Budget News, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Government Reform, Government That Works, Infrastructure, Innovation, Jobs That Pay, Minimum Wage, National Issues, PAsmart, Restore Pennsylvania, Round-Up Harrisburg, PA – A week ago, Gov. Tom Wolf made his fifth budget address. He outlined a plan to create the strongest workforce in the nation and provide needed resources for education, agriculture, seniors and more.Here’s a snapshot of the reaction to his proposed spending plan:Reading Eagle: “By focusing on education and job training, Wolf’s budget is the kind of forward-looking plan the state needs if its citizens are to thrive.”The Citizens’ Voice: “There is no reason not to have this budget, including its initiatives for economic growth, in place by the beginning of the new fiscal year July 1.”The Republican Herald: “The governor’s $34.1 billion proposal zeroed in on two connected top priorities that should not be controversial — public education and workforce development.”The Tribune-Democrat: “We share the enthusiasm local economic development leaders expressed for Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to provide more funding for blight removal by taxing the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.”The Sharon Herald: “Gov. Tom Wolf has a plan. The four-year, $4.5 billion spending proposal he announced in Johnstown Wednesday would create a pool of money, separate from the budget, for blight removal and reuse projects. The money would be raised by creating a severance fee on the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. How about that. Progress will beget progress.”The Citizens’ Voice: “The proposal is a test for lawmakers whether they will serve the industry’s narrow interests or the public’s broad interests. It’s time for a majority of them finally to get on the right side of the issue.”PennLive: “If we want the best possible teachers to train future generations of students for any profession or trade, we should treat the teaching profession with the respect it deserves. And that begins with pay.”Nancy Eshelman, PennLive: “Gov. Tom Wolf wants to ensure that every public school teacher in the state is paid a minimum of $45,000 a year. Count me among the supporters of the idea.”Paul Muschick, The Morning Call: “Gov. Tom Wolf’s recommendation that the state investigate offering full-day kindergarten to all 5-year-olds is welcome and long overdue.”Observer-Reporter: “In his budget plan unveiled earlier this week, Gov. Tom Wolf revived a proposal to require municipalities that rely on state police for full-time coverage to pay a per-resident fee for those services. It’s an idea whose time is overdue.”Scranton Times-Tribune: “Lawmakers should not only embrace Wolf’s proposal but go all the way, covering the full costs of the machine replacements after the federal contribution, spreading the cost over years and compensating the few counties, including Susquehanna, that already have acquired compliant voting machines.” February 12, 2019 ICYMI: Editorial Boards Praise Governor Wolf’s Budget Address SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
DES MOINES — The number of first-time unemployment claims dropped again last week.Iowa Workforce Development reports the new claims were 13,040. That’s down by nearly 2,800 from the previous week. The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims was 187,375 — which is down by nearly 2,700 — and is the first drop in ongoing claims in nine-weeks.Manufacturing saw the most new claims last week with 4,679. Self-employed saw 1,251 and Health Care and Social Assistance saw 1,216 new claims.
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OCEANPORT – New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) officials presented $1,942 checks to three Monmouth County libraries – Oceanport, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach – that were damaged last year during Super Storm Sandy.During a ceremony at the Oceanport Library last month, NJLA Executive Director Patricia Tumulty and NJLA President Eileen Palmer gave the checks to Monmouth County library officials, including Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, library liaison, and Monmouth County Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz.Monmouth County Library Board Chairwoman Renee B. Swartz, Freeholder Lillian Burry, Oceanport Branch Manager Katie Kenny, Sea Bright Library Director Joan Walsh and Monmouth Beach Library Director Judith Bakos.“We are touched by all the people who donated to our libraries damaged by Sandy, and we thank them for their generosity,” Burry said. “We all know how much the residents in Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and Oceanport value their libraries, and the money will be put to good use.”Burry noted that many of the Monmouth County library branches and member libraries were able to act as “ports in the storm” during Sandy, offering residents a warm and dry refuge with a place to charge their electronic devices and use public computers.Swartz emphasized the Monmouth County library’s increasing role in the community. “Hurricane Sandy was yet another example of how the library in recent years has evolved and expanded, so that the library now functions as a true community center for residents,” Swartz saud.Palmer said the NJLA received calls from people all over the country – and from as far away as Scotland – who wished to help New Jersey libraries damaged by Super Storm Sandy. As a result, the NJLA took in more than $13,000 in donations and formed the Save Our New Jersey Libraries fund, according to Tumulty.The money raised is being equally distributed to the seven libraries throughout the state that were damaged by the storm. Each library will receive $1,942.Oceanport branch manager Katie Kenny, Monmouth Beach Library director Judith Bakos and Sea Bright Library director Joan Walsh accepted the checks.The Oceanport Library, which was flooded with almost 2 feet of water from the Shrewsbury River during Sandy, was closed for renovation for almost nine months, and reopened on July 1.The library on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright was severely damaged by the storm’s tidal surge, but borough officials are currently renovating the building.The Monmouth Beach Library is now operating out of a room in the Monmouth Beach Borough Hall until a decision is more about a permanent placement.
Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the work of the students with Team of the Week honours.Prior to the classes hitting the streets, students stopped for a team photo by Madeleine Guenette. Three Kootenay Lake schools banded together to raise awareness for Earth Day 2013.Students from Wildflower, South Nelson and Trafalgar took to the streets of Nelson to stencil warnings on storm drains and pick up garbage on streets, tracks and parks in the city.
Johannesburg, Thursday 10 November 2016 – Brand South Africa will this week launch a digital campaign under the banner ”No Excuses’ in support of the annual global 16 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children.Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon during the 16-day period to symbolise their pledge to not commit or condone violence against women or children.Commemorated annually, the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children, aims to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse have on women and children and the country as a whole. It further aims to encourage people to stop violence against women and childrenBrand South Africa’s GM for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntomebla said: “The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, turn this into 365 days of non-violence against women and children.”The global campaign which runs from 25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December, is premised on these specific dates to emphasise the links between ending gender-based violence and human rights principles. This period includes International Aids Day to raise awareness of how HIV and Aids impacts on the lives of women and children.The 16 Days on No Violence against Women and Children finds expression in South Africa’s Constitution and other policies which call on all stakeholders to play their part to create a society characterised by equity and fairness for women, children and other vulnerable groups.“It is the responsibility of government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, communities and the media to drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children, and speak out against woman and child abuse,” added Ms Ntombela.The campaign also aims to challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour, involve men in helping to eradicate violence, as well as provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives.For more information on how to participate in the campaign, follow the conversation on #NoExcuses.Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, California, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Less than a week before the highly anticipated opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, the league’s 30 General Managers have given their predictions for the upcoming tourney.According to NBA.com’s annual GM survey, the defending champions Golden State Warriors are expected to once again hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy—garnering an astonishing 93 percent of total votes from the league executives.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Azkals lose Ott to injury Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Coming in at a far second are the team’s bitter rivals, the re-tooled Cleveland Cavaliers, who only managed to score 7 percent from the survey.The result marked the highest margin in the 16-year history of the survey, the report said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, 69 percent of GMs correctly predicted that the Warriors would capture the title, while 53 percent said the Cavs would win it all, a season prior.Meanwhile, the league’s premier superstar, LeBron James, is still pegged by most executives as the front runner for the 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year Award. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next A four-time winner of the league’s most prestigious individual honor, James is expected to carry a bigger load for the Cavaliers after the departure of fellow superstar Kyrie Irving.Surprisingly, reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook wasn’t even in the top 5 selection for GMs. His exclusion is most likely due to the arrival of two ball dominant stars in Oklahoma City—Carmelo Anthony and Paul George—which could mean less touches and a dip in overall statistical production for the explosive guard.Other categories included “Most likely to have a breakout year” (Karl Anthony Towns), “Best Point Guard in the NBA” (Steph Curry) and “Most Improved Team” (Minnesota Timberwolves), among others.Check out the full list of categories here. /raADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Affiliates from across New South Wales will take part in the 2014 New South Wales Touch Association’s (NSWTA) State Conference on Saturday, 18 October and Sunday, 19 October at Bankstown Sports Club. In a busy weekend for NSWTA, the finals series of the 2014 Vawdon Cup will commence on Friday night, with the grand finals to be played on Saturday, 2 November with the Grand Finals.The conference will see administrators learn across many areas over the weekend, from the Touch Football Australia and National Rugby League Strategic Alliance update, to Fox Sports Pulse workshops as well as volunteer topics and interactive sessions for affiliates. The 2014 NSWTA Blues Awards Dinner will be held in conjunction with the event, recognising athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers for their contribution to the sport. NRL superstar Benji Marshall will be in attendance as a guest of the NSWTA and will take part in the presentations with MC Joel Caine. For the first time, the prestigious Boland and Smith medals will also be presented at the Dinner, recognising the best players from the 2014 Vawdon Cup season.43 people will be awarded Blues Awards at the event, while the Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year sees Gunnedah’s Peta Devine, Sydney Scorpions’ Tim Kitchingham, Hunter Western Hornets’ Don Green, Mudgee’s Kathy Lang, Hills Hornets’ Brad Mitchell and Leeton’s Bruce Washington in contention for the award. The dinner will also see one of Australia’s best-known and leading comic entertainers, Vince Sorrenti, take to the stage. Stay tuned to the NSWTA and TFA websites and social media pages over the weekend for all of the latest news and information from the 2014 NSWTA State Conference:Touch Football AustraliaWebsite – www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaNew South Wales Touch AssociationWebsite – www.nswtouch.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch Instagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSWTA Conference
WINNIPEG – The woman who raised a teen girl found dead in a river after she kept returning to the streets wants changes to Manitoba child welfare to prevent chronic runaways from ending up in grave danger.Kids who run away constantly while in government care have become a recurring problem due to finite provincial resources and strict limitations under federal law.Tina Fontaine was being exploited and had repeatedly run away from hotel rooms and a Winnipeg youth shelter in the weeks before her death in August 2014. She was last seen walking away from a hotel room where she had been housed.Her body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was found in the Red River after she rejected pleas from a social worker to stay in for the night.“I don’t know what else we can do to keep a child like Tina (safe) — and there are so many other Tinas out there that just keep running,” said Thelma Favel, Tina’s great-aunt, who raised the girl on the Sagkeeng First Nation.“I wish there was something they could do to keep them safe — maybe a placement where they’re not allowed to leave, for a period of time anyway, just to get some kind of counselling for them to show them what could happen to them out there.”The Youth Criminal Justice Act forbids placing kids in custody as a way to protect them. People can be locked up for a few days in facilities for severe drug addiction or extreme mental-health crises, but locking kids up in a foster or group home is forbidden.In Manitoba, there are group homes deemed “semi-secure” that have extensive monitoring and programming, but the goal is a quick transition to more freedom.Manitoba’s children’s advocate, Daphne Penrose, suggested there is a need for high-security placements in some cases.“I believe there is a place for children who are so exploited and on the risk of imminent danger when they are out, those kids need help until they can make safe decisions for themselves,” she said.Penrose, whose office is investigating what services were provided to Tina, said kids who are running away are often not doing so voluntarily.“You’re dealing with kids who oftentimes owe people money or are threatened to get out there to work … or their pimps are making them work,” she said.“If you don’t see it from that perspective … then you see them as chronically running away because they want to leave, and that’s not the case.”She said mental-health supports and addictions treatment must be improved and there needs to be a crackdown on child exploitation.The issue of runaways was highlighted in a recent inquest report into the death of an Indigenous teen who hanged herself in a jail after spending her life in care. She had run away from 14 foster placements and was being sexually exploited. Her identity is protected under a court-ordered publication ban.The inquest report by provincial court Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta said the girl was forced to work in the sex trade by a gang and “repeatedly ran from foster placements, including a specialized placement in Winnipeg for sexually exploited youth, to resume work in the sex trade.”After she took her own life, one of the men who exploited her was sentenced to 15 years in prison for filming child pornography and running an underage prostitution ring.Cora Morgan, the First Nations family advocate for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said there are other reasons kids want to run away.“When they come into care, they’re taken from everything they know — their home, their family, their friends, their school. Every connection that they have in the world, they lose all of it.”Manitoba Families Minister Scott Fielding said the provincial government is working to reform child welfare, in part by focusing more on supporting families before children are apprehended.“We believe better assessments and earlier planning will result in less children in care and shorter duration in care,” Fielding said in a written statement.