Governor Wolf Announces Plans to Improve Harrisburg Transportation Center

first_img January 21, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Plans to Improve Harrisburg Transportation Center SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced plans for improvements to the Harrisburg Transportation Center and surrounding areas. The governor was joined by PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards and Mayor Eric Papenfuse.“Enhancing Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure is essential to the region’s economy and the Harrisburg Transportation Center is a vital hub that serves our Keystone Corridor passenger rail service, as well as intercity bus and local transit,” Governor Wolf said. “The center serves more than 1.6 million riders per year, including many people working for the commonwealth. State government calls Harrisburg home and we want to partner with the city where possible to improve the quality of life for its residents and businesses.”PennDOT envisions an initial investment of $15 million in federal and state dollars to bring the Transportation Center to a state of good repair. Long range, the project envisions $50 million to $60 million in federal and state dollars for station and other transportation and land use improvements. These are intended to attract private sector investment to improve the areas around the station.“We want to partner with Amtrak, the city of Harrisburg, and its redevelopment authority to invest in this center and help create a magnet for redevelopment in the surrounding area,” Secretary Richards said. “This is a huge step on the road to that goal.”“We see this critical investment as the next step in the City’s ongoing revitalization,” Mayor Papenfuse said.The Harrisburg Transportation Center, the former Pennsylvania Railroad Station, is the western terminal point for all but two of the 28 Amtrak trains that serve the station each day. The service attracts more than 1.6 million riders a year and intercity and local buses also connect at the center.Michael Baker Corp. and a subcontractor, BASE Architecture Planning and Engineering, Inc., will begin by conducting research and outreach as a first step to a Transit Oriented Development plan.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Sovereign funds seek agility to deal with tougher conditions – survey

first_imgSovereign wealth funds and government pension funds are seeking to become more nimble to adapt to a challenging investment environment, with increased allocations to alternatives among changes being pursued over the next few years, according to a survey of official institutions commissioned by State Street.Conducted by the Oxford Economics Institute, the survey was of 102 official institutions from around the world – 52 were central banks, and 25 each were sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and government pension funds.Just over two-thirds (68%) of surveyed SWFs indicated they were looking to increase allocations to commodities, and 88% of government pension funds said they planned to up their allocations to real estate in the next three years, in the hope of achieving returns that beat equity markets. With respect to other asset classes, the share of respondents planning to increase allocations was typically less than 65%. The vast majority, 90%, of SWF and government pension fund respondents said an equity market correction would have a moderate or significant impact on their investment strategies over the three-year time frame.State Street believes the survey shows how official institutions are adapting their investment and operational models to become more agile in the face of economic and financial uncertainty.It identified 19 institutions it categorised as “the NIMBLE group”, matching or exceeding the top quartile of aggregate scores.The institutions were not named.Kevin Wong, senior managing director and head of sector solutions for State Street’s global services and global markets business in Asia Pacific, said official institutions were demanding “strong, flexible investment teams supported by a nimble operating model that help them identify opportunities, manage risk exposure and take corrective action”.An uncertain outlook for interest rates, concerns about a generalised economic slowdown in China and the decline in the price of oil and other commodities are among the challenges calling on official institutions to change, according to the report.“Above all,” it notes, “official institutions are pursuing a more dynamic approach to their investment strategies.“Many official institutions are examining cost-effective ways to invest, such as building their own in-house resources or seeking different relationships with external fund managers.”According to Victoria Barbary, director at the Investec Asset Management Investment Institute, the balance of power between official institutions and external advisers is becoming more equal.“They’re moving from being just pure asset owners to being part asset managers,” she is cited as saying in the survey report. “[W]hen they do go external, they’re looking for very specific things.”Institutions are developing more specialised strategies because it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure target returns through equities and brownfield investments, according to the report.SWFs are more advanced in upgrading risk management than the other types of institutional investors, according to the survey – and also appear to be more satisfied with their approach.Whereas 72% of SWFs surveyed described their risk-management strategies as “effective”, only 52% of government pension funds followed suit.Over the next three years, pension funds are prioritising the use of derivatives and diversifying their portfolios, while SWFs are giving equal priority to a range of risk-management approaches, except for risk factor analysis, “which they appear to have already implemented”.Like SWFs, government pension funds have a strong focus on building internal investment teams to provide improved returns and save operating expenses, according to the report.“Pension funds are upgrading risk and compliance staff to a much greater extent than other institution types, with a 28-percentage-point gap over SWFs, reflecting the increased regulation facing the pensions sector,” it adds.Cybersecurity is also high on the agenda of SWFs and government pension funds, with 84% of the latter revealing plans to strengthen in this area in the next year versus 72% for SWFs.The survey also shows that Asia is the most attractive region for investment, with 89% of Asia-Pacific (APAC) institutions and 63% of institutions from other regions planning to increase their investments there.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to State Street 2015 Official Institutions report (download request required)last_img read more

Panamax Bulker Aground off New Orleans

first_imgA Panamax bulk carrier has run aground in the Gulf of Mexico and is being refloated, GAC informed.The vessel in question is the 77,684 dwt Glory Trader, owned by Greece-based Erasmus Shipinvest.The incident occurred off New Orleans in the evening hours of June 13 (local time), the bulker’s AIS data shows.“Due to the grounding and attempt to refloat the M/V Glory Trader at MM 4.6 AHOP, a VTS Measure is in place to prohibit meeting or overtaking between ships and ocean-going tows between MM 4.0 to 5.0 AHP,” GAC said.“The channel remains open. All vessels are advised to proceed with caution, at slowest safe speed,” GAC added.World Maritime News contacted GAC USA as well as the shipowner for more details on the matter, however, the parties are yet to reply.Built at Taiwan’s CSBC Kaohsiung shipyard in 2004, Glory Trader currently has a market value of USD 9.93 million, according to information provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

DNV GL completes world’s first in-water remote ship surveys using ROV

first_img“Working in a modern world, with technologies allowing us carry out a bottom-survey without deviation or off-hire, we are really enabling a huge potential for efficiency and environmentally friendly solutions,” said Thorbjørn Dalsøren, general director of Wilson Ship Management. “We trust this will be adapted to several more of our operations, taking advantage of digital solutions.”  DNV GL’s digital industry platform Veracity was used by VUVI, DNV GL and Wilson ASA to ensure secure data transfer when saving and sharing the video stream from the remote survey. Seamless connectivity was ensured throughout the survey thanks to the use of a powerful router. The in-water survey was concluded in a similar timeframe to traditional surveys, achieving the same level of assurance as an in-person survey. In-water bottom surveys using ROVs have now been carried out on three separate Wilson ASA-managed vessels with the first having been completed on the Wilson Fedje in December 2019 by a surveyor from Høvik. “VUVI AS has since the company was founded in 2013 focused on in-water survey of vessels as one of the company’s core services,” said VUVI CEO, Frode Rødølen. “We became DNV GL certified to perform in-water inspections in 2017, and re-audited earlier this year. We are proud to have become a trusted partner by DNV GL to perform inspections with our ROV teams, and we are inspired by the fact the we contribute in the shaping of the inspection-services for the future.” “We are delighted to have collaborated with VUVI and Wilson ASA to deliver this exciting new approach to remote surveys,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. “DNV GL has been carrying out remote surveys since 2018, so this service is an extension of a broad suite of remote services that are already available.”  As with the two previous surveys, it was conducted in collaboration with VUVI, a Norwegian inspection company certified by DNV GL to perform underwater inspections for ships and offshore platforms using ROVs.  The latest in-water survey of this kind was performed earlier in July on another ASA Wilson-managed vessel in Bergen, Norway. Elias Triantafyllidis, the remote surveyor, attended the survey from the DNV GL DATE (Direct Access To Experts) hub in Piraeus, Greece. During the inspection, the surveyor used VUVI’s sonar technology to scan the vessel’s bottom in order to locate the hull equipment, such as echo sounder sensors; speed log sensors and sea chests, while simultaneously assessing the general condition of the hull. “Naturally, the pandemic has pushed us to scale up the intensity of remote service delivery and we are fortunate that our longstanding commitment to digital advancement has meant we are well positioned to respond to the needs of our customers during this difficult time.” DNV GL has completed the world’s first in-water remote ship surveys using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Survey planning and review of hull drawings were completed the day prior to the survey, thereby optimizing the degree of survey assurance. Statutory and class regulations require two bottom surveys of a vessel within a five-year period, with an interval of less than 36 months in between. The certification of VUVI was conducted in accordance with Class Programme DNV GL-CP0484 for in-water inspections.last_img read more

Easter trading bill passes first reading

first_imgRotorua Daily Post 4 November 2015Rotorua MP Todd McClay has hailed the passing of the Government’s Easter Trading bill at first reading last night (Tuesday) by 75 votes to 45 against as a significant step towards Rotorua having the choice to open for business on Easter Sunday.Mr McClay said Rotorua, as an important tourist destination, had been forced to wait far too long to be put on an equal footing with Taupo and Queenstown where shops were able to cater to tourists over this busy weekend.Mr McClay said that National, United Future, Maori Party, Act and New Zealand First MPs all voted in favour. (Editor’s Note: Not correct. 2 Labour MP’s also voted in favour. One NZ First and one Maori party MP voted against!)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.The bill, which is modelled on his previous legislation, ensures that those who do not want to work or open their shops cannot be forced to and means that councils can create bylaws.“It is important that local people speak up and have a say on this issue. I encourage them to submit to the Parliamentary select committee,” Mr McClay said. read more

‘Man Utd offered Ronaldo to Barca to stop Real Madrid switch’

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson offered Cristiano Ronaldo to Barcelona as he did not want the Portuguese star to join Real Madrid. That is according to former Madrid president Ramon Calderon, who was the club’s supremo when the global superstar agreed the switch to La Liga – although he was replaced by Florentino Perez in the position that summer. Man United offered Ronaldo to Barcelona to block Real Madrid move – Calderon Ronaldo joined Los Blancos from the then English champions in the summer of 2009 but the deal itself was concluded the previous year. Calderon has now revealed that United were hopeful that they could somehow block the deal for the Portugal international, and even tried to offer him to their El Clasico rivals Barcelona instead.Advertisement Indeed, just months earlier the Catalan giants defeated United 2-0 in the Champions League final with the Red Devils intent on trying to find Ronaldo another buyer. “The signing was carried out between me and Cristiano over 2007 and 2008,” Calderon revealed, as cited by Diario AS. “It was a difficult negotiation with Manchester United because they did not want to lose the player but he was very clear about what he wanted. “He wanted to join Real Madrid and it was a unique opportunity for us, so I took advantage of it. “(Alex) Ferguson did not want him to leave and in particular he did not want him to join Madrid, as we had won even more trophies than Manchester United, so he offered the player to Barcelona instead. “Barcelona were delighted with the opportunity but Ronaldo was very clear about the commitment he had with Madrid and a document that had already been signed. Loading… Read Also: Fernandes: I wanted to follow Ronaldo, Rooney“There was a document with a signature that, if either the club or the player had breached the deal, he would have to pay €30m to the other party.”Ronaldo went on to become the record scorer in Madrid’s history and joined Juventus for €100m in the summer of 2018.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were KidsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Finding TKR’s weakness crucial as semi-finals loom

first_imgBy Clifton Ross The Guyana Amazon Warriors will be keen on perfecting the necessary tactics needed to capture this year’s title, but with the possibility of facing the red-hot Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) again in the semis or more importantly in this year’s finals.Warriors will likely be aware of any of their semi-finals opponents, having either lost or beaten them, or experiencing both results since action started in the Bubble.Chris Green and his men have been through alot this year, but their die-hard approach to winning the CPL championship has persevered and they now await their next challenge and possibly the most crucial to date.One team in particular could easily face the Warriors, TKR who have been on a roll, winning all their matches to sit at the number one spot.No team has managed to find TKR’s weakness and as a result they have run roughshod over the competition, taking obvious advantage of their home conditions as well as their knowledge of Tarouba and the Queen’s Park Oval.Should the Warriors face off with TKR, they will have to find what no team has found yet, the Achilles Heel. Kieron Pollard has been on another level as a captain while his prowess as a T20 marquée player has so far reflected in a few of his top innings this season.Some could say that the Warriors world-class lot of bowlers led by leg-spinner Imran Tahir has somewhat boosted the efforts of their batters, who apart from leading run-scorer Shimron Hetmyer had a late start to what turned out to be a solid campaign.The home team had won 10 straight matches on trod, a feat which the Warriors managed last season after winning all their preliminary games. If these two sides meet in either the semis or the finals, Guyana will need to check all their boxes.Any of the teams who advance to semi-finalis and managed to TKR will have to overcome facing arguably the most gelled franchise in the Bubble.However, the Warriors have shown immense adaptability to the conditions in Trinidad, barring the home team. Batting will play a role against the Riders due to the success of the likes of Fawad Ahmed, Kharry Pierre, Sunil Narine and others in the spin department.Imran Tahir will relish this challenge against such in-form opponents should they meet in future, further establishing himself as the leading bowler in the tournament by time this season culminates.Barring Guyana, no other franchise seems likely equipped for a possible tussle against TKR in either the semis or finals.It could be argued that Kieron Pollard and his men might make it all the way and possibly choke in the match the counts but no team will want to risk the unbeaten side imploding after playing superbly, especially with one eye fixed on their 6th title.Should TKR be knocked out at some point over the next few days, then Chris Green and his men have a clearer path to securing the elusive title.Once the Warriors bypass their next match with ease and make it to the finals, then doubling up the efforts which took them from almost being out of the competition to being a few steps closer to finally breaking the jinx. -Warriors well-equipped for possible tussle against unbeaten home team last_img read more

Sicilian racecourse closes after mafia race fixing discovery

first_img Submit Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon SIS strengthens US portfolio with PARX partnership June 27, 2019 SIS extends partnership with Singapore Pools March 25, 2019 888 recruits SIS for greyhound boost October 5, 2018 All horse races have been suspended at the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo race track in Sicily, after police investigating mafia activity discovered evidence of illegal gambling and organised crime bosses rigging races.Italian police made 25 arrests linked to the mafia clans of Resuttana-San Lorenzo last month, with the extent of mafia involvement in Sicilian racing emerging shortly after. Since then, the 15,000-capacity course has remained closed until further notice.Antonella De Miro, head of the Palermo prefecture, described the situation to the Guardian, saying: “We are in the presence of a system of conditioning and mafia infiltration.”The mafia have previously been involved with illegal street horse racing, where horses are often drugged and abused and forced to run with illegal bets placed on who will win.Ciro Troiano, head of the National Animal Guardians Service at LAV, one of Italy’s major animal rights organisations, also spoke to the Guardian, claiming the recent allegations were far from surprising.“The Sicilian, Neapolitan and Calabrian mafias have had their hands on the management of illegal bets for decades. And this, unfortunately, does not only happen in the races within the official racetracks, but also in those that the mobsters organise daily on the asphalt.’’The service’s most recent report has recorded 1275 horses running in illegal races since 1998 that have been confiscated by police and 3402 reported to the judicial authorities.last_img read more

Tom Watson – ‘Gambling ombudsman is needed to protect UK consumers’

first_img Related Articles Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UK media, this morning reports that Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has stated that his party will establish a ‘new gambling ombudsman to protect UK consumers’.Watson follows his tough narrative on gambling, which last month saw the Labour deputy urge the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to undertake a thorough review of online casinos licensed after 2014.Addressing ‘cross-party’ thinktank ‘Demos’, Watson is set to unveil an ‘overhaul of UK betting regulations’, with Labour seeking to establish a ‘new Gambling Act’, a ‘party review’ mandate published last September.As previously announced, Labour will support the introduction of a new ‘compulsory 1% levy on operators Gross Gambling Yield’ – raising a target figure of £100 million to improve gambling harm/addiction resources.Further directives, would see the Labour Party introduce a ban on Credit wagering across UK gambling verticals.In relation to industry governance, Watson details that a new consumer ombudsman is needed to support the UKGC as national regulator and assist UK health stakeholders with research and treatment of problem gambling.UK media reports that Watson believes that current UK gambling frameworks have failed consumers, allowing operators to carry-out ‘dirty deals’.Labour’s deputy is expected to highlight that consumer reforms are needed, as the current regulatory regime can impose penalties on licensed operators, however, consumer compensation has been undermined by current regulatory frameworks.“I cannot think of a single other types of transactional arrangement for goods or financial services that would allow this type of situation: unclear terms and conditions, a lack of transparency, a lack of framework – and fuelled by predatory bonus offers.” – Watson will tell his audience.Watson will outline Labour’s push for a new UK gambling structure, in which the UKGC oversees operator standards and policies, assisted by an ombudsman settling consumer disputes.Concluding his speech, Watson will underline that UK gambling’s current  voluntary system has allowed a number of operators to escape their civic duties, contributing nothing towards a ‘recommended StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more

What time does Daytona 500 start? TV channel, live stream, odds for 2019

first_imgMORE: Watch the 2019 Daytona 500 live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)For the 13th year in a row and 16th overall, FOX will broadcast the Daytona 500 nationally. The MRN radio broadcast can be heard locally or, via SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, nationally.The Daytona 500 ran on Presidents Day weekend from 1968-2011, and last year, it returned to the weekend as part of a handful of NASCAR schedule adjustments. The race remains on Presidents Day weekend in 2019.Based on the results of qualifying a week before the 2019 Daytona 500, William Byron will start on the pole in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He will share the front row with teammate Alex Bowman in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Thursday’s Gander RV Duel races at Daytona set the lineup for the rest of the field for the 500.MORE: Daytona 500 starting lineup; Larson to start from rearWhat time does Daytona 500 start?Date: Sunday, Feb. 17Start time: 2:30 p.m. ETTV channel: FOXStreaming: fuboTV | Fox Sports GoRadio: MRN | SiriusXM NASCAR RadioThough the start time for the 2019 Daytona 500 is listed for 2:30 p.m. ET, expect the green flag to wave at roughly 3:05 p.m. ET. The pre-race entertainment at the track begins at 1:45 p.m. ET with a concert featuring country music star Jake Owen. Driver introductions will take place soon after that, starting at 2 p.m. ET.2019 NASCAR SCHEDULE:Date, time, TV info for every Cup raceThe 500-mile, 200-lap race will be broken in to three stages, with the first stage running 60 laps, the second stage running 60 laps and the third stage running 80 laps.The Daytona 500 marks the first race under the new aero package NASCAR is implementing in its Cup Series for 2019. The race is also the end of an era, as it will feature restrictor plates in the cars for the last time since NASCAR began using them more than 30 years ago at superspeedways.Daytona 500 lineupSunday’s pole qualifying set the front row for the Daytona 500, with William Byron earning the pole position and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman earning second. The results of Thursday’s Gander RV Duel races set the rest of the field.Below is the full starting lineup for the 2019 Daytona 500.* – will start from rearStartingDriverCar No.1.William Byron242.Alex Bowman883.Kevin Harvick44.Joey Logano225.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.176.Clint Bowyer147.Paul Menard218.Aric Almirola109.Matt DiBenedetto9510.Denny Hamlin1111.Martin Turex Jr.1912.Kurt Busch113.Bubba Wallace4314.Ryan Blaney1215.Chris Buescher3716.Jamie McMurray*4017.Jimmie Johnson4818.Chase Elliott919.Ryan Newman620.Austin Dillon321.Ryan Preece4722.Ty Dillon1323.Daniel Suarez4124.David Ragan3825.Parker Kligerman9626.Kyle Larson*4227.Landon Cassill0028.Erik Jones2029.Daniel Hemric830.Brendan Gaughan6231.Kyle Busch1832.Corey LaJoie3233.Matt Tifft3634.Michael McDowell3435.Brad Keselowski236.Ross Chastain1537.Cody Ware5238.BJ McLeod5139.Tyler Reddick3140.Casey Mears*27MORE: NASCAR rule changes for 2019Daytona 500 odds2019 Daytona 500 odds (via Bovada) are as of Sunday morning. DriverOddsJoey Logano+750Brad Keselowski+800Kevin Harvick+800Chase Elliott+900Kyle Busch+1000Denny Hamlin+1100Clint Bowyer+1300Ryan Blaney+1300Paul Menard+1500RIcky Stenhouse Jr.+1500Aric Almirola+1600Martin Truex Jr.+1800Jimmie Johnson+1900Kurt Busch+2300Ryan Newman+2500Daniel Suarez+2600Alex Bowman+2900Erik Jones+3000Kyle Larson+3300William Byron+3300Austin Dillon+3500Jamie McMurray+5500Bubba Wallace+5500Ryan Preece+5500Matt DiBenedetto+5500Daniel Hemric+6600Michael McDowell+7700Chris Buescher+7700David Ragan+9900Corey LaJoie+10000Matt Tifft+15000Cody Ware+17500Ty Dillon+20000Parker Kligerman+20000Landon Cassill+20000Casey Mears+25000How much are Daytona 500 tickets?2019 Daytona 500 tickets on the track’s website range anywhere from $99 to $230 for a single race ticket, depending on seating. Daytona International Speedway also offers multi-race ticket packages that range from $219 each to $6,000 each. (Hey, it’s NASCAR’s finest race.)As for the secondary Daytona 500 ticket market, as of Thursday, the cheapest single ticket on was $99 for a seat located in the lowest level of the grandstands at the exit of pit road. A prime seat in the middle of the trioval was listed as high as $495, with one Rolex 24 Lounge ticket available for $1,795.There also was one pair of tickets on StubHub listed at $200,192.09 each for seats in Turn 4, section 323 (nothing special). Maybe a typing error? The scheduled start time for the 2019 Daytona 500 is 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 17. Yet we all know the green flag for the start of the 61st annual Great American Race will not wave until later Sunday afternoon. NASCAR will precede the start of the race with a presentation of colors, an invocation and the national anthem.Last year’s Daytona 500, for example, also was scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET. But the command for drivers to start their engines was not given until 2:53 p.m. ET, and the green flag waved at 3:05 p.m. ET. Expect another Daytona 500 start time around 3:05 p.m. ET again in 2019.last_img read more