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Daily Kos presidential results live coverage #3

first_imgThe Daily Kos Elections guide to every key presidential swing state in 2020.The Daily Kos Elections Nov. 3, 2020 poll closing times map. Stick with us as we continue following the presidential results live, and check in with Daily Kos Elections as they follow the downballot races.Resources:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Donald Trump, Joe Biden, elecciones EE. UU. (GDA via AP Images)last_img

In with the in crowd

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Pennsylvania’s Historic Liquor Reform Takes Effect

first_img Government That Works,  Liquor Reform,  The Blog,  Videos Pennsylvania’s Historic Liquor Reform Takes Effect August 08, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Starting on August 8, Pennsylvania’s bipartisan liquor reforms signed into law by Governor Wolf this past spring will go into effect!First, grocery stores can now apply to sell wine.Second, state-operated liquor stores can open on holidays and have longer hours on Sunday Third, wine producers can apply to ship wine directly to consumers.And fourth, the six pack has been freed — more gas stations will be able to sell six packs of beer.This historic liquor reform package — the largest since prohibition ended 80 years ago — enhances the customer experience by providing Pennsylvanians with greater convenience and satisfaction. That’s government that works!   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

Croatia cancels highways monetisation scheme in favour of IPO

first_imgCroatia’s plan to monetise the €4.2bn debts of Hrvatske Autoceste (HAC), the national motorway authority, and Autocesta Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ), the state-owned company that operates the Rijeka-Zagreb motorway, have come to an abrupt end.On 13 March, prime minister Zoran Milanović announced that the government was cancelling the tender and replacing it with an IPO of 51% of Croatian Motorways Maintenance and Tolling (HAC-ONC), the agency jointly owned by HAC and ARZ.This alternative was first made public earlier in March by Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure.Croatia’s four mandatory pension funds, part of the original bidding consortia, would still be involved. According to Croatian media, 80% of the available shares would be offered to the pension funds, and the remainder to the Croatian citizens and HAC ONC employees.The prime minister said the IPO would relieve the state budget of principal and interest repayments, which would become the responsibility of the IPO investors.Politically, the government’s decision allows it to sidestep a potentially embarrassing referendum against the monetisation programme that was awaiting clearance by the Constitutional Court.Had it gone ahead, the referendum would have barred not just the HAC-ARZ concession but all similar future schemes.Opinion polls suggested the concession was proving highly unpopular, and not just because of its perception as a privatisation of public property.Ultimately, it would have been funded largely by higher motorway tolls and fuel excise duties.There will nevertheless be financial repercussions associated with the last-minute cancellation, including potential lawsuits by the bidders to recover the costs incurred to-date.The three consortia submitted non-binding bids in 2014 and were set to follow up with binding bids this April.Meanwhile, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the largest opposition party in Parliament, has called for Dončić’s resignation, reminding him that he had earlier ruled out any alternatives to the monetisation concession, and had himself threatened to resign if it fell through.last_img read more

Equinor agrees new climate change commitments with investors

first_img“If and when a relevant well below 2°C scenario is available, with necessary price assumptions, Equinor will include this in its overall stress testing,” the statement added.A spokesperson for the investors leading the engagement said that institutional investors were asking the International Energy Agency to issue a “beyond 2°C” scenario “with enough granularity and price assumptions to allow Equinor and other companies to stress test their portfolios on a quantitative basis against a scenario aligned with the Paris agreement in a way that is comparable across regions”.HSBC Asset Management, Storebrand Asset Management and UBS Asset Management led the engagement with Equinor.Odd Arild Grefstad, CEO of Storebrand Group, said the company was taking “critical steps in the right direction”.Valeria Piani, strategic engagement lead for UBS Asset Management, said: “Equinor and investors have together defined an ambitious pathway which will see the company play an even more active role in the transition to a lower carbon economy.”The investors would continue their collective engagement with Equinor “as they deliver on these crucial commitments,” she added.‘No’ to Scope 3 targetsThe publication of the joint statement coincided with Equinor releasing its notice of its upcoming annual general meeting (AGM), in which it set out its recommendation that shareholders reject the climate change-related shareholder proposals that have been filed.One of these is a resolution from Dutch campaign group Follow This that calls on the company to set targets that include emissions from the use of its products – so-called Scope 3 emissions.Echoing the position expressed in the statement with the investors, Equinor said it was committed to playing an “active and positive role” in decarbonisation, but that “our activities do not include direct engagement with end users of products”.Follow This’s Mark van Baal said oil and gas companies without Scope 3 targets “can never commit to the Paris Agreement”.He said the campaign group hoped investors would vote for its resolution, saying it was the same one that “compelled Shell to set a climate ambition for Scope 3”.Royal Dutch Shell is the only oil and gas major to have set emission reduction targets that include Scope 3 emissions, announcing the plans for these in a joint statement with investors in December.Earlier this month Follow This announced it would be withdrawing its climate resolution for this year’s Shell AGM because it had agreed with major Dutch investors to give the company more time to align its targets with the Paris Agreement.Climate Action 100+ investors have also reached agreements with Shell and BP. Today’s announcement about the outcome of their engagement with Equinor comes after several civil society groups called for more transparency and bolder action from the iniative’s co-ordinating organisations and signatory investors. Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor has committed to take “significant additional action” on climate change, according to institutional investors who led engagement with the company as part of the collaborative initiative Climate Action 100+.In a joint statement with the investors the renamed Statoil said it would set climate-related “ambitions” beyond 2030 for its business activities and strengthen the link between its climate-related targets and remuneration for senior executives and employees.Equinor already has climate-related targets for emissions from its operations by 2030 and a 2020 target for low carbon research and development expenditure.The company also committed to assess its portfolio, including new material capital expenditure, against a “well below” 2°C warming scenario.last_img read more

ATP set to manage €1.3bn Danish crisis recapitalisation fund

first_imgDenmark’s biggest pension fund ATP looks likely to be officially tasked with managing the DKK10bn (€1.3bn) fund mapped out by finance minister Nicolai Wammen to recapitalise large and socially important Danish companies hit by the COVID-19 crisis.According to the plan detailed in a parliamentary committee document, the state-owned fund, originally announced on 11 June, will buy up newly-issued preference shares from large companies in need of new capital, and which also meet a range of criteria.The idea behind preference shares as the means of re-capitalisation is that the fund should not have influence over the companies’ management through ownership of voting equity, the document makes clear. ATP’s chief executive Bo Foged told Danish business daily Børsen: “We are awaiting the final approval by the finance committee, but we are glad to see the state trusting us with this task, and we look forward to making our competences and knowledge available to the fund as it works with assisting large and socially-critical Danish companies.” A spokesman for ATP confirmed the quote.Discussion about the proposed fund – described by the government as being able to act as “investor of last resort”  – is continuing with some questions from members of the parliamentary finance committee still awaiting responses from Wammen.The government said it intends to establish the fund as soon as possible in the current year so that it can start operations quickly.The fund is designed to be temporary, with a provisional wind-up date set of 30 June 2023.All decisions on investments are to be made by a government-appointed board of directors, and ATP has been picked as the organisation to carry out the fund’s daily operation.In the parliamentary document, the finance ministry explained the choice of manager, saying: “ATP is independent of both the state and the fund, and ATP has relevant experience from the management of ATP funds as well as digital administration of applications, etc.”However, according to the plan, it also involves ATP setting up an independent, separate subsidiary to operate the fund, in order to avoid potential or real conflicts of interest in relation to the individual investments.Besides its main task of running the DKK889bn giant labour-market supplementary pension fund, the ATP group –  which is governed by its own act of parliament – manages a number of other state financial operations.last_img read more

Tasmania Place to Be for AWTEC 2020 Event in November

first_imgThe 5th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (AWTEC 2020) will be held in Hobart (Tasmania), Australia on 8-12 November 2020.AWTEC 2020 aims to provide an opportunity to exchange, learn, interact and network on all multidisciplinary aspects of ocean renewable energy, with colleagues from all over the world.Encompassed within AWTEC 2020, will be the third Australian Ocean Renewable Energy Symposium (AORES), highlighting the growth of Australia’s ocean renewable energy capabilities and developments.The venue for the conference is the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, on the doorstep of Constitution Dock.Tasmania possesses exceptional renewable energy resources. Approximately 90% of Tasmania’s electricity generation is from renewable resources (Hydro, onshore wind), and opportunity to become a net exporter of electricity via the existing HVDC cable to the Australian mainland exists.Wave, tidal and offshore wind resources could contribute to this vision.Being home to a strong contingent of marine scientists and engineers, and a long history of renewable energy development, built across the University, CSIRO, Australia’s Antarctic Division, and the newly established Blue Economy Co-operative Research Centre, the capability to build on these opportunities is growing.AWTEC 2020 builds on the success of the AWTEC meetings held before it, most recently in Taipei, 2018.AWTEC 2020 is organised by the Australian Maritime College (AMC), a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania and CSIRO, Australia’s flagship scientific research agency.The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is a major supporter of the conference, as an agency accelerating Australia’s shift to an affordable and reliable renewable energy future.last_img read more

Teenage pregnancies fall as exam results improve – study

first_imgNZ Herald 9 March 2015Getting a good education could be the best form of contraception for teenagers, according to a new study.British researchers found that greater use of contraceptive implants and drugs had an almost statistically insignificant effect on the teenage pregnancy rate. But there was a much stronger link between better exam result and teenage births.A paper called Is Education the Best Contraception? The Case of Teenage Pregnancy in England, published in Social Science and Medicine, said: “Educational performance is significantly associated with lower teenage pregnancies and the estimated effects are large. For example, a 10 per cent increase in GCSE [end of school results] implies a reduction in the teenage conception rate of about 8 per cent.”Figures released last month showed the pregnancy rate for under-18s in England – although still among the highest in the west – has fallen by more than 40 per cent.“Given that the numbers achieving five good GCSEs have increased by about 50 per cent since 2004, this factor alone has the potential to explain a large proportion of the recent decrease,” the paper said.Previously it was thought that long-acting, reversible forms of contraception (Larcs), such as IUDs, were a key factor. But the study found a large increase of the use of Larcs had only a small effect. A 10 per cent increase in their use was associated with a reduction in the under-18 conception rate of about 0.3 per cent.Professor David Paton, of Nottingham University, co-author of the study, said: “Our results have several policy implications. Our finding that promotion of long-acting contraceptives is unable to explain much if any of the recent reduction in teenage pregnancy somewhat undermines the heavy emphasis on these forms of birth control in recent years.” read more

Marijuana companies could target South Auckland – Simeon Brown

first_imgTe Ao Maori News 16 July 2020Family First Comment: “Where are they going to set up their shops?” Simeon Brown says. “I used to live in South Auckland. The big alcohol companies like to have more shops there than in other parts of Auckland.” The Pakuranga MP fears the marijuana companies will follow suit.Yes – of course they will, just as they have overseasSee the evidence here MP Simeon Brown fears for South Auckland if recreational weed becomes legal.“Where are they going to set up their shops?” Simeon Brown says.“I used to live in South Auckland. The big alcohol companies like to have more shops there than in other parts of Auckland.”The Pakuranga MP fears the marijuana companies will follow suit.Simeon Brown has long opposed Green MP Chloe Swarbrick’s crusade to legalise recreational weed. He’s happy that medical weed is legal but wants it left at that.If recreational weed is legalised under the proposed bill, MP Brown says the businesses will market marijuana to young people.“We’re also going to see it promoted. Big business will be getting involved,” MP Brown says.“They will be targeting people to start earlier and use it for longer.”Brown notes that drugs have already been decriminalised. Police have greater flexibility to avoid drug convictions.READ MORE: read more

Medinah kept busy at Roscommon

first_img The Peter Fahey trained-gelding travelled best approaching the straight at Galway, but a bad mistake at the last cost him dearly and he had to settle for minor honours. Jack Kennedy again takes the ride on the son of Gold Well and he is sure to prove popular with punters. Medinah Gold will try to improve on his unlucky third at Galway on Sunday when he is turned out again quickly in the J.F. Hanley Handicap Hurdle at Roscommon on Tuesday. Others to consider in this competitive contest are recent Limerick winner Na Trachtalai Abu, Gordon Elliott’s Broughtons Bandit and the JP McManus-owned duo of Point Of Rescue and Chamonix. Harangue finished a place ahead of Medinah Gold at Galway and he reverts to fences for the Class Grass Handicap Chase. The seven-year-old gelding looks to have solid claims in what is another fiercely competitive heat. Ruby Walsh, who has just one ride on the card, teams up with Old Castletown for his father Ted and after finishing a solid third at Killarney on his last start, he should give a good account of himself. Illtakeitfromhere, Carmels Boy, Close Review, Colms Dream, Drive The Bus, Give Me A Break and Romany Ryme are other leading contenders. Naughty Molly was a good second over hurdles at Kilbeggan recently and she might be able to take the Michael Holland Tyres Handicap Chase. The first three-year-old hurdle of the season gets proceedings under way and the three stand-out names here are King Christophe, Lagostovegas and Meadow Cross. Beau Et Sublime should be able to get off the mark over timber in the Eurona BriskNet Maiden Hurdle, while Deputy’s Pass, Gallant Tipp and Is Love Alive look the three to focus on in the Budweiser Beginners Chase. Avichi, who is a half-sister to the great Hurricane Fly, has some solid form to her name and she should prove hard to beat in the concluding Boyle Flat Race. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more