Governor’s Advisory Council Seeks Candidates for Game Commission Board

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first_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking a qualified candidate to represent District 2 on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s board of directors. District 2 includes the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland. The district has been represented with distinction by Robert W. Schlemmer of Export, Westmoreland County.“The Governor is reaching out to the hunting and trapping community in District 2 to find a diverse group of applicants, one of whom will be nominated by the Governor to fill this vacancy,” said Robb Miller, director of the advisory council. “We’re encouraging anyone interested in volunteering to serve on the board to send us a letter of intent and their professional resume.”Per the Game Code, applicants must be well-informed about wildlife conservation and restoration and be residents of the district. Commissioners serve a four-year term and may be reappointed for a maximum of two additional terms. They receive no compensation for their services but are reimbursed for travel expenses.Candidates will be interviewed by the advisory council and rated on their responses, as well as on their professional and volunteer experience with wildlife conservation and related activities. Governor Tom Wolf will select the final candidate to be presented to the Senate for confirmation.Individuals interested in applying should send a resume and detailed cover letter explaining their desire to serve to Robb Miller, Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation, 400 Market St., 7th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301. Individuals can also email the information to Robb Miller at robmille@pa.gov.Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 15, 2017. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 20, 2017center_img Governor’s Advisory Council Seeks Candidates for Game Commission Boardlast_img read more

UK pensions regulator seeks to calm trustees over Brexit volatility

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first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) in the UK is warning schemes to stay focused on the longer term and avoid knee-jerk reactions as market volatility following the country’s EU referendum sparks fears about funding plans and investments.Andrew Warwick-Thompson, executive director for regulatory policy at TPR, said: “Pension schemes plan and invest for the longer term, and our message to trustees is not to over-react to the current volatility.“We will provide support and clear direction to trustees and other parties to help them through the uncertainty ahead.”This week, data from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) showed the average funding ratio of UK defined benefit (DB) schemes had deteriorated to 78% – only just above May 2012’s lowest recorded level of 76.5%. Funding ratios have been hit after the Brexit vote on 23 June, followed by heightened market volatility and falling bond yields.In its guidance statement issued yesterday, the regulator set out to trustees of DB and defined contribution (DC) schemes a series of messages and key areas for action in light of the vote.“Our key message to trustees and sponsors of occupational schemes is to remain vigilant and review their circumstances but continue to take a considered approach to action with a focus on the longer term,” the statement says.“It is too early to understand or assess the full consequences of the outcome of the EU referendum in detail.“However, we expect trustees to have an open and collaborative discussion with their sponsor about the possible effects to their business.”Warwick-Thompson said contingency planning was an integral part of the effective stewardship of pension schemes.“We expect trustees to review their plans and how they interact with current circumstances on a regular basis,” he said.At this point, the regulator expects trustees of DB schemes to review their employer covenant to understand how Brexit could affect it, he said, adding that they should also consider how market volatility has affected scheme funding.“Trustees should carry out the review as part of their ongoing risk management approach, as set out in our integrated risk management guidance and DB code of practice,” Warwick-Thompson said.They should consider issues relating to liquidity and cash flow management, he added, and if they conclude that the scheme faces an inappropriate level of risk, TPR expects them to think long term and review investment strategy in that context.“In time, as implications become clearer, trustees of schemes with money purchase benefits may also consider it appropriate to make changes to the investments included in the scheme’s default arrangement or the investments offered to members,” he said.Stephen Soper, senior pensions adviser at PwC, said the guidance highlighted the growing importance of trustees and sponsors understanding future cash flows and their ability to absorb and respond to risks as their pension schemes matured.“Understanding the strength of employer covenant, the factors that may cause support to falter and developing credible mitigation plans are now an imperative feature of scheme governance,” he said.Soper was head of DB regulation at TPR until last summer, and spent 20 months as its interim chief executive.Meanwhile, Aon Hewitt cautioned against inaction by trustees.Partner Matthew Arends said the firm completely agreed with the regulator that trustees should consider their circumstances carefully before acting and keep a long-term view. “However, that does not translate into doing nothing,” he said.“A decision to stop previously agreed actions – or not to start new ones – could, in time, prove to be detrimental.” The key is instead to re-assess pension schemes situations actively and develop an appropriate action plan, he said. “Trustees – and employers – should be asking actuaries for an updated funding level if this is not available online, and understanding whether they remain on course with their funding plans,” he said.Investment consultants should be asked to advise on the suitability of the scheme assets, Arends said, and particularly the degree of hedging in place.last_img read more

‘I’ll give my life to PSG,’ says Neymar

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first_img“There are things that have been said, but we have always had a relationship based on honesty and admiration,” said Mbappe.The last time Mbappe and Neymar had appeared together was in the French Cup final last April, a match which ended in defeat.As Bordeaux pressed, Mbappe and PSG began to carve open the home defence.He burst through on his own, but goalkeeper Benoit Costil anticipated the chip.Then Costil again reacted quickly, diving at Angel Di Maria’s feet as the Argentine ran onto Mbappe’s angled through ball.PSG, who had suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Reims on Wednesday, survived a late video review for a potential Bordeaux penalty to recapture first place.Angers are second in the table after a 1-1 draw with Amiens.Nantes, also two points off the pace, had briefly moved to the top when they won 1-0 win at Lyon earlier in the day.Lyon had the best of the chances but conceded the only goal in freakish fashion just before the hour.As Samuel Moutoussamy broke into the home area, left-back Fernando Marcal slid in and attempted to poke the ball out for a corner. Instead, it struck his other leg and looped over goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and into the goal.As the home fans whistled their team, the Lyon players appeared increasingly lost, although the brilliance of Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont was a major factor in their failure.For Nantes, it was a first win at Lyon since December 1996.Monaco’s revival continued when a 4-1 home win over Brest allowed them to move into 12th spot.Monaco have now taken seven points from their last three league games.Share on: WhatsApp Neymar’s goal secures win for PSG. Paris, France | AFP | Brazilian superstar Neymar pledged Saturday to “give my life to PSG” after his goal kept the French giants top of Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win at Bordeaux.Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, had been strongly linked to a return to Barcelona over a tumultuous summer.However, in an attempt to win over PSG fans, many of whom have become unconvinced by the player’s attachment to the French capital, Neymar has looked a rejuvenated figure, scoring for a third time this season.“I’m very happy to be able to help PSG, it’s better with the fans,” he said.“It’s like with your girlfriend, one moment you’re bad, but with hugs and a lot of love, it’s better.“I am here to give my life to PSG. They are my team, my goal is to help my club, to continue to score goals.”On Saturday, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar played together for the first time this season and combined for the only goal in Bordeaux.Mbappe, who had been out injured since August 25, started on the bench but, with PSG struggling for a breakthrough, came on after an hour.The Parisian attack immediately gained a more menacing edge.Both Mbappe, with a shot, and Neymar, with a header, went close before combining to open the scoring for the game’s only goal in the 70th minute.Mbappe outpaced the Bordeaux defence on the right. His precise low cross presented Neymar with a tap in at the far post.“The most important thing is that these goals are decisive, in tight matches, that’s why I’m here,” added Neymar.“It’s obviously a pleasure to link up with Kylian again. He came back with his smile and with his football talent,” he added.– Mbappe’s Neymar ‘admiration’ –French World Cup winner Mbappe said he was delighted to link-up again with Neymar although he admits their partnership remains a work in progress.last_img read more

Misbehaving owners hardly unheard of in pro sports

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first_imgIn this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, in Kansas City, Mo. Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor. Jupiter police told reporters Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, that the 77-year-old Kraft has not been arrested. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)Misbehaving owners of sports teams have drawn headlines pretty much since sports have been around.Now, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft faces misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute after police said he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at a massage parlor in Florida amid a crackdown on sex trafficking.He joins a list of current and former NFL owners accused of crimes or social misconduct.Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, top center, watches during the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)Last year, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson sold the team after allegations surfaced of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. Following a six-month investigation by the league, he was fined $2.7 million. Richardson, the team’s founder, then sold the franchise to David Tepper for $2.2 billion.Cleveland Browns owner Jim Haslam had legal troubles while CEO of Pilot Flying J, one of the nation’s largest truck-stop chains. Company executives either pleaded guilty or were convicted in a fraud scheme worth more than $50 million. Haslam claimed he didn’t know about the scheme in which customers were underpaid on promised rebates for fuel purchases, and he was not charged.Haslam bought the Browns in October 2012, six months before the FBI and IRS raided company headquarters. The NFL never disciplined him.Jim Irsay, whose Indianapolis Colts won a Super Bowl for the 2006 season under his leadership, had acknowledged having a painkiller addiction in 2002 and sought treatment. The DEA investigated the case, but local prosecutors did not file charges.Then, in March 2014, Irsay was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel and was held overnight after he failed sobriety tests and police found prescription medications in his car. The police said the drugs in Irsay’s vehicle were not associated with any of the prescription bottles found inside. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, along with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance; police also found $29,009 in cash.He again sought treatment and in September 2014 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated, agreeing to undergo drug testing for a year. Irsay also admitted he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Irsay for six games and fined him $500,000.Ed DeBartolo Jr., who built the San Francisco 49ers’ 1980s-90s dynasty with Bill Walsh as coach, was involved in one of the biggest owners’ scandals in the sport’s history. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony when he paid $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards in exchange for a riverboat gambling license.DeBartolo was suspended from the NFL for one year in 1999 for his role in the gambling fraud scandal. He also handed over control of the team to his sister, Denise DeBartolo York, and never returned to the 49ers.Former Philadelphia Eagles owner Leonard Tose had to sell the team in 1985 to pay off more than $25 million in debts to Atlantic City casinos.Football hardly stands alone in the owners’ misbehavior market.Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was sued by former employees during the days of the Big Red Machine for being a racist and, at one point, was quoted in The New York Times as saying Adolf Hitler initially was good for Germany; that her use of racially inappropriate words was in jest; and that she didn’t understand why certain ethnically insulting words were offensive.In 1993, Schott was suspended for one year by Major League Baseball and fined $25,000 for language that MLB’s executive council deemed “racially and ethnically offensive.”In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with V. Stiviano as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was fined $2.5 million and banned from the NBA for life in 2014 for racist comments he made to a friend. Sterling scolded her for posting pictures on Instagram in which she was accompanied by Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, both Black.“Why are you taking pictures with minorities, why?” Sterling was recorded as saying. “Don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. . And don’t bring him to my games, OK? … Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo, broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”The Rigas family owned the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was forced to relinquish control of the team after indictments on bank and security fraud charges for raiding the coffers of their cable company, Adelphia. The Sabres played the 2003-04 season under NHL operation before being purchased out of bankruptcy by Thomas Golisano.Last year, NASCAR’s Brian France , whose family owns the stock car racing circuit and many of the tracks where it competes, was arrested in New York on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He immediately took a leave of absence and his uncle, Jim France, stepped in as chairman and CEO.Perhaps the most documented misbehavior by a franchise owner occurred with George Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees.A 15-count indictment was handed up in 1974 in Cleveland federal court for violations of election laws. Steinbrenner pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make illegal campaign contributions, then was suspended by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for two years. That suspension was lifted after 15 months for good behavior.Steinbrenner frequently was fined for publicly criticizing umpires and for tampering. He was forced to resign as the team’s managing general partner in 1990 for dealings with and a $40,000 payment to self-described gambler Howard Spira. Steinbrenner returned to his position on March 1, 1993.___AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi, Baseball Writer Ronald Blum, Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney and Hockey Writer John Wawrow, and Sports Writers Tom Withers and Mike Marot contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more