FARMINGTON – County commissioners indicated their support for a proposal to open the Anson Street parking lot for 24-hour use, as part of a plan that would prohibit all-night parking in the Church Street lot.Currently, the town maintains the 27-space Church Street lot, with half of the spaces available for all-night parking from Nov. 15 through April 15. The other half, the side along Cony Street, is unavailable between the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. The lot regularly sees high traffic, except during Sunday afternoons when it closes for snow clearing.The town has recently been grappling with the issue of parking, as the opening of Origin USA at the corner of Church and High has brought roughly 40 employees into the neighborhood. Origin owner, Pete Roberts, said that he was also anticipating further expansion of his workforce, adding roughly 10 jobs in the first quarter of 2019 and as many as 25 to 30 jobs over the course of the year.With that in mind, following discussions by the Parking Ordinance Committee and Board of Selectmen, the board gave Town Manager Richard Davis authorization to approach the commissioners regarding the Anson Street lot.The lot on Anson Street, which consists of 40 or so spaces, is currently closed for evening parking during the November-April span. With the exception of jury selection days at the Franklin County Courthouse, an event that draws hundreds of citizens to the area, the lot sees little regular use.Davis proposed to the commissioners that the Anson lot be available 24-hours, all year round. In exchange, Farmington would take over the maintenance duties, including plowing, cleaning and striping, through a lease agreement. Simultaneously, Church Street’s lot would no longer be 24-hour, which would free up more spots.After some discussion, the commissioners agreed in principle to a 2-year lease with Farmington running from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2021. After that point, commissioners said, the arrangement could be extended if both parties were happy.“We want to be supportive of the businesses,” Commissioner Charles Webster said.In other business, commissioners approved a 10-cent per hour raise for the two, full-time cooks at the Franklin County Detention Center. In exchange, language will be added to the cooks’ job descriptions identifying them as essential personnel. This would mandate that the cooks arrive at work even if the county should close operations due to snow, an event that officials estimated occurs twice a year on average.The FCDC is required to follow state guidelines regarding inmate feeding and nutrition which could open the county up to litigation should the cooks stay home like other non-union county employees, Sheriff Scott Nichols said. He had proposed giving the cooks double time during snow days.The 10-cent figure represents roughly a $250 annual increase, or the equivalent of giving the cooks double time for those days.
Oliver Polson, pensions manager for UK and Ireland at Molson Coors UK, said that, with the additional allocation, Kames would oversee more than half of the pension plan’s total absolute return bond investments.In other news, BlackRock has been given permission to invest an additional RMB20bn (€2.7bn) in Chinese onshore stocks and bonds under the government’s Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) programme.The additional award, assigned to BlackRock’s Singapore-regulated subsidiary, takes the total amount of China investment quotas allocated to BlackRock entities to more than $4.9bn (€4.4bn).Ryan Stork, chairman at BlackRock Asia Pacific, said: “The ongoing programme of capital markets reform is vital to international investors wishing to gain access to the world’s second-largest economy, notably the steps taken to broaden global investors’ participation in onshore fixed income and equity markets.”The decision by the Chinese authorities comes two weeks before index provider MSCI decides whether to include mainland Chinese shares, called A-shares, in its benchmark emerging market index.Last year, MSCI decided against doing so due, as it considered there were still too many restrictions governing foreign investment in China.The Ontario Pension Board and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board late last year became the first pension funds to obtain an RQFII licence to access China’s mainland capital markets. Lastly, the London-based global fixed income team of Japan’s Nikko Asset Management has recently secured a number of Japanese institutional mandates, mainly for US fixed income.There has been a significant increase in demand for global fixed income products from Japanese institutional clients, according to Nikko, after the Japanese central bank moved to negative interest rates in January, taking government bonds into negative yield territory.No further information about the recent Nikko mandate wins was available at the time of publication. The £1.7bn (€2.2bn) Molson Coors UK Pension Plan has increased its allocation to absolute return bond funds, investing the additional allocation entirely with Kames Capital.The brewer’s UK pension plan already had £100m invested in absolute return bond funds via Kames Capital, which was awarded the original mandate in 2015.The corporate’s legacy defined benefit plan is running a long-term de-risking programme.In connection with this, it recently increased its allocation to absolute return bond funds from 15% to 19.5%.
In addition to many numerous competitors, three-time Red Bull Cliff Diving Champion, gold medalist from the recently held World Cup in South Korea and currently leading in the 2019 overall ranking, Rhiannan Iffland from Australia, and Red Bull Cliff Diving World Champion from 2017, bronze medal winner at the World Cup in South Korea, winner of the first Red Bull Cliff Diving competition in Mostar and currently runner-up, Mexican Jonathan Paredes have both confirmed their arrival to the Bentbaša Cliff Diving competition on Saturday, August 3rd.With three seasons in the books, Rhiannan Iffland has made it a hat-trick of titles and become the most decorated female in the sport’s history.Since her rise as a stunning rookie-winner in her first cliff diving competition in 2016, the 27-year-old Australian has collected 11 wins in 17 events and has only twice finished outside the top three.To complete her winning streak the queen of cliff diving also won the FINA high diving world cup last November. At around the same time, Iffland became the first person in history to dive in one of the most captivating places on earth in Australia’s Northern Territory. Captioned as the “Rainbow Dive”, this once in a lifetime Aussie adventure documents her quest to reinvigorate her purpose and passion for diving in the heart of Australia.2018 was a patchy season for the former champion, whose three podium finishes were dampened by a 10th and 6th place, Jonathan Paredes. That’s not to say he went backwards last year; in fact his points tally in those three podium finishes would have been enough to score three victories in the previous season. The problem was, when the Mexican found his form in 2018, he unfortunately ran into the juggernauts Hunt and LoBue, who were smashing records left, right and centre. Paredes needed to win in Italy and hope those two failed badly, but any doubters needed only to look back at 2017’s finale to know that anything can happen.“Rhiannan and Jonathan will also be presenting their cliff diving skills in a special show parallel to the competition. In this way, they will contribute to the dynamic of the entire event and at the same time announce the coming Red Bull Cliff Diving Competition in Mostar. We are confident that the images of this event in Bentbasa will be shown around the world and that we will enjoy the performances of these superb divers,” said the organizer Dino Bajric to Federal News Agency.