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Pennsylvania Details State Highway Plans, Resource Requests for Papal Visit

first_img Infrastructure,  Papal Visit,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania outlined its plans to help manage needs for public safety, public health and transportation during the Philadelphia Papal visit.“Pennsylvania is committed to supporting event planning partners to prepare and help ensure a safe, secure Papal visit for residents of Philadelphia and surrounding areas in addition to all of the visitors from around the world,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Due to the size and scope of the event and the large crowds expected, Philadelphia and event organizers requested assistance from the commonwealth. We are ready to assist event organizers and planners to keep people safe and make this historic Papal visit to Philadelphia a success.”Planning for the event is being led by the United States Secret Service, along with the City of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families. As requested, Pennsylvania is providing resources, including personnel and equipment, to assist with public safety, security, public health, transportation and emergency management.Due to street closures in the City of Philadelphia and the needs of law enforcement and emergency agencies, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will close the following roads beginning on Friday, September 25th at 10 p.m.:·         I-76 eastbound from I-476 to I-95 and I-76 westbound from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 (Roosevelt Extension);·         I-676 in both directions from I-76 to I-95; and·         U.S. Route 1 in both directions from U.S. 30 to Belmont Avenue.Please click here for a map: State roads during Papal visitThese are the only roads under PennDOT’s jurisdiction that are expected to be closed. PennDOT is not anticipated to be responsible for any other closures.Contrary to previous reports, I-95 will remain open to traffic with only selected ramps closed due to street closures within the city and security needs.It is necessary to close portions of these roads to effectively move emergency vehicles to, through and from the event area, and because thousands of buses will be travelling to and from the event as well as to maintain public safety. Traffic will be routed to surrounding highways and PennDOT will remind drivers of these traffic changes from now through the Papal visit. In addition, PennDOT will coordinate with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and police and emergency medical services agencies to have health and safety action teams stationed on open highways where traffic will increase to assist motorists.In order to assist local and federal law enforcement with public safety and crowd management efforts, the Pennsylvania State Police will provide approximately 1,100 requested personnel to the City of Philadelphia for the Papal visit.  The Secret Service has further requested Pennsylvania National Guard members to assist with traffic management within the City of Philadelphia. The commonwealth anticipates fulfilling additional National Guard requests from surrounding counties.“The Pennsylvania State Police will provide vital staffing assistance to the Secret Service and Philadelphia Police,” Governor Wolf said. “The men and women of the Pennsylvania National Guard – who are our friends, family members and neighbors – will primarily assist with traffic management. They will support law enforcement to keep visitors and residents safe and will play an important supportive role in making sure people can get to, through and from the event.”The Department of Health will provide requested Emergency Medical Services teams, ambulances and other transports, and other equipment and supplies necessary to provide adequate public health coverage for the anticipated crowds. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Department of Human Services will be on-site during the Papal visit to provide resources and coordination in the event of an emergency.# # #FAQTransportationWhy are state roads being closed?As a result of requests from local governments and law enforcement, road closures within the City of Philadelphia and needs of law enforcement and first responders to maintain public safety, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will close various sections of state highways during the Papal Visit to Philadelphia. The highway restrictions will also best serve the travel demands in the region for moving event buses and emergency vehicles throughout the weekend.What roads will be closed?The amount of road closures within Philadelphia, the anticipated large crowds, and the necessity for law enforcement and first responders to be able to travel within the city would make it near impossible for regular interstate travel to occur on many highways.Only these roads will be closed beginning on Friday, September 25th at 10 p.m.:·         I-76 eastbound from I-476 to I-95 and I-76 westbound from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 (Roosevelt Extension);·         I-676 in both directions from I-76 to I-95; and·         U.S. Route 1 in both directions from U.S. 30 to Belmont Avenue.Will I-95 be closed?Contrary to previous reports, I-95 will remain open to traffic with only selected ramps closed due to street closures within the city and other security needs.What other roads will be closed?These are the only roads under PennDOT’s jurisdiction that are expected to be closed. Other closures in the City of Philadelphia will be closed by the city streets department, law enforcement or event organizers.How will you help drivers on other highways?PennDOT and Pennsylvania State Police will work with PEMA and local EMS providers to ensure additional access to health and safety resources for travelers.Who will manage traffic during the Papal visit?PennDOT is working closely with State Police, Philadelphia Police, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, County Emergency Operation Centers, and other regional and out-of-state transportation agencies to coordinate the traffic management plan during the Papal weekend. The Federal Highway Administration has reviewed and approved PennDOT’s traffic management plan.How will PennDOT let drivers know about highway closures?PennDOT is working with its neighboring mid-Atlantic transportation agencies to deploy a cohesive, long-distance travel advisory and diversion plan utilizing electronic Highway Message Signs to inform Philadelphia-bound travelers of locations of road closures; to provide information on alternatives for “through traffic” desiring to avoid the Philadelphia area; and information for those attending the Papal event.Through this coordination, PennDOT and neighboring states will maximize the use of all available electronic Highway Message Signs from Baltimore to Scranton and throughout New Jersey to provide citizens with real time traffic information during the heaviest travel times, expected from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Sept. 28.Why does PennDOT need to work with other states?The aim of this interstate coordination is to disseminate travel information to encourage “non-Papal event” traffic to use alternate routes outside the metro Philadelphia area and divert as much “through” traffic as possible from the Philadelphia region.Will there be any other restrictions?Further restrictions will be in place for moving oversized and super loads through Pennsylvania during the week of the WMOF. Public HealthHow is the state helping event organizers with public health?Due to the size and diversity of the population of expected visitors for the World Meeting of Families and the Papal visit, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is working with Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services to ensure there is adequate infrastructure on site for public health needs. Event organizers and the City of Philadelphia have requested public health support from the commonwealth.Who is coordinating public health resources?The Department of Health, in conjunction with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, will coordinate the resource requests by working with providers across the state and surrounding states.What resources is the state supplying to assist with public health needs?These resources include EMS teams, ambulances and utility vehicles, portable medical and health structures, cooling centers and other public health resources. Further, the Department of Health will work with the City of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families to educate visitors on how to prepare and keep themselves healthy during the event. August 05, 2015 Public Safety and SecurityWhy is the state sending public safety personnel to Philadelphia?The scale and size of the Papal visit and anticipated crowds will require the Secret Service, City of Philadelphia and surrounding areas to increase the number of public safety personnel and resources on hand. As a result, various entities, including the Secret Service and Philadelphia, have requested assistance, resources and personnel from commonwealth agencies.What role will the Pennsylvania State Police play?At the request of the event hosts, the Pennsylvania State Police is preparing to send nearly 1,100 troopers from throughout the commonwealth, to Philadelphia to assist the Philadelphia Police and the Secret Service. Additional troopers will be added to roadways expected to have increased traffic during the visit. Working with PennDOT and PEMA, these troopers will have the primary purpose of assisting motorists and managing traffic.Why is the Pennsylvania National Guard involved?Pennsylvania National Guard members will assist the Secret Service and law enforcement with helping crowds move through the event area and keep routes open for emergency vehicles and law enforcement. The National Guard is members of our community who often are called to help during large-scale events.What will National Guard members do at the event?Their primary goal will be to keep visitors and residents safe, as well as to manage road closures and direct traffic towards detours. The number of National Guard members in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding areas is still being determined.center_img Pennsylvania Details State Highway Plans, Resource Requests for Papal Visit SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Swedish government drops AP fund reform following backlash

first_imgThe announcement comes after a meeting of Pensionsgruppen – the cross-party body, with representatives of the two government and four opposition parties, tasked with reaching a consensus on pension reform – failed to reach a joint position on the reform’s future.The move follows several months of criticism from the opposition Liberal People’s Party (FP), which had signed off on the reform before proposals were unveiled this summer, and was in government in 2011 when the closure of two of the funds was first considered.Within weeks of the proposals’ publication in June, FP leader Jan Björklund questioned whether his party could continue supporting them.The idea of reforming the current system, comprising buffer funds AP1-4 and private equity fund AP6, was subject to an inquiry that, in 2012, recommended the government consider establishing a single buffer fund rather than retaining three. Sweden’s government has cancelled its reforms of the AP Fund system, following resistance from opposition parties.A spokeswoman for Per Bolund, the country’s financial markets minister, confirmed to IPE that the closure of two of the SEK1.2trn (€126bn) system’s buffer funds had been “cancelled”, after the government and opposition parties failed to come to an agreement on the future of the reforms.The reforms, which would have seen the closure of AP6 and a second, as yet-undecided buffer fund, have been criticised for risking “political micromanagement” of the system’s assets.They drew scorn from both the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise – which said they would be “seriously detrimental” to the stability of the system – and Sweden’s central bank, which said they would make long-term investment “difficult if not impossible”.last_img read more

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Friday people roundup

first_imgAPG – Gerard van Olphen has been appointed chief executive of the €410bn Dutch asset manager and pensions provider. He will relieve Angelien Kemna, the company’s CFRO, of her responsibilities as interim chief executive since the departure of the former chief executive Dick Sluimers at the end of last year. Van Olphen starts in mid-March, having most recently served as chief executive at VIVAT Insurance. He was previously chief executive at SNS Reaal, in charge of the restructuring of the nationalised bancassurer.  Keva – Timo Kietäväistä has been appointed managing director of the €44.2bn Finnish local authority pension provider, taking over from Tapani Hellstén in mid-February. Hellstén has been acting managing director, with former Keva managing director Jukka Männistö having suddenly resigned last October. Kietäväistä joins from the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.Norges Bank Investment Management – Christian Ringnes and Petter Fredrik Neslein have been named external members of the five-strong real estate investment board, advising on investments by the Government Pension Fund Global. Ringnes is principal shareholder and chief executive of the real estate companies Eiendomsspar and Victoria Eiendom. Neslein is the owner and chief executive of real estate company Pecunia, which manages and develops commercial and residential properties in central Oslo.ACD – Cristiano Carraroli has been appointed chief executive at ACD, an Italian company dedicated to supporting foreign asset managers’ business in the Italian market. He has worked at several investment companies in Italy, Luxembourg and Malta, including GDP Asset Management Sim. Carraroli will be supported by Chiara Verderio, head of research and fund analysis at ACD.Zurich Corporate Services – Andy Seed is joining the UK defined contribution (DC) services provider as corporate distribution manager of strategic partnerships. Seed joins from JP Morgan Asset Management, where he was an executive director leading UK DC sales. Schroders, European Securities and Markets Authority, Finanssivalvonta, EIOPA, APG, VIVAT Insurance, Keva, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Norges Bank Investment Management, ACD, Zurich Corporate Services, JP Morgan Asset ManagementSchroders – The asset manager has created a fiduciary management team headed by Mark Humphreys, previously head of UK strategic solutions at Schroders. The position, like the team, is new. Hannah Simons, Jonathan Smith and Rosalind Mann have been appointed as fiduciary managers, having been analysts in Schroders’s UK strategic solutions group. They take their previous responsibilities with them. European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) – Anneli Tuominen has been appointed vice-chair of the EU supervisory body. She is director general of Finanssivalvonta, the Finnish financial supervisory authority, and already a long-standing member of the ESMA board of supervisors. Tuominen is also on the supervisory board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB). She replaces Carlos Tavares, former chairman of the Portuguese securities markets commission (CMVM), who has completed his term.EIOPA – Fausto Parente has been elected executive director, joining from the Italian insurance regulator, Istituto di Vigilanza sulle Assicurazioni (IVASS). Peter Braumüller, managing director of the Austrian Financial Market Authority, has been re-elected EIOPA’s alternate chair.last_img read more

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Man City Win Third Straight Carabao Cup

first_imgManchester City secured their third League Cup win in succession – and their fourth in five years – with victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.Pep Guardiola’s side won an historic treble of domestic trophies last season with the Premier League and FA Cup, and they thoroughly deserved their triumph despite a spirited effort from Aston Villa.Manchester City looked like they would stroll to victory when Sergio Aguero’s strike and Rodri’s header from a corner that was hotly contested by Villa put them in complete control inside 30 minutes. Villa, while strictly second best, offered themselves a lifeline when Mbwana Samatta headed in from Anwar El Ghazi’s cross four minutes before the interval.City continued to dominate as they sought a third goal and Villa were agonisingly close to forcing extra time when Bjorn Engels saw his header from a corner turned on to the woodwork superbly by keeper Claudio Bravo.It was their last chance and City closed out the win their superiority merited.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more