first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Westword:For over a century, fossil fuels have been more than just the world’s primary energy source; they’ve been a bedrock of the global financial system, an engine of economic growth and a safe investment for governments, pension funds, charitable endowments and other institutions around the world. If we hope to stop climate change before its effects become catastrophic, that will inevitably have to change — and many climate activists want it to change as soon as possible.“Public money is being invested in companies that are directly contributing to climate change,” says Deborah McNamara, an activist with the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate, which includes more than two dozen environmental and social-justice groups from around the state. “Here in Colorado, money is being invested in fracking companies. Do we want our public money being invested in these companies that are polluting our air and water?”After years of disappointment, the “Fossil Free” investing movement has picked up steam around the world and in Colorado, where — despite opposition from the state’s powerful oil and gas industry — it’s won some small victories, including an announcement last month that the City and County of Denver plans to dump its investments in fossil fuel companies.Like previous movements to discourage investment in Big Tobacco or apartheid South Africa, many advocates for fossil fuel divestment object to supporting oil, gas and coal development on moral grounds. The burning of fossil fuels is warming the climate to the point of global catastrophe, and they argue that it’s unethical for public institutions like PERA to continue to fund the industry.But an important difference between campaigns like Fossil Free PERA and other divestment efforts is that when it comes to fossil fuels, there’s increasingly a financial argument to be made for divestment, too. As the world continues to transition away from fossil fuels in the coming decades, investments in oil and gas are at risk of becoming “stranded assets,” suffering sharp declines in value that leave institutional investors like pension funds on the hook for billions, or even trillions, in losses.“If you look at what happened to coal in the last decade, those assets have done incredibly poorly,” says Dan Carreno, an analyst with Change Finance, a sustainability-focused investment firm. “We’re starting to see the exact same thing happen with natural gas, relative to wind and solar. And we could see the same thing happen with oil.”More: Can the fossil fuel divestment movement win in oil-rich Colorado? Fossil fuel divestment efforts begin to take hold in oil-rich Coloradolast_img read more

first_imgCUNA’s brief says that by foreclosing the ability for federal credit unions to invoke diversity jurisdiction, the court has failed to give effect to Congressional intent to treat federal and state credit unions alike in all material respects. continue reading » Oral arguments for a case involving access to federal courts via diversity jurisdiction have been set for between March 17 and 20. CUNA filed an amicus brief in May in Navy FCU v. LTD Financial Services et al, noting to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District that the diversity jurisdiction is one of the two methods for a federal court to have jurisdiction.The suit stems from a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that found Section 1332 of the U.S. Code is the sole source of diversity jurisdiction and that Section 1332 does not apply to federally chartered corporations.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgAs our businesses seek a way forward through the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, there is a common theme in advice from leadership experts: Prioritize people. This philosophy is at the core of the industry my organization represents – credit unions – and remains as important as ever, even in a tech-driven world.In a recent interview on the Banking Transformed podcast, management guru Tom Peters shared his insights into the strategy of personalization. Here are some of the key excerpts:Qualities of a successful leader and organization: Peters tells podcast host Jim Marous that “people first” remains his advice to leaders. As businesses take advantage of artificial intelligence and automation to communicate with members/customers, he says “those who…continue to humanize things are going to be winners.” While times may be busy and stressful, don’t forget to have genuine conversations with your staff, and encourage them to take time to do the same when members/customers reach out for help. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed an 86-year-old pedestrian in the victim’s hometown of Central Islip early Friday morning, Suffolk County police said.A 911 caller reported finding a body in the road on Suffolk Avenue near the corner of Wheeler Road, where responding officers found Willie Dinkins, who investigators determined was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene shortly before 2 a.m., police said.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.Investigators believe the vehicle involved is a 2001 to 2005 Honda Civic four-door sedan. The driver’s side, black side-view mirror is missing from the vehicleMajor Case Unit detectives ask anyone with information on the vehicle or the crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

first_imgSep 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of an Australian-made influenza vaccine called Afluria for use in adults, raising the number of US-licensed flu vaccines to six.The vaccine, made by CSL Limited, based in Parkville, Australia, was approved for protecting people aged 18 and older from type A and B influenza viruses.Like most flu vaccines, Afluria contains inactivated (killed) flu viruses grown in chicken eggs. People who are allergic to eggs should not receive the vaccine, the FDA said in a news release.The vaccine is given as a single injection in the upper arm. It will be available in single dose, preservative-free syringes and in multiple-dose vials containing thimerosal, a mercury compound, as a preservative, the FDA said.CSL expects to supply up to 2 million doses of the vaccine in the United States this season, according to Paul Perreault, executive vice president of commercial operations for the company’s US division, CSL Biotherapies, based in King of Prussia, Pa. Plans call for delivering all the doses to the United States by the end of October, the company said in a news release today.The FDA said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that the six vaccine makers will supply a record total of 132 million doses of flu vaccine in the United States this year. The CDC had cited the same figure at a news conference last week, without mentioning the CSL vaccine.”The licensure of this additional flu vaccine contributes to having an adequate supply of seasonal influenza vaccine for Americans, one of FDA’s highest priorities,” said Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in the agency news release.CSL Biotherapies announced its filing for FDA approval of Afluria in April. The application included the results of a phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial that involved 1,357 volunteers at nine US sites, the company news release said. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the study evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of thimerosal-free and thimerosal-containing formulations of the vaccine.The FDA used its accelerated approval pathway in evaluating the vaccine. “The manufacturer demonstrated that the vaccine induced levels of antibodies in the blood likely to be effective in preventing seasonal influenza,” the agency said. “As part of the accelerated approval process, the manufacturer will conduct further studies to verify that the vaccine decreases seasonal influenza disease after vaccination.”CSL-branded flu vaccines are approved and sold in 16 countries, and the company provides bulk antigen for flu vaccines sold in 24 countries, according to the CSL news release. Officials said the company has been making flu vaccines for 40 years.Perreault told CIDRAP News that the bulk antigen for the vaccine is made in Australia, and this year the product will be finished and packaged in a facility in Germany. But in the future the finishing and packaging will be moved to a CSL plant in Kankakee, Ill., he said.In August, CSL announced plans to expand the Kankakee plant by adding a line to fill single-dose syringes. The company plans to start operating the line and packaging flu vaccine at the plant in 2010, according to the August announcement.Last year CSL announced it would spend $60 million to double the capacity of the company’s Melbourne, Australia, plant to 40 million doses per year, making it one of the largest flu vaccine production facilities in the world.Other injectable flu vaccines licensed in the United States, with their manufacturers, are FluLaval, ID Biomedical; Fluarix, GlaxoSmithKline; Fluzone, Sanofi Pasteur; and Fluvirin, Novartis. The other licensed product is FluMist, the nasal-spray vaccine made by MedImmune.See also: Sep 28 FDA news release 28 CSL Biotherapies news releaseOct 5, 2006, CIDRAP News story “FDA approves 5th flu vaccine”last_img read more

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first_imgTopics : The South Pacific nation last week scrapped domestic social distancing measures, while maintaining strong border restrictions.Ardern on Wednesday suspended the program that allowed the women to be released early from quarantine on compassionate grounds, saying New Zealand’s successful virus response could not be undermined.She stressed that the women, who were visiting a dying relative, had done nothing wrong and complied with health protocols at all times.The women remain in isolation as health officials scramble to test about 320 people they had contact with while in New Zealand. Ardern said it was “absolutely nonsensical” they were not tested earlier and it was clear border controls needed to be tightened to ensure similar failures were not repeated.She said assistant chief of defense Digby Webb had been appointed to oversee border quarantine operations and was being given access to military personnel and logistical expertise.”My view is that we need the rigor, we need the confidence, we need the discipline that the military can provide,” Ardern told reporters.Health Minister David Clark said New Zealand had successfully “eliminated COVID-19” prior to latest imported cases, after recording only 22 deaths in a population of five million.center_img Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the military to oversee New Zealand’s borders Wednesday after a quarantine bungle that allowed COVID-19 back into the country.A 24-day run with no new cases was broken on Tuesday when it emerged two women who recently arrived from Britain were allowed out of quarantine early without being tested for the virus, even though one had mild symptoms.The pair were eventually swabbed and proved to be infected, but only after they made a 650 kilometer road-trip from Auckland to Wellington to see a dying relative.last_img read more

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Wolf Administration Funding Major Economic Projects, Spurring Job Growth SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  The Blog Governor Tom Wolf has always made “jobs that pay” a top priority — since taking office, his administration has secured over $2 billion in private sector investments here in the commonwealth and commitments for the creation and retention of over 200,000 full-time jobs. Last week alone, Pennsylvanians saw firsthand how hard the governor and his team are working to fund important economic development projects in neighborhoods statewide.In Harrisburg, Governor Wolf and Senator Rob Teplitz announced $3.5 million in funding to support the completion of a crucial redevelopment of the Third Street commercial corridor in the Midtown section of the city. The 40,000 square foot mixed commercial and residential redevelopment includes the renovation of four vacant and blighted buildings that have been boarded up for nearly a decade, and an expansion of Harrisburg’s first co-working space. Project developers estimate the redevelopment will provide 40 permanent jobs, 50 construction jobs and annual combined business spending of $4 million.In Johnstown, Governor Wolf, Senator John Wozniak, Representative Bryan Barbin and University President Jem Spectar announced $2 million in funding for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) to help complete the campus’ new chemical engineering program aimed at ensuring career-ready candidates for emerging industries in the region. The expanded engineering program is expected to produce an additional 125 graduates a year, including 40 chemical engineers who will be qualified to work in the petrochemical industry in the region.The newly created chemical engineering degree program at Pitt-Johnstown is critical to supporting the increased demand for professional engineers in the expanding natural gas industry in Western Pennsylvania related to the development of the Marcellus Shale reserves. This is especially important as the new ethane cracker plant being built by Shell Chemical Appalachia and the new businesses that will be generated to support the plant. By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary   SHARE  TWEET September 12, 2016last_img read more

first_imgKEVIN HAGUE – Green Party MPGood morning, Paul.PAUL What is wrong with adoption at the moment? What needs fixing, given that the Adoption Act hasn’t really changed since ’55?KEVIN Well, I think that’s the first thing that needs fixing.PAUL Because the world has changed?KEVIN Yeah, the world has changed, and that act fossilises some attitudes and values that were, I guess, common in 1955 but are no longer fit for modern New Zealand.PAUL Yes, that’s right, so we have a different attitude to couples living de facto, gay couples living together and so forth. Can I just ask you about the politics? God, the old adoption area is getting a bit crowded at the moment. Why come up with another bill, because you haven’t even submitted yours yet. You’ve got Louisa Wall’s Gay Marriage Bill, Jacinda over there has got a bill – an adoption bill. The waters are getting very muddied.KEVIN Yeah, there have been a number of attempts to overhaul adoption law over the years. In the last Parliament, in 2009, I had a bill that was specifically looking at de facto couples—PAUL Don’t worry about all that. I’m asking why you’re muddying the waters now.KEVIN Well, this is the result of work that’s been going on, in fact, for three or four years. You know, there was a cross-party vote in the last Parliament. Now I’ve continued that work with Nikki Kaye.PAUL One thing Jacinda said before on the panel was she hoped that adoption will be more about the child than about the grown-ups, presumably, the grown-ups putting the child out for adoption and the grown-ups adopting. This is one of the keys to your bill. Explain that.KEVIN Absolutely. One of the things about this bill, and indeed about the Care of Children Act, is that it makes the best interests of the child paramount in all decisions made about the child. That’s not what—PAUL In all decisions at the time of the adoption?KEVIN Exactly.PAUL Right-oh.KEVIN That’s exactly right, so that the law becomes about what is the best thing to do for this particular child?PAUL Well, you’ve also got a scheme, I think. You’ve got an idea where the parents – the proposed parents, the adoptive parents – would propose a parenting plan.KEVIN Yeah, that’s a—PAUL How do you do that? How do you do that?KEVIN Well, that’s right. One of the problems with the existing law is that what it allows for is closed adoption, where the relationship between the child and a child’s biological family is severed. Now, that’s, we have discovered, not in the best interest of the child. So what we want to try and do is ensure that there is an agreement between the biological family and the adoptive family about the parenting of that child.PAUL To be fair, while the ’55 law does favour closed adoption, most adoptions are open now, aren’t they?KEVIN Yeah, they are, but—PAUL So you’d like to formalise that, would you?KEVIN Yeah, exactly. Those open adoptions that occur now are happening outside of the framework of the law, and that’s causing a real problem. It’s one of the reasons that reform of this act is urgent, in fact.PAUL Yeah, right-oh. So it’s got to be about the child, so you’d have a parenting plan and so forth. Would you send—? Another thing you were talking about to us is you’d send— would you send—? I’m not clear on this. Would you send all adoption applications to the Family Court?KEVIN Oh, yes. You know, the court needs to make an adoption order.PAUL And how’s the court going to do all that work?KEVIN Well—PAUL God knows they’re closing the courts down and mothers can’t get across town to even do their real business with the Family Court.KEVIN Yeah, well, the court is involved now, of course, so there are adoption orders made now. But under our plan, in fact, it’s likely that the court may need to be involved less in trying to sort out really messy disputes that have arisen because of the inadequacy of the law. So I think in many ways this is streamlining and regulating the process to achieve good outcomes for children.PAUL Right-oh. One thing you’re hoping for, I think, is if you back over the last 20, 30 years, there has been a massive reduction in the number of children adopted, the number of people trying to adopt and putting their children up for adoption and so forth. Abortion has been the favourite way out, I suppose. You would be hoping, I suppose, that this leads to fewer abortions?KEVIN Look, it might well. We don’t actually know what the consequence will be in terms of the number of adoptions. So, for example, it’s at least conceivable that one of the consequences of a law that’s completely unfit for purpose is that people who might otherwise make use of adoption, in fact, use other alternatives.PAUL Now, before I get on to the big bugbear – not bugbear, but the big buggy – of gay adoption, you talk about making sure adoption protects the child, would you also allow for continued really closed adoption if that child was being born into a family where there’s no way they should have a child?KEVIN Yes.PAUL Yeah?KEVIN What the bill provides for is that open adoption becomes the norm,…PAUL Yes.KEVIN …except where there are various extenuating circumstances. The adoption may be a closed one if the Family Court believes that will be in the best interest of the child.PAUL Right. Now, gay adoption – Louisa’s Gay Marriage Bill – will that allow married gays to adopt?KEVIN Yeah, I think that the substantive issue of whether or not gay couples ought to be able to do adopt, if that’s the best option for a child, will be addressed by Louisa’s bill.PAUL You think so?KEVIN I think so.PAUL Have you asked her?KEVIN Well, it certainly will be—PAUL Presumably, if you can get married and you’re gay, you can adopt a baby. You can have all the rights of marriage.KEVIN That’s exactly right, so that issue that has dogged adoption reform, and I’m certain has been one of the reasons why some governments have not moved to overhaul the law, will be dealt with by that bill passing.PAUL May I give you a really reactionary idea and suggest to you, well, the Adoption Law of 1955 assumes a male father and a female mother – a mother and father, a man and a woman. That’s kind of how a lot of people think, isn’t it?KEVIN Well, and indeed it may well be that for most of the children who are being adopted that that remains the best option available for that child. But for some children, the best option will be something different.PAUL Well, how do you know at 3 weeks old or whatever it is, 4 months old, whether a baby’s more suitable for gay parents or for heterosexual parents?KEVIN Well, of course, one doesn’t necessarily know at 28 days old, but adoption actually applies right up until the age of 17. So the people being adopted are not all tiny babies.PAUL But, you know, in the end— in the end, Kevin, you know, don’t kids need a mother and a father?KEVIN Well, the evidence suggests not. In fact, the evidence suggests that the critical things are having parents who love and care for a child. And, actually, opinion polls suggest that most New Zealanders also believe that.PAUL So would your bill—? If, you know, you had worked your bill in to law, would you allow gay people to adopt? Gay couples? Single gays?KEVIN Well, of course, single gay and lesbian people can already adopt under the law.PAUL Got you, yes.KEVIN But I believe that the couples issue will be dealt with by Louisa’s bill. For argument’s sake, if Louisa’s bill did not pass, then certainly my bill provides for any individual or couple to be able to make an application.PAUL I have got to leave you. There is a huge wind-up coming from the control room. I thank you and wish you all the very best for the overdue bill.KEVIN Thank you very much, Paul.PAUL Thank you, Kevin. Scoop 14 October 2012Green MP to place adoption reform bill in ballot tomorrow, seeking to alter 57-year-old Adoption Act.That act “fossilises values and attitudes” from the 1950s that “are no longer fit for modern New Zealand”.Opens door to gay adoption, as evidence suggests “love and care” is more important than a mother and a father.For most children, having an adoptive mother and a father “may remain the best option… but for some children the best option will be something different”.New bill will make “the best interests of the child paramount” and allow open adoptions that are now occurring “outside the framework of the law”. Closed adoptions still possible if the child is at risk.MP says it could turn around our falling adoption figures and even lower abortion rates.Q + APaul Holmes Interviews Kevin HaguePAUL National’s Nikki Kaye and the Greens’ Kevin Hague have been working together on a bill that will reform adoption law, the Adoption Act of 1955, that hasn’t actually been changed for 57 years. 1955, that act. Is it time for a clean-up? Good morning to the Green MP Kevin Hague.last_img read more