March for our Lives Day, 2018

first_img March 23, 2018 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: National Issues,  Proclamations,  Public Safety WHEREAS, the safety of all Pennsylvania school students is a concern of the highest consequence, and all citizens should unite in ensuring all schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are safe; andWHEREAS, over 1.7 million students are enrolled in public schools and over 248,000 students are enrolled in private schools across the commonwealth; and,WHEREAS, March For Our Lives is a movement dedicated to the student-led activism born out of the Parkland, Florida tragedy around putting an end to mass shootings in our schools; and,WHEREAS, politicians, law enforcement, school officials, and citizens must come together to put an end to senseless violence in American; andWHEREAS, we must honor the active and devoted citizens who have courageously given their time and efforts to demand the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students and teachers; and,WHEREAS, the proposed bill, STOP School Violence Act of 2018, is a step in the right direction by providing recourses to take the next steps in protecting our children; and,WHEREAS, it is especially important that students and teachers across the nation be guaranteed a healthy, calm, and secure environment.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2018, to be MARCH FOR OUR LIVES DAY in recognition of the all those who have lost their lives to senseless gun violence. I encourage all citizens to continue their efforts to promote safety and awareness.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this twenty-second day of March two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the proclamation below. You can also view the proclamation on Scribd and as a PDF.Governor Wolf Proclamation — March for Our Lives Day 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd March for our Lives Day, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK roundup: Post Office seals £450m derisking deal [updated]

first_imgCharlie Finch, partner at consultancy LCP and lead adviser to the RMPP trustees, added: “Insurers were engaged early in the process, which meant the trustee was well prepared and could move quickly to take advantage of an attractive pricing opportunity when it arrived.“This is a good example of a trustee, with sponsor support, acting decisively to remove pension liability risk in the Post Office Limited Section.”The Post Office section of the RMPP closed to future accrual on 31 March last year.Royal Mail plans to introduce a collective defined contribution (CDC) scheme for all its current employees and, with trade unions, is lobbying government to make the legislative changes necessary for such a scheme to operate. The Post Office is a separate organisation and is unaffected by the CDC discussions.Universities and staff seek USS dealThe UK’s Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) is to step in to help resolve the long-running dispute between universities and staff union UCU over the future of the UK’s biggest pension fund. University staff have been on strike since 22 FebruaryLecturers began strike action earlier this month in protest at plans to stop DB accrual in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The scheme’s Joint Negotiating Committee has opted to stop future DB accrual from April 2019 and switch all staff to a defined contribution scheme. The changes were estimated to cut USS’ deficit by more than half, from £12.6bn to £6.1bn.However, the University and College Union (UCU) pushed for strike action in protest at the changes. It has argued for a “small amount of increased risk” in USS’ assumptions – which it has claimed are too cautious – and changes to accrual rates without removing the DB element.Yesterday both the UCU and Universities UK, which represents employers, agreed to more talks over the scheme’s future. ACAS will oversee the discussions, which will begin on Monday.Universities UK asked the union to stop strike action while the ACAS talks took place, but in a statement yesterday the UCU indicated that lecturers would still walk out today. Further walkouts were scheduled for 5 March for four days and five days from 12 March.Trustees growing more concerned about fraudPension scheme trustees are more aware of potential fraud risks but “too complacent” about prevention, according to consulting firm RSM.The audit and tax specialist surveyed 124 UK trustees and found more than half (52%) saw fraud as a “significant threat” to their members – up from 41% in a similar survey conducted last year.The findings follow political debate about pension savers falling victim to scams as they seek to take advantage of flexibilities around withdrawing retirement funds.RSM said 85% of trustees questioned had included fraud on their schemes’ risk registers. However, one third failed to carry out an annual test of anti-fraud controls.The consultancy also warned that schemes were neglecting some forms of scam, such as “pensioner existence fraud”, whereby somebody continues to take the pension of a deceased member.Ian Bell, head of pensions at RSM, said: “Schemes must do much more to uncover ‘old school’ frauds such as relatives continuing to claim payments after a member’s death or tackling suspicious pensions transfer requests, while at the same time staying alert to new and evolving threats such as cybercrime.”Fiona Frobisher, head of policy at The Pensions Regulator, said it was “encouraging” that fraud and cybercrime were on trustees’ agendas. She added that trustees also needed to ensure “robust internal controls are put in place and are being tested”.Note: This article was updated to clarify the distinction between Royal Mail and the Post Office. The Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP) has insured £450m (€510.1m) worth of defined benefit (DB) liabilities with Rothesay Life.The transaction secured benefits accrued after 2012 by 5,700 members of the Post Office section of the RMPP, most of whom have yet to retire.Rothesay Life linked the price of the deal to a portfolio of gilts, the insurer said in a statement, “giving price certainty during execution and ease of premium payment once executed”.Joanna Matthews, independent chair of the RMPP, described the deal as “an important step in improving the security of Post Office workers’ pension benefits”.last_img read more

The Latest: Virus forces cancellation of speedskating events

first_img“In the spirit of adaptability, expect the NFLPA to push for modifications or updated recommendations — such as the continuation of daily testing — as the season progresses and new information becomes available,” Tretter, the starting center for the Cleveland Browns, posted on the union website. “We will continue to rely on scientific data to inform our approach for combating this virus. As the science evolves, we will evolve with it.”Tretter added he was pleased with the protocols the NFL and NFLPA agreed on for training camps. The league has reported few positive cases in the past month, though it did have 77 false positives a week ago that resulted from contamination at the testing lab.___The San Francisco 49ers have placed linebacker Fred Warner on the reserve/COVID-19 list.Warner didn’t practice on Sunday and then was placed on the COVID-19 list the following day. The list is used for NFL players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person. Associated Press The Latest: Virus forces cancellation of speedskating events The International Skating Union announced Monday that stops in Poland, Norway, Canada, and Salt Lake City, were shelved along with short-track events in Montreal and Laval, Quebec. The canceled events were scheduled for November and December.The ISU says it is evaluating a hub concept in the Netherlands as an alternative to the first four World Cups.The ISU says it’s still evaluating whether to go ahead with short-track events in Seoul, South Korea, and Beijing in December.___Boca Juniors says it has COVID-19 cases in its squad, threatening preparations for its first Copa Libertadores match on Sept. 17. The department says there were 93 positive results out of 815 COVID-19 tests taken between last Monday and Sunday. Since the return-to-campus protocol began May 29, there have been 176 positive results and one inconclusive out of more than 2,700 tests.The Hawkeyes are members of the Big Ten Conference, which announced three weeks ago that it would postpone fall sports until the spring.___NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season.The NFL has been conducting daily testing for players throughout training camp and plans to do so through Saturday. ___More AP sports: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The first four World Cup speedskating events of the 2020-21 season have been canceled because of COVID-19. Pollard said if mitigation actions are successful, Iowa State will allow season ticket holders to attend the game against Oklahoma on Oct. 3. He said if it’s determined mitigation measures were not followed adequately at the first game, no fans will be allowed the rest of the season.___North Carolina State says its women’s soccer team won’t play this fall.In a statement Monday, the school said the decision was due to a “depleted roster, the combination of injuries and not all members of its roster returning to Raleigh this semester.” It said N.C. State has notified the Atlantic Coast Conference of its decision.Players will continue to train with a focus on playing in 2021, or for spring competition if that becomes an option. Warner is the third 49ers player to be placed on the list this summer. Receiver Richie James Jr. and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. each had short stints on the list early in training camp.___Paris Saint-Germain says two of its players are suspected of being infected with COVID-19.The French champion cites a “reassuring” state of health for the players, who were not identified. They are said to be following the required health protocols.Eight days after losing the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, PSG is not due to start the French season until Sept. 10. The French league granted PSG’s request for extra days of rest, and the team’s scheduled opening game at Lens was postponed until next week.___Iowa State will allow about 25,000 football fans into Jack Trice Stadium for the Cyclones’ opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 12.Athletic director Jamie Pollard wrote in a letter to fans on Monday that the crowd will be made up of season ticket holders only. Fans will be required to wear face coverings at all times and no tailgating will be allowed. Pollard asks that fans respect others’ wishes for physical distancing.“An important factor in the decision to allow fans is our belief that Cyclone fans are willing to adhere to our mitigation measures,” Pollard wrote. “The purpose of this letter is to ask for your support in helping create a safe environment while also providing our team an impactful home field advantage. This is an incredible opportunity for Iowa State University to showcase its ability to successfully navigate the challenges associated with large outdoor events during a pandemic.” The Argentine club did not say how many players were infected, but added they are in good shape. Boca says all of its players are quarantined in a hotel outside Buenos Aires.It has suspended training for the next 72 hours.___The Iowa athletic department is pausing workouts for all sports until after Labor Day following a major uptick in the number of coronavirus cases. ___Champions League quarterfinalist Atalanta says three of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Serie A team says in a brief statement that all three players show no symptoms after the preseason tests and have been isolated.Reserve goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was the only Atalanta player who tested positive during the lockdown.The Italian league starts on Sept. 19. August 31, 2020last_img read more