President Donald Trump displays his signature after signing The Great American Outdoors Act on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)WASHINGTON — Congressman Tom Reed joined President Donald Trump on Tuesday for the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act.The Problem Solvers endorsed bill became law during the White House ceremony.Reed co-sponsored the legislation, and the Problem Solvers Caucus, which Reed co-chairs, endorsed the bill in July.“We care about the preservation and conservation of our country’s natural treasures, landmarks, wildlife, and public lands,” Reed said “By securing annual funding to eliminate a backlog of maintenance at our national parks and historical sites, this legislation will ensure generations of future Americans will be able to enjoy everything our great nation has to offer. We appreciate the administration’s ongoing leadership on this issue and will continue to fight in a bipartisan manner to protect our environment.” Trump acknowledged the natural beauty found in all areas of the nation.“The Great American Outdoors Act provides $900 million a year in guaranteed funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund so that all Americans can continue to enjoy our parks, wildlife refuges. I mean, if you look at this, if you look at what we do with our wildlife, and — it’s really been incredible. So all of the wildlife areas, the wildlife parks, historic battlefields, national monuments, and public lands,” he said at the signing. “Additionally, this bill provides nearly $10 billion for long-delayed maintenance projects, repairs, and upgrades to make the national parks greater than they have ever been before. We think that’s going to happen.”“The Great American Outdoors Act is the conservation bill of a generation. ACC’s members thank Representative Reed for his leadership and commitment to protecting our nation’s parks and public lands,” said Quill Robinson, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Conservation Coalition.The conservation bill is designed to ensure public lands are protected and preserved. The bipartisan legislation will provide full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year and address the approximately $20 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s JERA, a U.S.-German joint venture and an Australian firm have teamed up to develop battery projects in the Asia-Pacific, including the world’s biggest, targeting a market expected to be worth several billion dollars by 2022.The move marks a big green push for JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co that is the world’s top buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and one of the world’s biggest coal traders.The plan is for JERA to fund energy storage projects with Australian renewable power developer Lyon Group, while Fluence—a joint venture between U.S. power company AES Corp and Germany’s Siemens AG—provides battery technology.The companies will focus first on batteries for three solar farms, together expected to cost up to A$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion), that Lyon Group plans to build in Australia.Globally, demand for utility-scale batteries is expected to rise to 28 gigawatts, worth more than $15 billion, by 2022, up from 2 GW committed by electricity providers in 2017, according to estimates from Fluence and others.Lyon’s Riverland project in South Australia would be the world’s biggest battery, with 400 megawatt hours (MWh) of storage, eclipsing the current largest, Tesla’s 129 MWh battery, also in South Australia. Lyon said construction is expected to begin on all three of its projects within months. More: Japanese, U.S., German, Australian Team Targets big Battery Projects in Asia-Pacific Consortium Targets Electricity Storage Opportunities in Asia, Australia
Photos by Alan BroyhillStreamers. What an intoxicating word. For those of you who don’t know what a streamer is, let me fill you in. Streamers are large flies made to imitate large baits such as baitfish, crayfish, hellgrammites, leeches, and other large aquatic insects. Streamers are the closest fly fishing gets to imitating conventional lures.I didn’t start streamer fishing, but I have come to find this style of fishing a true addiction. Don’t get me wrong, I love floating an indicator with two flies dangling from the bottom and watching the “thingamabobber” get sucked into the water, but it’s just not the same as feeling a giant fish whack a streamer or watching a fish inhale a delicious-looking fly as you’re stripping for dear life.“Stripping” – come on, it’s not what you think. Stripping your line gives your streamer life, making the fly dance in the water and mimic exactly what your “bait” should look like as it swims along. This is part of what makes streamer fishing so awesome – the thrill of the chase. You are watching a fish physically hunt down your streamer.What is truly the most exciting thing about streamer fishing? Bigger flies catch bigger fish. Period. You can drift a nymph or float a dry fly all day long, but tossing a fly the size of a chicken to a fish the size of a 10-year-old is unbeatable. I’m not saying the rush of catching a 22” brown trout on a size 24 midge (a super tiny fly) is not exhilarating. By all means- it’s freakin’ wild. But the work, effort, finesse, and dedication of streamer fishing is why I enjoy it so much. You are constantly moving, constantly covering large amounts of water, and constantly on your toes, awaiting a river monster to annihilate your fly.I’ve thrown streamers all morning, all afternoon, and all evening and have walked away empty-handed. But that’s the beauty of it. That’s why it’s called fishing, not catching. For me, it’s about the journey. It’s about the experience, and it’s about learning.So the next time you load up to go on a fly fishing adventure, take an 8wt, bring some 3x tippet, grab some Skulpin Bunnies, and get ready. You will be hooked; literally hooked if you’re standing behind, in front of, or near me as I chuck chickens to my dream fish.Abbi Bagwell is the business operations manager for the Brevard, North Carolina-based Flymen Fishing Company. Follow her fly fishing adventures on Instagram and Youtube.
The importance of credit unions playing offense, rather than defense, in today’s challenging regulatory and legislative climate was underscored Wednesday in remarks by NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger before attendees of the association’s 48th Annual Conference in Montreal.“NAFCU is on the front lines pushing to make sure credit unions’ voices are heard every day,” Berger said during Wednesday’s conference general session. He noted NAFCU’s key focus – advocacy, education and compliance assistance – and highlighted some of NAFCU’s recent strategic efforts, including the association’s push for the “NCUA Budget Transparency Act” and bipartisan legislation to require public hearings on NCUA’s annual budget. He also emphasized NAFCU’s ongoing challenge to the agency’s unnecessary risk-based capital proposal.In other remarks, Berger focused on the efforts of several credit unions across the country to engage their members and strengthen their communities.The NAFCU president discussed one credit union’s introduction of cashless kiosks and another’s introduction of enhanced mobile security features such as facial recognition biometrics – and he said credit unions are making a difference whether they are large or small. “Credit unions know that you don’t have to be big to make a difference. You don’t have to be big to have a big effect on the world around you – your community, the economy, and future generations,” he said. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Keynote speakers Shazia Manus, CEO of TMG, and J. Mark McWatters, board member for the NCUA, addressed nearly 200 credit union leaders at the 5th annual breakfast meeting of the Global Women’s Leadership Network Wednesday at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference.The World Council of Credit Unions’ Global Women’s Leadership Network is the industry’s only international platform for addressing and facilitating greater gender balance among leadership positions. The organization has about 1,000 members in 67 nations and 28 sister societies in 11 countries. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Apologies are something we love to receive and hate to give. And especially as a leader, they are tough. They require a great deal of humility, which challenges your pride and ego. Apologies are an open admission of failure or wrongdoing, but when delivered with sincerity, they hold power within your team.Unfortunately, too many leaders give superficial apologies loaded with excuses and blame. Apologizing for the sake of apologizing is ingenuine and an insult to those wronged. If you want to be taken seriously in your organization, it’s important to know why an apology is necessary and to deliver it in a way that’s heartfelt and honest.Here are four ways you are apologizing wrong and how to make sure you don’t make these mistakes in your next “I’m sorry.”
France has since Tuesday been in lockdown, with only essential trips outside the house permitted, in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus infections.”If everyone reduces their contacts, we are going to have far fewer people infected, it is as mathematical as that,” he said.”You need to stay at home to avoid other deaths and other serious cases,” he added.The country had the day earlier reported 89 new deaths across France over the previous 24 hours. The coronavirus epidemic has killed 108 more people in France over the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll from the outbreak in the country to 372, the top French health official said Thursday.”The number of infections is doubling every four days,” Jerome Salomon told reporters, adding that the virus was spreading in France “rapidly and intensely”.He said that 10,995 cases of coronavirus infection had now been recorded in France, while warning this did not account for all infections as non-serious cases were not tested, with these patients advised simply to stay at home. Topics :
The IAIS, the global association of insurance supervisors, is to hold its annual conference in Amsterdam this October with the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) as host.Noëlle Honings, policy adviser for insurance at the DNB, said: “This is the first time in the 20 years of the IAIS that the annual conference of this global supervisory umbrella will be held in this country.“This is an extra special occasion for us due to the fact the DNB is also celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.”The event takes place on 23-24 October with around 500 delegates expected to attend – including supervisors, insurance companies, consultants and government representatives. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, is a keynote speaker.The IAIA was established in 1994 and represents insurance supervisors in more than 200 jurisdictions and 140 different countries, representing some 97% of worldwide insurance premiums.Around 130 observer members represent international organisations, insurance associations and (re)insurers.Honings said the recognition of the IAIS had increased strongly over the past year.“In autumn 2013, the IAIS took on the task of developing and rolling out a global capital standard for systemically relevant insurers,” he said.“This straightaway put the organisation high on people’s agendas.”The October event runs from 20 to 25 October, with two additional conference days for insurance and other related areas, such as pensions.Joanne Kellermann, DNB director, will speak on governance and risk culture in insurance companies, while Michael McRaith, director of the US Federal Insurance Office, will speak on the global capital requirements for insurance.EIOPA’s Gabriel Bernardino will discuss co-operation between supervisory authorities.For more information and registration, visit http://www.iais2014.org/.
NN Investment Partners’ head of emerging market debt (EMD) and members of his team have left the Dutch asset manager after it made a responsible investment-related decision affecting their remit.Marcelo Assalin, Marco Ruijer and “a number of key members” of their team from NN IP will join US manager William Blair Investment Management in the first quarter of next year to form a dedicated EMD team, William Blair announced this morning.At NN IP, Assalin was most recently head of the EMD team, and Ruijer lead portfolio manager on its EMD hard currency strategy. Lewis Jones has also left NN IP, where he was lead portfolio manager for EMD local currency.A spokeswoman for NN IP said they had decided to leave after NN IP agreed to “further align” its EMD investing strategy with its beliefs about responsible investing. These are that “responsible investing helps deliver attractive returns for our clients within their risk limits while also contributing to society at large”. In a statement published by William Blair, Assalin said he and his former teammates had “enjoyed the opportunity to build a strong EMD franchise over the years”.He added: “I am delighted to be joining a firm that is client focused, empowers its investment teams, where we will have investment autonomy, and be able to incorporate sustainable factors in a holistic and tailored approach that’s beneficial for clients.”At William Blair, Assalin will report to Stephanie Braming, partner and global head of the asset manager, and serve on her leadership team.Of Assalin and the others joining William Blair, Braming said: “These experienced and successful investors are a strong cultural fit with our partnership, holistically incorporate ESG into who they are as investors and as a team, and are focused on delivering strong client outcomes.”NN IP yesterday announced that Edith Siermann, head of specialised fixed income and responsible investing, had been appointed acting head of its EMD team. It also said it had taken the necessary measures to ensure continuity in the management of EMD mandates and funds.Repeat?NN IP has experience of losing key EMD staff in a short amount of time. In 2013, when the asset manager was called ING Investment Management, the then co-heads of its team were hired by Neuberger Berman, which also poached more than a dozen of their colleagues.NN IP announced the appointments of Ruijer and Assalin in fairly quick succession in 2013 as it moved to rebuild its EMD team. Jerry Brewin joined from Aviva Investors that year as head of EMD, with Assalin replacing him in that position in early 2015.
Indiana Senator Dan Coats responds to crisis in Ukraine.World leaders are all eyes on the crisis in Crimea including a United States Senator from Indiana. Republican Dan Coats weighed in on the situation between Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday morning in an email:By Senator Dan Coats:For the past 14 years, Vladimir Putin has worked hard to return Russia to what he believes is its rightful place as a great power, respected and heeded in international affairs.The United States and our allies have helped him, thinking it was the right thing to do at the time. Now Putin has chosen exactly the wrong tactic to restore Russia’s power and influence – an invasion of a neighbor.We must therefore reverse this strategy and turn the welcome mat face down. Now we must isolate Russia on all possible fronts until Putin reverses course.We need a complete, comprehensive plan to isolate Putin’s Russia from the community of nations. Some steps can be done unilaterally and others require the cooperation and consensus of our friends and allies – everyone who wants to see a sovereign Ukraine, secure within its own borders, able to seek its own destiny on its own terms.The Obama administration has announced its intention to work with Congress to address and punish Russia’s outrageous and dangerous misbehavior.The Senate should cooperate fully in a bipartisan way to define those sanctions, and this work should take place immediately. We must reach a bipartisan consensus of a unified American government confronting crisis and displaying American leadership at its strongest and best. Now, at last, is the time.As a first step – even before work in Congress is complete – we must move beyond simply suspending plans for the Sochi G-8 summit. We should lead the G-8 to become the G-7. Russia was invited to join that group of prosperous, democratic, leading nations in 2002 and now must be uninvited.We also should lead the NATO alliance to an immediate decision to suspend operation of the Russia-NATO Council. This body has been extremely important to Russia as it sought to be treated seriously and cooperate closely with the world’s premier military alliance. That relationship must now be suspended. Further, the Russian military and diplomatic representation at NATO should be expelled. A close relationship with Russian defense officials during a time when that country has invaded and occupied a neighbor contravenes the founding purpose of NATO.Other areas of international cooperation that once appeared to be a tolerable way to enhance Russian prestige and serve Russian self-interest are no longer acceptable. The Olympic games are over and the Paralympics are underway. But now we should together ask FIFA to reconsider its decision to place World Cup 2016 matches in Sochi. It should look for an alternative now so that planning can begin elsewhere.On the positive side, we must work with other members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to deploy monitors in Ukraine to help confirm that the security of the Russian-speaking population is not threatened. This pretext for Russian aggression must be removed to international satisfaction. I will suggest to my colleagues who are OSCE Commissioners that they lead a Congressional delegation to Ukraine to bolster OSCE’s involvement in addressing the crisis. Further, we should support German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proposal to create an OSCE Contact Group to pursue dispute resolution and mediate direct negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian governments.Unilaterally, we should begin by downgrading our diplomatic representation while retaining its efficacy and announce that we will not be sending a new Ambassador to Moscow. We should dispatch an experienced, hard-nosed diplomat – perhaps a former Ambassador to Ukraine – to serve as chargé d’affaires to handle the crisis and require that Russia reciprocate this move. We should also consider reducing our diplomatic presence to focus exclusively on crisis management, not business as usual. We should close our Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok and require Russia to make reciprocal steps to close consulates in the U.S.We must also consider a number of steps that will show Russia – especially responsible Russian officials, but also the Russian people – that invasion of its neighbors brings strict and painful isolation. The negative consequences for such irresponsible behavior must be shared.We in Congress should expand the Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. This 2012 law sanctions a specific 18 individuals deemed to be responsible for gross violations of human rights contrary to acceptable standards of the rule of law. We should use this vehicle to sanction all Ministry of Defense officials in the chain of command responsible for this invasion, Duma leadership responsible for rubber-stamping it and Crimean officials complicit in its execution.Lastly, we should also consider sanctions that might serve to convince more segments of the Russian population that their government is taking irresponsible steps contrary to the people’s interests. For example, we should consider suspending Russian eligibility for H-2B Temporary or Seasonal Work Visas and suspending Fulbright and all other educational exchange programs. Participants in those programs in the U.S. now would have to leave.However it is that we have come to this place of diminished American influence in world events, it is time now for a return to leadership and action. That we are a diminished power is an illusion that gives Putin sparse comfort and false courage. We still have robust capabilities to reward those who join us in responsible, mutually productive cooperation in managing world affairs, and in punishing those who do not.This is a time of crisis — no time to wring our hands and long for leverage. Our leverage is our leadership. We need to take up that powerful tool and show Putin that he has misjudged us.Republican Dan Coats represents Indiana in the U.S. Senate. He is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.