Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Honor Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Lancaster, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf this evening recognized the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts during a ceremony at the Lancaster County Convention Center.The Governor’s Awards are the commonwealth’s most prestigious recognition for the arts, honoring outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations, cultural leaders and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts. Recipients are selected from public nominations, then reviewed and recommended by an advisory panel.“Here tonight, we see clear evidence of the many different ways that people pursue, celebrate, and support the arts,” said Governor Wolf. “It is my great honor to present these awards to this year’s honorees. The great range of discipline, execution and value of the arts visible in their work helps to illustrate how the arts pay homage to aspects of life that are often difficult to distill into words.”“This event is an opportunity to not only honor the artists receiving awards tonight, but it is also a time to acknowledge all those in the commonwealth who make art, teach the arts, support the arts, and love the arts,” First Lady Frances Wolf said. “Their efforts advance the great cultural heritage of Pennsylvania, and build our creative legacy for the future.”This year’s Governor’s Awards recipients are:Pepón Osorio, Philadelphia – Distinguished Arts Award: Internationally-recognized visual artist whose work includes large-scale installations inspired by personal and community experiences. He is the Laura Carnell Professor of Community Art at Tyler School of Art/Temple University and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.Barry Kornhauser, Lancaster – Artist of the Year Award: Nationally-recognized playwright, director and educator, whose works have been performed nationally and internationally and commissioned and produced by renowned theatre festivals and Tony Award-winning theaters.Ann Benzel, Hollidaysburg – Patron Award: Dedicated arts advocate and patron of the arts who has served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. She is a long-time member of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania.George Junior Republic (GJR) Pointing the Way Program, Grove City – Arts Leadership & Service Award: An award-winning public/private art partnership program linking art making with community. GJR is a private, nonprofit residential treatment community for at-risk, delinquent, and dependent youth. Communities across western Pennsylvania have worked with GJR to complete and install more than a dozen sculpture projects to-date, through which participating GJR students gain a broad range of life and cognitive skills.The Honorable J. Richard Gray & Mrs. Gail Gray, Lancaster – Special Recognition for Public Leadership in the Arts: Visionary public leader who, together with his artist wife, has implemented a path and process for Lancaster that has transformed the city into a thriving arts destination, coupled with modern amenities—welcoming visitors, enriching the lives of residents, and providing an environment that nurtures many artists and performers.Each year, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts takes place in a different location within the Commonwealth. This enables the host city to showcase its unique cultural assets to an audience of cultural leaders from across Pennsylvania. All expenses related to the ceremony are paid for with private contributions.The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency under the Office of the Governor. The Council’s mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. For more information about the PCA, visit or call 717-787-6883. October 26, 2017center_img Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Honor Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Artslast_img read more

ESG roundup: PRI enters ‘landmark’ collaboration on ESG reporting

first_img“Our signatories continue to tell us that being able to access comparable and meaningful sustainability data is a roadblock to progress when it comes to responsible investment,” said Fiona Reynolds, CEO of PRI.“Working with WBCSD will enable PRI to enhance several channels over which investors have influence – capital allocation and investors’ engagement with companies.“By collaborating we can further develop the tools and data needed for future decision-making and create the incentives and collective action at a scale that can significantly influence the capital costs of companies.”Peter Bakker, president and CEO of WBCSD, said the two organisations were working to “redesign corporate and investor engagement”.“We see this work as integral for aligning the financial system with the transformations needed to address the major social and environmental issues – like climate change and inequality,” he added.The PRI now has more than 3,000 signatories who collectively represent over $100trn (€83trn) in assets under management. The WBCSD has 200 member companies with a combined revenue of more than $8.5trn and 19 million employees across 70 countries.Big increase in number of ESG belief settersThe number of European pension schemes that have explicitly created and formalised ESG beliefs has increased significantly, according to a survey carried out by Mercer.Last year 19% of pension plans had done so, compared with 55% this year.Another large ESG-related change picked up by Mercer’s survey is in the share of European pension funds’ awareness of, and desire for, action on climate change-related investment risk.Last year 54% of those surveyed now actively considered the impact of such risks in their investment allocations, compared with 14% in 2019. Also, in 2020 89% of surveyed plans said they would consider ESG risks in 2020, compared with 55% in 2019.Regulation continues to drive pension funds’ consideration of ESG risks, cited by 85% of those surveyed as a key driver. However, there was a large jump in those considering ESG risks due to recognised financial materiality – 51% versus 29% last year – and according to Mercer there was also a large number of pension plans increasing their focus on ESG risks because sponsor companies were seeking alignment with new or existing corporate responsibility strategies.Mercer said it viewed such “less enforced” reasons for considering ESG factors to be extremely positive.“To enable long-term mindset changes, and real positive changes in any space, the change must happen because internal participants realise the value for themselves – rather than being told or forced to act by regulation,” it said in its survey report.The survey was of 927 institutional investor clients of Mercer across 12 countries, reflecting total assets of around €1.1trn. UK-based participants were the largest survey group, representing 44% on an asset-weighted basis.Jo Holden, European director of strategic research at Mercer, said: “It is encouraging to see such a strong increase in ESG risk awareness, including the potential impact of climate change, on the part of institutional investors.“Investor portfolios can often be improved from an ESG perspective with only relatively minor steps, for example there are quick wins to be made by switching out a relatively small proportion of investments. We encourage schemes to consider developing a climate transition schedule for their portfolios and adopting responsible investment indices.” LAPFF: Rio Tinto bonus cuts for cave blast ‘a proper first step’ The chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has welcomed the reduction of bonuses for the CEO and other senior executives of Rio Tinto as “ a proper and appropriate first step” in responding to the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves in May.The Australian mining company announced the measure on Monday when it released its review into the destruction of the caves.“The Forum will continue to liaise with both Rio Tinto and community representatives to monitor how the company’s response develops based on the review findings and the on-going parliamentary inquiry into the cave destruction,” said councillor Doug McMurdo, chair of the LAPFF.“I would hope to see a proportionate response from Rio Tinto based on the full set of evidence that emerges.”According to media reports, AustralianSuper, Austrlian’s largest pension fund, has said the “proposed penalties fall significantly short of appropriate accountability for those responsible”.The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors said the review “does not deliver any meaningful accountability”.In its statement, LAPFF said it in particular welcomed the review’s acknowledgement that the destruction of the caves should never have happened and that the company needed to rectify some corporate governance failings and operational processes that led to the loss of the cultural heritage site.On the day of the review’s release, Simon Thompson, chairman of Rio Tinto, said: “While the review provides a clear framework for change, it is important to emphasise that this is the start of a process, not the end.“We will implement important new measures and governance to ensure we do not repeat what happened at Juukan Gorge and we will continue our work to rebuild trust with the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people.” The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have joined forces to “strengthen the connections between risk, returns, and sustainable development” through better corporate and investor communication.In a statement, the two organisations said their “landmark” collaboration would facilitate direct conversations between investors and business about what decision-useful sustainability-related information is, and how and where that information can be used.They said the collaboration was designed to complement existing regulatory and standard-setter work toward a globally harmonised system for ESG reporting by focussing on investor needs and strategic corporate communications.Corporate and investor dialogue was an area underserved to date, they said.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Mayank Agarwal approved by ICC as replacement for Vijay Shankar in India cricket team World Cup squad

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Vijay Shankar sustained a toe injury.India lost to England by 31 runs in Edgbaston.India need only one win to reach 2019 World Cup semifinal.center_img New Delhi: Mayank Agarwal has been appproved as a replacement for Vijay Shankar in the Indian cricket team squad for 2019 World Cup by the International Cricket Council. The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives).Shankar was ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 after sustaining a toe injury prior to the encounter against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Agarwal is considered as a good bet to play in his first World Cup game during the clash against Bangladesh. Agarwal blasted 442 runs at an average of 88.42 in six games with three centuries.The Tamil Nadu all-rounder featured in three games for India and managed to score 58 runs at an average of 29. He also scalped two important wickets against the arch-rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. His contribution on and off the field will certainly be missed by India. Mayank Agarwal, on the other hand, will be playing his first ICC 50-over tournament and will look to utilize his Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the games to come. However, with the playing XI looking settled, it looks highly unlikely that Mayank Agarwal will feature in the games to come.In press statement released by BCCI said, “Vijay Shankar sustained a non displaced fracture of the left big toe, which will require a minimum of three weeks to heal. The injury rules him out of the ongoing World Cup. The Indian team management has requested the ICC to consider Mayank Agarwal as his replacement.”Earlier in the tournament, Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a thumb injury. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who featured in five one-day Internationals for India, replaced him into the side and also played his first World Cup game against England. Meanwhile, India will play their next game against Bangladesh at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Indian team is currently placed at the second position with 11 points and need one win in their remaining two games to secure a semi-final berth.last_img read more

Reggae Girlz beat Panama prior to leaving for World Cup

first_imgIn an impressive performance at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, the eve of their departure for the FIFA Women World Cup in France,  the Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz defeated Panama by 3-1.Khadija “Bunny” Shaw again played outstandingly scoring in the 29th and 49th minutes, with substitute Shakira Duncan scoring the third goal in the 79th minute.Captain Natalia Mills got the consolation for Panama in the 64th minute.South Florida invited to fete Reggae Girlz during week of activitiesThroughout the game the Girlz were dominant in possession, aggressive in attacking which saw them living in Panama’s half of the field for most of the first half.Panama showed signs of life in the 20th minute when Kara Riley got by defenders to force a strong right foot shot to goal only to be denied by Jamaica’s goalkeeper Sydney Schneider, diving to her right’The near goal by Panama seemed to immediately mobilize the Reggae Girlz and Dominique Bond-Flasza’s responded with powerful left-foot strike that skirted off the crossbar. And in the 26th minute Shaw just missed her first goal as the Panamanian goalkeeper diving full length pushed what seemed to be a certain goal out of the goal.However, Shaw and the Reggae Girlz were relentless in attack and two minutes later made no mistake as she scored Jamaica’s first of three goals.The score remained Jamaica 1, Panama 0 at half-time.Four minutes in the second half Shaw scored again on a low  cross from Olufolasade Adamolekun.Panama would score their only goal when their captain easily shot into an empty goal net after a defensive mix-up involving substitute goalkeeper Nicole McClure.As the half waned Shakira Duncan neatly collected a pass from Shaw and scored Jamaica’s third goal from close range.last_img read more