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Watch Governor Wolf’s Budget Update (VIDEO)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos Watch Governor Wolf’s ‪budget‬ update and find out how the governor is continuing to work with the legislature to achieve his three budget priorities: funding our schools, fighting the opioid crisis, and balancing the budget. Watch Governor Wolf’s Budget Update (VIDEO)   SHARE  TWEET July 05, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

Family-friendly Cairns suburbs show why they are among the state’s most popular

first_imgFRESHWATER and Edge Hill are among the most sought-after suburbs in Queensland.New data by CoreLogic shows that during the 12 months to January, the two city fringe Cairns suburbs ranked among the fastest-selling in the state, with homes being snapped up by buyers in just 25 days on average.The data shows that Brinsmead and Westcourt homes spent an average of 30 days on the market, while Caravonica also performed well with 33 days.But apart from Freshwater and Edge Hill, the majority of the fastest-selling suburbs are in the state’s south-east.Cairns real estate agent Vanessa Robinson, of LJ Hooker Edge Hill, said she was not surprised by the data.“Strong growth has been happening in these areas over the past three years,” she said. Close to the city, shops and within the catchment zones of several schools, Freshwater and Edge Hill have long been popular with families.She said Freshwater properties always attracted good crowds to open inspections, adding it was common for several offers to be fielded within the first fortnight of homes going on the market.“A lot of its desirability stems from the fact that it’s safe and has a really relaxed ambience,” Ms Robinson said. The average selling price of homes at Freshwater is $577,500, according to CoreLogic, and $497,500 at Edge Hill.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMs Robinson expected the gap between the Cairns and South-East Queensland property market would tighten over coming months.“We are set for growth, it’s just a matter of when,” she said. In the meantime, young couple Kacey and Callum Reynolds are settling into their recently-bought home at 94 Petersen St, Freshwater.Mrs Reynolds, a teacher at Trinity Beach State School, said the stylish four-bedroom house would become their long-term home.“We wanted to be at Freshwater, they have a nice school here, which will be good when our little boy is a bit older,” the 26-year-old said.last_img read more

West Midlands ditches hedge funds to reach benchmark allocation

first_img“The funds are to be allocated to other asset classes in which the fund invests, especially those areas where we are under-allocated.”The spokesman declined to provide any further details on which asset classes would benefit, which managers would lose mandates or why the fund had taken the decision.Hedge fund allocations have been placed under much scrutiny in recent months following the high-profile decision of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) to divest its $4bn (€3.5bn) allocation over concerns about fees, complexity and inability to scale up to CalPERS’s size.In Europe, the €156bn healthcare workers pension fund in the Netherlands, PFZW, also divested on the grounds that hedge funds no longer match its investment policy.However, the WMPF’s move also comes at a time when local government pension schemes (LGPS) face increasing pressure to reduce investment costs, with hedge funds attracting more expensive management fees.The UK government is currently consulting on whether to force the 89 LGPS to invest in alternatives via a collective investment vehicle, thus removing the ability of individual funds to choose their own hedge fund strategies.It would also remove the ability to invest via funds of funds, deemed expensive by the central government.Read Christopher O’Dea’s analysis on the fallout between hedge funds and pension schemes following the CalPERS’s decision The £10.1bn (€13.3bn) West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF) has announced it is divesting £200m from its hedge fund portfolio and will shift allocations to underweight assets.The pension fund provides retirement income for public sector workers in the West Midlands, including Birmingham and Wolverhampton.It allocates to a range of strategies and, aside from traditional equity and fixed income portfolios, has more than £600m in absolute return strategies across a range of specialist investment managers.However, a spokesman for the pension fund said: “[The WPMF] is in the process of selling its hedge fund allocation amounting to just over £200m.last_img read more

Inter look to boost squad with Mertens

first_imgInter are working on a plan to bring Dries Mertens to the club next summer, according to reports. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top The Belgian is out of contract at the San Paolo in June, and Tuttosport states that the Nerazzurri are pondering on the idea of whether to make an approach for the 32-year-old. Coach Antonio Conte is seeking another striker and with Alexis Sanchez returning to Manchester United in the summer, Inter are looking to Mertens to fill the gap left by Sanchez.Advertisement Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud is another option, but Conte would like the Frenchman in now, as opposed to waiting to next summer. It looks unlikely that Mertens will renew with Napoli, as the clubs continue to wrangle over a contract extension. Read Also:Inter Milan ready to pull out of Giroud race The Belgian joined the Partenopei in the summer of 2013. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Heavy rain, floods help Australia combat fires

first_imgWe don’t wantto see lots of widespread damage and disruption from flooding, but it iscertainly a welcome change to the relentless campaign of hot, dry weather,” headded.(AP) New South WalesRural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said he was optimistic therain will help extinguish some blazes over the coming days. He said there werestill 42 fires burning in the state, with 17 of those not contained. “The rain isgood for business and farms as well as being really good for quenching some ofthese fires we’ve been dealing with for many, many months,” he said. CANBERRA,Australia – Heavy rains lashed parts of the wildfire and drought-strickenAustralian east coast on Friday, bringing some flooding in Sydney and relief tofirefighters still dealing with dozens of blazes in New South Wales. The state of NewSouth Wales is the hardest stricken by wildfires that have killed at least 33people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes in an unprecedented fire season thatbegan late in a record-dry 2019.last_img read more

No point of having IPL behind closed doors: Former India cricketer Madan Lal

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India cricketer Madan Lal feels any decision on the fate of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League can be taken only once the situation improves completely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.The 2020 IPL season was slated to start from March 29 but due to the coronavirus outbreak, it remains suspended till April 15.The entire nation is currently under a 21-day lockdown which ends on April 14. However, with there being an upstage in the number of COVID-19 patients with each passing day, it is likely that the lockdown will be extended, meaning that IPL cannot be held in the near future.“IPL is a big brand. But the board can only take a decision once the situation improves and coronavirus is gone. At the moment, it’s on upstage. So, no one is going to take a risk,” Lal told IANS.“Once coronavirus is gone, cricket can obviously take place because it’s such a popular sport and is loved by all. Even the players would like to play in front of crowds and that can only happen once the situation fully improves,” he added.The 69-year-old also insisted that there was no point of having the IPL matches in front of empty stands without any spectators.“There’s no point in playing IPL matches in front of empty stands. It’s not just about the players and the fans, it’s about other people who are also involved in the process while travelling, organising, broadcasting, etc,” Lal, who was part of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, said.“Once situation improves, other series will also take place and BCCI can totally recover for the lost time.”India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh recently said that a lot of lives are on the line and that’s why he won’t mind playing without spectators if the situation demands. Even Pat Cummins has backed the idea of having a closed-door IPL.The BCCI is also looking at the October-November window to host the tournament. But the move can only be possible if the ICC decides to postpone the T20 World Cup that is to be held from October 18 to November 15 in Australia. IANSAlso Read: It’s for government to decide, not Akhtar: Madan Lal on India-Pakistan seriesAlso Watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rationslast_img read more

USC talents show out through Week 3 of NFL

first_imgFormer USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster slated 96 yards on seven receptions last night against the Buccaneers. (Daily Trojan file photo)The NFL season is underway and Week 3 has concluded with the first- and second-year Trojans making an impact on their respective teams. Along with a talented crop of rookies, former five-star recruits and receivers Adoree’ Jackson and JuJu Smith-Schuster have demonstrated the USC football program can develop talented players and take them to NFL stardom. Sam DarnoldBranded the face of the Jets franchise after a resounding 48-17 win in his debut against the Detroit Lions, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold struggled against the Browns in Week 3. The pressure was on Darnold on Thursday night to show the Browns they should not have passed on him in the draft with the No. 1 pick. After coming out hot to a 14-0 lead fueled by a strong ground game and consistent quarterback play, the Darnold-led offense sputtered. Following an injury to Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor, rookie Baker Mayfield played his first real snaps. The pressure was even higher as the two highly touted rookies duked it out, but Darnold threw two critical interceptions that overshadowed his solid start to the game. These errors resulted in a 21-17 loss for the Jets.JuJu Smith-SchusterAnother Pro Football Focus hero, second year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster had a 134.0 passer rating on passes targeting him his rookie year, the highest for any rookie receiver in the last 10 years. It’s hard to say that Smith-Schuster is a breakout candidate because it feels like he has already broken out. In his first two games, he’s backed up his fan-favorite personality and eccentric touchdown celebrations with 240 receiving yards and a touchdown. With Le’Veon Bell out for the foreseeable future due to contractual issues, there will be plenty of opportunities for Smith-Schuster to showcase his talent.Adoree’ JacksonAfter posting an 82.3 Pro Football Focus grade and making it onto Pro Football Focus’ list of “Second Year Players Primed to Breakout in 2018,” second year cornerback, Jackson has not disappointed. While it’s hard to evaluate a cornerback’s performance based on statistics alone, Jackson has recorded plenty to justify the hype. In his second game against the divisional rival Texans, he demonstrated his athleticism while recording his first career interception over superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Jackson has come into his own after a rollercoaster rookie year and is positioned to be a stud for the Titans, who hope to return to the playoffs this year.Ronald Jones IIRookie running back Ronald Jones II was taken in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft. Yet, in spite of the Bucs’ bottom ranking ground game, Jones has not played a snap with Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers ahead of him on the depth chart. In the NFL season’s third week, Jones hoped to have made more of an impact to balance the Bucs’ passing attack. He struggles to fit into the Bucs’ vertical offense as a player who doesn’t catch the ball much; Jones only had 32 catches his entire college career. As the Bucs’ backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick was thrust into the starting job and is averaging over 400 yards passing and four touchdowns over the first two weeks Jones will continue to find where he fits in.Uchenna NwosuAfter striking fear into the hearts of Pac-12 quarterbacks last year, rookie outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu began what he hopes will be a reign of terror on quarterbacks at the next level when he recorded his first sack in Week 2 against the Bills. Otherwise, Nwosu has been relatively quiet on the stat sheet, but is seeing an uptick in snaps after only seeing two defensive snaps his first game. In spite of major injuries, the Los Angeles Chargers are eyeing a playoff berth, and Nwosu looks to be a key piece in a dominant defense this season.last_img read more

Pavelski helps Stars beat Red Wings 4-1

first_img First Published: 4th January, 2020 10:54 IST Last Updated: 4th January, 2020 10:54 IST Pavelski Helps Stars Beat Red Wings 4-1 Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and the Dallas Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight come-from-behind win. SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and the Dallas Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight come-from-behind win.Pavelski was honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL game last month, and then showed why he has lasted so long in the league.He assisted on Roope Hintz’s tying goal in the first period and added the Stars’ third goal in the second. He had an apparent goal disallowed in the third because of goalie interference.Radek Faksa and Andrej Sekera also scored for Dallas. Esa Lindell had three assists.The Stars rallied to win four consecutive games for the fourth time in franchise history, also accomplishing the feat twice during the 2005-06 season and once during the 2007-08 season.Dylan Larkin scored his 10th goal for Detroit. Jonathan Bernier finished with 23 saves in his first start since he beat San Jose 2-0 on Tuesday night for his first shutout of the season.Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin had 22 stops.Dallas (24-14-4) moved into a tie for second in the Central Division with idle Colorado, trailing only St. Louis with 58 points.The Red Wings (10-29-3) have an NHL-low 23 points. They are 3-17-2 in their last 22 games.Larkin took a pass from Robbie Fabbri in the right faceoff circle and sent a wrist shot under Khudobin 3:47 into the first.The Red Wings had a chance to score again during a four-minute power play after Faksa was whistled for a double minor for high sticking. Instead, Hintz and Esa Lindell got behind the Detroit defense for a 2-on-0 breakaway. Lindell passed across the slot to Hintz for his second short-handed goal and the Stars’ first at home this season.Faksa scored on the power play 1:36 into the second period, deflecting Lindell’s slap shot from the blue line past Bernier.The Stars increased their lead to 3-1 on Pavelski’s unassisted goal at 11:42. He skated in 2-on-1 with Hintz, held on to the puck and sent a wrist shot into the net.Four minutes into the third period, Pavelski knocked the puck across the goal line but Detroit coach Jeff Blashill successfully challenged the ruling.Sekera added a short-handed empty-net goal on a wrist shot from the blue line with 2:56 to play. It was Sekera’s second goal in two games after he had gone three years without scoring.NOTES: Pavelski had played career game No. 1,000 on Dec. 20 at Florida. … Detroit is 0 for 14 on the power play in the last four games. … Stars RW Corey Perry began a five-game suspension for elbowing Nashville’s Ryan Ellis during Wednesday’s Winter Classic. LW Joel Kiviranta was called up from Texas of the AHL. Kiviranta, 23, made his NHL debut. … Dallas D John Klingberg (lower-body injury) did not play. … Detroit won the first meeting between the teams 4-3 on Oct. 6. Anthony Mantha, now on injured reserve, scored all four Red Wings goals.UP NEXTRed Wings: Complete a two-game trip on Sunday at Chicago.Stars: Begin a four-game western trip at Los Angeles on Wednesday. LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Late Liverpool collapse costs them 3 points

first_imgA late penalty denied Manchester United the chance to cut the gap on the Premier League’s top four.They were held 1-1 by Everton at Goodison Park – after Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave them a first half lead.United have now drawn their last three league games and find themselves nine points off the top 4. The Premier League title contenders collapsed from 3-1 up with 14 minutes of regular time to go – and lost 4-3.The Reds remain in 3rd place after the defeat but are now 4 points behind leaders Chelsea.Klopp says his players are not the finished article yet.last_img read more

Windies crush England in first Test to take series lead

first_imgOff-spinner Roston Chase snatched a career-best eight for 60 as England, chasing an improbable 628 for victory, crumbled meekly for 246, three quarters of an hour after tea.Left-handed opener Rory Burns top-scored with 84, all-rounder Ben Stokes chipped in with 34 and Jonny Bairstow got 30, but England never came to grips with Chase, especially after lunch when they lost four critical wickets.The day had started brightly when Burns and Keaton Jennings (14) put on 85 for the opening stand before Burns added another 49 for the second wicket with Bairstow.But Burns perished to the penultimate ball before lunch to change the momentum of the morning, giving West Indies the opening they wanted.Shannon Gabriel claimed Bairstow in the third over following the interval and the key wickets of captain Joe Root (22) and Stokes followed as England slid to 217 for six at tea.Chase then took all four wickets in the final session to hands West Indies their second largest win ever against England.Scores:WEST INDIES 289 (Shimron Hetmyer 81, Shai Hope 57, Roston Chase 54, John Campbell 44, Kraigg Brathwaite 40; James Anderson 5-46, Ben Stokes 4-59) and 415 for six declared (Jason Holder 202 not out, Shane Dowrich 116 not out, John Campbell 33, Shimron Hetmyer 31, Kraigg Brathwaite 24; Moeen Ali 3-78, Ben Stokes 2-81)ENGLAND 77 (Kemar Roach 5-17, Jason Holder 2-15, Alzarri Joseph 2-20) and 246 (Rory Burns 84, Ben Stokes 34, Jonny Bairstow 30, Jos Buttler 26, Joe Root 22; Roston Chase 8-60) BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – West Indies crushed hapless England by 381 runs inside four days here Saturday, to win the opening Test at Kensington Oval and take a shock 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.last_img read more