It’s on us to make sure bravery of #MeToo victims is not wasted

first_img  SHARE  TWEET First Lady Frances Wolf,  It’s On Us PA,  Public Safety,  The Blog,  Women’s Rights Both Tom and I are heartbroken yet inspired by all the Americans and Pennsylvanians saying #MeToo this week. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are a black-eye of our society that we too often cover-up. This must change.Nearly two years ago Tom and I launched the first-ever state-level #ItsOnUs program to educate more Pennsylvanians about sexual assault and preventing it, especially on college campuses. Building off the momentum of the national It’s On Us movement, It’s On Us PA brings together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to help end sexual assault by standing up and speaking out.But our words aren’t enough to end sexual harassment and sexual violence. We must take action.This year, Tom announced a package of six pieces of legislation aimed at combating sexual violence. This bipartisan legislation is the result of students, parents, advocates, education leaders, and people across the commonwealth working together to improve reporting and response standards for sexual assault on K-12 and college campuses.Take the pledge. Call your legislators. We can’t let down all those speaking out who have been affected by sexual harassment and violence. It’s on all of us to make sure their bravery is not wasted. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter It’s on us to make sure bravery of #MeToo victims is not wasted October 18, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: First Lady Frances Wolflast_img read more

Dutch survey: In-house asset management gets boost

first_imgIt also showed that particular government bonds, credit and equity were managed internally.Approximately 30% of the 47 participating schemes carried out at least part of their fiduciary management in house, up from 17% in 2017. Half of them deployed external fiduciary managers, but only for some mandates.The research showed that a large number of different fiduciary managers were hired, with NN Investment Partners being the most used this year. MN came second, while Achmea Investment Management and TKPI shared third place.More than three-quarters of participants indicated that the main reason for hiring a fiduciary manager was getting access to broader expertise and specialist services, as well as workload relief.The most important criteria for manager selection were listed as the quality of risk management and the like-minded corporate culture that pension funds and managers share.According to the research, 70% of respondents considered it highly unlikely that a pension fund’s board would give up too much control by fully outsourcing its assets to a fiduciary manager.The survey included 49 respondents, representing 47 pension funds with assets ranging from €350m to €250bn and totalling €635bn. An increasing number of Dutch pension funds is reverting to in-house asset management, in particular for equity and bonds, the annual survey of Dutch pension funds published by Pensioen Pro has suggested.It found the amount of externally managed assets dropped by €169bn to €916bn this year, as part of a trend that started in 2018.The percentage of schemes that at least in part internally managed assets jumped from 16.7% in 2017 to 34% this year, it showed.The survey also disclosed that 85% of pension funds with in-house management have investment expertise on their board or administrative teams, or are being advised by their own investment committee, whereas 64% used an investment consultancy.last_img read more

FBI finds Al Qaeda link to Pensacola naval base shooting suspect: US official

first_imgMohammed Alshamrani in a photo released by the FBI. – (FBI)By ALEXANDER MALLIN and LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department on Monday is expected to announce that the suspect who carried out the December shooting at a Pensacola Naval Air Station had communicated directly with a suspected Al Qaeda operative, a U.S. official familiar with the probe confirmed to ABC News.The FBI found that the suspect, Mohammed Alshamrani, a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force, was found to have been in touch with at least one member of the terrorist organization before the attack, that official said.Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray are expected to make the announcement at a press conference later Monday morning.Alshamrani was killed by law enforcement during the attack.The shooting at that Pensacola, Florida, naval base in December killed four people and wounded eight.In a news conference in January, the attorney general said an investigation of the shooter has determined he was “motivated by jihadist ideology,” and called the attack an “act of terrorism.”The Justice Department has said that twelve of the 21 Saudi students identified were trainees at the Pensacola Naval Air Station while the other nine were receiving their training in military facilities across the U.S.A review of the trainees computers and personal devices found that several of the students had possessed “derogatory material.”“Seventeen had social media containing some jihadi or anti-American content,” Barr said. “However, there was no evidence of any affiliation or involvement with any terrorist activity or group. 15 individuals (including some of the 17 just mentioned) had had some kind of contact with child pornography.”The trainees were not prosecuted by the United States, but the Saudi armed forces had determined the cases “demonstrated conduct unbecoming an officer,” and the students were subsequently dis-enrolled from service, Barr said.On Sept. 11, the shooter posted a message on social media the “countdown has begun.” Investigators also learned that he visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend, and posted anti-American messages as recently as two hours before carrying out the attack at the base.FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said at the time, the FBI interviewed “more than 500 people.” The shooting itself lasted 15 minutes, Bowdich said, he was engaged by law enforcement about eight minutes in. He was killed by responding law enforcement and found to have possessed 180 rounds of ammunition.The FBI also determined that the shooter had studied Al Qaeda’s U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, whose propaganda campaign may have inspired more radicals than anyone outside of Osama Bin Laden before he was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.The shooting also exposed a rift between U.S. law enforcement and Apple.At the time, Barr and Bowdich criticized Apple for its lack of cooperation, saying that the company has “has not given us any substantive assistance.”Apple, in a statement, rebutted the characterization.“The characterization that Apple has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation. Our responses to their many requests since the attack have been timely, thorough and are ongoing.”“Within hours of the FBI’s first request on December 6th, we produced a wide variety of information associated with the investigation. From December 7th through the 14th, we received six additional legal requests and in response provided information including iCloud backups, account information and transactional data for multiple accounts,” the company said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Forever Powder Coating Hosts 4th Annual Cruise-In Car and Motorcycle Show

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Forever Powder Coating Nothing says summer like hotrods, BBQ, kettle corn, and ice cream!  And on Saturday, July 12, from 11:00 – 4:00 pm, Forever Powder Coating will host their fourth annual Cruise-In to benefit Dynamic Partner’s, Children’s Therapy Center in Tacoma.  Last year’s event hosted 100+ vehicles, 20+ motorcycles, and raised over $1000…this year’s goal is $2000!Teaming up with the Tumwater Rotary Motorcycle Poker Run the events will take place at the New Market Skills Center and feature all types of cars, motorcycles and trucks.  Cruise-In winners will take home trophies and cash prizes in a variety of categories like Best Rat Rod, Best Muscle Car, Best Bike, and Best Paint.Forever Powder Coating began the Cruise-In to showcase their custom work—and that of their clients and friends—in a family-friendly setting.  Says FPC’s Heather Pinard, “We encourage our guests to bring all sorts of projects they have worked on, from classic cars to vintage pedal cars and various restoration projects.”  Vendors, food, bounce house, dunk tank and raffles make for an exciting annual event.Outside of the Cruise-In event, Forever Powder Coating has been active in the community since they opened their doors in 2009.  In layman’s terms, powder coating is a process in which color is added to metal via electrostatic charge and then cured with heat to ensure its durability and vibrancy without harmful side effects.Jobs are individually priced, and customers can seek a bid in person, over the phone, or via email.  Average time to completion varies, depending on the piece itself.  They’ve done everything from the standard (tire rims, motorcycle parts, hotrod pin-striping) to the unique (a gold toilet, a vintage fire hydrant, and an entire boat!).  Some of their latest creations include sculptures, custom crafted clocks, restored patio furniture, and the lettering, signs, and 900 feet of railing for a Tacoma apartment complex.Outside of powder coating, FPC also specializes in sandblasting, restoration, firearms coating, and custom art work.  The artistic side of things is handled by Jeff Pinard, who can provide individualized artwork for almost any surface.  His hand-painted and uniquely designed graphics feature gold and copper leaf and inventive, eye-catching images.Jeff and his staff are all highly-trained, skilled craftsmen and their pride shows.  Says Jeff, “All employees at Forever Powder Coating are trained in all aspects of the job.  This makes everyone that we work with very knowledgeable of what we do, and can give the customer the highest level of service. I feel the team that we have at Forever is a very strong, tight knit bunch that cares about the product we produce for the customer and in turn it shows in our top notch quality. We pride ourselves on always trying new things and to never stop learning, to forge ahead and not be just average but the best.”Judging by their many 5-star online reviews, they’ve accomplished just that!Forever Powder Coating715 – 78th Ave SW #1Olympia, WA 98501360.786.6345For more information regarding this weekends event, please visit www.facebook.com/ForeverPwdrCoating/events or call 360-786-6345.last_img read more