December 23, 2015 Governor Wolf Statement on Senate’s Passage of a Budget SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of a budget:“It was only one day ago that the House displayed a historic show of bipartisanship that bucked Speaker Turzai and the tea party. Yesterday, the House advanced a responsible budget with historic education funding and placed it on the verge of passage. It is deeply disappointing that today the Senate has caved to those same House leaders and extreme interests to continue the failed status quo and harm our schools and children by denying them these critical additional funds.“A historic compromise budget that included the largest increase in education funding in history, reforms in public pensions, and a reduction in the deficit was within reach. It seems that the Republican legislature is intent on continuing the Harrisburg status quo and getting out of town to go on vacation instead of continuing the hard work to move Pennsylvania forward.“Change is difficult, and clearly more so given this legislature, but we must continue our fight for historic education funding that will begin to restore the cuts from five years ago, and a budget that is balanced, paid for, and fixes our deficit.”# # #
Canada’s largest pension fund is investing $450m (€396m) in oil and natural gas royalties through the acquisition of a majority stake in a US-based minerals company.The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) said its wholly owned credit investment subsidiary would deploy the initial investment in LongPoint Minerals over the next three years.As a result, CPPIB has acquired a “significant” majority stake in the company, which has interest in royalties in 48 US states.In a statement, the CAD279bn (€191.8bn) fund said its exploitation would initially focus on the Mid-Continent Basin spanning six US states, the Permian Basin in New Mexico, and Denver-Julesburg Basin in LongPoint’s home state of Colorado. Commenting on the deal, Adam Vigna, managing director and head of principal credit investments at CPPIB said the multi-year commitment marked an “attractive” entry into the royalty sector.“In owning royalty interests,” Vigna said, “we are able to participate in production revenues without the burden of associated capital or operating costs.”He added: “We’ve partnered with LongPoint given management’s deep knowledge of these basin areas and successful proven track record spanning over 30 years of collective expertise.”CPPIB Credit Investments, has invested CAD30bn in credit markets on behalf of the fund, and also overseas its real estate debt activities.It recently participated in a €180m Romanian asset-backed bond, with properties owned by Globalworth Real Estate Investments.In March, it also revealed it was supporting the €3.7bn acquisition of LeasePlan, by a consortium of institutional investors including ATP and PGGM, with a €480m loan.For more on energy sector investments, see a recent special report in IPE
… Women play to scoreless draw against JamaicaIT was a day of mixed fortunes for Guyana’s men and women yesterday in Jamaica, where they are featuring in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games Hockey qualifiers, being played at the hockey pitch, University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus.The men’s side, playing in their second game of the tournament, defeated Guatemala 4-0 for their second win, while the women, facing Jamaica in their third match, played to a scoreless draw.The result was identical as their previous game, and will see them sit third in the standings on five points (one win, two draws) behind table-leaders Jamaica (seven points) and Bermuda (seven points).Meanwhile, having opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over Puerto Rico, Guyana went into the game with confidence, especially after watching Panama hammer Guatemala 6-0 in their contest.Jamarj Assanah opened the account eight minutes into the game, to give Guyana a 1-0 advantage and they held on until the second half, when Aroydy Brandford scored in the 47th minute to make it 2-0.Robert France scored a field goal in the 54th minute to make it 3-0, and four minutes later (58th), Orlando Semple put the icing on the cake for the Guyanese men who still sit behind the Jamaica despite sharing six points apiece.The Guyanese men will play their third game today against Panama from 15:30hrs, while the women will face Bermuda from 11:30hrs in a game that they will want to win in order to remain in the hunt to finish in the top two and qualify for the 2018 CAC Hockey Championships in Colombia.
Benjamin Olson – new WHS band instructor.by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow â€” Benjamin Olson, native of Iola, Kan., teaches band like you would teach kids how to play basketball.“I love marching bands,â€ Olson said. â€œTo me it’s a sport, one of the best sports because everyone plays the whole game, everyone plays all the time.â€In a recent band camp, Olson had the students run, do pushups, run drills and do fundamentals, like basketball.“We don’t hand out plays, we start with passing, running, etc.,” Olson said. “I take the same approach with marching bands. It’s the same program I worked with in Iola, and it was made into a fantastic program in the last three years. I’m kind of following that suit, as I’ve seen that with hard work and ethic, once they see that it succeeds, they start working harder and become successful. I’ve seen what kids can do when they work hard and the fruits of their labor. It generates enthusiasm like you wouldn’t believe.”Olson graduated from Ottawa University in December 2014 with a teaching degree. He has a bachelors in music with a K-12 teaching minor and license. He graduated from high school in Iola, Kans.Olson’s wife, Nachele Gonsalez, earned a degree in English from Ottawa University, and is currently taking a year off to pursue her career in writing.“She’s always wanted to be an author, but we’ve never had the financial opportunity,” Olson said. “I’m really excited for her.”This will be Olson’s first full year of teaching. He student taught in Iola, and was also a semester sub in band. He even went on trips with the school as assistant band director. Iola High School made sure to include him and made him part of their program.Olson wants to get kids out playing, and wants to start jazz band after school starts.“I want them to go play venues, Barefoot Jerry’s, somewhere where people can hear them,” Olson said. “Otherwise, they are only heard at concerts and games, so this way people can hear them and see their progress. I want the community to be involved and hear them.”Right now, Olson is working on building fundamentals and relationships with the students as a first year teacher.“I’m building a foundation, that’s how we’ll grow, I would love to see the program grow,” Olson said. “As nice as the district is, as nice as the buildings are, I’m excited to see where it goes from here. At band camp, kids who were there, had no idea what to expect when they showed up. To see where it’s going and see their enthusiasm, I was really excited. I’m ready to go, I was disappointed school starting was postponed. 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Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down WHS.alum · 259 weeks ago Welcome to Wellington! I hope to see a continuance of the advances made recently to the band department! Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down christie · 259 weeks ago I hope he will work well with WMS band students. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Lisa · 259 weeks ago My middle school student thought he was fantastic!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down cristy · 259 weeks ago This sounds like a very positive and much needed attitude for our instrumental department. I’m excited to hear and see the changes he will make and the strides the students will make this year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Karen · 259 weeks ago WELCOME to Wellington!!! I have been thru IOLA so many times on the way to see my folks in Warsaw, MO. That’s what the kids need…a breathe of fresh air teaching them!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Donna · 259 weeks ago My grandson goes to the middle school and he thinks he is great. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Judy Cochran · 259 weeks ago Proud of our iola native, Ben Olson! Not only did he mentor with one of the best, he has the personal qualities to get the job done. With the support of his community, school and parents, this band is starting out on an amazing road to success, not only as a team, but individually! Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down whs73 · 259 weeks ago Having been in band under Tom Ward & Denny Senseny I know how great marching band can be. I love his attitude. It’s beyond a sport. What sport gives the players a new play book for every home game then calls on the players to learn & play new music along with it? Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Just wondering · 257 weeks ago Does the district require students in the marching band to undergo a sports physical at the start of the year? Report Reply 0 replies · active 257 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down K Gould · 197 weeks ago Mr.O is da bomb. I AMA in 7th grade in his second year teaching he is epic. Report Reply 0 replies · active 197 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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