El Gobernador Wolf amplía el Programa de incentivos para el crecimiento de la carga intermodal para los transportistas marítimos

first_img Economy,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que el Programa de incentivos para el crecimiento de la carga intermodal de Pennsylvania (PICGIP, por sus siglas en inglés), que tiene por objetivo aumentar la actividad de carga al incentivar a los transportistas a trasladar las cargas a través de los puertos de Pennsylvania, se extenderá hasta 2022. Inicialmente, el programa estaba destinado a finalizar en junio de 2020.“En este momento, los puertos de Pennsylvania son más necesarios que nunca”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “El aumento de la actividad de transporte ayudará a garantizar que los productos esenciales se entreguen a las tiendas de manera oportuna, al tiempo que se fortalece la cadena de suministro para el futuro”.Originalmente establecido en 2015 a través del Fondo Multimodal de PennDOT, el PICGIP coloca a hasta $1 millón anual a disposición de los transportistas marítimos participantes que trasladan cargas a través de los puertos de Pennsylvania. El fondo ayuda a garantizar el empleo a tiempo completo en las terminales y aumentar la actividad económica a través de empleos indirectos e inducidos.Todos los transportistas que no hayan estado en el Puerto de Philadelphia en los últimos seis meses deben completar una solicitud en el sitio de Internet de PennDOT, al tiempo que los participantes actuales deben completar el formulario de verificación de datos para ser admitidos en el programa.“El Programa de incentivos para el crecimiento de la carga intermodal es esencial para que podamos competir con otros puertos para atraer a nuevos transportistas marítimos y nuevas rutas comerciales a Pennsylvania. Este programa apoya al transportista marítimo durante la difícil fase inicial de ingresar a un puerto por primera vez o comenzar un nuevo servicio”, dijo el Director Ejecutivo de PhilaPort, Jeff Theobald. “Una vez que el transportista comienza a operar y nosotros tenemos el negocio, el incentivo termina. Se trata de un programa bien diseñado, y PennDOT ha hecho un gran trabajo para ayudarnos a implementarlo”.Los nuevos transportistas inscritos en el programa reciben $25 por cada contenedor nuevo cargado o descargado de embarcaciones que se dirigen hacia un puerto de Pennsylvania. Los participantes actuales califican para recibir el pago de incentivos al exceder los estándar de comparación establecidos.En los últimos cinco años, más de 1.8 millones de unidades de carga pasaron por los puertos de Pennsylvania. Un total de 175,000 unidades que superaron los estándares de comparación, lo que dio como resultado $4.1 millones en fondos de incentivos adjudicados a 10 beneficiarios.Los transportistas que ya participan en el programa deberían haber recibido información sobre la subvención directamente de los gerentes del programa. Para recibir más información y ver la aplicación/la guía del Programa de incentivos para el crecimiento de la carga intermodal de PennDOT, visite PennDOT.gov y haga clic en la página “Rail Freight and Ports” (Carga ferroviaria y puertos).View this information in English. El Gobernador Wolf amplía el Programa de incentivos para el crecimiento de la carga intermodal para los transportistas marítimos July 21, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

National Assembly approves reform of French retirement system

first_imgFirst has been a lengthened contribution period for receiving a full social security pension.People born after 1973 will have to contribute 43 years compared with 41.5 years for people born in 1956.The minimum contribution time will also be harmonised to 43 years for public employees.Second will be higher contribution rates.Employees and their employers will see the rate of their contribution on wages raised by 0.15 percentage points in 2014, with an additional 0.05 points in 2015, 2016 and 2017 – or 0.3 percentage points by 2017 as a whole.Third will be retirees’ share of the burden.As a “measure of justice”, retirees will pay their part of the French retirement rescue plan.Their pensions’ increase to keep pace with inflation is to be frozen for six months, with the April rise being postponed to an October schedule.Also, the 10% retirement bonus granted to retirees who had three or more children will now be taxed as other pensions are.Fourth will be contributors’ relief and compensation.To compensate for the bad news, the law will help some of the least favoured workers to get a better pension.About 5m people facing hardship in their daily work hardness – working night shifts, heavy lifting, etcetera – should be able to retire up to two years earlier than others thanks to a ‘hardness account’.Part-time workers will also be able to get a full quarter of retirement contribution when they work 150 hours (as opposed to 200 hours now), a measure helping women’s pensions.And fifth will be the government’s increased control over retirement institutions, with a view to “harmonising” the French system.As a first step, it said it would take over CNAVPL – the Caisse nationale d’assurance-vieillesse des professions liberals – one of the independent workers’ schemes, due to a change in its director-designation process. The French National Assembly has approved new pensions reform in the latest of a long line of measures to shore up its beleaguered pay-as-you-go (PAYG) retirement system.The changes to first-pillar social security pensions are “the first left-wing retirement reform in 30 years”, proudly claimed minister of Social Affairs, Marisol Touraine, referring to the popular but costly lowered retirement age from 65 to 60, granted by president Mitterrand after his 1981 election.Since then, at least six basic pensions reforms have followed one after the other: Balladur (1993, lowering pension rights and increasing contribution periods); Fonds de réserve des retraites (1999, creating a buffer fund that never received the promised capital; Fillon (2003, creating an adjustable retirement age according to life expectancy; Woerth (2010, raising minimum retirement age to 62 by 2018 and up to 67 for retirees with incomplete contribution history); and minor changes in December 2012, shortening the horizon for the new 62-67 retirement age bracket to 2017 instead of 2018.The new reform essentially covers five areas.last_img read more

AP6 calls unlisted asset pool ‘best solution’ after reforms cancelled

first_imgThe decision followed months of criticism of the proposals from the AP funds themselves and the Swedish central bank and employer groups.But the spokesman for AP6 said his fund still supported the idea of consolidating the system’s unlisted holdings.“AP6 still thinks the proposal regarding investing in private equity and unlisted companies would have been the best solution for the entire AP system, and for Swedish pensioners,” he said. He added that the fund was still in favour of its proposed merger with AP2 “to create a competence centre for unlisted investments”.Karl Svartling, AP6’s managing director, previously came out strongly in favour of the idea of consolidating unlisted assets.In the fund’s response to the government proposals from October, he said such a joint vehicle would be more able to influence the market in a number of areas, including sustainability and transparency.It is unclear whether the remaining four AP funds still favour a joint approach to unlisted assets – first mooted by the former government prior to the 2014 election –  as several of them have in recent months announced new real estate joint ventures.AP1 last month formed a jointly owned property company, Secore Fastigheter, with Swedish retail chain ICA.The new entity is set to acquire 13 of ICA’s stores by the end of the year.Meanwhile, AP1 and AP2 in August announced details of a €4bn office property joint venture with TIAA-CREF, seeded with assets from the funds’ previous venture Cityhold Property.AP3 in September formed an office and retail joint venture with Sveafastigheter. AP6 has stood by proposals to consolidate the AP funds’ unlisted assets into a single vehicle, despite Sweden’s government dropping its planned reform of the system.A spokesman for AP6, which manages SEK23.6bn (€2.5bn) in unlisted assets, told IPE it still believed the creation of a “competence centre” for unlisted assets was the best way forward, a goal that would have been achieved under the cross-party proposals through the merger of AP6 with AP2.The proposals published in June suggested AP2 would manage all unlisted assets within the SEK1.2trn buffer fund system, stripping the remaining two funds of the ability to invest directly in asset classes including real estate and infrastructure.A spokesman for AP6 had no comment on the government’s decision to cancel the reforms, announced on Thursday after a meeting of the cross-party Pensionsgruppen – comprising representatives of the four opposition and two government parties – failed to yield consensus following mounting criticism for the changes.last_img read more

PLSA calls for Brexit deal that supports UK pension funds

first_imgThe UK government must prioritise a strong economy for the benefit of pension schemes, or the “vast majority” of British people will suffer in retirement, the sector’s trade body has said.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has warned that the sustainability of UK pension funds depends on the strength of the country’s economy, its regulatory regime and its financial services sector – all of which could be under threat as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU.Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said: “A successful Brexit matters to the 20m workers, savers and pensioners served by our pension schemes. If the economy weakens, it will make it harder for sponsoring employers to keep defined benefit [DB] schemes open and reduce the funds individuals can afford to put into defined contribution [DC] pensions – but these risks can be reduced if the government addresses the points we raise.”DC schemes also face significant challenges, the PLSA said in a commentary, especially if a weak economy translates into poor wage growth. “Current levels of contributions to these pensions are too low to provide adequate retirement incomes for Britain’s savers,” the industry group said.“Therefore, it is essential contributions increase in the near future. If the OBR’s forecast of faltering wage growth proves correct, it will be difficult for employers and employees to increase contributions.“The vast majority of the population would then have to expect a poorer retirement.”Prime minister Theresa May yesterday morning gave her most detailed speech yet on the subject of Brexit.She stated that any deal reached “cannot mean membership of the single market” because the caveats that come with it would mean “to all intents and purposes … not leaving the EU at all”.She added: “We do not seek membership of the single market. Instead, we seek the greatest possible access to it through a new, comprehensive, bold and ambitious free-trade agreement.”However, she said a new deal “may take in elements of current single-market arrangements” in areas such as financial services, “as it makes no sense to start again from scratch when Britain and the remaining member states have adhered to the same rules for so many years”.Free trade or no trade?The PLSA’s commentary stated that a “successful outcome” for Brexit would include “replication of both the current UK/EU framework for free trade in goods and existing EU free-trade agreements with third countries”, in order to support pension scheme sponsors.It added: “Pension schemes need full access to global markets and to the world-class expertise currently available from the UK’s successful financial services sector. Any dilution of the City of London’s strength would have a negative effect on pension saving.”Failure to reach a Brexit deal within the two years scheduled for negotiations could mean the UK defaults to trading rules set by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).The PLSA said this would cause “major disruption”, adding: “On no account could the pension fund industry support a regime based only on WTO rules.“This would be likely to cause economic harm, create regulatory barriers and undermine essential pensions support services.”Regulatory carve-outThe PLSA, despite its demand for open access to Europe’s markets, urged the government to protect UK schemes from any future EU rules – particularly the holistic balance sheet concept.The idea was abandoned by EIOPA after long-running battles with national bodies, but the PLSA claimed a similar plan remains possible and wants protection from any future solvency rules.“During the negotiation of IORP II, the UK was successful in warding off the threat of an EU solvency regime for pensions, which could have resulted in a bill for British business of up to €650bn,” the PLSA said.“While we believe high levels of access to the single market are very important, it is also essential that any future moves by the EU to propose a new solvency regime should not apply to defined benefit schemes in the UK, unless they also operate outside the UK.”The IORP Directive is due to be implemented in January 2019, while the deadline for Brexit negotiations is likely to be March 2019.Theresa May’s speech in fulllast_img read more

ESG roundup: AP2 backs impact investment fund with $50m

first_imgSweden’s AP2 has invested $50m (€44m) in a social and environmental impact fund.Gothenburg-based national pension fund has invested in the Rise Fund, a private equity vehicle aimed at producing positive social and environmental effects that can be measured, as well as competitive financial returns.The fund is managed by TPG Growth, the international growth equity and middle market buyout platform of alternative asset firm TPG.Eva Halvarsson, chief executive of AP2, said: “The idea of impact investing is not new, but what is new and unique about this strategy is that the Rise Fund is relying on independent research to measure the positive outcomes in financial terms.” She said the investment was in keeping with its mandate to both maximise returns and take ethical and environmental criteria into consideration.The Rise Fund measures how much tangible impact a potential investment is expected to have during its investment life cycle, focusing on the impact outcomes defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.“Through our sustainable development activities and the investments we make, the fund contributes in various ways towards to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and we try to be actively involved in these goals,” Halvarsson said.UK public sector funds eye ‘new era’ for climate risk engagementA group of UK public sector pension funds is partnering with the 50/50 Climate Project in a bid to ratchet up its engagement with companies on climate risks and their potential impact on shareholder value.The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF), which is a voluntary association of pension funds with combined assets of around £200bn (€230bn), said the partnership “is set to enhance LAPFF’s established position as a leading investor voice on climate change risk”.The 50/50 Climate Project is a non-profit organisation that aims to help large institutional investors “bring climate competence to corporate boards”. Its mission is to engage with the 50 public companies with the largest carbon footprint.Kieran Quinn, LAPFF chairman, said it “marks a new era in the forum’s efforts to safeguard shareholder value against climate-change risk.”Specifically, the arrangement with the organisation will provide LAPFF with research on company risks and opportunities, analysis of climate competencies on corporate boards, and involvement in campaigns to “refresh” boardrooms as well as support the development of a pipeline of credible “climate-literate” director candidates.KLP blacklists 10 companiesNorwegian municipal pensions firm KLP has excluded 10 companies from its investment universe on ESG grounds following a semi-annual review of investments.The NOK596bn (€62.6bn) institutional investor said it decided to exclude PetroChina Co and Bharat Heavy Electricals because of the risks of, respectively, gross corruption and serious environmental damage.It is also banishing a further eight coal companies from its range of potential investments and is altering the basis for exclusion for two companies.The coal companies to be newly excluded are CEZ, Eneva, Great River Energy, Huadian Energy, Malakoff Corp, Otter Tail Corp, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna and SDIC Power Holdings.KLP was invested in two of these firms before the decision to exclude them – CEZ and PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.In addition, KLP has decided to reintroduce Singapore Technologies Engineering into its investment universe.The business had been excluded by the Norwegian pension fund for 16 years because of the production of anti-personnel land mines, but last year Singapore Technologies Engineering confirmed it had stopped making this type of weapon, KLP said.Leonardo SpA, which had been excluded since 2006 because of nuclear weapons production, is now excluded because of an unacceptable risk of gross corruption.Meanwhile, the reason for AES’ exclusion by KLP has changed to coal activity from human rights violations in connection with a steam project in Panama.The company’s involvement with that project has now stopped, KLP said.last_img read more

Tasman District Council closes door on Easter trading

first_imgStuff co.nz 2 December 2016Family First Comment: Good. Workers deserve a break! Consumers should not plan any shopping sprees in the Tasman district next Easter Sunday because most stores will be closed.Tasman district councillors agreed on Thursday to retain the status quo, which means stores are not allowed to trade on Easter Sunday except for those businesses with exemptions under the Shop Trading Hours Act.The decision was not the preferred option outlined in a staff report by strategic policy manager Sharon Flood. Her preference was for the council to approve the release of a draft policy for public consultation to allow Easter Sunday trading in 2017.It was designed to be released as a joint policy with Nelson City Council, which is due to discuss the matter on December 15.Flood’s report comes after two Nelson-Tasman surveys – a self-selecting online poll and an independent telephone survey – showed residents appeared to be divided on whether shops should be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/87099927/tasman-district-council-closes-door-on-easter-tradinglast_img read more

Gambling during wakes okay but…

first_imgILOILO City – Gambling during wakes isallowed but there should not be too many gambling tables, according to PoliceGeneral Archie Francisco Gamboa, director of the Philippine National Police(PNP). The most popular games in wakes –which runs for days if not weeks until the burial – are mahjong and card gamesof various kinds. Gambling as a pastime in wakes is aFilipino tradition. It keeps people around and awake at the vigil. Photo courtesy of Flickr Gamboa said there are no official PNPguidelines yet on gambling during wakes but he stressed there should be a fewtables only, such as one for mahjong and one for tong-its. There was no gambling at Espanto’swake. The police may make arrests ifgambling during wakes has become unbridled, he said. “Angproblema kasi nag-e-extend ng maraming tables,” said Gamboa,lamenting that such is already going beyond the spirit of why authorities aretolerant of gambling during wakes. In fact, he said, in the NationalCapital Region, the regional police office under Police Major General DeboldSinas banned all types of gambling in wakes although this earned the ire ofresidents. He issued the statement during a visitto the wake of Police Captain Efren Espanto Jr. – who was killed in anencounter with rebels in Janiuay, Iloilo on Feb. 12 – at the Police RegionalOffice 6 in Camp Delgado here on Saturday. Some sort of “tax” – the so-called“tong” – from these games is given to the family of the dead person to helpdefray burial expenses./PNlast_img read more

Dorothy Morgan Hughes, 93

first_imgDorothy Morgan Hughes, 93, of Holton passed away at 12:45pm Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Anderson on June 21, 1923. She was married to Howard Morgan at the Union Flat Rock Baptist Church on June 30, 1940 and he preceded her in death on March 30, 1994. She was married to David Hughes, Jr. on September 7, 1996 and he preceded her in death April 12, 2012. Survivors include three sons Donald (Beverly) Morgan of Andrews, David (Loretta) Morgan and Howard Jr. (Martha) Morgan both of North Vernon; one daughter Twyla (Rev. Leonard) Waller of Versailles; 15 step-children; one sister Ruby Kurtz of Buffalo, New York; grandchildren Melissa (Larry) Towne, Donald Morgan, Steven (Barbara) Waller, Brian Waller, Jason (Ann) Waller, Roxanna (Darin) McIntire, Rhonda (Paul) Purdue, and Rachel Murray, 25 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her grandchildren Amy and Melinda Morgan, and Leonard Waller, Jr., and her sisters Katherine, Mildred, and Mary. Mrs. Hughes was a homemaker and a member of the Holton Wesleyan Church. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 12th at the Union Flat Rock Baptist Church with Dorothy’s grandson Pastor Steven Waller officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 1pm Sunday until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Evangelistic Faith Mission or the Flat Rock Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Man U ‘relaxed’ on Ighalo deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United is “relaxed” about Odion Ighalo’s future at the club and will not make a reckless last minute decision as the Nigerian’s loan spell comes to an end.Ighalo joined the Red Devils in a six-month loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua in January and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been keen to sign him permanently after he bagged four goals in eight appearances for the Reds. However, United have failed to agree a fee with the Chinese club and he has just 10 days left on his loan spell at Old Trafford before he returns to the Far East.United have not ruled out extending his loan given the unprecedented circumstances but Shanghai would rather sell, knowing that Ighalo’s stock is high after his spell with the Red Devils.But United’s interest has cooled since before the coronavirus outbreak, when they were without star man Marcus Rashford.The forward is now fit again after a back fracture, meaning United’s reliance on Ighalo is not as pronounced as it once was.SkySports claimed United is now “relaxed” about the situation and feel that Rashford’s return has put them in a far stronger position. Though Solskjaer would like to keep Ighalo, United will not sanction a big money move for a back-up forward and it could be that the Nigerian hass played his last game for the club.That would be a huge blow to Ighalo, who has made no secret of his desire to stay at his boyhood club.United resumed first team training on Wednesday, though there were strict restrictions with only five players allowed to train together at one time.Tags: Manchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolskjaerRed DevilsShaghai Shehualast_img read more

Magpies continue winning run

first_img Press Association The Frenchman, captaining the side in the absence of the injured Fabricio Coloccini, won it 12 minutes from time with the only goal as the Magpies finally made the pressure tell and left the visitors still without a single Barclays Premier League point away from home. Alan Pardew’s men, who have not conceded a goal in 432 minutes of football, enjoyed the better of the game in front of a crowd of 51,915 but had been frustrated up until that point by poor finishing and the efforts of keeper Rob Green, who made a series of important saves. Moussa Sissoko fired Newcastle to a sixth successive victory to extend QPR’s dismal run on the road. However, there was heartache for Ryan Taylor, starting his first Premier League game in 993 days, when he limped off in tears after just 34 minutes. Former team-mate Joey Barton was afforded a warm welcome on his return to St James’ Park, where he spent four seasons before heading for the capital, as he led out the visitors wearing the captain’s armband. But there was an even more significant re-appearance for the home side with utility man Taylor starting his first Barclays Premier League game since a 1-1 derby draw with Sunderland on March 4, 2012 after two cruciate ligament injuries. Sadly for the 30-year-old his afternoon was to last barely half an hour as he departed after going to ground in some discomfort with all the indications suggesting yet another knee problem. But inside the 34 minutes for which he was on the pitch, it was he who had looked the most likely man to break the deadlock, prompting the home side forward and arriving late into the box to apply the finishing touch to a series of moves. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to take either of the two gilt-edged opportunities which fell his way as Green tipped his curling 17th-minute shot over after Remy Cabella had picked him out on the edge of the box with an intelligent corner and then claimed his side-footed effort after Ayoze Perez and Cabella had set him up following full-back Yun Suk-young’s misplaced pass. Green had earlier enjoyed an escape when he blasted a clearance straight into Jack Colback and saw the ball ricochet just wide as he attempted to deal with Steven Caulker’s underhit back-pass, but was more than equal to the task of collecting Cabella’s tame 10th-minute shot after the Frenchman had linked well with Sissoko. Both sides had penalty appeals rightly waved away by referee Chris Foy after Massadio Haidara went down under Sandro’s challenge and Leroy Fer under Mike Williamson’s. However, Taylor’s premature departure changed the game with the visitors sensing their chance and with Barton making an impact, they pressed the Magpies back. Striker Charlie Austin, who had gone wide with a 13th-minute shot, failed to test keeper Tim Krul unduly three minutes before the break, although the Holland international had to be on his toes on the stroke of half-time to keep out defender Richard Dunne’s looping header from a Barton corner. Newcastle returned in determined mood with Sammy Ameobi and Cabella running at the QPR defence at every opportunity and meeting less than composed resistance, although Barton threw himself into the path of Ameobi’s well-struck 48th-minute volley. At the other end, Austin scuffed a left-footed effort on the full straight to Krul, but the traffic remained largely in the other direction, although with Green untested until he had to race from his line and block Perez’s shot with his chest after Sissoko had played the youngster in with 57 minutes gone. The keeper was fortunate to escape when he spilled Haidara’s driven near-post cross three minutes later and was grateful to see Ameobi head wide as he arrived at pace to meet substitute Yoan Gouffran’s 63rd-minute cross. But the visitors were not content to defend and striker Bobby Zamora, who had earlier headed wide, had Krul back-pedalling anxiously with another effort from Karl Henry’s 66th-minute cross. Substitute Niko Kranjcar, who had replaced the injured Sandro on the hour, gave QPR fresh impetus but the home side still looked the more likely to score, with Perez testing Green once again with a first-time shot from Gouffran’s 74th-minute cross. But the stalemate was finally broken 12 minutes from time when Sissoko turned on Ameobi’s pass to fire unerringly past Green and spark joyous celebrations on and off the pitch. last_img read more