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Congressman Bucshon’s Floor Speech On The Restore The Harmony Way Bridge Act

Congressman Bucshon’s Floor Speech On The Restore The Harmony Way Bridge Act

first_img Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) spoke on the floor today as the House voted to pass the Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act (H.R. 3245), which he authored, when the bill was considered by the House of Representatives. The Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act was passed by the House of Representatives and now awaits further consideration by the United States Senate:Transcript “Madam Speaker, it is an honor to rise today in support of the Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act. The Harmony Way Bridge is a local landmark and was an engineering marvel when it opened in 1930. Throughout the 20th century, the bridge connected Posey County, Indiana with White County, Illinois creating an access point for commerce and recreation for the Hoosiers of New Harmony. Unfortunately, in 2012, the bridge was permanently closed due to safety concerns related to structural issues and while the community has pushed to refurbish and reopen the bridge, until now, federal law has stood in the way. That is why the Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act is important. It will convey the bridge to the Indiana and Illinois Bridge Authorities and remove the federal conditions set out on the bridge. I am glad to see this bill on the floor today, and I want to give thanks to all those who have helped in this effort. Specifically, I want to thank Lora Arneberg, a prominent New Harmony community figure whose hard work has been invaluable in promoting the bridge restoration. I also want to thank Indiana State Senator Jim Tomes and State Representative Wendy McNamara for their efforts at the state level. Furthermore, I want to thank my friends Congressman Shimkus, Senators Braun and Young, and all the members of the Indiana and Illinois delegations for helping us lead this effort in Congress. The Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act will breathe life once more into the Harmony Way Bridge. I ask that you join me in this monumental occasion and support this bill.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

It’s Time for Businesses to Foster a Skilled Girl Force: A View From a Technology Intern

It’s Time for Businesses to Foster a Skilled Girl Force: A View From a Technology Intern

first_imgThis year’s International Day of the Girl is all about creating a skilled Girl Force, drawing attention and investment for girls to gain skills, experience and employment. Consistently underrepresented fields for women are the science and technology fields. Women in STEM fields only make up 15 per cent of the workforce with research showing that factors such as implicit and explicit biases, lack of role models and quality mentoring all have an impact on the number of women applying for roles in STEM. The problem goes right back to schooling and the exposure girls are given to STEM subjects, resulting in fewer pursuing the careers.  The growth in the number of female graduates was just 3.1 per cent between 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, whereas the growth in male graduates was 9 per cent.Unfortunately, there is a self-perpetuating cycle whereby women are put off by a career in technology that is seen to be too male dominated an industry. The resulting impact is a lack of women applying and forging a career in a sector that has so much to offer. Just a staggeringly low 3 per cent of females say a career in technology is their first choice.Growing up in Dundee, Scotland, I was always aware of the impact and draw of working for technology companies – but just hadn’t considered it could be an option for someone who studied law. Our university is one of the best in the country for studying technology and Dundee is home to big named companies like Rockstar Games.  A huge number of my male friends went into IT jobs after studying computing, but not one of my female friends took the same path.  It wasn’t until a family member discussed their experience as a woman working within the technology industry that I started to consider the number of different roles open to me.It is vital that the technology industry address the gender imbalance and put practices in place to encourage women to develop their careers in technology. Equally important though is that encouragement is made throughout their career – regardless of the position they hold.During my time working at Dell in its legal department, I have had the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the great women that work for the company. One such person had been at the company for 24 years and was two weeks away from retirement when I joined. They had been instrumental in developing Dell’s Good Governance Policy, and helped me understand the various ways that organisations encourage women to stay in the business, through programs like mentorship schemes, dedicated STEM events, as well as the importance of these initiatives being driven from the very top of the organisation.Business leaders taking a role in the promotion of women in tech is incredibly important to understanding how a company treats its female employees. Michael Dell for instance is part of the Catalyst CEO Champions for Change, striving for gender equality and inclusion in the workplace.The company helps to support women outside the business in the field of technology with its DWEN (Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network) scheme, supporting and nurturing a community of female entrepreneurs by providing access to technology, networks and capital. Dell works with several Universities and Colleges across Glasgow to recruit female undergrads to support them in their transition from academia to the world of work within the tech sector. Working for a business like this that truly values its female staff is helping to slowly change the perception of women working in tech.The “returner” market of women coming back to work after having a baby is worth billions if companies can deliver on proper working practices for women. Businesses need to understand this and be able to assure women that their working practices won’t change if they take time out to have a family. It is estimated that three in five women return to work in lower-skilled or lower-paid roles than when they left and yet if businesses address the career break penalty, there is the possibility of making £4,000 in additional earnings. I got to experience this for myself when I saw a close family member coming back from maternity leave and she was afforded all the opportunities for career progression and training that she would have had if she hadn’t taken time out to start a family.For this year’s International Day of the Girl, I hope that women around the world will begin to look at STEM careers as an area where their skills and personalities are as appreciated and valued as men’s. I think anybody looking to get into a STEM field should look at how the company treats its employees, what the make-up of the board is like and the number of women in senior leadership positions. Getting the opportunity to speak with women at the company is invaluable to understanding the real culture to the business and deciding whether it’s a place you can work and thrive.Laurie Presswood is an intern at Dell Technologies, working in the corporate legal team.last_img read more

Jamie Carragher rates Arsenal signing David Luiz and slams Shkodran Mustafi

Jamie Carragher rates Arsenal signing David Luiz and slams Shkodran Mustafi

first_imgJamie Carragher ‘totally understands’ Arsenal’s move for David Luiz (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher admits he’s ‘not a massive fan’ of David Luiz but says he can ‘totally understand’ why Arsenal signed the defender from Chelsea following Laurent Koscielny’s departure this summer.Luiz completed a controversial £8million switch across London on deadline day and the 32-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year contract which sees him through to 2021 at the Emirates.The Brazilian was brought in to replace Koscielny who went on strike at Arsenal in order to force a move to Bordeaux.Former Liverpool star Carragher has been an outspoken critic of Luiz down the years, but thinks the centre-back is an improvement on Shkodran Mustafi, a player he feels is ‘nowhere near good enough’ for the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m not a massive fan of David Luiz. People probably know that over the last few years,’ Carragher told The Last Word with Stan Collymore.‘I think at times he’s better than what people talk about. Let’s not forget he played in the middle of a back three that went on to win the title under Antonio Conte. He was very disciplined there and I think it helped him there, being in a back three.‘But I can totally understand it from an Arsenal perspective. They’ve lost Koscielny who is the experienced man and I’m so disappointed in Koscielny because you looked at him and thought, “He’s a good lad, him.”. Jamie Carragher rates Arsenal signing David Luiz and slams Shkodran Mustafi Advertisement Carragher admits he’s ‘not the biggest fan’ of Luiz (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘So I think they’ve done quite well. Yes, it’s top heavy but they will be exciting to watch.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I never really had Emery down as that type of manager. He reminds me of Rafa [Benitez]… very studious and always very focused so you would expect his teams to be a bit more organised, not conceding goals left, right and centre.‘But it looks like that’s what we’re gonna get and they will go for the top four.’Will Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Jamie Carragher rates Manchester United’s title chances after victory over Chelsea Carragher says Mustafi is ‘nowhere near good enough’ for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘He [Koscielny] was a good player, probably coming to the end but don’t leave like that… you’ve put a good solid stint in there at a top club.‘I just think they’ve lost the experienced one and brought another experienced one in, it’s not cost them much difference in money.‘Mustafi is nowhere near good enough for that club but there’s other young players there.’ Newcastle 0 – 1 Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:18FullscreenNewcastle 0 – 1 Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/newcastle-0-1-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-1983974/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Carragher believes Arsenal’s club-record deal for Nicolas Pepe indicates that Unai Emery wants his team scoring far more goals this season, particularly away from home.‘I read something that I found interesting because a lot of people were asking why they have spent £70m on Pepe when they need a centre-back,’ Carragher added.‘The feeling at Arsenal was that they’ve got a great home record under Emery and their away record is awful.‘You’re thinking they actually need to score more goals away from home and they’re probably thinking, “You know what, there’s not a lot sometimes we can do defensively” and to be fair I don’t know how many great defenders are out there because they’ve got a young kid, French lad (William Saliba) who they think is going to be the real deal and the Luiz thing has just happened.‘There is a dearth of great centre-backs out there so it’s not easy but I think they feel they don’t score enough goals away from home so that’s something that can add to them away from home.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 13 Aug 2019 12:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link368Shares Commentlast_img read more

Pension funds to transform governance for speedy end to deficits – report

Pension funds to transform governance for speedy end to deficits – report

first_imgState Street said these moves came against the background of increasing overall scrutiny of pension funds in an operating environment that was more complex. Pension funds taking a “more advanced approach to governance” expect to eliminate their deficits more quickly than the rest of the industry, it said.They will also increase their exposure to alternatives, it said, adding that six out of 10 of this group of pension funds think they will put more into hedge fund strategies over the next year, compared with 34% of all respondents.State Street said these governance changes would happen at the same time as plans to cut costs and diversify portfolios. As an example, it said 80% planned to merge assets and liabilities from multiple pension plans.Respondents cited cost cuts and more effective operation as two key benefits of this consolidation.Ian Hamilton, managing director for Asset Owner Solutions at State Street, said consolidation was set to increase, with economies of scale the most obvious hoped-for gains but other motivations also in play, such as risk management and an eagerness to leverage in-house talent. He also said larger schemes were bringing more and more expertise in-house and that this trend was set to continue, although it would not be limited to big schemes.The research showed that only 38% of respondents considered the general investment literacy of their governing fiduciaries was very strong, while only 36% rated their ability to understand the risks their pension funds were facing as very strong, State Street said. Some 92% of pension funds internationally are planning to make at least one major change to their governance models, with many expecting their action to help them get rid of their deficits more quickly than others, according to new research.State Street Corporation said its poll of 400 pension staff in 20 countries also showed that 68% of the funds they work for are planning to make at least three changes to governance.Many of the improvements they are looking to make involve the transparency and frequency of reporting and giving out information, it said.State Street said 41% of respondents planned to increase the detail or frequency of their reporting to the board in 2016, while about the same proportion aimed to be more transparent to their members about the fund’s governance and investment performance.last_img read more

WTA rankings: Simona Halep returns to top 5 as 15-year-old Coco Gauff soars

WTA rankings: Simona Halep returns to top 5 as 15-year-old Coco Gauff soars

first_imgSimona Halep’s Wimbledon championship lifted her from No. 7 to No. 4 in the WTA rankings on Monday, while runner-up Serena Williams moved up one spot to No. 9, her best placing since returning to the tour last season after having a baby.Halep beat Williams in Saturday’s final with surprising ease, 6-2, 6-2.Coco Gauff’s magical run from a wild-card entry in qualifying all the way to the fourth round at the All England Club allowed her to move into the WTA’s top 150 for the first time.The 15-year-old American rose 172 places to No. 141 from No. 313 before the tournament. Gauff was the youngest player to ever qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, then beat five-time champion Venus Williams on the way to reaching the fourth round. That is when Gauff lost to eventual champion Halep.Two other big jumps came from Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic and Lauren Davis of the U.S.The 33-year-old Strycova became the oldest first-time Grand Slam semifinalist in the professional era before losing to Williams, allowing her to move up 22 places to No. 32. Strycova also took over at No. 1 in the doubles rankings on Monday by winning that title at Wimbledon.After losing in qualifying, Davis made it into the main draw when someone else withdrew. She then eliminated Angelique Kerber in the second round to become the first “lucky loser” to beat a defending champion at a major in the professional era and went up 13 spots to 75th.Kerber dropped from No. 5 to 13th.advertisementFrench Open champion Ash Barty remains at No. 1 in singles, followed by two-time major champion Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova.Wimbledon men’s champ Novak Djokovic stayed atop the ATP rankings after his 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) victory over Roger Federer on Sunday in the longest final in tournament history. Rafael Nadal is No. 2 and Federer is No. 3.Roberto Bautista Agut, who lost to Djokovic in the semifinals, went from No. 22 to No. 13, equaling his career high.Daniil Medvedev’s third-round showing let him crack the top 10 for the first time at No. 10; he was ranked 13th before Wimbledon. Sam Querrey, beaten by Nadal in the quarterfinals, lifted his ranking by 26 spots to No. 39.Read more | Andy Murray’s mother shares throwback picture of Wimbledon 2019 champion Novak DjokovicAlso see:last_img read more