Daniel Romanchuk, 21, becomes 1st American to win New York City Marathon wheelchair division 2 years in a row

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/SMNovak(NEW YORK) — Daniel Romanchuk, 21, has become the first American man to win the New York City Marathon wheelchair division two years in a row.Romanchuk was met by cheering fans as he became the first to cross the finish line in Central Park on Sunday morning.When Romanchuk first started competing in marathons in 2012, his main goal was to merely keep up with the pack. Just for a mile, at least.The next year he bumped up his expectations: stay with the group for 5 miles.Now, Romanchuk is in the lead.In last year’s race, Romanchuk came in first last year with a time of 1:36:21, securing the title of the first American man to win the division and the youngest ever at just 20 years old, according to New York Road Runners.In addition to his NYC accolades, he also earned the title of the youngest person ever to win the Boston Marathon this year and the first American to win in 26 years, and scored a spot in the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 thanks to his Chicago Marathon win in October.But the titles aren’t what keeps him going.“I try not to concentrate really on those … It would be incredible to [win New York], but it’s not necessarily a goal of mine,” Romanchuk recently told ABC News. “I try to keep my goals within my own capabilities.”Ahead of Sunday’s race, Romanchuk is focusing on the course. A few days ago he toured the 26.2-mile route, getting to know the road conditions that he’ll have to conquer.He wants to make sure he’s ready for the downhill portions of the route, a point of weakness, he says.“I like to climb. I don’t necessarily like to descend, so just kind of knowing where those areas are and knowing who’s in the pack who can possibly go down hill a lot better than I can,” Romanchuk said, noting that he likes to be “economical” with his strokes.His ability to focus on strategy, rather than keeping up, has been a “long process.”Romanchuk, who was born with spina bifida — a birth defect that affects the spine and is the most common neural tube defect in the U.S. — has been participating in programs at a Disabled Sports USA chapter in Baltimore, Maryland, an hour or so away from where he grew up, since he was 2 years old.He began with a slew of activities, including wheelchair basketball, swimming, archery, triathlon, skiing, table tennis, sled hockey, track and field.Track and field is what stuck.“Track and field came along faster for me than some of the other sports,” he has previously said, according to his biography on the non-profit’s website. “It was also something I could do at home.”He began competing in marathons in 2012, and has proven himself to be one to watch.“Daniel is on fire,” Disabled Sports USA communications manager Shuan Butcher told ABC News after Romanchuk won Boston in April. “Being the youngest athlete to win the wheelchair race in Boston can only mean great things ahead.”Training at the University of Illinois, Romanchuk breaks down his schedule into the seasons.During the winter, he’s usually working mostly with weights. But come warm weather in the spring, summer and fall, Romanchuk hits the track and begins upping his mileage.At his peak, he and his team usually clock in around 100 miles each week. On the weekdays, they aim for about 15 miles everyday and on Saturday they shoot for 20.Sunday is his day off, he said, not counting marathon days.After his NYC run, Romanchuk has no plans to slow down.He will travel to Dubai for the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, beginning on Nov. 7, and then Japan for another marathon after that.“November is a very busy month,” he told ABC.And with or without the title of the first American man to win the men’s wheelchair division two years in a row, Romanchuk is ready to keep going.“I’ve always just enjoyed pushing myself and seeing how far I can go,” he said. “I just enjoy the sport.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. November 2, 2019 /Sports News – National Daniel Romanchuk, 21, becomes 1st American to win New York City Marathon wheelchair division 2 years in a rowcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Chuck Berry Posthumously Releases Second Single “Wonderful Woman” Ahead Of New Album

first_imgFollowing the death of the rock icon Chuck Berry last month, Berry’s family confirmed that Chuck, the album that Berry had been working on at the time of his death, would be released posthumously. Berry had announced the new album on his 90th birthday on October 18th of last year, making it the first solo album he’d worked on in over 38 years. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years who he called “Toddy.” In a statement he said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”Today, they release the lead single “Wonderful Woman,” which features his son, Charles Berry Jr., his grandson Charles III, and esteemed blues musician Gary Clark Jr.. “When his manager called me up and asked me to play on the Chuck album, I was really honored,” Gary Clark Jr. told Rolling Stone. “He was playing incredible still and singing amazing. I’m looking forward to this record.” This single comes after the release of “Big Boys,” which came out a few days after the record was confirmed.Chuck Berry’s final album Chuck will be released on June 16, 2017. The album includes recordings from 1991 until 2014, and will mark the first release of new material since Berry’s 1979 Rock It.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

John McLaughlin Announces New Live Album Due Out In September

first_imgJohn McLaughlin, the trailblazing guitarist from Mahavishnu Orchestra, just announced that he has a new live album due out September 15th via Abstract Logix Music. The latest album, Live at Ronnie Scott’s, compiles live recordings from John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension during their sold-out, two-night stand at the famed London Jazz club back in March of this year. McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension—composed of Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass)—highlights the group’s simultaneous technical mastery and soulful and fluid playing. Live at Ronnie Scott’s contains a career-spanning track listing, pulling early classics from Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as numbers from the group’s most recent studio album, Black Light. With a fifty-year career under his belt, McLaughlin has more than enough catalog to go around. Longtime fans will be pleased to hear McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension’s takes on “Vital Transformation” (from Mahavishnu’s 1971 album) and “Miles Beyond” (from 1973’s ), while also getting a taste of more recent compositions like “El Hombre Que Sabia” and the moving “Gaza City.”Listen To John McLaughlin Play With Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, And More For His BirthdayFollowing the September 15th releasse of Live at Ronnie Scott’s, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension will hit the road with Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip for their joint Meeting of the Spirits Tour. The tour starts in November and spans through to December, with the two acts hitting both American coasts and many towns in between. Each performance will feature individual sets from McLaughlin and Herring’s bands, with a collaborative joint jam session based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. You can check out dates for the Meeting of the Spirits tour below, and pre-order and sample Live at Ronnie Scott’s here.John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring Announce “The Meeting Of The Spirits” TourJohn McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring “Meeting Of The Spirits” Tour11/1/17 Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts11/2/17 Albany, NY, The Egg11/3/17 New York, NY, Town Hall11/4/17 Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre11/5/17 Cranston, RI, Park Theatre/Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts11/8/17 Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre11/9/17 Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre11/10/17 Newark, NJ, Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performance Art Centre11/11/17 Washington DC, Lincoln Theatre11/12/17 Durham, NC, Duke Performances at DPAC11/15/17 Ann Arbor, MI11/17/17 Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre11/19/17 Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial-Hall-Butler University11/21/17 Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center-Laura Turner Concert Hall11/22/17 Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall11/24/17 Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre11/25/17 Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall11/27/17 New Orleans, LA, The Joy Theater11/30/17 Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre12/5/17 Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre12/6/17 Portland, OR, Revolution Hall12/8/17 San Francisco, CA, The Warfield12/9/17 Los Angeles, CA, Royce Hall-UCLAlast_img read more

Day Lily Rust.

first_imgA new plant disease threatens to blemish the reputation of Georgia day lilies. Timely identification and strict regulatory efforts, though, have stopped the disease for now.The disease, day lily rust, was first identified in Georgia in August 2000, said Jean Woodward, an Extension Service plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It has also been found in Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and California.”Right now, the day lily rust is a concern for nurseries in the state,” Woodward said. “The average gardener shouldn’t be worried, but should be aware.”Apart from their beauty, day lilies have the reputation for being low-maintenance plants. The rust disease could compromise that reputation.Stopping the Spread”If we let the rust go and don’t stop its spread, 10 or 20 years from now there may be a lot of day lily rust around,” Woodward said. “There’s a day lily in every garden and every roadside, and there’s a chance this could spread.”But because we were so quick to identify the rust, get the right people involved and get information out to major growers to watch the imported day lilies,” she said, “we were able to get on top of this.”It has worked. Nurseries that had the rust, she said, aren’t seeing it this year.Woodward wants consumers and gardeners to be aware of the new disease, though. If you believe a day lily may be suspect, contact the county extension service.Looks Like Streak, Acts Like Rust Photo:UGA Plant Pathology Daylily rust covers the upper and lower part of the leaf surface with orange spores. Initially, the rust looks a lot like another common day lily condition known as leaf streak, which causes tanned spots on the plant.”If it (the day lily) has a sunk-in and water-soaked appearance,” Woodward said, “(don’t) be concerned. It’s leaf streak.”If it’s the new disease, though, within two weeks a fungus will produce powdery spores on the day lily. The bright orange spores will be on both the upper and lower leaf surfaces, she said.The disease can spread fast, because the wind easily carries the spores. “Because it’s rust, it’s not going to kill the plant,” she said. “The rust needs living tissue to survive.”The rust’s survival depends greatly on the type of day lily. Georgia grows two types: dormant and nondormant.The rust may not survive the winter on dormant varieties, Woodward says. But it will survive on nondormant types, as well as on older leaf tissue during milder winters.”One year a day lily could experience the disease and the next year be totally free of it,” she said.Big Domestic IndustryDay lily rust is native to Asia. However, it’s believed to have been introduced into at least one Georgia nursery from plants originating in Central America.Day lilies are commonly shipped into the United States from Central and South America. Most of the day lilies grown in these countries, particularly in Central America, originate in the United States, not in Asia.The actual origin of the disease, then, is a mystery. Woodward said it may have come to the United States from Europe. U.S. day lilies shipped to Central America were then shipped back to U.S. growers.”If a grower has rust (in his day lilies), the grower should cut back the foliage, burn it and get into a fungicide spray program,” she said.Day lilies are the No. 1 perennial in the country, she said, and the Southeast produces most of the day lilies sold in the United States. Production of day lilies contributes greatly to Georgia’s $400 million nursery industry.Georgia is home to four of the top nursery growers in the country and the largest nursery east of the Mississippi River. “The industry is growing in Georgia at about 5 percent a year,” Woodward said.last_img read more

Credit Union CFO Focus: Benefits pre-funding in action

first_imgIn 2003, the National Credit Union Administration amended Regulation 701.19, giving federally chartered credit unions the ability to purchase investments that would otherwise be impermissible under parts 703 and 704, so long as these investments directly relate to the credit unions’ obligation or future obligation to support employee benefit plans.The change gave credit unions more investment options for increasing returns to help offset the cost of employee benefits. For example, credit unions could now purchase potentially higher yielding investments to help offset or pay for the costs of group health plans, 401(k) plans, and group life and disability insurance.Pre-funding employee benefits can help offset rising costs and add to your bottom line. Over the last five years, employee benefit costs have increased an average of 27 percent according to Kaiser/HRET’s annual employer benefits survey. Over the same five-year period, CUs’ investment margins have declined 13 percent, according to NCUA call report data.The process of benefits pre-funding starts with an annual estimate of a credit union’s obligations to employee benefit plans. With this information, the credit union can determine an investment to purchase. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Eat your way to wealth

first_img 225SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derek San Filippo Derek is a freelance writer who spends his off time either working with his rescue animals or writing children’s books. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Never shop hungry! That seems like sound advice. Shop with a list. Also, good advice. What about cooking at home, or cutting back on Starbucks? Ouch! Surveys show that only about 10 percent of adults in the U.S. actually enjoy cooking anymore. It’s a real dilemma. Food is not only a necessity, but also such an integral part of our social structure. Business lunch, romantic dinner out, stressful day, food trucks, happy hour, morning coffee and a bagel, family get-togethers… there is just no avoiding food. Besides, food is fun!In fact, the average American household spends over $7,000 a year on food. According to data from the United States Department of Labor, approximately $3,000 of that is spent on dining out and take-out food. That means the typical household is spending nearly half of its food budget in restaurants and fast food establishments.If you’re looking to save a little money for that vacation get-away, or even just a new pair of shoes, food might be the first place to consider making some changes.Consider these money saving tips:Cut out just two restaurant or fast food meals per week. That equates to a savings of somewhere between $100 and $200 each month and, assuming there are two of you, even more. Not to mention the health benefits. With that kind of savings, you can definitely plan a nice weekend getaway or make a down payment on that new car you’ve been wanting.Eat left-overs. According to a 2014 EPA study, Americans throw away more than 100 billion pounds of food every year, 15 percent of which is still unopened and within its expiration date. That is the equivalent of 40 percent of all food production, and more than $500 per household. In 10 years, that’s worth more than $5,000. Just think of all the great things you could do with that money.Brew your own coffee. If you made Starbucks a special occasion and made your own java two days out of three, you could afford a two-day cruise to Mexico every year, just on your coffee savings alone.Shop smart. The biggest spending category for food eaten at home is for junk. Cut out those unnecessary miscellaneous items like soda, Hot Pockets, and Doritos.Plan your meals for the week. This may sound boring and time consuming, but just think of it as your new part-time job. By spending an extra 30 minutes a week getting organized, you can save upwards of $50/week per person. Once again, let’s just say you live in a 2-person household. Thrity minutes per week at a savings of $200/month … your new part-time job now pays $100/hour, and you didn’t even have to interview for it.Have fun! Get creative! Find new recipes, experiment with new foods, cook by candlelight, with friends, or even with your favorite music blasting.Employ these few tips and enjoy your new-found wealth. Remember, you can do this in moderation and still eat your way to a life of luxury!last_img read more

Making the impossible possible: If Willy Wonka can, why not credit unions?

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tansley Stearns Tansley is a dynamic force of nature, fiercely crusading on behalf of all credit unions while tirelessly driving forward the brand image and family spirit of Canvas. She joined us … Web: https://www.canvas.org Details I have always been a very big fan of both Roald Dahl, and most especially his book, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Throughout Dahl’s work, he creates magical spaces where children find the joy and wonder of being a child, even if the adults around them make that journey challenging. Maybe even more importantly, Dahl makes the impossible, possible.As adults, the many bumps, bruises, scraped knees, and deflated balloons lying behind us on our journey to today fog our windshield for seeing the impossible. We’ve seen reality one too many times. We have believed in what could be, and observed that it never grew to reality. #Adulting forces us to dismiss impossible as simply that.Several months ago, I attended an event for Canvas Credit Union’s Human Resource Information System provider, Ultimate Software. Having spent six years of my life on the road during my tenure at the Filene Research Institute, I have enjoyed avoiding airplanes in the last year, so when it was time to head to Las Vegas for the event, I was less than enthusiastic. One speaker in particular made every minute of the trip worth it. His name was Mick Ebeling, and he is the founder of a company called “Not Impossible Labs.” The work that he does truly creates positive impact for human beings around the world. He looks for large challenges, what he describes as “absurdities,” and at least one person impacted negatively by that challenge and their story. He then puts together a group of creative and brilliant people to solve these problems. He and his team have helped artists that lost their ability to use their hands due to ALS, draw with their eyes. They used a 3D printer to create arms for Daniel, a young man in South Sudan who lost his arms in the conflict. What Mick said that struck me was, “Everything that is now possible was once impossible.” He invited us to think about the chairs we were sitting in. We once sat on the floor, and now that rarely is the case. That framing resonated with me. It caused me to think about the many challenges people face with their finances. Some seem impossible to solve. If Willy Wonka can produce a candy that not only lasts for hours, but changes flavors throughout, can’t we as credit unions solve some of the challenges facing those we serve? Creating a strong financial future today is not impossible, but it is not easy. Consider this from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling’s (NFCC) 2019 “Road Map of Consumer Financial Health:”One in two Americans who have tried to purchase a home have faced barriersOne in four U.S. adults were “not confident at all” in how much they are saving for retirementAlso, according to the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)’s 2018 study entitled, “Financial Fragility in the U.S.,” more than 36% of working U.S. adults are financially fragile and could not come up with $2,000 in 30 days. Finally, according to Experian, with more than 148 million people with outstanding student loan accounts, student loans are now the second-largest debt behind mortgages. The average borrower has $35,359 in student loan debt.Credit unions are uniquely positioned to support people to create more positive financial futures. We could be the glass elevator that helps them break through their financial burdens. Making that a reality means transforming our own mindset within our organizations. We must make the impossible possible. That may not be easy, but it will be the difference between people continuing to struggle and credit unions making finances more than a hassle and a chore, but the baseline for a brighter tomorrow. Not only will we help people and change the above statistics that pain us, but this kind of impact will make our story known, and credit unions will finally become the go-to partner we know we can be for more Americans.How do we make the impossible possible? Here are five steps to get started:Invite your team to change the world. According to research conducted by Glassdoor, regardless of income level, the “culture and values of the organization are the largest predictors of employee satisfaction.” What if we create a burning platform to change the world through our credit union? Inviting people to believe that we can make the impossible possible catapults our credit union values into action. People want something to believe in, and they will want to feel permission to try something new. Other than candy, what’s more inviting than making the world better? Create organizational ambidexterity. Yes, the day-to-day work of serving our members must continue to get done while we simultaneously begin creating what used to be impossible. According to the Filene Research Institute’s, “Structures for Innovation” report by Campbell and Dopico, we must both “explore and exploit.” In other words, we have to keep making chocolate bars, while we also imagine the next chewing gum that will never lose its taste. This means exploiting our current business model while also exploring the future possibilities. This could mean creating a small group of innovators to better understand consumer challenges and working to develop new ideas to solve them. It could mean building a CUSO to explore new opportunities. It could mean setting aside an annual amount of resources to be focused solely on exploration. Ensuring we create time, space, and capital for dreaming about tomorrow is critical to ensuring credibility with our teams that we are serious about making the impossible real.Listen, listen, listen. What are the biggest challenges facing the members you serve? Frequently, we begin our exploration by peeking over at our neighbors and seeing what new ideas they have created. While competitive analysis serves us well, imagine if Willy Wonka only observed his competitors. His dreams were about what children would embrace as the ultimate candy. As we look to flip impossible on its head, our ears must be finely focused on the needs of our members, potential members, and community. We must ask, “What is your biggest problem?” We can then marry those themes that align with our biggest talents and skills to solve those tribulations in new and interesting ways. Partner. We might not always have the answer. We might not always feel that we have the resources to dedicate to exploration. Together with other credit unions, other community organizations, or even FinTech providers, we might have just the right resources and diverse perspectives. According to the Kresge Foundation’s, “Keys to Collaboration,” partnerships begin by “creating relationships based on a shared concern, not a specific project.” We often think of collaborating with other credit unions based on the value constructs that we all share. What other organizations share our passion, values and desire to demolish the impossible? One person’s story can create tremendous change. One of Mick Ebeling’s mandates for projects that Not Impossible Labs tackle is that it must be inspired by one person’s story. As humans, we are much more likely to respond, react, and move to action when we can feel empathy for another person. Seeing the pain of the impossible through the eyes of one other human can be the difference it takes to launch us into action that changes the world. Storytelling is not just for children. It is for all of us, and it is how chocolate rivers explode into sweet reality. Willy Wonka comes to life as we can imagine his challenges as a child who was the son of a very strict dentist, along with the heartbreak that fills Charlie Bucket’s impoverished world. As we listen, we must look for the stories that will be the foundation for our work and that we can continue to share to drive engagement, not just from our teams, but also from our members and communities.Raised by a dentist, Willy Wonka had perfect teeth, but never enjoyed the joy of candy. He dreamed the impossible into reality as he grew into an adult that could manifest positive change. Roald Dahl helped children see that bad behavior would not be rewarded and that perseverance and the ability to see the good, even when the world seems hopeless, can be rewarded with not just one piece of candy, but with an entire factory full of Everlasting Gobstoppers, Fizzy Lifting Drinks, and Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights. We might not be making chocolate, but we have the ability to create something even more powerful, solid and everlasting: Positive financial futures. In order to do so, we have to start making the impossible real. Human beings need us. Our time is now. What will your credit union’s chocolate river be? last_img read more

NYSPHSAA says additional meetings needed

first_imgThe original timeline shared by NYSPHSAA last week indicated these meetings would take place within 48 hours of guidance being released. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Hogan said there’s a lot of questions right now, but he’s hopeful answers will come this week and practice can begin soon. “I actually was somewhat surprised with the way things were going. But some is better than none there’s no doubt about that. So happy to hear we’re at least gonna try it,” he said. The number of required practices students need before playing scrimmages/games. The number of games allowed during the fall seasonThe development of consideration for schools to use as athletics return. “Hopefully down the road we’re able to have some competition,” said Hogan. “I’m sure I’m speaking for everybody. If any sport is going to just practice with no chance of playing the game you’d rather take your chances and go later in the school year.” Following Governor Cuomo’s guidance on Monday, Chenango Forks Athletic Director Dave Hogan said he didn’t expect low-risk sports to get cleared to play. In a release, the NYSPHSAA announced staff members met with section executive directors Tuesday morning, followed by a meeting with the COVID-19 Task Force. As Forks’ football coach, Hogan said getting permission to practice beginning September 21 is positive news but it will be difficult to motivate the team without promise of games. (WBNG) — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association held two meetings Tuesday to discuss the return of fall sports. “It’s just not knowing, is really tough,” said Hogan. “We always talk about controlling the uncontrollables and stuff like that. We don’t have any control over what’s going to be decided at that level so you just have to prepare for it as if it’s going to happen.” For more on the guidance released Monday, click here. The release states additional meetings will be held by the end of the week to continue discussions. The release specifically pointed out the need to address three topics:last_img read more

Pennsylvania Releases State Climate Action Plan, Join U.S. Climate Alliance

first_img April 29, 2019 Pennsylvania Releases State Climate Action Plan, Join U.S. Climate Alliance Environment,  Government That Works,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined today by Representative Steve McCarter, Senator Steve Santarsiero, Senator Jay Costa, Representative Frank Dermody, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and members of the Climate Caucus to announce Pennsylvania’s membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance and release the state’s new climate action plan.“We’ve seen lately even more evidence that there is a need for leadership on climate change. For that reason, Pennsylvania will join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 24 governors, representing over half of the U.S. population to work to implement policies that uphold the commitments our nation made in the Paris Agreement,” said Governor Wolf. “With the federal government turning its back on science and the environment, I am proud to join with states that are leading the way towards new climate solutions, and taking concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. States like Pennsylvania must take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our communities, economies, infrastructures, and environments from the risks of a warming climate.”The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Led by state governments, the alliance facilitates state cooperation to accelerate the deployment of climate solutions to help each state achieve its climate goals.“I applaud the efforts of the governor and his administration to address the impacts of climate change in the commonwealth head on,” said Rep. McCarter. “The Pennsylvania Climate Caucus stands ready to help in any way to advance policy and legislation to meet what is surely humanity’s greatest challenge here in Pennsylvania and across the globe.”“When future generations of Pennsylvanians look back at this critical moment in history, I want them to know they were not abandoned,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “Entering into the U.S. Climate Alliance and implementing the Climate Action Plan sends a clear message that Pennsylvania is serious about addressing climate change.”In January 2019, Governor Wolf signed an executive order to set Pennsylvania’s first statewide climate goals, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050, compared with 2005 levels. The executive order also established the Green Government Council to ensure that state government offices lead by example to help achieve these goals.The Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2018 is the new state climate plan developed by DEP and state agency partners with recommendations for government leaders, businesses, and citizens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.The plan describes over 100 actions, 15 of which DEP and partners analyzed quantitatively for potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The analysis showed that just those 15 actions, such as increasing renewable energy, incentivizing energy efficient buildings, and increasing the use of electric vehicles, would reduce emissions 21 percent by 2025. Any combination of the 85 additional actions would likely achieve even more emissions reductions.“Perhaps the biggest recommendation of the Climate Action Plan is that a team effort is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Government leaders must lead by example, and businesses, farms, community organizations, and citizens can all make a difference to fight climate change.”“Trees and forests play an important role absorbing carbon dioxide and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We’re leading the way to a more resilient and sustainable Pennsylvania by managing forests in new ways, reforesting abandoned mine lands, and planting stream buffers to increase carbon storage.”Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2018 marks 10 years since state law first required the DEP to develop a climate plan and periodic updates. It’s the third update to the first plan, which was published in 2009.The Climate Caucus is a bipartisan discussion forum for legislators from both chambers and both sides of the aisle to address all manner of issues relating to climate change in Pennsylvania, including jobs, industry, manufacturing, clean air, clean water, specific regional impacts, and others.For more information on the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2018, visit DEP.pa.gov/Climate.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CEE roundup: Poland, Czech Republic

first_imgPostal declarations that arrived after the deadline were acceptable if there was proof they were posted no later than 31 July.ZUS president Zbigniew Derdziuk subsequently predicted as many as 2m sign-ups.The share, at 18.3% of 14m-odd eligible workers, is impressive given that the four-month decision period extended into the summer holidays, and that the new pensions reform law banned pension fund companies from advertising over that period.That piece of legislation, which also applies to future transfer windows, remains contentious and could backfire on the government, experts say.Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal is examining the new law following a request by president Bronisław Komorowski.According to the Attorney General’s Office opinion presented to the Tribunal, the advertising ban has breached the Constitution.In contrast, in the Czech Republic, lack of interest in the relatively new voluntary second pillar has contributed to the scheme’s early demise.Since the second pillar’s implementation at the start of 2013, only 83,000 have signed up, compared with 4.9m in the third pillar.The Social Democrats (CSSD), the leading party in the coalition government sworn in this January, fulfilled its earlier promise to cancel the system.The pillar has been funded by diverting 3% of the 28% first-pillar social contribution, with members adding a further 2% from their gross wages.A cross-party commission set up by the government to determine how the system should be dismantled has recommended that second-pillar members be able to choose whether to receive their funds either into their existing third-pillar funds or private bank accounts.Those who choose the latter route have the option to direct the 3% portion back into their first-pillar accounts, thereby boosting their eventual state pension payout.The outstanding issue is whether the changeover takes place in January 2016 or a year later. A surge in late postal deliveries has pushed the number of workers who want to remain in Poland’s second-pillar funds (OFEs) to just over 2.56m as of 18 August, according to the Polish Social Security Institution (ZUS).Of these, some 52,000 declarations need to be verified because of irregularities or mistakes made in filling the submissions.The near-final number took both the Polish authorities and pensions industry by surprise.As of 31 July, the deadline for submitting declarations, ZUS had registered around 1.7m-1.8m.last_img read more