Governor Wolf Statement on Senate Passage of Budget

first_img June 29, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Statement on Senate Passage of Budgetcenter_img Budget News,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement:“I would like to thank Senators Scarnati, Corman and Costa, as well as their colleagues for their leadership in passing a budget that invests more money in early childhood, K through 12 and higher education, and also provides vital resources in combatting the heroin crisis. As the budget moves through the process, I look forward to continuing to engage with the legislature to discuss a sustainable revenue package.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

PFZW to stick with SRI policy that led to divestment of Israeli banks

first_imgThe €140bn healthcare pension fund PFZW plans to stick with its SRI policy in the wake of the furore caused by its divestment from five Israeli banks, but it said it would adjust its communication process in future.PFZW’s divestment decision led a demonstration in front of the offices of its asset manager PGGM, as well as emotional responses from a number of Jewish organisations. The Israeli government also called the Dutch ambassador to account.Explaining the outcome of an internal investigation into the divestment process, Peter Borgdorff, the scheme’s director, stressed that the pension fund would “keep involving judgements of the international community in its investment policy”.“This is not up for discussion,” he said. However, he said the scheme had concluded that its communication respecting the divestment could have been better.“We should have taken the initiative, rather than adopt a passive position, with questions and answers on the Internet,” he said. “A proactive approach would have enabled us to steer the developments.”He added: “In the event of another potentially sensitive exclusion, we will do more to gauge the opinion of our stakeholders and ask ourselves twice whether we have consulted everybody about the issue.“The outcome should guide us in how we communicate a decision. However, this will not make any difference to our policy.”He also referred to Jewish organisations that, unlike several pro-Palestinian lobbying groups, had not met with PFZW in the run-up to the decision to provide their views on the issue.Borgdorff said a more proactive approach by the healthcare scheme could possibly have prevented the divestment’s being seen as a boycott of Israel.“Our earlier exclusion of Walmart did not mean we also excluded the US from our investment universe,” he said.“After five years of fruitless engagement with the Israeli banks, we had to take a decision.”The fact that part of the communication process had been handled by PGGM further clouded the picture, he conceded.“In the specific case, the divestment was also the decision of the pension fund, and we should have emphasised this,” he said. Commenting on the role of the scheme’s advisory board on responsible investment, Borgdorff said the evaluation had shown that the whole committee had acted “extremely meticulously”.One of the members of the board is Cees Flinterman, also a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, who is known for his pro-Palestinian views.According to the director, as part of the internal investigation, the minutes of all committee meetings over the past five years were screened.“But next time, we will consult all our stakeholders even more thoroughly,” he said.PFZW said it also pinpointed the difference in its interpretation of the situation with that of the €300bn civil service scheme ABP.“We followed international law that countries should not export their citizens to territories they have occupied,” Borgdorff said.“As a consequence, we don’t want to profit from banks that facilitate these developments.”For its part, ABP concluded that the Israeli banks it has invested in did not violate international legislation, and that there were no judicial judgements that should lead to their exclusion.According to ABP, not even the clauses of the UN Global Compact cited by PFZW are reason to initiate an engagement process.last_img read more

3 SU runners punch tickets in steeplechase to NCAA Outdoor Championships

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 25, 2018 at 9:26 pm Contact Eric: On the second day of the NCAA East Preliminaries in Tampa, Florida, Syracuse qualified three runners to the NCAA Track Outdoor Championships, all in the 3000-meter steeplechase event.Noah Affolder and Aidan Tooker both qualified on the men’s side, placing first and second respectively in Heat 1. Affolder finished with a time of 8:45.88 (seventh overall) while Tooker finished in 8:46.39 (ninth overall). On the women’s side, Paige Stoner won her heat and finished first overall with a time of 9:48.73, both a school and track record. Sydney Leiher did not qualify, placing 32nd overall.Earlier in the day, Angelo Goss and Matt Moore advanced to the men’s 110-meter hurdle quarterfinals. Goss finished third in his heat with a time of 13.78 seconds, good for 10th overall. Moore placed fourth in his heat, but qualified by taking the first of six wildcard spots for the best times outside of the top three in each heat, clocking in at 13.82 seconds (12th overall). Richard Floyd did not advance but was the fastest runner not to do so with a time of 13.97 seconds (23rd overall).Tia Thevenin ran in the women’s 100-meter hurdles but did not advance, placing 41st overall with a time of 13.61 seconds. In the women’s 200-meters, Imani Clark and Dasia Pressley also failed to advance placing 45th and 46th overall, respectively.The NCAA East Preliminaries will continue Saturday as more Orange runners look to clinch berths. The Outdoor Track NCAA Championships will begin June 6 in Eugene, Oregon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Face-guarding could affect Syracuse-Northwestern matchup in NCAA quarterfinals

first_imgNorthwestern’s Nell Copeland inched closer and closer to Emily Hawryschuk at the 45-yard line. Within a foot, the Wildcat defender bent down — her grey Under Armor goggles level to the star attack’s chest — and looked up. The ball was on the other side of the field, out of their sight, but Copeland wouldn’t stop bothering Hawryschuk.She stuck her tongue out and tried to make Hawryschuk laugh, but never broke eye contact. The SU junior, in the midst of a hat trick in the first 22 minutes, said she wasn’t fazed. “I didn’t let her get in my head,” Hawryschuk said after Feb. 24’s game. But Hawryschuk couldn’t score for the next 40 minutes. For final two-thirds of their first matchup of the season, Hawryschuk was neutralized until she broke through and scored the game-winning goal. With two of the top attacks in the nation in Hawryschuk and Selena Lasota — both 70-plus goal scorers — facing off on Saturday, No. 5-seed Syracuse (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) and No. 4-seed Northwestern (15-4, 5-1 Big Ten) will look for a personalized defense on the other’s superstar. In most cases, the teams will try to face-guard them: when a player is assigned specifically to an attack to limit their space and opportunities with the ball. Copeland slowed down Hawryschuk earlier this season, and the Orange most recently used the strategy to limit Georgetown’s Taylor Gebhardt to just one shot after a seven goal performance two days prior.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s different strategies. One is to play six-on-six and the other is to try some niche plays to get them out,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “…Sometimes, it works. You take the player out and the rest of team scores, score a lot of goals, and win the game.”TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerThe Wildcats have found success previously with face-guarding. While Hawryschuk eventually broke away from Copeland to score the winner, Notre Dame attack Maddie Howe struggled to stay efficient when facing the Wildcats. In two matchups against Copeland — including a second round NCAA tournament matchup — Howe scored four goals on 15 shots. In the second game, Notre Dame ran plays for Howe to get open resulting in 11 shots. But she only converted at a 27% clip, her fourth worst of the season.Copeland didn’t have to press Hawryschuk all the way at midfield when they were both far from the play, but she did. Hawryschuk said Copeland was trying to get in her head, but that’s not what affected her.What did affect Hawryschuk was NU’s switch from one-on-one to zone in the second half, which put more pressure on Hawryschuk if she broke away from Copeland. Before, Hawryschuk was able to use picks to get free. In the second half of their first matchup, she could only play off-ball.Unlike Northwestern — who has switched in-between zone and one-on-one — the Orange rely solely on zone, something the Wildcat offense hasn’t seen a lot of this year. What hindered Gebhardt in Sunday’s game was SU’s zone paired with a backer. Georgetown head coach Ricky Fried prepared for either to happen, not both.“In the zone, you get the ball to the player all day long,” Gait said, “but there’s a backer ready to help at all times. It doesn’t help your team to give to the player who’s shut out.”Gebhardt stood away from most offensive players because Fried elected to play six-on-six — eliminating both the attack and defender from the possession. On that particular day, SU’s defensive strategy worked. After SU’s 14-8 win, questions of Georgetown and Syracuse’s strategies kept coming up in the postgame press conference. Fried scratched his head, yet stuck by his decision to have a defender face guard.Gait couldn’t help but smile. As soon as the first question came up, the 11-year head coach pointed to Hawryschuk, who had seven points. “You should talk to Emily,” he said, “she’s been there multiple times this year.”On Saturday, she might be there again.“You got to prepare for it,” Gait said. “If you’re not prepared for it, it’s tough to jump into the game and bring that player back.” Comments Published on May 17, 2019 at 11:20 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more