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Back in India, a proud uncle and aunt admire Kamala Harris

first_imgKamala Harris’s late mother left her native India in 1960, but half a world away from Washington the uncle and aunt of the US vice-president hopeful follow her every move — and are very proud.Harris was born in California in 1964 to a Jamaican father, economics professor John Harris, and breast cancer specialist Shyamala Gopalan.She was the first black attorney general of California — the first woman to hold the post — and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate. Topics : He added that while Harris can’t speak Tamil, the language of the southern state of Tamil Nadu that the family comes from, “she can understand a little bit”.He believes the nomination of Kamala — her name meaning “lotus” in Tamil, as well as in Sanskrit and Hindi — is a “big deal” for Indian Americans.”So far they have only achieved high professional jobs, but this is one of the highest political jobs,” he said. Up since 4 am Harris’s aunt Sarala Gopalan, who still lives in the city her big sister left at 19 — Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai, formerly Madras — said the entire family is “thrilled and happy”.”A friend of mine in the United States gave us the message at 4 am in the morning, and we have been up, since then,” Gopalan, a doctor, told news channel CNN-News18.”She is a person who never forgets her roots and believes in family values,” she told the Deccan Herald daily.”Even today she calls me ‘chithi’ and she has always been a caring person,” she said, using the Tamil word for a mother’s younger sister.And since Shyamala is no longer alive, “we will always be available for Kamala and (her sister) Maya”, she said.Besides her mother, Harris has said that a major influence was her maternal grandfather P.V. Gopalan — father of Shyamala, Balachandran, Sarala and another daughter, Mahalakshmi — a senior Indian civil servant.”He would take walks every morning along the beach with his buddies who were all retired government officials and they would talk about politics, about how corruption must be fought and about justice,” Harris said in a 2009 interview.”My grandfather was really one of my favorite people in my world.” Following her nomination on Tuesday as presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s running mate, the 55-year-old is now seeking to become the first female vice president of the United States.”There is no question about how happy we are,” Harris’s maternal uncle Balachandran Gopalan, an academic in the Indian capital New Delhi, told AFP on Wednesday.”She is a very committed personality — committed to public service and most importantly committed to common human decency,” he said.Shyamala would often bring her daughters to India, the uncle said, and when she died in 2009 Harris returned “to immerse her ashes in the Bay of Bengal”.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf: Forms + Surfaces Expands in Allegheny County, Creating Jobs and Growing Global Footprint

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 08, 2019 Governor Wolf: Forms + Surfaces Expands in Allegheny County, Creating Jobs and Growing Global Footprintcenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Forms + Surfaces, Inc., a manufacturer of architectural products, will expand its operations in Allegheny County, supporting the combined creation and retention of 346 full-time jobs. The company has pledged to invest $15.65 million into the project, and has committed to create at least 115 new, full-time jobs and retain 231 existing jobs over the next three years.“There is a direct correlation between manufacturing innovation and economic growth,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am proud that the commonwealth has partnered with a growing manufacturer toto bolster economic growth in Allegheny County.”To provide additional space to accommodate growth, the company acquired and will renovate a building in Shaler Township, which will allow the company to consolidate its existing facilities and create a more efficient operation and cost savings from eliminating the need to transfer goods and products between multiple locations.“Forms + Surfaces has had a long presence in Western Pennsylvania, and for many years we have been looking for the right location to establish a long-term headquarters that is able to sustain the tremendous growth we have experienced,” said Forms + Surfaces Vice President for Resources and Business Development Jason Norris. We are very excited for this opportunity to not only solidify our presence in this region but also expand and establish a first-rate manufacturing facility. To this end, we are extremely excited to work with the Governor’s Action Team to help us with this expansion project which will lead to continued growth and the creation of jobs for this region.”The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The proposal includes a $287,500 Pennsylvania First grant, $115,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and a $69,900 workforce development grant to help the company train workforce workers. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $2 million loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Forms + Surfaces manufactures a wide range of architectural and public space products—such as monumental lighting fixtures, icons, and fabricated structures, public furniture, directories and kiosks, building entrances and facades, and signage and environmental graphics—which are sold in municipal, public transit, construction, commercial, and institutional markets.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.last_img read more

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Divestment data points to cashflow-negative shift for UK pensions

first_imgUK pension funds could be reaching a “tipping point” into cashflow-negative status, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests.The ONS recorded a net disinvestment of £15bn (€17.3bn) by pension funds and insurance companies in the third quarter of 2016.It was only the fifth time in 30 years the ONS’s survey of institutional investors recorded net outflows but the second time in three quarters after a net disinvestment of £3bn in Q1 2016.Sorca Kelly-Scholte, head of the EMEA pension solutions and advisory group at JP Morgan Asset Management, said the data was “a marker of pension funds becoming more mature”. “There are two reasons for the disinvestment,” Kelly-Scholte said. “One is a tactical play: Investors see toppy valuations and a reflationary environment coming back, and they think they have got to have cash while this plays out.“This doesn’t explain it all. Either [pension funds] are not reinvesting income, or they’re selling assets. That money is coming out of the long-term asset pool. It will be very interesting to see if it’s a tipping point.”#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# While similar patterns were observed in the ONS’s data at times of market stress – the bursting of the tech bubble and the peak of the financial crisis, specifically – the 2016 figures were not fully offset by a switch into cash and short-term assets.The ONS data showed net withdrawals of £11bn from overseas equities and £8bn from UK equities.Meanwhile, an aggregate £2bn was invested in short-term assets.UK corporate bonds saw £4bn of net investment.“Net disinvestment at a total level is unusual and may be influenced by changes in investor confidence in the economic environment,” the ONS said in its MQ5 statistical release.However, the ONS said a “very limited number” of respondents to its survey had cited Brexit as a factor in their Q3 decisions.The UK voted to leave the European Union on 23 June, making Q3 the first set of investment data from the ONS post-referendum.Kelly-Scholte said: “A lot of moves post-Brexit would have been tactical. I’m not sure we can point to Brexit as the main cause of flows.”Instead, she pointed to asset class trends such as a continued collective move into alternatives, such as infrastructure and real estate.The ONS’s statistical release is available here.last_img read more

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When Syracuse lacrosse lost its fall seasons due to mumps, players were left in isolation

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 13, 2018 at 11:14 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary The excited screams could be heard from inside the tunnel. From the moment the Orange women’s players stepped on the field, they couldn’t erase the smiles on their faces. They screamed so loudly their voices cracked, and players skipped with every stride.When the buzzer sounded, signaling the start of the game, SU experienced the growing pains it didn’t have a chance to deal with already. The struggles weren’t a sign of the future, but rather a reminder of the past.Going to the locker room at halftime having already allowed eight goals, SU head coach Gary Gait addressed his team and told them the next time they stepped on the field would be different.“That was fall ball,” Gait said of the Orange’s first half, “I hope you enjoyed it.”Last fall, due to an outbreak of the mumps that affected more than 100 people on Syracuse University’s campus, including members of the varsity men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, SU suspended the teams’ fall seasons. During the suspension, players were barred from athletic facilities and, without the opportunity to meet up and practice with their teams, spent most of their newfound free time by themselves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAn SU spokesperson said in an email that the decision to suspend the fall season was “isolated,” adding that only the lacrosse teams were considered in the decision-making process since they were the only teams with confirmed mumps cases.The suspension of the seasons was met with confusion by some involved in the Syracuse lacrosse programs, with players and coaches forced to figure out how to cope with the lost time.“It was kind of just crazy, we were getting into it and we were having a good time,” said Morgan Widner, a sophomore draw control specialist on the women’s team, “(then), mumps hit.”The situation unfolded in early October. Several men’s and women’s players said the formal announcement of the suspension occurred at meetings with their respective teams. SU defender Tyson Bomberry said members of the men’s team received texts about the situation. Asa Goldstock, the starting goalkeeper on the women’s team, said SU Athletics compliance sent mass emails to the women’s team informing them of the suspension.On Oct. 6, Syracuse Athletics issued an official notice that all lacrosse events for the remainder of the fall season were canceled. At that time, there were eight confirmed mumps cases at SU, including members of both teams.After the fall seasons were canceled, players were held out of SU Athletics facilities, including Manley Field House and Ensley Athletic Center, among others. With no available facilities, there was no practice, no formal team meetings. Nowhere to develop on the field.Players on both teams said the teams were absent from the facilities for nearly the whole season. The women were restricted from early October to early December, and the men were restricted from early October to mid-November. The university, citing students’ privacy, declined to comment on the identity and number of people on the lacrosse teams with the mumps.The isolation effect spreading beyond those who were officially diagnosed. On Oct. 7, one day after the university announced the cancellation of team events, Widner posted a photo to her Instagram account of herself Photoshopped in front of the Sheraton. The photo was captioned, “Hi MTV and welcome to my crib.”In a text message to The Daily Orange, Jill Widner, Morgan’s mother, said Widner was quarantined in the Sheraton with an unknown illness while SU waited on test results. The tests revealed Widner had the flu, not the mumps.“I think everyone was so worried about containing the mumps that quite a few kids were quarantined as they waited for results,” Jill said.A university spokesperson said in an email that any student who presented “any possible symptoms of mumps” was immediately isolated “out of an abundance of caution.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorThe outbreak caused teammates to separate for much of the time off. To stay in shape and ready for the upcoming spring season, the players had to improvise.Freshman Sam Swart, a midfielder on the women’s team, said she got a membership to Planet Fitness and worked out routinely with fellow freshman Hannah Van Middelem. Junior goalkeeper Bri Stahrr ran a lot. Bomberry, who hasn’t had an offseason in as long as he could remember because of playing box lacrosse in the summer, took advantage of the break.“I was just focusing to get better physically,” Bomberry said, “and trying to get faster and stronger and actually do things that people can do in an offseason.”Stahrr said if it were up to her, she’d have spent time with her teammates, but she resigned to doing things almost exclusively on her own. Stahrr declined to comment on whether the team was told to stay separate during the suspension. The most common response about the difficulty of the stretch was that players couldn’t spend time with their teammates as much as they would’ve liked.The women’s team took it upon themselves and reached an agreement, collectively deciding they “don’t want this spreading,” sophomore attack Emily Hawryschuk said. By keeping players away from the facilities, Hawryschuk agreed, SU was trying to prevent players from having one specific area where they could all meet and spread the mumps further.An SU spokesperson did not directly say whether players on each team were instructed to stay apart from each other during the suspension to limit spread of the mumps.“We were in constant communication with our entire campus community,” a university spokesperson said in an email, “including our student-athletes, to educate them on how to detect and treat mumps and how to prevent the spread of the disease. This included enforcing our aggressive response protocol, which included placing infected students in isolation and sanitizing areas that infected students may have come into contact with.”In addition to practice, SU lost out on scheduled scrimmages. The men’s team was stripped of all its fall games, and the women’s team missed three tournaments, which tend to be three games each, Goldstock said. Already without practice time, losing fall games made it difficult for players to focus on their development. The ways they could improve their skills also remained unclear.Goldstock played wall ball, an individual drill in which a player repeatedly throws a ball off a wall back to themselves. But, Nicole Foringer, her friend and a Boston University lacrosse player, said Goldstock claimed she was basically a “non-athlete” during the time SU was absent from the facilities.Though both teams suffered a considerable loss to practice time, the men’s team, for reasons players said they weren’t aware of, were allowed back into facilities a week before Thanksgiving break. Men’s lacrosse head coach John Desko said the team made up most of the practices it previously thought were lost later in the fall.Sophomore goalkeeper Drake Porter said the team was allowed to practice for about five days before Thanksgiving break and roughly two weeks between Thanksgiving and winter breaks.The women’s team lost the entirety of its remaining fall practices. Goldstock said a small portion of the team met for “captain’s practices” in December, when they were granted access into facilities again. But the coaches weren’t present for the practices, she said.“We had about a week at the end of the fall when we were together and we regrouped again,” Hawryschuk said. “Then we went on winter break.”According to NCAA bylaw 17.14.2, which was revised in April 2017, women’s lacrosse teams are not permitted to start practicing until the third Saturday of January. Syracuse requested a waiver from the NCAA to start practice early to make up the time it lost.“I just asked my compliance office if we could get any of our time back,” Gait said. “… And they did it.”The women’s team started practice “two weeks early,” an NCAA spokesperson said in an email. The men’s team, under slightly different rules, didn’t receive a waiver.“NCAA staff frequently work with schools to provide flexibility to NCAA rules in cases that impact student-athlete wellbeing, and this case is a good example of that cooperation,” the spokesperson said.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorLiz Robertshaw, Boston University women’s lacrosse head coach, said she was “not a fan” of the NCAA’s decision to permit a waiver for SU to start the season early. A scheduled SU-BU matchup in the fall was canceled due to the suspension. She said since the rule is so new, the NCAA should’ve stood its ground in enforcing it.To make up for lost time, the Orange women traveled to Florida on Jan. 6 for a week-long camp, marking the first time the Orange officially practiced since the fall season was called off on Oct. 6.In Florida, Stahrr said, the team had two- to three-hour practices. SU players spoke glowingly of the sessions. Junior Natalie Wallon said she recognized growth from the team, adding that the Orange has “some of the best on-field chemistry” she’s seen in a while.The men’s team had a similar experience. In its first weeks back at practice, the Orange participated in numerous intrasquad scrimmages. The competition was “electric,” Porter said, adding that the scrimmages were some of the most intense he’d experienced in his two years at SU.While much of the early dialogue following the cancellations paralleled “what do we do?”, Widner said, Porter preferred to use the phrase “what’s next?”Months after the cancellations, Gait sat at the podium following SU’s season opener, wearing a stone face. It was the Orange’s first game action since late September, and most players had the day marked on their calendars since the fall was cut short.For two months, players and coaches were prevented from coming together as they always had. They missed it. Now, they were back. Gait didn’t waste any time to savor the moment.“Wow,” he said, pausing to exhale. “It’s great to be back playing lacrosse.”With the events of the fall behind them, back in the locker room before his team took the field for the second half, Gait offered them one more piece of motivation.To that point, the game hadn’t been pretty. The Orange had a one-goal lead after faltering several times. He challenged his players to go on the field in the next frame with a different mindset.Before leaving the locker room, Gait sent his team out with one final instruction: “Now let’s go play the 2018 season.” Commentslast_img read more

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