans to keep fighting inequality — and to vote in November at all costs to defeat Trump.”We are taking a step forward on America’s rocky but righteous journey towards justice,” King said.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Legislature to Support Workplace Protections Against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

first_imgGovernor Wolf Urges Legislature to Support Workplace Protections Against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination September 06, 2018 It’s On Us PA,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today renewed his call for passage of a package of reforms he announced in April that will strengthen protections against sexual harassment and discrimination for employees, provide new legal options for victims and hold those who are responsible accountable for their actions. The House Labor and Industry Committee today held a second hearing on the legislative package.“The #MeToo movement has encouraged many survivors to come forward and their strength must continue to change our workplaces and our culture,” said Governor Wolf. “Workplace discrimination or sexual harassment are unacceptable, and millions of Pennsylvania workers deserve this protection now, not more delays and studies. This is the time for action and I urge the legislature to pass these commonsense reforms, so I can sign them into law.”The sexual harassment and discrimination protections proposals include:Protect more workers: All employees should be protected, regardless of the size of the employer or the type of their job. Today, these protections are only given to those who work for an employer with at least four employees. Governor Wolf supports reducing the threshold to one employee and extending protections to independent contractors, interns, volunteers, full-time nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers. (HB 2280, Rep. Madden and HB 2282, Rep Rabb. Senate companion bills SB 1146, Sen. Farnese, SB 1148, Sen. Tartaglione and SB 1149, Sen. Williams)Workplace training: No employee should experience harassment or discrimination This legislation requires trainings for employees and supervisors to prevent discrimination and harassment for all employees and employers must display discrimination and harassment protection rights in the workplace. (HB 2282, Rep. Rabb and HB 2283, Rep. D. Costa. Senate companion bill SB 1147, Sen. Fontana)Legal system reforms:Extend statute of limitations: Some victims and whistleblowers can be afraid to come forward. To encourage reporting, the amount of time victims have to file a discrimination or whistleblower complaint should be extended from only 180 days to two years. (HB 2286, Davidson and Senate companion bills SB 1150, Sen. Haywood and SB 1146, Sen. Farnese)Right to a Jury Trial: Victims and whistleblowers should have the option for a jury to hear their case in state court. (HB 2284, Rep. O’Brien and HB 2286 Rep. Davidson. Senate companion bills SB 1150, Sen. Haywood and SB 1146, Sen. Farnese)Punitive Damages: Pennsylvania, through the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Whistleblower Law, should join other states, like New Jersey and Ohio, that allow victims and whistleblowers to seek punitive damages in workplace discrimination cases. (HB 2284, Rep. O’Brien and HB 2286, Rep, Davidson. Senate companion bills SB 1150, Sen. Haywood and SB 1146, Sen. Farnese)Payment of Attorney Fees: Burdensome legal fees can discourage some victims from pursuing their case. Sexual harassment victims who win their case in state court should have the attorney fees paid by the defendant. (HB 2286, Rep. Davidson and Senate companion bill SB 1146, Sen. Farnese)As part of the effort to reduce sexual harassment and support victims, the Wolf administration created a webpage about reporting workplace sexual harassment and providing information from victim’s rights groups.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Annerley Queenslander with potential to expand

first_imgThe back deck at 62 Devon St, Annerley.Outside, the back deck looks out over the low-maintenance lawn and gardens, and there is a carport to the side of the home. “Devon St is a wonderful residential street with particularly impressive and beautifully presented grand Queenslander homes,” Ms Barnes said.The home is 5km from Brisbane city and close to schools, the Annerley shopping precinct, cafes, restaurants and public transport. The property is on the market for offers over $880,000. The home at 62 Devon St, Annerley.THIS double-gabled Queenslander with character features is new to the market in Annerley. The property, at 62 Devon St, has VJ walls, high ceilings, polished floorboards, a back deck and a legal height space downstairs. Marketing agent Cathy Barnes, of LJ Hooker Annerley and Yeronga, said the current owners bought the home in 2009. The kitchen and dining area at 62 Devon St, Annerley.The main bedroom is at the front of the home and has access to the fourth bedroom, which could be a nursery or walk-in wardrobe. The other bedrooms are spacious and have casement and sash windows.There is also a study off the living room and a main bathroom with separate bath and shower. Downstairs is a laundry and storage room with toilet, and a legal height open space, which could be used to double the size of the home. The living area at 62 Devon St, Annerley.“The owners moved to Hobart three years ago … and are now reluctantly selling,” she said. “They loved the size of the inside living, with everything on the one level, the character features, the entertaining back deck and the proximity to the city and Fortitude Valley.”Inside there is an entry which leads to the living room and open-plan dining room and kitchen. The timber kitchen has a dishwasher and gas cooktop while the dining room has a skillion ceiling, sash windows and timber bi-fold doors to the back deck.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The floorplan of 62 Devon St, Annerley.last_img read more

ESG roundup: GPIF, World Bank report on fixed income ‘constraints’

first_imgThere were no standard definitions of ESG and data – in particular in emerging markets – was still wanting.Other issues, according to the report, included: how to pursue engagement with debt issuers, especially sovereigns; the role ESG played in credit ratings; and a “dearth” of ESG-focused products for fixed income investors.Principles and metrics to allow for customised approaches by investors should be refined, they said, and innovative products to accommodate growing demand for fixed income “sustainable investments” should be developed as demand for green bonds and other ESG-labelled bonds was outstripping supply.They also recommended that conceptual work on ESG and fixed income go beyond the relationship between ESG factors and credit risk to also consider that between ESG issues and liquidity and other market risks.Hiro Mizuno, chief investment officer of GPIF, said: “Our research collaboration with the World Bank Group will help encourage greater awareness and wider adoption of ESG integration in fixed income.“We especially value the World Bank Group’s unique convening power and expertise to improve breadth and depth of ESG data, especially of social criteria such as human capital and healthcare, and to refine pricing and cost mechanisms for the green and other labeled bonds so that such products can become mainstream investment products.”The pension fund was committed to working with its external fixed income managers to integrate ESG, he added.The report was written by Georg Inderst, an independent consultant specialising in green finance and infrastructure investment, and Fiona Stewart, a lead finance sector specialist at the World Bank.NN IP joining forces with Chinese manager NN Investment Partners and China Asset Management (ChinaAMC) are looking to form a strategic partnership with a particular focus on ESG products and services.On Friday the two asset managers signed a memorandum of understanding that they said would allow them “to explore joint product development opportunities and consequently leverage on each other’s capabilities in European and Chinese capital markets respectively”.The €246bn Dutch asset manager will be an advisor to ChinaAMC and help it develop and adapt international best practices in integrating ESG factors into its investment processes, according to a statement.Tang Xiaodong, CEO of ChinaAMC, said: “ChinaAMC hopes to bring more sophisticated investment strategies into China through cooperation with globally renowned asset management organisations like NN IP.”The company recently struck a partnership with TOBAM to launch a Chinese equity smart beta strategy.“At the same time,” he added, “ChinaAMC also hopes to increase the international institutions’ understanding of the Chinese capital markets and the Chinese asset management industry, so that these investors will also have more opportunities to participate in China’s economic development.”The two managers also intend to work together on opportunities under China’s One Belt One Road programme.Awareness about responsible investment is increasing in China. The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an advocacy organisation, appointed its first head of China in September and recently published a report with recommendations for developing sustainable investment in the country.ChinaAMC was the first full service asset manager to have joined the PRI, it said.China’s assets under management will grow sixfold in 10 years, according to a recent report from a Shanghai-based financial consultancy. UK consultant reports growth in client ESG assetsConsultancy firm Cambridge Associates said the value of ESG-related investments among its client base has more than doubled over the past five years.Investments had increased from $4bn (€3.3bn) in 2012 to $9.5bn in 2017, it said. Almost a quarter of its clients made a serious enquiry about ESG investments in that same period.“Of those already with active ESG investments in their portfolios, over 10% are fully committed to ESG, with most or all investment decisions considered through an ESG lens,” Cambridge said.There was a “clear economic basis” inluencing the recent uptick in interest for many ESG themes, in particular environmental, government policy announcements, and good returns from and increased choice of ESG-related funds.Recent guidance from the UK’s Pensions Regulator could fuel more demand from UK pension schemes, added the company.It is one of 16 investment consultancies who recently pledged to help UK pension funds take account of climate change and other responsible investment issues. The pledge was co-ordinated by the Association of Member-Nominated Trustees. There are significant constraints limiting the wider adoption of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in fixed income investing, according to a report produced for Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) and the World Bank Group.The report was the result of a research collaboration between the two entities aimed at advancing adoption of ESG integration in fixed income to help achieve sustainable development.According to the authors, ESG integration in fixed income was catching up quickly with the practice in equity markets and leading investors were “going further and viewing ESG not just as an aspect of risk and return, but merging ESG and ‘impact’ investing”.  However, many investors found implementing ESG in practice a challenge, and this could be exacerbated when it came to their fixed income portfolios, they wrote. last_img read more

Maersk CEO: No Reason to Order New Megaships

first_imgThere is no incentive to order new ultra large containerships from a cost perspective right now, despite extremely low prices of newbuilding tonnage, according to Søren Skou, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S.The comment was made in an earnings call anent the CMA CGM 22,000-TEU megaship order rumors and its potential impact on capacity discipline among container carrier players.As highlighted by Skou, five years ago large ships were ordered due to fuel economy, however, this advantage has been minimized, if not disappeared entirely, given the current oil price levels.Furthermore, given the fact that charter markets remain in the doldrums, it is a better option to hire ships on the open charter market that opt for buying new ones.“Additions to the order book will be driven mainly by the need to grow capacity in order to meet the market demand, and nothing else,” Skou said.“We have no ambitions or plans about ordering new large ships this or next year,” he added.The containership order book stands at 13% of the fleet size. Should the owners abstain from ordering, the order book would stand at 7 percent by the end of next year and 1 % in two years, laying grounds for a positive market outlook.There have been no mega ship orders since the third quarter of 2015.In April this year, Maersk Line took delivery of its 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk.The ULCV belongs to the 2nd generation of the company’s Triple-E class of vessels and is the first of 11 ships ordered from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) back in 2015.Danish container shipping major returned to profit in the second quarter of 2017, with revenue growing by USD 1bn year-on-year.The company reported a profit of USD 339 million for the second quarter of 2017, against a loss of USD 151 million in the second quarter of 2016.The underlying result was a profit of USD 327 million, also a major return from a loss of USD 139 million booked in the corresponding period a year ago.As concluded by Skou, Maersk Line plans to focus on profitability rather than volume growth for the remainder of the year. He added that the company used “the price war” over the recent period to gain a good market share, and now that the company is profitable again, efforts would be directed toward meeting the profit guidance.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

CDL Self-Certification Deadline Approaching

first_imgDon Snemis, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), issued a reminder to Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders that the deadline to self-certify is Jan. 30.Federal regulation requires CDL holders to certify to the BMV the type of commercial motor vehicles that they operate, or intend to operate, as well as an acknowledgement that medical requirements for that CDL are met.Self-certification can be completed free of cost online at the BMV website or at a BMV branch when completing a transaction. Failure to self-certify will disqualify the CDL holder’s driving privileges as of Feb. 1.Base driving privileges for personal use, however, will not be affected for failure to self-certify.last_img

William Lewis

first_imgWilliam W. Lewis, 66, of Holton passed away at 8:50 pm Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born at Milan on September 29, 1949 the son of Dilver and Dorothea Klausing Lewis. He was married to Doris Schlotman on August 31, 1977 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Bryan (Lisa) Schlotman of Holton, and Greg (Debbie) Schlotman of Fairland; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; one sister Hazel Marie Johnson of Osgood; one brother Paul Lewis of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Michelle, his brother Norman, and his sister Eleanor Goodpaster. Mr. Lewis was a truck driver and had driven for Wayne Feeds in Milan. In his free time Bill enjoyed fishing and hunting. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 29th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Coalition for Drug Free Batesville needs survey responses

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — The Coalition for a Drug Free Batesville is currently requesting community members take the 2017 Community Perception Survey.This survey asks community members about their thoughts on a variety of topics around alcohol and other drugs.The Coalition then uses the results from this survey to look at what the community perception is on specific topics to allow them to create what their focus of work will be over the next year and beyond.To take the survey go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSLBZZ3.After you complete the survey, you will be asked to enter your name and e-mail address if you wish to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card.last_img

Sam: Carroll not guaranteed a start

first_img Press Association “Everybody faces a challenge (to start) compared to last season because of the strength-in-depth of the squad. Our squad has proven to be strong until now,” said Allardyce, whose side beat champions Manchester City in their last match at Upton Park. “Even my trusted captain, Kevin Nolan, has found it difficult to break his way into the side and is extremely frustrated – as are a few of the players. “Matt Jarvis, having returned from injury, is another player frustrated, so, too, Ricardo Vaz Te and Joey O’Brien. These were my regular players last season. “But because the other players have done so well while they have been away, it has been difficult for me to put (the regulars) back in based on our performances and results.” Allardyce added: “I have to manage any disappointment. I have to look at the individuals and make sure they stay focused and concentrated. The dynamic can change in a split-second and if players on the sidelines are not mentally or physically ready to step back into the team, then we all suffer. “My responsibility is to keep the group focused and eager to wait for that opportunity to come.” Allardyce, though, hopes 6ft 3ins forward Carroll will soon be available and provide a different option to an already athletic frontline. “It depends on how Andy feels when he gets in and trains on Friday, that will be the deciding factor if he gets into the squad or not,” said Allardyce. “Certainly, if he continues the way he is, then if not this weekend but by the end of the international break, he should be okay and ready to join the squad.” Senegal forward Sakho scored in seven successive matches before his injury in the win over City on October 25, while defender Defender Winston Reid is another expected be in the squad this weekend after a dead leg. Villa opened the campaign with some impressive results, but since beating Liverpool on September 13 have lost six straight Premier League matches to plummet down the table. Allardyce, though, warned against any complacency. He said: “(Villa manager) Paul Lambert must be wondering what he is doing wrong at the moment, because I watched the game against Tottenham last Sunday and thought how unlucky he was that he lost that game one to a sending off, and two to a deflected free-kick. That seems to happen when things aren’t going for you. “You have to believe in yourself and your team, which he does, to come back, so we have to make sure we try and continue their poor run. “We will have to be really aware of not leaving too many spaces to let them play that good counter-attacking game that they seem to adapt to well away from home.” Carroll – signed in a club-record £15million deal from Liverpool in June 2013 – has yet to feature this season after under going ankle surgery, but if he shows no ill effects from a behind-closed-doors match against Southend could come into contention for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League encounter against Aston Villa. However, with the Irons looking to maintain their excellent start to the new season, which has seen both summer signings Diafra Sakho, who has shrugged off a shoulder problem, and Enner Valencia both having hit the ground running, Allardyce sees no reason why anyone should expect to find themselves inked into the team sheet. England forward Andy Carroll should not expect to walk back into West Ham’s team once fully fit again, manager Sam Allardyce has warned. last_img read more

Cricket News Root, Morgan guide England to 8 wicket win in final ODI, wrap series 2-1

first_imgLeeds: England scripted a remarkable turnaround in the limited over series against India by clinching the three-match ODI rubber 2-1 after cantering to a facile eight-win in the series-deciding final ODI here on Tuesday.Joe Root (100) hit a second successive century, while Eoin Morgan (88) smashed an unbeaten half-century as the duo shared a match-winning unbeaten 186-run unconquered stand to script a successful runchase on a track which seemed to have eased out later in the day.Openers James Vince (27) and Jonny Bairstow (30) earlier gave England a good start, amassing 43 in 4.4 overs.With this win, England exacted revenge for their 1-2 loss against India in the twenty20 series. This is also the first victory for England in limited over cricket over India since 2011.Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli cracked a strokeful 71 before England dished out some disciplined bowling effort to restrict India to a modest 256 for 8.Kohli scored 71 off 72 balls, inclusive of eight fours, but the Indian innings faltered in face of some quality spin bowling by Adil Rashid, who snapped 3 for 49 to hurt the middle order.Left-arm medium-pacer David Willey (3/40) also claimed three wickets to contribute to his team.Kohli forged a 71-run partnership for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (44) but after the duo were dismissed under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 42 off 66 balls to shepherd the innings in the latter half.Tailender Shardul Thakur (22) then blasted a 13-ball 22 with the help of two sixes to take India across the 250-mark. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more