Criticism of Trump is off base, unfair

first_imgMarty Shanty’s opinion on impeachment of Trump is way off base. Impeach him on what? Is he crude? Yes. Does he say what a lot of us are thinking? Yes. How is your 401K? Economy? GDP? Stock market?  Corporations giving employees a share of their tax breaks. The negative bashing of our president needs to stop. Russia collusion? Nope. The queen of corruption, Hillary, gets that honor. We the people spoke on Election Day. Is the United States that the writer knows, which has been full of corruption this past eight years, fine with her? Fast and furious? Red line in the sand? If you like your plan you can keep it? You can keep your doctor? Every family will save on health care. Uranium one? Millions to Iran. On and on.Michael P. Croce Sr.Ballston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league loss Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Thirty-Seven State Employees Earn Governor’s Awards for Excellence

first_img May 22, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence and praised all state employees for their dedication to public service. The awards were presented today at a ceremony in Harrisburg.“The employees being recognized have gone above and beyond their job requirements to provide outstanding service and make government more responsive and effective,” said Governor Wolf. “Their accomplishments are truly exemplary and inspiring. We are fortunate to have such outstanding public servants working for the people of Pennsylvania.”“The Governor’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best among us as state employees,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich. “I want to congratulate all of our nominees for their noteworthy contributions.”Thirty state agencies submitted a total of 82 nominations prepared by their employees, with five individual and four group nominations selected as winners for this year’s awards.Denise Getgen – Department of Aging   For her efforts to coordinate and collaborate with programs across state agencies to prevent and assist victims of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, including the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Banking and Securities and Commission on Crime and Delinquency.Dr. Aliza Simeone – Department of AgricultureFor preventing and containing outbreaks of serious diseases with potentially devastating consequences for Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. This includes a multi-state influenza strain that threatened poultry and a fatal, incurable illness affecting horses. She has also stepped into numerous acting and interim leadership positions in her department, helping to ensure both animal and public health.Erich Loych – Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentFor overseeing the expansion of the IT system used to manage the department’s grants, loans and tax credits for use by other state agencies, allowing them to abandon inefficient paper-based processes without having to buy or build their own systems. The Department of Environmental Protection was the first to adopt the system and other agencies are preparing to come on board.Michael Becker, John Hecker, Gerald Hoy, Marcus Kaiser, Daniel Lecrone, Robert Martynowych, Joseph Miller, Chad Northcraft, Hope Reser and James Stiteler – Department of Conservation & Natural ResourcesFor volunteering to join firefighters from 16 states in the battle against two large wildfires in Monroe and Pike Counties that scorched close to 9,000 acres and threatened over 250 homes and businesses. The team filled key positions and worked long shifts over numerous days to extinguish the flames before any loss of life or significant property damage occurred.Susan Dent – Department of CorrectionsFor leading the creation of a program for inmates to provide care and training to puppies to become service dogs for veterans, active service members and first responders. She partnered with a charitable organization, researched programs at other prisons and secured funding from inmate organizations for equipment and supplies. She also personally interviews inmates who apply to be dog handlers.Jane Andrzejewski, Steve Calkins, Marcie Carr, Jeff Gensemer, David McCloskey, Ryan McHugh, Robert Minium and Elizabeth Schehr – Department of General ServicesFor saving over $2 million per year by “insourcing” presort and outgoing mail services for 35 state agencies. The initiative has expedited mail delivery, generated cost savings for taxpayers and productivity gains for agencies without the need for additional staff. The department plans to build on its success in the future by also processing incoming mail.Terry Calloway, Jennifer Dugan, Ashley Parsons, Meghna Patel, Jared Shinabery, Norman Spotts and Dr. Carrie Thomas – Department of HealthFor building the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program from the ground up in less than five months, providing an essential tool in the fight against opioid abuse. To date, over 71,000 health care professionals have accessed the database over 3 million times to check for other prescriptions for controlled substances for patients, helping them to identify potential cases of addiction and connect individuals with treatment.Corporal Samantha Minnucci – Pennsylvania State PoliceFor spearheading the creation of a program to promote good relations between police and individuals with special needs and disabilities. Inspiration for the program came from her brother Gabriel, who has special needs. The Sunny Day Camp program is now an annual event in Chester County and several other State Police command posts are planning to organize their own camps for individuals with special needs.Autumn Kelley, Larry Lineman, Marc Rickard, Chris Wolfgong, Jeanette Uhl and Antonia Zawisa – PennDOT;   Jordan Allison – Fish & Boat Commission   For safely relocating over 130,000 freshwater mussels, many of them endangered or threatened species, living in the area of a bridge replacement project, when the largest prior relocation of its kind was just 7,000. The move prevented a 44-mile detour for over 1,100 vehicles each day and gave the species opportunities to re-establish populations in areas where they have not existed in over a century.center_img Thirty-Seven State Employees Earn Governor’s Awards for Excellencelast_img read more

Governor Wolf Applauds State Appointment of Hahnemann Temporary Manager

first_img July 03, 2019 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded the appointment of a temporary manager from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide oversight at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.Gov. Wolf’s statement:“First and foremost, I want to extend my gratitude to all the Hahnemann employees dedicated to helping their neighbors. These doctors, nurses and staff have worked diligently despite these unfortunate circumstances.“I also want to thank Dr. Rachel Levine and her team at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, along with their many allies and partners, for fighting to bring order to this process. A hospital’s mission should be putting public health first and we will hold them accountable to that.“A temporary manager will be able to ensure that patient care needs will continue to be met. I appreciate the medical community and advocates in Greater Philadelphia working with us to ensure patients and those who serve them are prioritized as other proceedings evolve.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Applauds State Appointment of Hahnemann Temporary Managerlast_img read more

Gold Coast real estate professionals take out top awards

first_imgProperty manager of the year award went to Rachael Byrne, a senior property manager with Coomera-based Jean Brown Properties. Rachael is pictured third from the left with some of her team at Jean Brown Properties. Supplied. Eoghan Murphy (right) of M-Motion Gold Coast was crowned rookie of the year. He is pictured with M-Motion pricipal Michael Mahon at the REIQ gala awards ceremony.THREE Gold Coast real estate professionals have been awarded top honours in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s (REIQ) annual Awards for Excellence.Tony Coughran of Gold Coast Property Advisors was awarded buyers’ agent of the year while the property manager of the year award went to Rachael Byrne, a senior property manager with Coomera-based Jean Brown Properties. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoTony Coughran is the REIQ’s buyers’ agent of the year.Eoghan Murphy of Varsity Lakes-based M-Motion Gold Coast was crowned rookie of the year.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the Awards for Excellence showcased real estate professionals who had achieved outstanding results.“To achieve at this level requires enormous commitment, tireless work and incredible motivation and the finalists and winners have successfully demonstrated their ability to do that,” she said.“It’s an incredible event where hundreds of real estate professionals come together, united by the common goal of striving to be better, committed to improving and staying at the leading edge oftheir profession.”The gala awards ceremony was held at Brisbane City Hall last weekend and attended by almost 600 members of the REIQ.last_img read more

AQR’s Lasse Pedersen calls for honesty about ESG and returns

first_imgProponents of ESG investing who insist it can only be a force for good for the world and portfolios are not telling the truth and hurt rather than help their case, according to Lasse Pedersen, financial economist and principal at quantitative asset manager AQR.Pedersen spoke at an AQR conference in London, where he presented a paper showing that a responsible investor’s decision about the costs and benefits of incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) views in their portfolio can be conceptualised by an “ESG-efficient frontier”.Responding to a question from a delegate, Pedersen, who is also a finance professor at Copenhagen Business School and NYU Stern, said: “Insisting on something that is beyond what makes economic sense and what empirical data supports actually hurts your case, because it’s not true.”“I think people know in their hearts that ESG is not always good for returns,” he added. “I think being honest about the costs and benefits is the way to win the debate and promote ESG investing”Lasse Pedersen, principal at AQR Capital Management “I think being honest about the costs and benefits is the way to win the debate and promote ESG investing,” he said.Pedersen had been asked how AQR had come to “revisit” ideas expressed by its founder Cliff Asness a couple of years ago, when, in the delegate’s words, “Cliff was getting a lot of publicity for work saying ESG may be good for the world but it’s bad for your portfolio”.Pedersen rejected the implied claim that AQR had changed its mind about ESG, saying it was “a bit of a caricature” to describe Asnesss’s argument in that way.Pedersen explained: “Our view is that if you want to integrate ESG by having a more constrained portfolio than the optimal portfolio then it is true that more constraints should theoretically be reducing your returns.”“It is also true that if the market is fully efficient and many people are ESG-motivated, then eventually that should lower returns, so we’re still saying Cliff’s point is true.”This did not mean that being ESG-motivated was the wrong thing to do, Pedersen hastened to add.“It’s important to remember that if you get to this case, then we are in a situation where because investors are ESG-motivated, they accept a lower return for these very sustainable firms.“This means sustainable firms have a lower cost of capital so good things can happen for the world.”It was also true that some ESG information is return-enhancing, and AQR had been trading on some of those return-enhancing ESG signals for more than a decade, said Pedersen.“ESG-motivated” is one of three types of investors considered in the model Pedersen presented at the conference, with the other two being “ESG-unaware” and “ESG-aware”.Coming back to Asness’s comments, Pedersen suggested the founder had been reacting to some proponents of ESG mis-representing it as something that “is wonderful for the world and always maximises your return and Sharpe ratio”.The real world is more complex, Pedersen said in a clarifying comment for IPE.‘It’s always geek stuff’In an on-stage interview later at the conference, which was a joint event with London Business School, Asness said the article he had written two years ago included what he had thought was a very “pro-ESG” argument.He told delegates that in the piece – Virtue is its Own Reward: Or, One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor, published in May 2017 – he was trying to explain how investors help change the world when they refuse to own certain companies.“Well, it’s geek stuff, it’s always geek stuff in the end,” he said at the conference. “You want the discount rate for the projects and people doing the bad things to be higher.”To do that, however, he argued on stage and in the article, meant getting someone else to own that company by paying them through a higher expected return, i.e. a lower price.A higher expected return for companies deemed harmful was “actually good news for you if you want to change the world because it means the companies will do less evil,” Asness said.“I was a little surprised by some of the reactions to my very-pro ESG argument, I admit”Cliff Asness, founding and managing principal at AQR Capital Management“If you haven’t changed their expected return you have not changed whether they are going to pursue the same stuff,” he continued. “I was a little surprised by some of the reactions to my very-pro ESG argument, I admit. I saw this as explaining why you’re doing good and how.”According to a survey carried out for NN Investment Partners earlier this year, 52% of professional investors (290) believe that incorporating ESG factors into their investment strategies will limit their overall returns, although the surveyed investors were also willing to sacrifice returns to support ESG or responsible investing goals. On average, investors said they were prepared to forgo 2.4% a year if it meant their investments had a positive, non-financial, impact.An experiment carried out in the US by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership found that when given certain information consumers were willing to give up returns of up to 2-3% to put their money into sustainable investments. ESG constraints could reduce the Sharpe ratio – a measure of risk-adjusted performance – when the investor had another objective, but some ESG information could be good for returns.last_img read more

Abortions decline for the 5th consecutive year

first_imgLifesite News 19 July 2013The downward trend for induced abortions in New Zealand has continued for the 5th consecutive year and numbers have now have dropped to their lowest since 1995.Figures released today reveal that there were 14,745 induced abortions in the year ended December 2012. This is 1,118 less than the previous year, where 15,863 induced abortions were recorded.While abortions in most of the age categories have declined, there has been a small rise in women having abortions in the 30-34 and 45 years-plus brackets.The highest numbers of abortions occurred in the 20-24 year old age group (4,560) a trend that is consistent year on year. The abortion rate in general is 16.1 per 1,000 women aged 15-44, but for the 20-24 age group the rate is 29 per 1,000 women.The average age of a woman receiving an abortion was 25. read more

Heated debate over using ‘pregnant woman’ or ‘pregnant person’ in abortion law

first_imgNewsHub 31 October 2019Family First Comment: Yep – this is how farcical the abortion debate has got.Green MP Jan Logie is more concerned with calling pregnant women ‘pregnant people’ than she is in allowing a baby boy or girl the right to be born.Dear Jan – biology recap – only women can get pregnant. No exceptions.A heated debate broke out at a select committee considering changes to abortion law, after some submitters asked for the legislation to say “pregnant person” instead of “pregnant woman”.The Abortion Legislation Bill – which would bring abortion out of the Crimes Act and remove the need for a doctor’s approval before 20 weeks – currently uses the term “pregnant woman”.But some submitters have asked the committee to consider replacing “pregnant woman” with “pregnant person” or “pregnant women and people” in the legislation to represent diversity.Hera Cook, a researcher at Otago University in Wellington’s Department of Public Health, argued against the change as she presented to the Abortion Legislation Committee on Wednesday.“We would ask the committee not to use the term “pregnant person” and that this term not be used in the legislation.”She said it would “obliterate women’s experiences as pregnant women”.She was followed by Jan Rivers, who describes herself as a gender-critical feminist, who told the committee she does not believe in gender identity, and “strongly” advised the MPs not to change the legislation to “pregnant person”.“If woman is replaced with person, to me that seems to be the thin-edge of the wedge of saying that we believe that people get pregnant, and not women, and therefore people who don’t believe in gender identity start to be castigated.”READ MORE: read more

Lawyers must remain professional in their practice before the Court

first_imgImage via: Lazytechguys.comChief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste has urged lawyers to remain professional in their practice before the Court during her address at a special sitting of the High Court to commemorate the 2011/2012 law term in Dominica earlier this week.Magistrate Baptiste, who describes the legal profession as an honorable one, has called on her comrades within the legal fraternity to regard the practice of law as profession and to conduct themselves with dignity.“A matter of concern which I wish to raise before the Bar is the issue of ethics in the practice before the Courts. Though practitioners may be asked to operate in these volatile, sensitive or unusual circumstances as we have now, they must remain professional in their practice before the Court. I wish to remind especially newer members of the bar that legal the legal profession is an honorable one and they must at all times be honest, be and conduct themselves ethically and with dignity,” she said.According to Magistrate Baptiste the practice of law is seen as a profession; which her colleague Former Attorney General Mr Henry Dyer also alluded to in his address, and not a business.Ms Baptiste also believes that only legitimate efforts should be employed to win client’s cases.“Counsel is under obligation to present his client conscientiously and loyally in a professional and trustworthy manner using his highest skill and knowledge in preparing his client’s case but however, he must only use legitimate efforts to win his client’s case and should at no time engineer or manufacture false case to put his client’s case on another person.”Another point which Magistrate Baptiste emphasized during her address is the need for lawyers to ensure that they do not destroy the reputation of the legal profession and extend courtesies to their comrades within the profession.“Counsel is also not to be besmirched the profession; that is soil its reputation, this will affect public confidence in the profession. The profession is a fraternity and members must extend professional courtesies to brethren, they must also assist juniors something which I see is not happening in the practice before the Courts and they should not involve in conduct which is less than honest.”Magistrate Baptiste also reminded members of the Bar that they are officers of the Court and as such are obligated to uphold the administration of justice.“Lawyers are officers of the Court and they are under obligation to cooperate with the Court to uphold the administration of justice. I also emphasize this Counsel is, before his counsel for his client an officer of the Court he must therefore at all times foster cooperation between bench and bar and promote the highest standard of justice. He must not make or engage in unfounded allegations of partiality or corruption against judicial officers as this whittles public confidence in the Courts,” she said.In closing, Magistrate Baptiste pledged her commitment to the public service, to fostering proper administration of justice in the Courts, to uphold the code of ethics and to ensure that the code of ethics governing the profession is adhered to both in her professional and personal life. Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Lawyers must remain professional in their practice before the Court by: – September 23, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 5 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Klopp: We want to win everything this season

first_img Loading… The Reds are only in the Premier League, although they are very close to clinching that trophy. They are already out of the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. But Klopp hopes they can have a wonderful end to the season with nine wins in the remaining nine games.Advertisement “We don’t want to think that it (the title) will be done after a week. First game, second game, whatever,” Klopp told The Anfield Wrap. “We want to go for everything. We want to go for the maximum points, that’s how it is. read also:Klopp delighted to have African players at Liverpool “This could be the most special season ever, with or without COVID. We have to make sure that we just stay on track because next season will come up and we have to be ready for that at as well. “We have to work for our chance again.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, wants his side to win all their remaining games this season.last_img read more

​Liverpool, Fulham heading to tribunal over Elliott compensation

first_img Loading… Liverpool and Fulham are heading to a tribunal to discuss the fee for Harvey Elliot. The 17-year-old signed with the champions professionally over the weekend, arriving at the club last July when his deal at Fulham expired. The Independent says the Reds offered to pay Fulham £750,000, which they rejected. Fulham want close to £8 million for the time they spent nurturing Elliot.Advertisement read also:Klopp delighted with Elliott pro deal And it appears a tribunal will decide the matter, as the two clubs could not come to an agreement. Elliott has played eight times for the first team this season, and has impressed manager Jurgen Klopp significantly. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesIt’s Time To Show How Bad Some Women Can Really Belast_img read more