October 16

Governor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation

first_imgGovernor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf signed the following bills into law.Act 114 (Causer) – Amends Title 3 (Agriculture), making editorial changes; consolidating an article of The Administrative Code relating to race horse industry reform; providing for PA Breeding Fund; & making related repeal.Act 115 (Vance) – Amends Titles 23 (Domestic Relations) & 42 (Judiciary & Judicial Procedure), in adoption, for grounds for involuntary termination; in child protective services, for defs., & for release of information in confidential reports.Governor Wolf vetoed the below pieces of legislation. To view Governor Wolf’s veto messages, click here.SB 286 (Rafferty) – Amends the act creating the Delaware River Joint Commission further providing for the Commission, composition, employees, financing & executive sessions; majority approval; conflicts of interest, master plan; definitions; editorial changes.HB 1618 (Fee) – Amends the Administrative Code establishing the Office of State Inspector General.HB 1998 (Petri) – Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in parking authorities, further providing for special provisions for authorities in cities of the first class.SB 562 (Gordner) –  Amends the Regulatory Review Act further providing for defs.; for proposed regulations & procedures for review, for final-form regulations & final-omitted regulations & for review of disapproved final-form or omitted regulations. October 28, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

October 6

Queensland homes have won big in the national architecture awards

first_imgBurleigh Street House. Architect: ME. Picture:Christopher Frederick Jones.Rathern than demolish the existing bungalow it was retained with two new pavilions added to the north and south.A living spaces connects both pavilions and can be fully opened. Burleigh Street House. Architect: ME. Picture:Christopher Frederick Jones.The judges said the design celebrated the humble 1970s beach bungalow.In the same category James Russell Architect received a National Commendation for its Dornoch Terrace House.The home sits on a ridge in Highgate Hill. The house was close to a squat when the owners bought it, with graffiti from well known local artists including Sofles and Lister.Sofles was engaged to come back to paint a new work in the house.The judges said the design had breathed new life into the home which had had a colourful history. Tent House by Sparks Architects won the People’s Choice Award. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesQUEENSLAND projects have won big, taking out six gongs in the Australian Institute of Architects Awards.The wins mean Queensland now officially has some of Australia’s best homes.A home in Cape Tribulation and another in Little Cove at Noosa were awarded National Awards in the competitive Residential Architecture new houses category. Mitti Street House. Architect: James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby Scott.It was designed as a place for multiple families to come together, cooking and bathing on the ground under the open sky. It is made up of a series of modest pavilions or “fibro shacks’’. The judges said the property had a “spirit reminiscent of camping’’, with an insect-free central campfire and a pool emulating a tropical forest swimming hole.A home at Burleigh Heads won a National Award in the Residential Architecture — Houses (Alterations and Additions) category.Burleigh Street House was designed by ME architecture group. The artwork in Dornoch Terrace. Architect: James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby Scott.A Queensland house also proved most popular with the public with Tent House by Sparks Architects being voted winner of the People’s Choice Award.The home, designed by Sparks Architects in the Noosa Hinterland was flanked on the northern side by a lush tropical wall of 40 metre tall trees. Mitti Street House. Architect: James Russell Architect. Picture: Toby Scott.It was designed to sit above natural ground to deal with flash flooding during monsoonal rains. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The external face of the pavilions and courtyard were covered by shade cloth providing protection from sun and insects creating a screened garden. Cape Tribulation House. Architect: m3architecture. Picture: Peter BennettsThe house pavilions are in natural clearings which avoided the need to remove any mature trees from the site.The exterior is camouflaged with black plastic cladding and mirrored glass, so it does not stand out within the rainforest. The jury said the “climate-responsive holiday house’’ was barely visible and arriving was a “sigh-inducing revelation’’.The other winner, Mitti Street House by James Russell Architect, was in the rainforest bordering Noosa National Park. Cape Tribulation House. Architect: m3architecture. Picture: Peter Bennetts.Cape Tribulation house by m3architecture described as an “off-the-grid’’ house close to the beach in the Daintree Rainforest Tent House by Sparks Architects. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesDescribed as an “dynamic building’’ the architecture is a dual concept; “Esky and tent’’ using an operable, insulated, box for cooler months that opens to a tentlike amenity in warmer months. Sunshine Coast University Hospital by Architectus Brisbane and HDR Rice Daubney as Sunshine Coast Architects was recognised with a National Award in the Public Architecture category for demonstrating what the jury said was “the value of patient-centred hospitals, responding here in both form and content to its place in subtropical Queensland’’.last_img read more

September 29

Equities drive Swiss pension fund performance in 2013

first_imgSwiss pension funds returned 6.2% on average last year, according to a preliminary performance comparison by Towers Watson commissioned by Asip, the Swiss pension fund association.The consultancy, drawing on asset-allocation reports from June 2013, said equities appeared to be the main driver of returns. It calculated a 6.2% median return for 2013 and a 3.7% median return over the last 10 years for Swiss schemes.Asip highlighted that some pension funds with riskier strategies and higher-than-average equity allocations “even managed to return more than 10% in 2013”. Domestic equity exposure among the 62 pension funds participating in its survey – with more than CHF188bn (€152bn) in combined assets – ranged from 3% to 20%, while foreign-equity allocations ranged between 6% and 42%.The median allocation to domestic equities was 10%, to foreign equities, 21%.On average, bonds comprise about 40% of Swiss pension funds’ portfolios, Asip said.Meanwhile, the CHF8bn Aargauische Pensionskasse (APK) has informed its members that it will be unable to increase the interest on accrued capital for this year, despite having reported relatively strong returns.Preliminary calculations show a return of 4.5% for the APK, which has invested around 25% of its portfolio in equities.The fund said it would need to strengthen buffers to account for increasing longevity, which means the funding level will remain at around 96%, and the interest granted on accrued capital at 1.5%.It added that generally low interest rates had continued to put pressure on its asset-allocation decisions – despite the fact strong equity performance largely offset commodity prices and slightly rising rates.last_img read more

January 20


first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)OSPINA, BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,ELNENY, COQUELIN,SANCHEZ, OZIL, IWOBI, WELBECKMBOKANI, NAISMITH,BRADY, O’NEIL, HOWSON, JARVIS, OLSSON, MARTIN, BENNETT, WISDOM, RUDDYNORWICH (4-4-1-1)Arsenal return to the Emirates Stadium in fourth place in the Barclays Premier League after being held to a goalless draw by one of the relegation-threatened sides, Sunderland.That point enabled Sunderland to move out of the bottom three, leap-frogging Norwich City, who arrive in North London desperate for points to retain their top-flight status.Sunderland and Norwich are level on 31 points, but they have a game in hand on Newcastle United, who are on 30 points and currently 19th in the table.Having beaten West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle, Norwich were on a roll. But they have lost their last two, at Crystal Palace and at home to Sunderland and face the Gunners, having lost 11 of their last 13 away games.However, when they met Arsenal at Carrow Road last November, they earned a valuable draw with Lewis Grabban – now at Bournemouth – ruling out Mesut Ozil’s early goal.This fixture tends to produce goals. Six of the seven Premier League meetings at Arsenal have produced at least four goals and a total of 32. Norwich’s only Premier League win there was in August 1992 when they won 4-2 in the inaugural weekend of the competition. Since then, they have drawn two and lost four.Arsenal are unbeaten in seven league games but can no longer win the title and need to win to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Jack Wilshere made his first appearance of the season as a late substitute following a season out with a leg injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky are out while they test Santi Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini.Norwich, meanwhile, check on Russell Martin and Andre Wisdom while Timm Klose and Alexander Tettey are out.last_img read more

December 29

LBSU ends slide against UCSB

first_img As it became clear that the game would be decided by the next mistake, the two teams traded baskets until LBSU senior guard Crystal McCutcheon sank a drive for a 53-52 lead with 1:53 to go. Then, the Gauchos (6-7 2-1) blinked first, but not last. UCSB’s Jessica Wilson missed a jumper, and the Gauchos blew another scoring opportunity when LaShay Fears missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:05 remaining. LBSU rebounded but turned it over to UCSB senior point guard Karena Bonds, who made a similar play to turn the game late in UCSB’s 85-80 overtime win last season at the Pyramid, but Jenna Green was called for a charge to return the ball to the 49ers. “It certainly had that feeling, didn’t it?” UCSB coach Mark French said of the late Bonds steal and the possibility of it igniting another late Gaucho charge. “Nobody likes to lose a game, but I felt like Long Beach beat us (today), it wasn’t like we gave it to them. So if you’re going to lose, you might as well lose to a good team.” Jeannie Saunders drew a foul on a drive to the basket and hit both free throws with 33 seconds to go, and McCutcheon (a game-high 21 points) rebounded Bonds’ miss of a wide-open 3-pointer. With no choice, the Gauchos fouled McCutcheon, who hit the first free throw and rebounded her miss on the second, then was fouled and nailed two more for the final margin. And of course, the end of more than a decade of frustration. “I’ve heard lots of stories, and last year I was here when they played Santa Barbara,” said Figueroa, who finished with 13 points. “I think it was a good win, but it gets us a step closer to being conference champs. That’s what our goal is, that’s what we want.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mary Hegarty didn’t want to talk about the streak, didn’t want to hear about the streak, and had likely grown quite weary of hearing about the streak. And this came moments after said streak was finally broken a few days shy of its 12th birthday as Long Beach State women’s basketball team edged UC Santa Barbara, 58-52, at the Walter Pyramid on Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson After falling twice while placing a lot of focus on the Gauchos as the team to beat last season, Hegarty and her players found a way to end that streak. By not focusing on it. LBSU (8-5, 1-0) trailed 48-47 with 3:56 remaining when senior Jayme Connors committed her fourth foul. On a day when she set a 49er career mark for defensive rebounds with 490, Connors stayed in the game after committing fouls on three of four UCSB possessions over a two-minute span. “I wasn’t sure what (Hegarty) was going to do,” said Connors, who glanced nervously at the 49er bench after her third foul of the game. “When I heard new people were coming in, I was kind of looking to see if it was for me or not.” Those substitutions were not for Connors, and her presence paid off as she rebounded Shantel Thomas’ missed foul shot and called timeout while falling down to retain possession for LBSU. She then scored at the other end off an assist from freshman point guard Karina Figueroa to make it 49-48, 49ers. center_img “At practice, our cheer is ‘Big West champs,” so no one game is more important than any other,” said Hegarty. “We’ve talked at length with our players about, don’t let someone else’s message become our message … I think it’s helped our emotions stay where they need to be, at the right level to succeed, but never too high where we’re not effective, or too low. One loss isn’t the end of the world.” But the third-year coach had the weight of 28 consecutive losses, the vast majority of which came under her predecessor. Dallas Bolla’s contract wasn’t renewed in 2003 after she went winless vs. UCSB over eighth seasons. last_img read more