December 18, 2017 By Shelby MullisTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb is calling on legislators to focus on Hoosiers during the 2018 legislative session if they want to take Indiana to the “next level.”Holcomb took a moment to reminisce on the previous year’s successes and look ahead to the future in his first appearance as governor at the annual Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP Legislative Conference Wednesday.The conference attracts legislators, lobbyists, county and municipal leaders for an inside-look at the state’s hot topics surrounding the Statehouse prior to legislative session, which begins Jan. 3.“We set, obviously, a high bar,” Holcomb said. “We went into session in a strong position, and we came out even stronger than that first gate and we’re seeking to do just that once again in 2018.”In his 2018 legislative agenda, which he unveiled on Nov. 8, Holcomb emphasized the need for a stronger STEM education program—science, technology, engineering and math—in order to develop Indiana’s workforce.“Everywhere I go, this is what I hear—if I invest in Indiana, am I going to find the workforce I need in order to survive and thrive in business?” Holcomb said. “We’re addressing that. We want to make sure the state of Indiana is doing all it can to address any of these gaps that occur.”One step Holcomb has already taken toward this goal is the implementation of nextleveljobs.org, a website for Hoosiers to search for jobs posted by Indiana employers.Holcomb said more than 240,000 Hoosiers have visited the site since its August launch, and more than 12,000 applicants have been processed through.The governor, during his address, previewed another program preparing to launch in the state—the Last Mile program.The Last Mile, which currently exists in eight California prisons, is a program that prepares incarcerated individuals for a successful future following their release through business and technology training.“They have the skills to succeed. Not just skills, but hope for a better life, many of which have just never experienced that before.”Indiana has more than 27,000 inmates in the system, Holcomb said. About 12,000 of those inmates are released each year and another 12,000 are brought in. Holcomb said this is not only an effort to provide people with more skills, but also create a more attractive economy.“We’ve got a lot to do,” Holcomb said. “This is a to-do list. We’re going to be focused on it 24 hours a day. All of these are going to require many hands. It’s not going to make the work easier, but it’ll make it lighter.”FOOTNOTE: Shelby Mullis is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Illinois Attorney General Finds 500 More Clergy Abuse CasesDECEMBER 19TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS ILLINOISMore information is being released in the ongoing investigation of child sex abuse in the Catholic clergy.Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Wednesday that her office has found 500 more Catholic Clergy accused of sexually abusing children that the church has never made public.Madigan started her investigation back in August following the Pennsylvania grand jury report claiming thousands of children were abused by priests.The six dioceses have publicly identified 185 clergy members as having been “credibly” accused of child sexual abuse, her office found allegations of sexual abuse by at least 500 more.Madigan says the Catholic Church failed to thoroughly investigate allegations and provide the public with a complete and accurate accounting of all sexual abuse behavior.A Clergy Abuse Hotline was launched by Madigan in August for anyone wanting report allegations of sexual abuse by clergy members.The office has received over 300 communications via phone, email, and mail.Illinois residents with any information on allegations of sexual assault and abuse can call the hotline via 1-888-414-7678.Click here to view Madigan’s full report.
Retailer Morrisons is launching a range of ethnic breads made from scratch in-store, including Jewish and Greek loaves and a Polish bloomer.”Polish bakers working in our stores provided inspiration for the bloomer,” said Martin Clayton, bakery specialist at Morrisons. “Our in-store bakers are always keen to try their hand at producing new and exciting breads.”The bloomer, which costs 75p, will be made from ingredients sourced from Poland, including a light rye flour.Morrisons currently stocks 55 Polish products, including pre-packed breads.According to the retailer, there is huge market potential for these types of products, as the number of Polish people living in the UK currently stands at over 600,000.Also available in selected stores where there are large Jewish and Greek communities, Morrisons is stocking a Jewish bread – cholla – and a Greek daktyla.It said speciality breads, such as baguettes, focaccia, ciabatta, naan, pitta, rye breads, cornbreads, organic breads and flavoured breads, is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the bakery sector.Ethnic products, such as pitta and naan, account for 40% of bread sales and are continuing to grow.Morrisons has 2,000 in-store bakers, who prepare 127 different varieties of bread.
High street bakery chains have welcomed the decision to reduce a planned 5% rise in business rates, but say the government should have scrapped the increase altogether.Chancellor Alistair Darling made an 11th-hour climb-down on 1 April over plans to introduce an inflation-busting 5% increase in business rates, following pressure from business groups. He opted instead to introduce a 2% increase this year, with the remaining 3% to be paid over the following two years.Mike Holling, retail and sales manager at Birds of Derby and chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers, said the reduction would help ease pressure on bakery retailers this year, but deferring the remainder was a “sting in the tail”. “The government could really have helped small businesses by completely freezing business rates, but, as always, you have to pay at some point,” he said.Thomas Adams, MD of Northampton bakery chain Oliver Adams, said the decision to reduce business rates was welcome, but had been left too late. “We have already paid a large part of our business rates at the 5% rate, because the decision was made so late on.”
The health and social care costs of air pollution in England could reach £5.3 billion by 2035 unless action is taken, according to a new report and cost tool published today by Public Health England (PHE). Last year, the costs were £42.88 million. Local authorities will be able to use it to inform their policies to improve air quality.The report and tool are part of the wider government strategy to reduce air pollution which was announced today, Tuesday 22 May 2018, by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.Working with the UK Health Forum and Imperial College London, PHE’s report and tool highlight the potential costs to the NHS and social care system of exposure to Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), 2 of the pollutants to be dealt with under the government strategy.The costs are for diseases where there is a strong association with air pollution: coronary heart disease; stroke; lung cancer; and child asthma.When diseases with weaker evidence of association are also added, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; diabetes; low birth weight; lung cancer (for NO2 only); and dementia, the costs were £157 million in 2017 and could reach £18.6 billion by 2035.There could be around 2.5 million new cases of all of the above diseases by 2035 if current air pollution levels persist.A relatively small reduction in the population’s exposure to PM2.5 and NO2 could lead to a significant reduction in costs. Modelling was carried out at the national level and for 2 local authorities, Lambeth and South Lakeland, which represent areas with high and low levels of PM2.5 and NO2 respectively.If there was a 1µg/m3 reduction in PM2.5 and NO2 over a year, relative to the 2015 baseline, the cumulative number of new cases of all diseases and NHS and social care costs avoided could be: South Lakeland 204 2.05 70 0.75 2015 to 2025 England 146 0.72 32 0.19 South Lakeland 119 0.6 33 0.3 Local authorities are ideally placed to introduce policies to minimise air pollution, especially given the legal air quality powers they have to tackle it locally. The areas where they can act – health, housing, transport, education, local economies, green space and quality of life – are all relevant to local government policy.Until now, there has been no simple way for local authorities to estimate the potential savings to the public purse from taking local action on PM2.5 and NO2. This tool may help local authorities make a more fully developed economic and financial case for reducing emissions.The government’s Clean Air Strategy provides further support to local authorities. Air pollution is a growing threat to the public’s health, evidence shows it has a strong causal association with coronary heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and childhood asthma. PHE has created a new air pollution tool so, for the first time, local authorities can calculate the cost of air pollution, providing impetus to act to improve air quality. Lambeth 153 0.72 28 0.15 1µg/m3 reduction in PM2.5 1µg/m3 reduction in PM2.5 1µg/m3 reduction in NO2 1µg/m3 reduction in NO2 2015 to 2035 England 314 2.42 59 0.6 All local authorities can use the tool to estimate the impact on health and the savings to the NHS and social care under different air pollution scenarios.Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director and Director of Health Protection at PHE, said: Years Region New cases avoided (per 100,000) Costs avoided (£m/100,000) New cases avoided (per 100,000) Costs avoided (£m/100,000) Lambeth 310 2.35 57 0.54
PERTH, Australia (AP) — More than 70 homes have been lost in a wildfire burning in hills outside Australia’s western city of Perth. It is expected to continue burning for days and residents are remaining on high alert. The fire had razed more than 22,200 acres of farm and woodland by early Wednesday. A pandemic lockdown in Perth and its surrounds was lifted for those communities in the fire’s path so people could evacuate. State fire commissioner Darren Klemm said conditions would remain difficult for firefighters with no rain forecast until Sunday.
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 Colorado
CUNA’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. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
As 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 » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign 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.