first_imgThe airline will recommend four local destinations to choose from, with flights from Haneda Airport in Tokyo or from Itami and Kansai Airports in Osaka. Family and friends traveling together can apply as a group of four people maximum, and the applicant will find out if he has won tickets within three days of applying. However, in order to win free tickets, passengers must be registered in the airline’s collection program for award miles, but must not be registered in Japan. Also, passengers will find out where they are flying only a few days after checking in. More details on the Japan Airlines sweepstakes will be announced in early January, and entries will open in late February. The final preparations for the Olympic Games are underway. The new National Stadium in Tokyo, which will be the main venue for the Games, officially opened on December 21st, and the ceremony was attended by eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. The Olympic Games will be held from July 24 to August 9 this year, followed by the Paralympic Games until September 6. The Japanese government expects the “Olympic effect” to bring an additional 10 million visitors to the country. The annual arrivals of foreign tourists to Japan doubled in the period from 2013 to 2018 to more than 31 million, of which 10 million guests visited Tokyo. Source / photo: CNN; Pixabay Japan Airlines is giving away 50.000 return tickets to international tourists for flights to Japan next summer. But there is a catch, reports CNN. The purpose of this donation is to encourage tourists to visit less visited parts of Japan and attend the Summer Olympics, given that they are held in Tokyo from July 1 to September 30.last_img read more

first_img November 02, 2015 9$67,575 2$23,895 4$36,375 1$17,655 Governor Wolf Kicks Off the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Season 7$55,095 3$30,135 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Maximum Income # # # 5$42,615 Household Size 6$48,855 10$73,815 8$61,335 Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys M. Brown to kick off the start of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2015-16 season.Representatives from PPL Electric Utilities and UGI Utilities Inc. also participated in the event, held at Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg. Dauphin County Assistance Office employees were on hand to enroll individuals in need of support.“This federally-funded program provides a basic human need — a warm place to live – for thousands of Pennsylvanians during the colder months,” said Governor Wolf. “I am proud to participate in the start of the 2015-16 LIHEAP season, so that we can begin enrolling those low-income families, seniors, and children before the cold kicks in.”LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. It’s available to renters and homeowners. Crisis and regular LIHEAP grants begin Nov. 2, 2015 through April 1, 2016.“LIHEAP helped approximately 400,000 Pennsylvania households stay warm during last winter, including hundreds of thousands homes with older Pennsylvanians, children, and individuals who live with a disability,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “We encourage anyone who needs help with their heating bills to apply before the worst of the winter weather arrives and be prepared.”Online applications can be completed by visiting COMPASS. Paper applications are still available through local county assistance offices, or interested applicants can download and print an application from the department’s website.“Every year, as part of the PUC’s effort to help consumers prepare for winter weather and higher heating bills, we focus on LIHEAP,” said PUC Chair Gladys Brown. “This program is one of a number available for those struggling to pay their bills and keep their homes warm.”In preparation for the LIHEAP season, DHS in collaboration with the regulated utilities that operate in Pennsylvania implemented a program to help households with their past-due utility bills. The program was funded with $2.2 million from the 14-15 LIHEAP year. To date, DHS has issued 9,105 supplemental crisis grants totaling over $1.8 million to resolve the then-pending crisis.“The department is committed to making sure every Pennsylvania family has a safe and healthy winter,” continued Secretary Dallas.At the event, Chairman Brown also encouraged consumers to “Prepare Now” for winter heating bills by:Learning more about conservation;Checking electric and natural gas bills and supplier contracts;Using PA Power Switch and PA Gas Switch to shop for services;Looking into programs that help low-income customers maintain service; andExploring other steps to reduce long-term heating and energy consumption.Consumers interested in more information about these important programs can visit the PUC website and click on the “Prepare Now” link; follow social media messages that contain the #PrepareNow tag; or call the PUC at 1-800-692-7380.For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, visit more information on the LIHEAP program, or to download an application, visit the Department of Human Services website.Eligibility for the 2015-16 LIHEAP season is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. The chart below shows the maximum income allowed for eligibility based on household size.Each additional person in the household adds $6,240 to the maximum income allowed for eligibility.last_img read more

first_imgAsset owners can help improve their managers’ performance by pushing firms to increase their “internalised purpose”, according to research. The Center for Applied Research (CAR), a think tank linked to State Street, and the CFA Institute claimed this was “a hidden variable of performance”, and named it ‘phi’.The research report referred to phi as capturing “the motivational forces of purpose, habits, and incentives that govern our behaviours and actions”, adding that it was “distinctly different from the short-term outperformance motivation or asset-gathering focus of our industry”.The organisations behind the research claimed that phi had a “statistically significant and positive link to broad performance measures that can sustain industry and drive long-term client satisfaction”. They argued that a one point increase in phi is associated with 28% greater chance of “excellent organisational performance”, 55% greater odds of “excellent” client satisfaction and 57% greater odds of “excellent” employee engagement.A statement about the research said: “Performance was broadly defined, not limited solely to investment performance, which allowed for a relative assessment of firms across firm types and investment strategies, though given the economics of the industry we expect investment performance to be a meaningful driver of organisational performance.”Suzanne Duncan, senior vice president, global head of research at State Street Center for Applied Research, told IPE that secondary research and empirical data collection suggested that organisations with excellent long-term organisational performance also deliver higher investment returns – whether they were asset owners or providers.“The reason ‘phi’ works,” she added, “is because why we do something influences how well we do something, and it’s the ‘why’ piece that’s missing for many of the investment professionals in the industry.”The research was based on a survey of just under 7,000 investors, investment providers, government officials, and regulators in 20 countries, including 727 financial professionals in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.Survey respondents were asked to evaluate their organisation on a scale of one to five on 10-year organisational performance, client satisfaction, and employee engagement. The research was originally published last autumn, but is now being disseminated with a focus on the EMEA region, which Duncan said scores lower than the global average on “phi”. According to one statistic, only 15% of investment professionals in the region remain in the industry to help clients reach their goals, and 6% to contribute to economic growth.Duncan said the statistics were “pretty alarming”.Rebecca Fender, head of the Future of Finance initiative at CFA Institute, said that although there was a strong passion for the markets in the investment industry, connecting that with a purpose serving the end client is what distinguishes a “great” investment firm from merely a good one.Asset owners’ ‘phi’ appetiteDuncan said asset owners can develop ‘phi’ more easily than other investment institutions, as they are typically closer to the end investor. Investment managers experience more disintermediation through the involvement of consultants or advisers, she said.According to Duncan, asset owners could instil or cultivate ‘phi’ by ensuring they have a clear vision and purpose, and taking the time to articulate this and associated values and beliefs to employees. This could also lead to less behavioural bias and, ultimately, higher performance, she argued.Fender added: “Culture is the new competitive advantage for the industry and there’s a huge opportunity for asset owners to exert influence to increase ‘phi’.“We’ve seen how asset owners have worked to make changes in the industry and we at CFA Institute expect to see more of that going forward. Asset owners will demand that asset managers have improved culture and that it’s more client-centric, and phi is the formula for that.”The report, “Discovering Phi: Motivation as the Hidden Variable of Performance”, can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgThis prompted the latter to stab Calderonusing a kitchen knife, police said. Paderes, meanwhile, was detained in thecustodial facility of the Sipalay City police station./PN Tagged suspect was 39-year-old residentArturo Paderes, it added.According to police investigators, a heated argument ensued between Calderonand Paderes around 5 p.m. on March 31. Resident Pacifico Calderon, 45,sustained a stab wound on the back, a police report showed.center_img Calderon was rushed to the Merceditas J.Montilla District Hospital in Sipalay City where he later expired. BACOLOD City – A man was stabbed dead inBarangay Nauhang, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 30) – Three IMCA drivers made their first visits to victory lane this season at Davenport Speedway on Friday. Andy Nezworski took home the hardware in the Petersen Plumbing and Heating IMCA Late Model feature. He led lap one of the 25-lap race before yielding to Todd Malmstrom. Nezworski re-took the lead on lap eight and led the rest of the way to the checkers. Justin Kay was closing on the leader but had to settle for second. Malmstrom held on for third, with Brunson Behning and Ray Guss Jr. completing the top five.Brandon Durbin captured a wild Milan Heating and Air IMCA Modified main. The 20-lap race saw the entire field diving for the bottom lane of the track, resulting in numerous cautions. Bob Dominacki led the first 15 laps. Durbin was one of the first to try a slightly higher line and found the middle to his liking. Durbin led the final five laps en route to the victory. Dominacki finished second, with Doug Crampton third. Joe Beal finished fourth, ahead of Todd Dykema.Twenty-seven Modifieds were on hand. Doug Burkhead led flag to flag in the caution-filled Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod main. Dustin Crear held off Bryce Garnhart to finish second. Jayson Wiggins and David Norton were fourth and fifth, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgStatewide—38 deaths have been reported in Indiana so far this season. The largest age group reporting the illness is 5-24 though 25-49 has seen the most deaths. Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:fever* or feeling feverish/chillscoughsore throatrunny or stuffy nosemuscle or body achesheadachesfatigue (tiredness)some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a feverStay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.last_img read more

first_img The Switzerland Under-21 international has made just three appearances this term, with the last coming against West Brom on September 15. Kasami has now joined Swiss Super League outfit Lucerne until the end of the season in a bid for regular football, the Cottagers confirmed on their website. The attacking midfielder was due to join Italian side Pescara on transfer deadline day last month, but the loan move to Serie A fell through due to a technical glitch. Press Association The 20-year-old was one of Martin Jol’s first acquisitions when he took to the Craven Cottage helm in the summer of 2011. However, Kasami has failed to make an impact on the Fulham first team since arriving from Palermo. center_img Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami has joined Swiss club Lucerne on loan until the end of the season.last_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Fewer than 10 minutes into the second game of the season, the Syracuse field hockey team had a commanding 2-0 lead over visiting Northeastern. After two quick goals, the No. 8 Orange seemed poised to coast to another easy victory. But for senior forward Kristin Girouard and the entire SU team, it wasn’t enough. It’s never enough. After Northeastern closed the gap to one, SU didn’t panic. An offensive break led to a penalty corner and gave the Orange an opportunity to bust the game open. A scramble in front following senior back Maggie Befort’s pass gave Girouard her chance, and she responded, slamming home a goal just more than one minute before halftime. That tally propelled the Orange (2-0) into halftime, and its persistent attack throughout led to a 4-1 win over the Huskies (0-2) in front of a crowd of 424 at J.S. Coyne Stadium on Sunday. ‘It was a great day and everyone worked hard, but we have a lot that we need to improve upon,’ Girouard said. ‘I’m never really satisfied with how I’m playing. I think that’s the cool thing about our team, that we always keep working hard and we expect a lot from ourselves and from each other.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Expectations were high from the opening whistle on Sunday, and senior forward Shelby Schraden tallied the game’s first goal seven minutes in after a few quick passes in front of the net. True to its style, SU was aggressive immediately after the goal, forcing a penalty corner and a second straight scoring chance. After two saves from the Northeastern goalkeeper, junior forward Heather Susek slipped one into the net on a pass from Girouard. Girouard’s goal later made the score 3-1, and the outstanding work from head coach Ange Bradley’s experienced starters helped carry the momentum into the second half. ‘With this team, it’s like training a professional group instead of a first-year team,’ said Bradley, who now has a career record of 54-13 at Syracuse. ‘They assured me today that they’re going to take care of things, and I’m proud of the way that they stepped up.’ The Orange kept up the intensity throughout the second half, protecting their lead while searching for new scoring chances. With a little more than two minutes remaining, SU’s hustle forced another penalty corner, the team’s ninth of the match. Befort slid a pass through the middle to junior midfielder Martina Loncarica, who set up sophomore back Amy Kee for a blistering shot that deflected past the keeper for SU’s final goal. The set piece conversions demonstrated SU’s fast-paced mentality. Continued pressure led to potential corners and scoring chances.  Senior forward Lindsey Conrad was the personification of this relentless approach, as it was her aggressiveness around the net that sparked nearly all of SU’s best opportunities. ‘Our overall team mentality is to attack and to keep the corners coming and the goals coming, so everyone knows their role and what our game plan is,’ said Conrad. ‘It’s really important that we keep the attitude that we want to win and we want to score goals.’ Though the offense’s pressure tilted ball control in SU’s favor, the defense rose to the occasion as well, surrendering a few turnovers but ultimately allowing only seven shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Leann Stiver made four saves on five shots on goal, including a big save on a Northeastern set piece a minute into the second half. This marks the second straight game that SU has been tough on defense, as the Orange outshot Northwestern 33-2 in a 6-1 victory on Friday. Syracuse’s two wins to start the season is exactly the start it needed with 11 of its next 12 games on the road. Bradley isn’t concerned about the road swing, as the team’s frame of mind is in the right place with two dominating home victories. ‘It’s been really good for our morale to go 2-0. That was our goal for the weekend,’ Bradley said. ‘I think it just comes down to motivation and sheer will. It wasn’t the prettiest game today, but the will of these seniors and these kids knows nothing else. They’ve accomplished so much over three years and they’re committed to getting a result.’ Published on August 29, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_imgSyracuse has yet to formally announce the coaching staff that will work under the newly-hired Dino Babers. But several of his former Bowling Green assistants have been on the recruiting trail since yesterday, and others have changed their Twitter bios to reflect their new positions with the Orange. Other coaching hires will likely be named in the coming days and weeks.Sean Lewis — co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coachLewis spent the last four years as an assistant to Babers at Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois before that. He was a quarterback at Wisconsin in 2004 before switching to tight end the three years after that. In 2010, he served as the tight ends coach at Nebraska Omaha.Brian Ward — defensive coordinatorWard will coach Bowling Green as the interim head coach through its bowl game on Dec. 23. He is in his first year with the Falcons and has coached at Western Illinois, where he turned one of the worst FCS defenses into one of the best in the Missouri Valley Football Conference before joining Babers’ staff.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMike Lynch — co-offensive coordinator, offensive line and running backsLynch has been on the recruiting trail since Monday. He has worked with Babers for the past four seasons, including two season at Eastern Illinois, where he was a longtime assistant. Before that, he coached at Utah State from 2000-2004.Kim McCloud — wide receivers and assistant head coachMcCloud was formerly a defensive coordinator for Babers, but was promoted to assistant head coach. The two worked together at Baylor, before Babers went to EIU. McCloud played in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers in 1991.Nick Monroe — secondaryMonroe has been an assistant at Bowling Green for the past six seasons, but will leave that job to be an assistant with the Orange. He has been contacting recruits on behalf of Syracuse. He played college football at St. Cloud State for four years and was a cornerback.Tom Kaufman — special teams and defensive lineKaufman worked for Babers at Eastern Illinois and followed him to BGSU. He worked with linebackers for three seasons before moving to the defensive line this past season. From 2009-11, Kaufman spent time at Mississippi State, Kansas and Texas as either a quality control coach or graduate assistant. Comments Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Dino Babers lands 1st commit, 2016 OL Airon ServaisSyracuse football recruiting: Dino Babers will prioritize northeast talentDino Babers injects optimism into Syracuse football, even if it’s just for now5 things Dino Babers said at his introductory press conference5 things Mark Coyle said at Dino Babers’ introductory press conference Published on December 8, 2015 at 10:34 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more