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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office / flickr.comPITTSBURGH – A federal judge on Monday struck down Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down, calling them unconstitutional.U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV sided with plaintiffs that included hair salons, drive-in movie theaters, a farmer’s market vendor, a horse trainer and several Republican officeholders who sued as individuals.Stickman, an appointee of President Donald Trump, wrote in his ruling that the Wolf administration’s pandemic policies have been overreaching, arbitrary and violated citizens’ constitutional rights.The governor’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency,” Stickman wrote. “But even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.” Courts had consistently rejected challenges to Wolf’s power to order businesses to close during the pandemic, and many other governors, Republican and Democrat, undertook similar measures as the virus spread across the country.Wolf has lifted many of the restrictions since the lawsuit was filed in May, allowing businesses to reopen and canceling a statewide stay-at-home order. But his administration has maintained capacity restrictions and limitations on alcohol sales at bars and restaurants. The state has also imposed a gathering limit of more than 25 people for events held indoors and more than 250 people for those held outside.A spokesperson for Wolf said the administration was reviewing the decision.Pennsylvania has reported that more than 145,000 people statewide have contracted the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 7,800 people have died.last_img read more

first_imgYou’ve probably heard of Shark Week but did you know that Katmai National Park in Alaska has Fat Bear Week— and it’s happening right now. What is Fat Bear Week, you ask? It’s the week each year when employees of the park ask the public to vote on which of the park’s bears has grown fattest over the summer in preparation for winter hibernation (and, friends, there are some truly fat bears in this competition.) Until October 8, the park will post photo match-ups of fat bears on their Facebook page until the chunkiest chubster is crowned the winner on October 8, aka “Fat Bear Tuesday.”  Lookup: The Orionid Meteor Shower is now active in the night sky While Fat Bear Week is all fun and games, bulking up is serious business for Katmai’s bears. The bears feed non-stop on salmon to survive the winter, when they can lose up to a third of their body weight during hibernation.  Here’s a reason to celebrate: It’s Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week Due to recent hot and dry weather and the threat of pop-up thunderstorms in Western North Carolina, the U.S. Forest Service is sending in firefighting resources from seven states, including California, Arizona, Washington, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. The crews are prepared to fight potential wildfires should they emerge. During the month of September, 330 fires burned around North Carolina and over 70 percent of those fires happened in the last two weeks of the month. Even though conditions are ripe for wildfire, there are currently no burn bans in effect, but the public is encouraged to refrain from burning unless there is significant rainfall. There’s not much better than a clear, cool autumn sky unless that sky is also filled with shooting stars. From October 2 through November 7, the Orionid Meteor Shower will produce up to 25 meteors per hour during its peak, which takes place overnight from October 21 into the morning hours of October 22. Sounds like the perfect time to book a campsite, don’t you think? The U.S. Forest Service is sending additional resources to WNC to fight potential wildfires Fun fact: The dust that produces the Orionid Meteor Shower was left behind by Halley’s Comet, which last appeared in the inner part of our solar system in 1986 and won’t appear again in 2061.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Federal unemployment assistance during COVID-19 has kept many families (and some say the U.S. economy) afloat throughout the pandemic crisis. While the near-term future of the benefit remains unknown, the extra $600 a week won’t last forever. Credit unions should mobilize now to help unemployed members prepare for, and eventually wade through, the financial disruption of an end to federal assistance.A simple analysis of first-party member data is a good place to start. Through a three-tiered approach, credit unions can build a highly targeted member list that serves as the foundation for efficient and effective member outreach strategies.Tier 1: Direct DepositA quick search for accounts that have received federal unemployment deposits will generate a good starting point for outreach. Some credit unions may even choose to stop here if the list is of manageable size. Others may need to segment the list and prioritize outreach to better identify members most likely to benefit from the credit union’s assistance. Additional segmentation options for consideration are provided in the tier 2 and 3 analysis below. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgDiscount rates in Switzerland for the purposes of international accounting standard IAS 19 were negative for the first time in the third quarter of this year, the consultancy said. Though they rose again slightly in September, the firm said discount rates are still negative for shorter durations and only slightly positive for longer durations.Adam Casey, head of corporate retirement consulting at Willis Towers Watson in Zurich, said: “It is impossible to foresee the development of discount rates in the fourth quarter. However, we are preparing companies for the unusual but real possibility of negative discount rates for the 2019 valuations under IAS 19.”Willis Towers Watson said it was now the right time to ensure assumptions used for accounting purposes corresponded to the current best estimate of the development of the pension plan.“Adjustments to certain assumptions that have not been reviewed in recent years could lead to a much-needed reduction in pension fund obligations,” it said.The consultancy also suggested companies might also set out to optimise their risks by reviewing the structure of their pension plans.The pension fund index is published quarterly by Willis Towers Watson and is based on International Accounting Standard 19 (IAS 19).At the beginning of September the consultancy warned long-term pension liabilities for company pension funds in Switzerland could rise 15% as a result of the county’s discount rate turning negative. Plummeting discount rates for liabilities caused the pension balance sheets of Swiss companies to weaken in the third quarter of this year to the point where the schemes were collectively in deficit, according to Willis Towers Watson’s latest pension index for the sector.Overall, the coverage ratio — the ratio of pension assets to liabilities — fell by around four percentage points between July and September, declining to 99.6% by the end of September from 103.5% at the close of June, the consultancy reported.Willis Towers Watson said this was the first time since the second quarter of 2017 that its pension index for Switzerland was in deficit.Swiss company pension funds achieved a return on capital in the third quarter which largely matched the previous quarter’s return, the firm said, adding that this could not offset the significant decline in discount rates.last_img read more

first_imgAker Solutions has signed a long-term collaboration with software company Cognite for the development of digital solutions to improve efficiencies through the life of an energy asset.Aker Solutions said on Friday that it would use Cognite’s advanced industrial data platform to collect and analyze large volumes of data from offshore energy installations.That will, in turn, provide solutions that will enable clients to make informed decisions about an energy asset at any stage of its lifetime. According to Aker Solutions, this will reduce costs, lower risks, and improve performance.Astrid Onsum, chief digital officer at Aker Solutions, said: “Capturing and organizing large volumes of complex industrial data is crucial to realizing the full potential of digital technologies. Cognite’s data platform will enable us more rapidly to provide even better products and services for our customers.”Cognite’s platform aggregates and structures vast amounts of data from all types of industrial systems ranging from real-time sensors to equipment hierarchies, maintenance logs, process diagrams, and three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) models.John Markus Lervik, CEO of Cognite, said: “Aker Solutions is known for its early adaptation of technology and innovative engineering. By combining our deep software competence with Aker Solutions’ leading engineering expertise and domain know-how, we will bring new value to the market globally.”“The collaboration with Cognite strengthens Aker Solutions’ push to develop digital solutions that help integrate different parts of an oil and gas field with a clear vision toward automated field development and engineering, smart-products offerings, and new services enablement,” the company said.The company also recently formed Software House, an internal initiative that will build on Aker Solutions’ existing technology to develop new software products for energy assets.last_img read more

first_imgA subsidiary of Bermuda-based LNG carrier owner Flex LNG has entered into a long-term charter contract with Clearlake Shipping, part of Gunvor Group, for an LNG carrier newbuilding.As informed, the period under the time charter is up to ten years where the first five years are firm.The charter will commence following the delivery of the ship scheduled for August 2020. It will have elements of variable rate of hire across the charter period, Flex LNG said.The 173,400 cbm vessel to be employed under this time charter will be the hull 2479, which is being built at South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Fitted with a high-pressure two-stroke slow-speed propulsion system (ME-GI), the vessel is also equipped with a full reliquifaction system (FRS) enabling a high level of operational flexibility given the low boil-off rate of 0.035% per day.The 96,000 dwt vessel will be named as Flex Artemis and will fly the flag of the Marshall Islands.“We are very pleased to enter into this long-term charter with … Gunvor which has been the most active LNGC spot trader in the burgeoning LNG trade. We are confident that our vessel will be very suitable for their trade given the very high technical specification of this vessel. This charter is also in line with our strategy of delivering incremental higher level of backlog as we are growing our fleet of vessels on the water,” Øystein M. Kalleklev, Chief Executive Officer of Flex LNG Management AS, commented.Flex LNG currently has six vessels on the water and an additional seven newbuildings under construction, which are planned for delivery between the second quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.last_img read more

first_imgTHE Alliance has unveiled an expanded service network for 2020 as it is welcoming South Korea’s shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) as a new full member.With the US Federal Maritime Commission’s acceptance of HMM membership, the carrier will join its three counterparts in the alliance, Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Yang Ming.THE Alliance plans to launch the upgraded product package around April 1, 2020. Based on the existing network of THE Alliance, the new package will offer increasing frequency particularly from South East Asia, as well as new direct port coverage and improved transit times.As World Maritime News previously reported, HMM is expected to add some 34 ships to THE Alliance’s network this year, adding up to 519,000 TEUs. In the coming months, the company will start taking delivery of twelve 23,000 TEU and eight 15,000 TEU newbuilds. The 23,000 TEU giants will be deployed in the Far East-North Europe trade and will further strengthen THE Alliance’s service portfolio.Specifically, the upgraded package includes a new pendulum service replacing the existing Asia-Europe FE5 and Transpacific PS7 services. This new service, to be further named, will be operated by eighteen 14,000+ TEU ships and provides added weekly Transpacific coverage between South East Asia and Southern California, thereby expanding the number of services directly covering this lane to three, in addition to FP1 and PS3. A modified PS3 will offer new direct coverage of Haiphong.Further to the enhanced Transpacific coverage of South East Asia, a new Transpacific loop, PS8, focusing on Central China and Korea — including new coverage of Incheon — will be inaugurated around April 1, 2020.For Asia and North Europe, the group will deploy two 20,000+ TEU vessel services in a newly revised FE2 and FE4 design which will bring economies of scale and environmental benefits.last_img read more

first_imgDECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — A Westport woman was arrested on several charges after police say she stole two personal checks, then fraudulently endorsed them and cashed them.Kelly R. Newhart, 31, Westport was arrested Monday on a warrant that was issued from a criminal case that began back in September.Police say a woman called the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department stating that a signed personal check of hers had been stolen.During the investigation, police discovered that the check had been cashed 2 weeks earlier.A second stolen check was reported by a man that told investigators that a personal check was taken out of a book from his residence.Police say Newhart cashed the second check at a local bank’s drive-thru.Newhart was arrested on charges of fraud on a financial institution, synthetic identic deception, and 2 counts of theft in Decatur County, and also faces a charge of theft in Bartholomew County, and forgery with intent to defraud and theft in Rush County.last_img read more

first_img The same report claims that Madrid could potentially do a deal to sign the 17-year-old for a €60m deal and allow him to continue playing for the Ligue 1 club on a loan deal for the next season or two. The fact that Rennes would be able to potentially maintain their star for the next two years might allow them to negotiate his permanent exit for a reasonable sale. Real Madrid are plotting a move to sign Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga this summer to ensure no other clubs beat them to the deal. A report in Diario Sport outlines how interest from elsewhere – primarily from Paris Saint-Germain – means that Camavinga’s future is no longer certain due to his increased prominence.Advertisement Read Also: Lionel Messi gifts blind boy life-changing glassesHe has been a part of Rennes’ system since the age of 11 and is regarded to be one of the brightest prospects in French football.Born in Cabinda, Angola, Camavinga holds Congolese citizenship through his parents. He has lived in France since his second birthday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Camavinga, 17, has caught the eye with his performances in Ligue 1 and he was involved in all 25 – starting 24 – league matches for his club last season, helping them to Champions League qualification.The central midfielder then became the youngest France international in over 100 years when he made his debut for Les Bleus earlier this month in the Nations League.Elsewhere, a report in Marca outlines how both Madrid and PSG are about to embark on a lengthy battle to secure the player’s signing next year.Earlier this week, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said: “I would not say no to Camavinga. He is one of the best players in Ligue 1 and has a good future.”Whilst there is said to be a truce between the clubs on a signing this year, both will use their tricks to lure the player with Zinedine Zidane set to play a key role in Madrid’s charm offensive.Camavinga became the youngest ever professional for the club when he made his senior debut on 14 December 2018 at the age of 16 and one month. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway StationsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

first_img Press Association The 41-year-old, who also played for AC Milan and Tottenham, will fill the vacancy left by the retired Alan O’Neill after completing his UEFA B Licence with the Football Association of Ireland. Manager Noel King said: “Carlo Cudicini is coming in to the do the goalkeepers initially. We’ll see how it goes and work together to try and win the game obviously. “His experience will be a great help to us. It won’t be just goalkeeping – we’ll include him as we do with all our staff in the preparation. We’ll value his views and hopefully that’ll add strength to us. “We’re thankful to Alan O’Neill, who has been with us and the Association for a great number of years and has been a great servant. He has to move on due to work commitments, and we’ll look forward to a successful time with Carlo.” center_img Former Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini has joined the Republic of Ireland Under-21s coaching staff for Thursday’s European Under-21s Championship qualifier against Andorra. last_img read more