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BLOG: State Police Served and Protected During Winter’s Worst

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 26, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img BLOG: State Police Served and Protected During Winter’s Worst Blizzard 2016,  The Blog,  Weather Safety Just like the National Guard and so many others, the Pennsylvania State Police went above and beyond to keep fellow Pennsylvanians and people from across the country safe during one of Pennsylvania’s worst winter storms in years, especially between Somerset and Bedford on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.Nearly 600 troopers worked statewide during the worst of the storm to keep Pennsylvanians, our communities and our roads safe.PA State Police helping get people unstuck on I-81 N at the Enola exit. @abc27News #27WinterAlert— Justin Raub (@Justin_Raub) January 23, 2016At a backlog on the Turnpike, more than 40 state troopers helped and assisted at the interchanges and throughout the Somerset and Everett station’s patrol area.There, Pennsylvania’s finest took charge of the scene, pushed vehicles, assisted checking on stranded motorists, passed out food and water, and stayed vigilant for any medical emergencies.Our rescue. Many thanks to @PennDOTNews @PAStatePolice @PANationalGuard and local Fire & Rescue #jonasblizzard— Franciscan U (@FranciscanU) January 24, 2016State Police leaders at the scene relayed some incredible stories of individual and collective bravery and service. From their perspective and mine, those troopers on the scene went above and beyond the call of duty – just like they have time and again.Some troopers were outside of their vehicles for over 17 hours – even as the temperature dropped to well-below zero at times. One trooper took it upon himself to commandeer a front end loader and directed the operator to make a path through the backlog so they could get to passenger vehicles, work with the National Guard to dig them out and push them out and onto the road to exit.@KnOwensboro @PA_Turnpike @PAStatePolice @PennDOTNews @PANationalGuard Thank you from a NE Mom for helping our kids on MM 127 #MFL2016— SteveLisaMiller (@slkmbhusker) January 24, 2016Along the backlog, troopers carried pets and even a baby out of cars, through snow and over barriers, to get them into warm buses and to a shelter. Another trooper heard there was a driver with a diabetic condition in the backlog. The trooper gave them his lunch he packed earlier in the day before work. He then put a flare out and marked the driver’s location so they could be checked on throughout the incident.Shoutout to Trooper Hophey of @PAStatePolice for going out of his way to help us out of the snow near New Baltimore on the PA turnpike— Joshua Herman (@TheHermanator91) January 23, 2016The Captain of the local troop said that in his more than 26 years with the department, these were the worst conditions he ever witnessed his members having to work in, especially for so long. He said he never heard one complaint about the cold or long hours, and his troopers never slowed down.I know he is proud of his troopers and I could not be more proud myself. The State Police’s Call to Honor, includes the promise:“It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress, and at all times so conduct myself that the honor of the force may be upheld.”In situations like we saw on the Turnpike and across Pennsylvania during this blizzard, this call was tested and our troopers passed that test with the highest marks and I thank them for their selflessness and commitment to service.last_img read more


ATP investment chief exits for PFA; Foged named permanent CEO

first_imgMartin Præstegaard“It has been essential to us that we took the time for dialogue with relevant stakeholders and searched the market for relevant candidates – both externally and internally.”About Præstegaard’s appointment as deputy CEO and CFO, Andersen said it would “further strengthen” ATP’s ability to meet its societal objectives, chiefly “securing basic financial security in Denmark” and “being an effective and strong provider of social benefits”.As well as three spells at the finance ministry, Præstegaard has also worked at the Danish Economy Agency and at DR, a broadcasting company.Further readingInterview: ATP boss on NOW: Pensions sale and future plans Foged spoke to IPE in February regarding the Danish pension giant’s ill-fated venture into the UK auto-enrolment sector and the possibility of a 40% boost to its inflowsATP: A very Danish scandal Is it possible to reach the top in the money world without getting your hands dirty? Rachel Fixsen reports on the fallout from leadership crises at ATP and Danske Bank, which left two top chief executive posts in the country’s internationally-respected financial sector lying vacant Bo FogedATP also announced that Bo Foged had been named CEO, having held the role on an interim basis since November. He joined ATP in 2015 as group finance director and chief operating officer after having spent six years at BankInvest Group, latterly as managing director.Foged told IPE earlier this year that he did not want to be considered for the permanent position due to the media scrutiny involved in leading one of Europe’s biggest pension investors.However, in his statement today, he said: “Very few CEOs have the opportunity to work as a trainee – and I must say I have become very keen to take on the task. It is exciting and challenging to lead ATP.“The societal task, the business and not least ATP’s skilled employees and my managing colleagues have outmatched my concerns. I know what I’m letting myself in for, and I was very happy when the board asked the big question.”Torben Andersen, chairman of ATP’s board of directors, said Foged had demonstrated “the ability, the experience and the capacity to accomplish the job”.He added: “The requirements to ATP’s top management are many. Both from the Danish population, from the board of directors, from employees and group management at ATP and also from the authorities. Kasper Ahrndt LorenzenLorenzen will join the DKK575.8bn PFA Pension in September as group investment director and CIO. He previously worked for PFA as a portfolio manager from 2004 to 2007.He had two spells at ATP, initially as a portfolio manager from 2007 to 2012, rejoining in 2014 as a deputy director. He was appointed CIO in 2016.Lorenzen’s role at PFA is a newly created position, PFA said in a statement. He will also take over as chairman of PFA Asset Management from group CEO Allan Polack, and become the fifth member of the company’s executive management board.Polack said: “We have searched for a group CIO for the PFA Group both in Denmark and abroad, and I am convinced that there is no better candidate for the job than Kasper.”In a statement issued by ATP, Lorenzen said: “The job change was not on the cards as I am happy working at ATP. But at a certain point in the process with PFA I felt that the desire to challenge myself in a more commercial field was so big that I had to jump at the offer.“I look very much forward to the new challenges and to use my knowledge and experience to the benefit of PFA. At the same time, I am happy and proud of all that we have accomplished in ATP in the past few years.”Foged named permanent CEO PFA poaches Lorenzen Denmark’s biggest pension fund will lose its chief investment officer later this year as Kasper Ahrndt Lorenzen is set to move from ATP to PFA Pension.The news comes as Bo Foged has been appointed permanent CEO of ATP, having led the DKK838bn (€112bn) fund since November after the resignation of Christian Hyldahl .In addition, ATP has appointed Martin Præstegaard as deputy CEO and CFO from 1 September. He is currently head of department at the Danish finance ministry, where he has held several roles since 2002.The shake-up follows a difficult period for ATP in which it was forced to sell its UK pension subsidiary NOW: Pensions at a loss, a few months after Hyldahl quit having come under political pressure regarding a previous role at Nordea during its involvement in a dividend tax scandal.last_img read more


EU warns member states to get tough on gambling AML compliance

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Toughening up European laws and practices against money laundering and organised crimes, the European Union may force bookmakers to implement ID-checks on customers that wager more than €2000.The tougher provisions form part of the EU-wide anti-money laundering directive, aimed at minimising terror organisations and criminal gangs’ ability to launder money through legitimate enterprises.The EU Council had previously warned betting industry stakeholders, that tougher AML regulations would be introduced to the multi-billion € gambling market, with companies being warned in a number of published consultations.Last June, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) issued an industry update, reminding operators of ‘requesting identity checks’ on customer transactions, warning stakeholders that failure to implement ID-checks would breach conditions of UK licensing.Reacting to new AML directives, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) a popular European regulatory body and jurisdiction for gambling operators has this month published its industry consultation, urging stakeholders to ‘get smart on new EU-wide AML regulations’.A number of Industry market analysts believe that tougher EU-wide regulations are forthcoming, as listed operators enter a crucial H2 2017 trading period. Further regulatory and compliance requirements may disrupt bookmakers’ performance, in what has already been an unkind 2017.The EU seeks to quickly implement/establish its new AML directive, which has been outlined as a key business/commercial requirement for member states.Last week Vera Jourova, the EU Justice Commissioner, rebuked national governments stating that 17 EU member states had failed to begin implementing compliance changes. Following two-years of member consultations, The new rules, known as the “fourth anti-money laundering directive”, were supposed to take full effect across the EU on June 26.last_img read more