Attorney General Hill Hosts Press Conference, Reinforces Support For U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Neil…

first_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill today hosted a press conference supporting U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Hill has been steadfast in his support for Gorsuch, reiterating his sentiments that Gorsuch is the best person for the nomination and the right person to help safeguard Americans’ liberties.“Too many judges these days are guided by their own ideological and political viewpoints rather than established law,” Hill said at his press conference. “Judge Gorsuch is a different kind of judge altogether.”Hill was joined by Indiana Chamber Vice President of Federal Affairs Caryl Auslander.Earlier this month, Hill authored an op-ed in which he praised Gorsuch as a judge devoted to the U.S. Constitution who interprets the law rather than seeking to legislate from the bench. Hill also joined 19 attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, signing a letter in support of Gorsuch’s nomination.“Judge Gorsuch throughout his career has proved himself committed to interpreting the law as it is written,” Hill said, “rather than seeking to legislate from the bench.”last_img read more

Weekend Poll: Which First-Time Nominee Is Your Favorite?

first_imgThe 2014 Tony Awards are right around the corner, and we know a few people who are even more excited than we are: The 20 first-time acting nominees, who will get a chance to take home a shiny trophy (that spins!) at the June 8 ceremony. This select group features several stage and screen superstars (Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris O’Dowd, anyone?), a few newcomers (Sarah Greene, Mary Bridget Davies and Lauren Worsham, welcome) and some Broadway mainstays (Andy Karl, Anika Larsen, Reed Birney, nice to see ya). So, out of this starry bunch, we want to know: Which first-time nominee should be recognized at the Tony Awards? Cast your vote below! View Commentslast_img

​Norway mulls unlisted infrastructure mandate for oil fund

first_imgThe Norwegian government may allow the Government Pension Fund Global to invest in unlisted real assets, with a move into infrastructure under consideration.The country’s Ministry of Finance has asked the fund’s NOK6trn (€699bn) Strategy Council, chaired by the London Business School’s Elroy Dimson, to assess whether it should adjust the current 5% cap on real estate.Minister of finance Siv Jensen said: “Developing the fund’s investment strategy through better diversification will help to ensure continued robust, long-term management of the fund.”Even if the Strategy Council decides to recommend that Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) be allowed to invest in infrastructure, it is unlikely to commit to any projects in the immediate future. In a statement, the ministry said its final decision would be presented to Parliament by the spring of 2016.However, it said that, if exposure to unlisted infrastructure was permitted, it would also allow the fund to grow its exposure to the unlisted renewable energy sector and infrastructure projects in emerging markets.So far, the fund’s renewable energy mandate has focused on technology facilitating energy saving, rather than solar or wind power, according to NBIM chief executive Yngve Slyngstad.The ministry added in a statement: “As with all other investments by the fund, such investments will have to be evaluated on the basis of expected returns and risk.”NBIM is currently restricted to investing in listed renewable energy options and is barred from any unlisted investments.In a strategy document covering 2014-16, NBIM said earlier this year that it was hoping to establish an infrastructure portfolio.The Government Pension Fund Global’s asset allocation allows for 60% exposure to equities and 35% exposure to bonds, with the remainder in property.According to its most recent quarterly report, the fund had 61.4% of assets in equities, 37.3% in fixed income and just 1.3% in property.To date, the fund struggled to deploy capital into the property mandate but has pledged that, for the three years to 2017, it will invest 1% of the fund’s assets in real estate.last_img read more

First home buyers hit 6 year high

first_imgNew figures from the ABS shows first home buyers are growing. Picture: iStock.THE number of first home buyers in the nation’s housing market has hit a six-year high, with Queensland recording one of the biggest jumps in owner-occupier loans.New home lending figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal the share of first home buyers rose from 26.8 per cent to 27.1 per cent in February.Not including refinancing, the number of owner-occupier home loans rose the most in the Northern Territory (14.2 per cent), followed by the ACT (7.4 per cent), Tasmania (6.2 per cent) and Queensland (4.1 per cent). New home lending figures show the share of first home buyers in the market has risen.Commsec chief economist Craig James said the lift in home lending in February was encouraging.“The softer home prices are certainly bringing more first home buyers into the market,” Mr James said.“And lower home prices give cashed-up buyers more choice if loan size doesn’t change.”Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to Twitter to welcome the figures, tweeting: “New economic data shows 110,000 first home buyers in the past year. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“Over 275,000 since the last election.“First home buyers as a share of the market up 5 percentage points since the last election. #BuildingOurEconomy” New figures show first home buyers are at a six-year high.Property Investment Professionals of Australia chairman Peter Koulizos said the figures showed federal Labor’s proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions to help first home buyers get in to the market were not needed.“The proposed changes may have the desired effect in improving housingaffordability — but at what cost?” Mr Koulizos said.“Housing will become more affordable because house prices will drop.“Why does the ALP want to make housing more affordable for potential first home buyers by causing residential property prices to fall all over the country?”But Suburbanite chief executive Anna Porter said there should have been more financial stimulus in the federal budget to help first home buyers.“They have somewhat tried to address this indirectly by focusing on a proposal of the fast trains linking major CBDs to more affordable satellite cities,” she said.“One would imagine this will be attractive for first home buyers to get into more affordable housing where they can still access employment. “However, this proposal to put in a fast train from Wollongong to Sydney, Geelong to Melbourne, Brisbane to Sunshine Coast and a few other regional hubs could in fact have the opposite effect and boost prices in these areas, thus further pricing out first home buyers.“It will be a boost to those economies and in turn the real estate market, but we certainly won’t see an immediate impact of this.”last_img read more

Will 2015 be the perfect storm for marestail?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This spring is shaping up to be one where marestail control problems abound, based on the following:1. Not many fields were treated with herbicide last fall due to wet weather and the late harvest. Fall treatment results in a field free of overwintered marestail in spring, which takes the pressure off spring burndown treatments — they just have to control the newly emerging small marestail. One strategy to compensate for lack of fall treatment is to apply herbicide early in spring when overwintered marestail plants are still small, but….2. Wet weather so far this spring has largely prevented application of burndown herbicides which means that……3. When we can finally apply spring burndown treatments, they have to be comprehensive enough to control fairly old, overwintered marestail. We know that the standard-rate glyphosate/2,4-D burndown can struggle in this situation, so some modification/replacement of this may be warranted.Some possible modifications to consider:• Increase the 2,4-D rate from 0.5 to 1.0 pound active ingredient per acre, which can improve control by 10% to 20% in our experience, possibly not enough in late April. Certain 2,4-D ester products are labeled for application at 1.0 pound per acre when applied at least 15 days before soybean planting.• Add metribuzin, which has burndown and residual activity on marestail. It works especially well with Gramoxone, Liberty, or Sharpen• Replace 2,4-D with Sharpen. This can still be inconsistent on larger marestail, but adding Sharpen to a glyphosate/2,4-D mixture is a more consistently effective option.• Replace the glyphosate with Gramoxone or Liberty. Three-way combinations of Gramoxone or Liberty plus metribuzin plus 2,4-D are strongly recommended here. Use high rates of Liberty or Gramoxone. Ensuring the performance of most of the modifications listed above will require optimization of spray parameters and adjuvants. For example, Gramoxone, Liberty, and Sharpen should be applied in a spray volume of at least 15 gallons per acre, and MSO should be included in Sharpen-containing treatments. Keep in mind also that use of Sharpen may necessitate a change in the residual herbicides used this spring.Current labeling requires mixtures of Sharpen at one ounce per acre with products containing flumioxazin, sulfentrazone, or fomesafen to be applied at least 14 days before planting on most soils. There are no restrictions of this type for mixtures of Sharpen with any other residual herbicide, including Canopy, metribuzin, and Matador among others, which just have to be applied before soybeans emerge. Growers who at this point know that they will be making a change in burndown programs to apply Sharpen within 14 days of planting may want to discuss residual herbicide options with their supplier before availability of certain products becomes limited.When we make recommendations for this situation, know that we are basing them on the average marestail population in the state. This “average” population has a fairly high level of resistance to glyphosate and is also resistant to group 2 herbicides (ALS inhibitors — Classic, FirstRate, etc). We know that in late spring the 2,4-D will have to carry most of the load in a mixture of glyphosate + 2,4-D, and that 2,4-D only provides about 75% control of marestail that are past the small rosette stage. It’s possible that in some areas of the state, marestail still responds at least somewhat to glyphosate, with the result that the glyphosate/2,4-D mixture is still sufficiently active even in late spring. Your experience can be your guide to some extent here, but know that there will be no later options to control plants that survive an ineffective burndown.To see an in-field Youtube video that covers this same subject, “Considerations for managing marestail in a wet spring, follow this link – http://youtu.be/EUG3y-jBuP0. Or go to Youtube, and search for “Ohio State University Weed Science” or our blog —  http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds.last_img read more

Practice good hygiene at fairs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s fair season is underway across the state and leaders at the Ohio Departments of Agriculture (ODA) and Health (ODH) are reminding Ohioans to practice good hygiene when visiting livestock exhibits this summer.“Ohio’s fairs are great places to enjoy some summer fun, but visitors should remember some illnesses can be directly transmitted between animals and humans,” said Lance Himes, ODH Director. “Simple steps like good hand-washing can help stop the spread of any illness and make sure your fair visit is a safe one.”Visitors should always wash their hands with soap and water before and after petting or touching any animal. Never eat, drink or put anything in your mouth in animal areas. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to leave strollers outside the animal exhibits and carry small children. Older adults, pregnant women, young children and people with weakened immune systems should consider avoiding animal areas.“Fairs are the highlight of the summer in many communities for many families across Ohio and we want to ensure they stay that way,” said David T. Daniels, ODA Director . “Maintaining healthy people and animals is our top priority, and we encourage all fair guests to follow posted signs and make smart decisions when visiting the fair.”ODA is actively working with fair boards to increase access to hand sanitizers and hand-washing stations. Frequent hand-washing can lower your risk of getting sick from influenza, salmonella, e. Coli and other illnesses. In addition, ODA has provided information and encouraged fair organizers to post reminders about good hygiene in animal areas to help protect the health of fairgoers. Ohio’s fair veterinarians are trained and encouraged to closely monitor fair livestock and poultry for clinical signs of illness.Exhibitors who believe their animal may be sick should immediately contact their barn manager and fair veterinarian. Fair guests who experience illness should contact a medical professional, and their local health district.last_img read more

Maharashtra Assembly will be dissolved in February, says Congress

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Gary Kirsten, Eric Simons on CSA panel to choose new South Africa coach

first_imgCricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday nominated a five-member panel, including two former national coaches Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons, to recommend a suitable candidate for the position of Proteas head coach, which it aims to fill by the beginning of September.Incumbent Russell Domingo, who has been in charge since after the Champions Trophy in mid-2013 has had his contract renewed three times and his current contract expires at the end of the England tour in August.Besides Kirsten and Simons, the other members of the screening committee include CSA’s lead independent director Norman Arendse, board member Rihan Richards, transformation and cricket pipeline committee member Oupa Nkagisang.CSA also reposed faith in the current crop of selectors, whose tenure began after the 2015 World Cup to continue until the end of the ICC World Cup in 2019.The only other notable change to the structure is the appointment of Robin Peterson as the eminent past-player representative on the cricket committee. Peterson replaces Ashwell Prince, who took over as the head coach of the Cape Cobras.last_img read more

TCI In Touch with Bermuda Government

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2014 – The Turks and Caicos has already been in touch with the government of Bermuda, confirmed yesterday by Premier Dr Rufus Ewing who said the fellow British overseas territory is well on its way in recovery. QUOTE. Bermuda was over the weekend slammed by Category Four Hurricane Gonzalo; the storm with so much momentum it last night brought gale force winds to the United Kingdom. While there were no deaths for Bermuda; St Maarten recorded one; an elderly man was found on board a boat in a lagoon devastated by the fierce storm. Related Items:bermuda, category 4, hurricane gonzalo, TCIG, uk territories Recommended for you Editorial: Listen to your Mama TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closurelast_img read more

Sizzling weekend for Provo

first_img Related Items:Tci weather Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Aug 2015 – Local Accu weather forecast says it will be a sweltering weekend in Provo; tomorrow the real feel forecast at 110°.. temperatures will remain in the lower 90s. Marine Forecast – 02 April 2015last_img