Georgia 4-H will be adding 16 new positions in some of the state’s most impoverished counties because of a grant from the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism.Georgia 4-H received one of the highly competitive 2012-2013 AmeriCorps State & National Grants from state commission and the Corporation for National and Community Service.The 16 new, direct-service employees will work in Appling, Banks, Bibb, Clayton, Coffee, Crisp, Dougherty, Decatur, Hart, Heard, Laurens, Putnam, Troup, Tift, Union and Washington counties. They will assist University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents in delivering youth programs. “With the reduction in state and federal funding for Extension 4-H programs, we have to look for other ways to supplement funding for county 4-H programs across the state,” said Georgia 4-H State Leader Arch Smith. “These Americorps workers provided through grant funding will help county Extension 4-H offices reach more young people and give more children the positive educational youth development opportunities offered by Georgia 4-H.”AmeriCorps grants advance the priorities of the bipartisan 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and focus on six key service areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.”Our board had very difficult funding decisions to make this year because the requests for AmeriCorps grants far exceeded our available funds,” said GCSV Executive Director John Turner. The commission, which administers AmeriCorps and other federal grants to service agencies in Georgia, received applications requesting more than $6 million from 24 applicants. AmeriCorps had $3,980,239 available for grants.The commission renewed the grants for 12 existing AmeriCorps programs for 2012-2013 year, including: Clayton State University, Communities in Schools, Fannin County Family Connection, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Goodwill of Southern Rivers, Hands On Atlanta, Jumpstart Georgia , Refuge Resettlement Services and Immigration Services of Atlanta, United Way of Metro Atlanta and Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus.For more information on Georgia 4-H’s AmeriCorps grant, contact Jeff Buckley at Jbuckley@uga.edu or (706) 542-8735.
Just one week after Michael Anthony LaJoice, the former CFO of the $68 million Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union, admitted to embezzling $20 million, the Clarkston, Mich.-based cooperative was placed into conservatorship by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.DIFS Director Patrick M. McPharlin issued an order that placed Clarkston Brandon Community CU into conservatorship Wednesday and appointed the NCUA as the conservator effective immediately, according to a prepared statement released by the agency.As the appointed conservator, the NCUA will assume control of Clarkston Brandon Community CU to ensure its financial stability and safe and sound operation. The DIFS and the NCUA will work together to address issues related to the credit union’s operations and financial condition while maintaining member services, according to the statement. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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The underfunded Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS) aims to return 4.5% per annum over the next 25 years to address its deficit, according to the latest draft funding agreement.In a note to the Irish Stock Exchange, the fund’s main sponsor – national flag carrier Aer Lingus – said that while the draft had yet to be submitted to the Pensions Board, it nonetheless expected the proposed scheme restructuring to be completed by the end of the year.Under the terms of the latest proposal, the IASS general employees scheme would cut current pensions in payment in accordance with the revised priority order – resulting in 90% of benefits to €60,000 a year and 80% for all benefits above.Active and deferred members would see their accrued benefits cut by 20%, while all three would no longer be entitled to indexation increases. According to the statement, the IASS trustee would also implement a liability-driven investment strategy, as previously announced.However, the new draft lowered the required annual return by 0.5 percentage points, to 4.5% a year over the 25 years of the funding proposal.Aer Lingus said it stood by its previous proposal to fund a new defined contribution arrangement with €110m to compensate the scheme’s active members but added that it would “reassess the matter” once it had examined the draft proposal in detail.In a statement, it said: “The draft funding proposal summarised in the recent letter from the IASS Trustee has not yet been submitted to the Pensions Board, and it remains the responsibility of the IASS Trustee to do this.“The Company therefore expects the IASS Trustee to move forward with the submission of this draft funding proposal as soon as is practicable on the basis that it represents a viable solution which would result in a better outcome for the affected parties than the forced winding up of the Scheme.“Gaining the Pensions Board’s approval for the draft funding proposal is a crucial preliminary step that must be completed before the other key steps can be taken.”The Pensions Board last year appeared to reject a draft proposal that would have seen the IASS take up to 70 years to meet the regulator’s funding standard.A 25-year period would still be significantly longer than granted to other schemes, which are expected to comply within a decade of submitting their proposals.Funding proposals were due to be submitted to the Board nearly eight months ago, at the end of June last year.
Two activist groups are upping the ante in their campaigns to force Australia’s largest super funds to totally divest from fossil fuels and other stocks whose activities they say are contributing to climate change.The two groups, Healthy Futures and Market Forces, have been conducting online campaigns to gather support from super fund members.Market Forces, which keeps tab on super funds and their fossil fuel investment, last week focussed on UniSuper, a A$85bn (€50.3bn) scheme with 450,000 members working in the higher education and research sector.Healthy Futures has its sights on six super funds, including AustralianSuper, HESTA, First State Super, QSuper, SA Super, GESB, the West Australian public sector super fund, and TasPlan, a small Tasmanian fund.Collectively, these super funds manage close to A$450bn.Market Forces was able to mobilise 10,000 UniSuper members to sign an open letter published in the Australian Financial Review last week. The letter called on the UniSuper board to divest from all companies that are actively undermining climate change action.“Specifically we demand the fund divest from the companies that are expanding the scale of the fossil fuel sector; and/or relying on scenarios incompatible with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement to justify their future business prospects,” the letter said.“We expect this action to be taken across the entire fund by the end of the financial year ending 30 June, 2020.” The letter added that, as the default superannuation fund for Australia’s academics, scientists, researchers and university employees, UniSuper should be leading investor action on climate change.“Instead, billions of dollars of members’ retirement savings are invested in companies whose operations and plans are completely incompatible with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement,” it said.When approached by IPE, UniSuper declined to comment.In a parallel campaign co-ordinated by Healthy Futures, more than 400 doctors and other health professionals have publicly called on HESTA to sell down shares in 19 fossil fuel producers.The activist group met with HESTA executives at its certified carbon emission-free head office in Melbourne last week to stress its points.It has stepped up its campaign in the wake of Australia’s recent bushfires, which aside from huge economic and financial losses, has caused health issues for many. Market Forces was able to mobilise 10,000 UniSuper members to sign an open letterSince 2015, a group of well-known medical professionals, students and other community workers has lobbied HESTA to pull out of companies with primary businesses in fossil fuel extraction, transportation or power generation.In an open letter to HESTA, Healthy Futures said it was “unconscionable” for the fund to continue to invest in fossil fuel companies, pointing to the health effects of air pollution, coal combustion and fracking for unconventional gas.“All fossil fuels, when burned, contribute to climate change, which has been identified as the greatest global health threat of our time,” the letter said.Sonya Sawtel-Rickson, HESTA CIO, told IPE: “Our best chance at managing the long-term financial risk of climate change is by using our influence to drive companies to better understand, manage and reduce their carbon emissions.“We believe that if all we do is simply sell these companies, it is very unlikely to change their behaviour and drive long-term climate action. Using the leverage ownership is more effective than divestment at achieving climate action and the transition to a low carbon future.”“We believe that if all we do is simply sell these companies, it is very unlikely to change their behaviour and drive long-term climate action”Sonya Sawtel-Rickson, HESTA CIOSawtel-Rickson said active ownership was producing significant results. For example, by co-operating with other investors, HESTA had successfully pushed for companies like BP to set emission-reduction targets and link these to executive pay.BP last month announced that it would aim to be net carbon neutral by 2050.“Divestment would mean we have no influence to encourage climate action, and would limit our ability to protect members’ investments,” Sawtel-Rickson added.HESTA is an active member of Climate Action 100+ global investor collaboration that engages with the world’s biggest emitters. In the Australian context, mining giants such as Rio Tinto and Glencore have signalled that they have taken significant steps regarding transition planning.Other initiatives by HESTA include seeking to explicitly link the pay of top executives of oil and gas companies to their performance on reducing carbon emissions.Along with other like-minded super funds, it has discussions with companies such as Woodside and Santos, urging them to follow the lead of international energy giants BP and Shell in directly tying executive remuneration to emission reductions.
Image courtesy of RepsolRepsol has begun gas production from the Sagari field, located in block 57 in the Cusco region of Peru, the South American only liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter. The start of production at Sagari will lead to a 25 percent increase in the block’s total output, Repsol said, adding that this is reinforcing the company´s gas output drive in its reserves development strategy.Starting in January 2018, it will produce 5.6 million cubic meters per day: approximately one-fourth of Peru’s total gas demand.The Sagari field was discovered in 2012. Repsol holds a 53.84 percent share and operates the field, partnered with CPNC of China with the remaining 46.16 percent stake.Block 57 is located to the east of the Andes mountain range, in one of the most prolific gas production areas of Peru. The Repsol-operated Kinteroni field is also located nearby and has been in production since 2014.
Greensburg, In. — Residents are invited to celebrate the memory of former Special Olympic athlete Caleb Brown with a 5k on September 22. Caleb was a basketball player that died in March of 2018 suddenly following a tournament in Terre Haute. Caleb also was on the bowling team and a co-owner of Port-O-Lets Sanitation.Registration for the 1st Annual Caleb Brown Memorial 5k begins at 7 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 8 a.m.Here is the route for participants:Route for the 5K through the streets of Greensburg:-Begins at the Tree City Fall Festival stage going east to Franklin Street-Turn left at Franklin Street-At Walnut Street turn right-Turn left onto East Street-Take the small right hand jog at First Street to remain on East Street-Head to Fourth Street and make a small right hand jog to Barachel Lane-Turn left onto Broadway Street-Go Straight across into the industrial drive by KB Foods-Do a quick horseshoe turn to get back onto Broadway Street-Turn right onto Fifth Street-Go around the curve to Fourth Street-Turn right to Anderson Street and then turn left-Take Anderson Street to First Street and turn left-Turn left on Ireland Street and then right on Second Street to Broadway Street.-Turn right on Broadway to complete race just short of the Tree City Fall Festival stageThe entire route will be marked and volunteers will direct participants when needed. Register online here.
Dylan Nelson led all but the first two circuits in winning Tuesday’s qualifying feature for IMCA Hobby Stocks at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Lining up behind Nelson and Luinenburg on the outside row of Saturday’s Big Dance will be fellow Great Eight finishers Sal Hernandez of Columbus, Neb., Gonska, of Brainerd, Minn., John Watson of Des Moines, hard charger Malik Sampson of Worthington, Minn., and Dawson DeBoer and Blake Arends, both of Little Rock. The Adel speedster caught Tim Gonska for the point on the third circuit and weathered a handful of restarts before taking the checkers at the end of the 25-lapper at Boone Speedway. The last 11 laps ran caution-free. Reading, Minn.’s Justin Luinenburg settled into second on lap 20 but could never mount a challenge to the leader. Sampson made an incredible run after starting last in the field of 28. Luinenburg had started 11th, Watson 13th and Arends 22nd. Watson qualified for the Saturday show for the ninth time, Hernandez and Sampson both for the fourth, DeBoer for the second and Nelson, Luinenburg, Gonska and Arends each for the first. Qualifying feature results – 1. Dylan Nelson, Adel; 2. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.; 3. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 4. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn.; 5. John Watson, Des Moines; 6. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; 7. Dawson DeBoer, Little Rock; 8. Blake Arends, Little Rock; 9. Cody Stone, Hobbs, N.M.; 10. Brady Larkins, Deshler, Neb.; 11. Dillon Richards, Beatrice, Neb.; 12. Greg Sidles, Fairmont, Minn.; 13. David Simpson, Des Moines; 14. Darin Johnson, Dickens; 15. Seth Janssen, Ogden; 16. Matt Brown, Dysart; 17. Jamie Coady, Colfax; 18. Bryan Johnson, Graettinger; 19. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton; 20. Charlie Stevens, Algona; 21. Tyson Overton, Carlisle; 22. Zach Hemmingsen, Marne; 23. Carl Ellis, Pleasantville; 24. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 25. Dustin Thompson, Villisca; 26. Jack Phillips, Mitchellville; 27. Brady Henderson, Curtis, Neb.; 28. John Rebstock, Morton, Minn. Last-chance qualifying on Wednesday adds the final six car to Saturday’s main event grid. BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 3) – A long run at the front in his Tuesday night qualifier put Dylan Nelson on the front row for Saturday’s Hobby Stock main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.
Press Association Manager Martin O’Neill has no immediate plans to call up a replacement as he prepares for the Group D clash in Glasgow and the friendly against the United States which follows it next Tuesday. Midfielder James McCarthy and defender Stephen Ward also sat out the session with the Everton man’s hamstring problem a concern, but Stoke counterpart Glenn Whelan was able to train just weeks after breaking a bone in his leg during last month’s 1-1 draw in Germany. Doyle, who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Wolves, was unable to train with his Ireland team-mates at Gannon Park in Malahide on Tuesday morning because of a groin injury, and is to return to his club for treatment. A Football Association of Ireland spokesman said: “The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Kevin Doyle has withdrawn from the Irish squad, and will return to his club for treatment on a groin injury.” Striker Kevin Doyle has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at Celtic Park on Friday.
TMZ is reporting that two members of the Kennedy family are currently missing after a canoeing accident on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.According to the report, Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and her 8-year-old son Gideon were reported missing Thursday after attempting to get a ball out of the water.Authorities say the family was hanging out in the yard of a waterfront house when the children accidentally kicked the ball into the bay.Maeve and her son then hopped into a canoe and attempted to track down the ball, however, they were unable to paddle back to the shore.The Coast Guard says it was extremely windy on the bay Thursday with gust of up to 40 mphs in the area and that a witness says they saw the two struggling in the canoe before they disappeared.Authorities later found a canoe matching the description of the one with the missing family members overturned in the water.Helicopters and boat rescue crews have been searching the area since Thursday, however, they have been unable to locate the mother and child.The governor of Maryland says officials are continuing their search.