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SCOP educates students about dangers of porn

first_imgIn order to spread awareness about the dangers of pornography, Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP) is hosting White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week. The initiative aims to inform students and faculty about the detrimental effects of pornography through a series of educational events.“We’re trying to look at the issue from several different vantage points for comprehensive coverage,” senior Shaun Evans, president of SCOP, said.Senior Tierney Vrdolyak, SCOP vice president, said the organization believes pornography is dehumanizing to both its consumers and the actors who produce it.Evans said the escalating nature of pornography causes people to “seek more extreme, often violent, abusive types of pornography,” over time. This may lead its consumers to have an increased inclination towards sexual assault, Evans said.Despite issues like these, pornography remains a little-talked about topic, Vrdolyak said.Vrdolyak identified this as a major reason why organizations like SCOP work to promote public discussion about pornography and how it influences society’s understanding of sexuality.She said SCOP hopes that in addition to educating about the harms of pornography, WRAP Week will provide a chance for those deeply affected by it to access help.“We want people to know there is a community who cares,” Vrdolyak said.WRAP Week kicked off on Sunday night with a prayer service in the Grotto. The service began with several readings, followed by a sermon by Fr. Terrence Ehrman and a chance for students to offer prayer intentions for further reflection.SCOP also handed out white ribbons and other WRAP Week resources outside Eck Hall on Monday morning to spread awareness about the program and its events.The initiative continues on Tuesday with “On Both Sides of the Screen”, a panel discussion featuring Crissy Moran, a former pornography actress, and Tray and Melody Lovvorn, a married couple who overcame previous struggles with pornography and seek to help others do the same.SCOP hopes sharing these stories will help students to “reflect on what pornography means for people in relationships,” Evans said.The panel will take place in DeBartolo Hall, Room 102 beginning at 5 p.m, and is open to the public.SCOP will also host a dinner presentation at Legends on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with Ehrman. Ehrman will be discussing his latest book, “Man of God: Lessons to Young Men about Life, Sex, Friendship, Vocation and Loving with the Heart of Christ.”“The book seeks to instill virtue in young men and women affected by pornography,” Vrdolyak said.Thursday, Jess Keating and Brett Robinson, both representatives from the McGrath Institute for Church Life, will host a lecture on hypersexualization in the media. Evans said the lecture will address how the normalization of sexual content in media affects the public perception of sexuality.WRAP week concludes on Friday with a petition signing calling for Notre Dame to apply WiFi filters restricting access to pornography websites on campus.Evans said because Notre Dame’s internet is the means through which pornography is accessed on campus, the University is indirectly responsible for the negative effects it has upon the students who view it.Vrdolyak added that, as a virtue-conscience univeristy, restricting access to pornographic websites would allow Notre Dame to take a public stance against pornography’s deteriorating effect on individuals’ character.The petition signing takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside both dining halls. The petition may also be reached at bit.ly/NDpornfilter.Tags: #SCOP, porn filter, pornographylast_img read more

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Exclusive Interview with Gen. Ernesto González, Ecuador

first_img Ecuador is part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and is affected by natural phenomena, especially earthquakes and volcanos. As a result, the country has much to share with others in the region in terms of humanitarian aid in response to natural disasters. Diálogo spoke with Gen. Ernesto González, Head of the Joint Command of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces, during the 2d Annual South American Defense Chiefs (SOUTHDEC) Conference, held in Lima, Peru, on 3 and 4 August, about this and other topics. Diálogo: What is the role of the Ecuadorean armed forces with regard to humanitarian aid? Gen. Ernesto González: The Ecuadorean armed forces are without doubt the principal support organization of the national government, through the Civil Defense Agency, which in our country today is called the Risk-Management Secretariat. So, we’re the principal support organization. Diálogo: And in relation to other countries in the region? How does this synergy come into being? What is the exchange of humanitarian aid like? Gen. Ernesto González: With Peru, we’d like to deepen our relationship a bit more. We met with General Contreras (Gen. Francisco Contreras Rivas, Head of the Joint Command of the Peruvian Armed Forces) in order to carry out some joint maneuvers already next month (September), taking advantage of the fact that there are going to be some search-and-rescue exercises. After that, we’re going to do humanitarian-aid activities, for example. That is, our security relationship, by the disposition of our presidents, is now going to be a relationship of integration. Remember that UNASUR, the Union of Southern Nations, was formed in South America. Diálogo: Of course. Gen. Ernesto González: So, one of the objectives of UNASUR is to have this humanitarian assistance among all countries in the event of disaster, and we’ve done things that way; we’re doing it in Haiti, for example. There, in addition to being part of MINUSTAH, we’ve sent a company of engineers, but at the request of the Haitian government, to provide support in the rebuilding. That is, giving that authority a means with which it can help the country move forward. And other countries are doing the same thing. For example, I was speaking with the general from Paraguay (Brig. Gen. Carlos Alberto Bordón, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Paraguayan Armed Forces), who is also already preparing a company of engineers that will be in Haiti in two weeks. Our relationships with other countries have been more in the area of humanitarian aid, like for example, the humanitarian aid we gave Haiti, the humanitarian aid we gave Chile. But for example, one of the marvelous lessons we learned today is that when two countries train together, adjust to one another starting during peacetime, starting at a time when there is no crisis, then the aid flows and happens more quickly, in a more timely way. As General Le Dantec (Gen. Cristián Le Dantec, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Chilean Armed Forces) was telling us, with Brazil and with Argentina, since they already do joint exercises, the aid was quick. Diálogo: So, you agree with Gen. Fraser, who said during the conference that there need to be more joint exercises between countries in order to prepare them? Gen. Ernesto González: There need to be more. I agree with this and also with the other proposal to have military units, not exclusively dedicated to the task of responding to natural disasters, to catastrophes, but that have a bit more training, a bit more equipment, that is, that have the duality to perform their security missions, but also build up greater capabilities for responding to disasters. I’m in favor of this idea. We’ve already been working on it in Ecuador, and this unit would be the one to participate in training if the Southern Command, or another country, were to invite us to this kind of training, which to me seems a very, very important idea. Diálogo: In relation to what General Contreras said that here in Peru they haven’t yet determined whether it’s better to have one large support center for humanitarian missions or small centers in each city, what is your opinion in this regard? Gen. Ernesto González: I think that it depends on each country’s geography, isn’t that so? Let’s talk about Chile: four thousand kilometers long. Perhaps they are thinking about having a large center, but also subcenters, no? On the other hand, Ecuador is small. Ecuador is concentric. So, if I have a relatively safe area that is not very affected by volcanic eruptions, perhaps I could have a single location, or maybe two. It depends on the geographical situation, on the resources that are available. But the lesson is also that you can’t have all the resources at a single site; you run a risk, because that site might be affected. So, maybe you choose a site that supposedly would not be so affected. But maybe I wouldn’t dare to put it in a single location. Since Ecuador has very clearly defined natural regions, I would put one center on the coast, one in the mountains, and one in the eastern part of the country. Maybe I’d do it that way. We’re exchanging information about this with Chile, which has had a good experience. Diálogo: So, you believe that it would not be necessary to have a military unit specifically for humanitarian aid? Gen. Ernesto González: No, no. This unit has to have duality, has to have its military capabilities and has to have its capabilities for responding to natural disasters. A little more that the rest, since we also presume that the rest of us, if we’re prepared for war, we’re prepared for anything. But I’m referring to training, equipment … It should have something more. Diálogo: The commander of the Peruvian battalion (Lt. Col. Darcy Gomes Fernandez) in Haiti told us during our visit to that country that due to their experience in combatting terrorist groups like Shining Path, they used those experiences during their work on the border with the Dominican Republic. Do you believe that this is an option, that is, training troops for one kind of exercise and from there, learning to use that in other things, such as humanitarian aid? Gen. Ernesto González: Of course, because for humanitarian-aid operations you need special tactics and techniques that perhaps you need in the jungle, in the high mountains. That is, this knowledge that the troops have is extremely useful, and if we add to it a little more training that’s more specific and with resources that are also more specific, even better. Diálogo: In relation to the general security situation of the country, there’s a tendency on the part of some countries in the region to give more powers to the armed forces, that is, more police powers, as happened in Brazil a few years ago, or as just happened in El Salvador, which empowered the army to fight the Mara Salvatrucha, Mara 18, and other groups. Is there a similar project in Ecuador? Or since the problem of narco-terrorism is not as serious yet in Ecuador, has this point not yet been reached? Gen. Ernesto González: These are currents that exist in the region and that are very real, and we in the armed forces have to restructure ourselves, organize ourselves to adequately confront these new threats. In the new Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador, which is a very new constitution, in Article 158, there is a constitutional mandate that says, “The armed forces and the National Police are institutions for the protection of rights, liberties, guarantees … etc.” That is, we have a very wide area of competence. So, you know that in the defense area we definitely have to turn our attention to the security areas. This is a fact. We’re seeing climate change, we’re seeing disasters happening around the world. And we’re also seeing that the armed forces are the principal instrument at the state’s disposal. We’re seeing the terrorism in Colombia, which, well, fortunately, we’re seeing being combated in a positive way, we’re seeing the issue of drug trafficking. So, one strategy in Ecuador, for example, is to support the police so that they can devote themselves more to public safety. But if we’re at the border, and since we’re at the border, we’re combating all the illicit traffic, perhaps this is the police’s job. But by freeing the police from this responsibility at the border, we’re being a great help to the state. And the police are here, but not with the force that should be here, and they’re in the large population centers, isn’t that so?, where there are adverse factors of another kind to which the police have to respond. That is, as a sine qua non conclusion, any country’s armed forces have to move into this area of security. By Dialogo August 17, 2010last_img read more

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Read Joe Biden’s President Elect Speech: Full Transcript

first_imgJoseph R. Biden Jr., a 77-year-old former vice president and longtime senator who has sought the White House on and off for more than three decades, on Saturday renewed his commitment to unifying and serving all Americans at a time the nation is deeply divided along sharply drawn partisan lines.In a roughly 17-minute address, Mr. Biden, speaking for the first time as president-elect, promised to lead with compassion, decency and character and heal the nation’s soul. As he has for months, Mr. Biden also promised to immediately address the coronavirus pandemic and work to stop its spread, an effort he said would be key to economic recovery.- Advertisement – We can do it. I know we can.I’ve long talked about the battle for the soul of America.We must restore the soul of America.Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses.It is time for our better angels to prevail.Tonight, the whole world is watching America. I believe at our best America is a beacon for the globe.And we lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.I’ve always believed we can define America in one word: possibilities.That in America everyone should be given the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and God-given ability will take them.You see, I believe in the possibility of this country.We’re always looking ahead.Ahead to an America that’s freer and more just.Ahead to an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect.Ahead to an America that cures disease — like cancer and Alzheimers. We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality, or relish life’s most precious moments — hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us — until we get this virus under control.On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as Transition Advisors to help take the Biden-Harris Covid plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on January 20th, 2021.That plan will be built on a bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern.I will spare no effort — or commitment — to turn this pandemic around.I ran as a proud Democrat. I will now be an American president. I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me — as those who did.Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end — here and now.The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control.It’s a decision. It’s a choice we make.And if we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to cooperate. That’s the choice I’ll make. And I call on the Congress — Democrats and Republicans alike — to make that choice with me.The American story is about the slow, yet steady widening of opportunity.Make no mistake: Too many dreams have been deferred for too long.We must make the promise of the country real for everybody — no matter their race, their ethnicity, their faith, their identity, or their disability.America has always been shaped by inflection points — by moments in time where we’ve made hard decisions about who we are and what we want to be.Lincoln in 1860 — coming to save the Union.F.D.R. in 1932 — promising a beleaguered country a New Deal.J.F.K. in 1960 — pledging a New Frontier.And twelve years ago — when Barack Obama made history — and told us, “Yes, we can.”We stand again at an inflection point.We have the opportunity to defeat despair and to build a nation of prosperity and purpose. To all those who volunteered, worked the polls in the middle of this pandemic, local election officials — you deserve a special thanks from this nation.To my campaign team, and all the volunteers, to all those who gave so much of themselves to make this moment possible, I owe you everything.And to all those who supported us: I am proud of the campaign we built and ran. I am proud of the coalition we put together, the broadest and most diverse in history.Democrats, Republicans and Independents.Progressives, moderates and conservatives.Young and old.Urban, suburban and rural.Gay, straight, transgender.White. Latino. Asian. Native American.And especially for those moments when this campaign was at its lowest — the African-American community stood up again for me. They always have my back, and I’ll have yours.I said from the outset I wanted a campaign that represented America, and I think we did that. Now that’s what I want the administration to look like.And to those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight.I’ve lost a couple of elections myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance.It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric.To lower the temperature.To see each other again.To listen to each other again.To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal.This is the time to heal in America.Now that the campaign is over — what is the people’s will? What is our mandate?I believe it is this: Americans have called on us to marshal the forces of decency and the forces of fairness. To marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.The battle to control the virus.The battle to build prosperity.The battle to secure your family’s health care.The battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country.The battle to save the climate. My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken.They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory.A victory for “We the People.”- Advertisement – Ahead to an America that never leaves anyone behind.Ahead to an America that never gives up, never gives in.This is a great nation.And we are a good people.This is the United States of America.And there has never been anything we haven’t been able to do when we’ve done it together.In the last days of the campaign, I’ve been thinking about a hymn that means a lot to me and to my family, particularly my deceased son Beau. It captures the faith that sustains me and which I believe sustains America.And I hope it can provide some comfort and solace to the more than 230,000 families who have lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Hopefully this hymn gives you solace as well.“And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,Bear you on the breath of dawn,Make you to shine like the sun,And hold you in the palm of His Hand.”And now, together — on eagle’s wings — we embark on the work that God and history have called upon us to do.With full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and in each other, with a love of country — and a thirst for justice — let us be the nation that we know we can be.A nation united.A nation strengthened.A nation healed.The United States of America.God bless you.And may God protect our troops. Here is a transcript of Mr. Biden’s remarks as they were prepared for delivery.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – To rebuild the backbone of the nation — the middle class.To make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home.It is the honor of my lifetime that so many millions of Americans have voted for this vision.And now the work of making this vision real is the task of our time.As I said many times before, I’m Jill’s husband.I would not be here without the love and tireless support of Jill, Hunter, Ashley, all of our grandchildren and their spouses, and all our family.They are my heart.Jill’s a mom — a military mom — and an educator.She has dedicated her life to education, but teaching isn’t just what she does — it’s who she is. For America’s educators, this is a great day: You’re going to have one of your own in the White House, and Jill is going to make a great first lady.And I will be honored to be serving with a fantastic vice president — Kamala Harris — who will make history as the first woman, first Black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country.It’s long overdue, and we’re reminded tonight of all those who fought so hard for so many years to make this happen. But once again, America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.Kamala, Doug — like it or not — you’re family. You’ve become honorary Bidens and there’s no way out. The battle to restore decency, defend democracy, and give everybody in this country a fair shot.Our work begins with getting Covid under control. We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation — 74 million.I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me.I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify.Who doesn’t see red and blue states, but a United States.And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people.For that is what America is about: the people.And that is what our administration will be about.I sought this office to restore the soul of America. Updated Nov. 7, 2020, 10:09 p.m. ET And to conclude, he returned to the idea that there is nothing Americans can’t do if they work together.“Let us be the nation that we know we can be,” he said. “A nation united, a nation strengthened, a nation healed.”last_img read more

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Kourtney Kardashian and Addison Rae in Bikinis on Harry Hudson Sweats

first_img– Advertisement – “Joy is doubled by others and sorrow is halved by others,” she wrote in the accompanying caption. “@harryhudson new merch out now, check my story for info.”Hudson’s new album, titled Hey, I’m Here For You, will drop on November 20. The 27-year-old singer commented on Kardashian’s post, writing, “Love you. Thank you for always being there 💛.”This Sweatsuit Features a Bikini-Clad Kourtney Kardashian and Addison RaeCourtesy of Kourtney Kardashian/Instagram; Courtesy of Addison Rae/InstagramRae also promoted the merch, sharing a pic of herself wearing the blue-hued sweatsuit in an Instagram Story on Tuesday, November 10.- Advertisement – Available in both blue and black, you can pick up the hoodie featuring the two women for $70, or get the entire sweatsuit for $130.This isn’t the first time the duo has made headlines for bikini pics. Back in August, the pair shared a series of snaps in itty-bitty swimsuits. “Picture me I picture you,” the reality star captioned the Instagram post. In a couple of the pics, the mother of three stands over the social media influencer as Rae lays on a towel on the ground. In others, they both lay alongside one another in the shallow part of the pool.- Advertisement – This Sweatsuit Features a Bikini-Clad Kourtney Kardashian and Addison RaeKourtney Kardashian and Addison Rae. Courtesy of Kourtney Kardashian/InstagramKourtney Kardashian and Addison Rae are further cementing their unlikely friendship with some sexy merch.On Monday, November 9, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 41, announced that she and the 20-year-old TikTok sensation are featured on sweatsuits promoting Harry Hudson’s digital album. Pictured swimming through a blue-lit pool in bikinis, the Poosh founder shared a series of pics from the shoot, along with the final product.- Advertisement – But it’s not just stylish swimwear that the two slay in. The pair also knows how to kill it in super chic street style. In fact, during a recent trip to New York City, they walked around in coordinated looks that match.Now they’re giving Us the sweatsuit we didn’t know we needed.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!)last_img read more

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Golden rules for investing in hotels

first_imgThere are parameters that we can and cannot influence. It is important to pay attention that the constants have the highest possible level of quality, and the variables have a lot of room for improvement, said Orestes Fintiklis, a well-known entrepreneur from Cyprus, for Booking.com, and revealed its golden rules for investing in hotels, all of which should be taken into account when choosing a facility and the importance of reputation in the real estate industry.When we enter an investment, we must be aware that there are certain parameters that we cannot influence and that cannot be changed, such as, for example, the location, approach and structure of the building. These parameters are the so-called “constants”, while they are opposed by factors that can be influenced, “variables”. Some of these factors, which are subject to change, are sometimes within the competence of the owner such as service, cost structure and effective sales strategy. Variables that are not subject to owner control are conditioned by market rules, that is, the laws of supply and demand.In choosing a location for our investment, Fintiklis advises, we must look for facilities that have reliable constants, as well as the ability to improve variables. Namely, the potential for growth, which lies outside current cash flows, is vital. The ideal investment would certainly be one in which the constants are at a high quality level, while at the same time the variables in the competence of the owner have much room for improvement. In other words, we are looking for a hotel with a currently unfavorable market, but with a fundamental potential aimed at growth in the near future, for example with an imbalance in the relationship between supply and demand which is again in the process of recovery.It is also a risk that ultimately crystallizes good leaders. Good and strong leaders show a combination of innate abilities such as intelligence, but also a range of learned abilities that are the result of perseverance and hard work. Some of them are the ability to influence other people, patience, fairness and organizational skills.Also, the success of the investment depends on the reputation of the investor. Namely, the reputation is the result of years of service and hard work, as well as a professional team of managers with a clear name. Fintiklis warns that reputation takes years to build, and only a few moments to be lost forever.Staying focused on the goal and keeping a clear and balanced mind are key to success in today’s turbulent market. Anyone trying to grow their business should persevere and keep trying because a lot of good ideas and plans have failed solely because there was no right time for them or they are the result of bad luck. Also, we need to get the most out of our unique selling point, that is, from what sets our product apart from others and makes it special.Our goal is for guests to return to our hotel again and again. In addition to all the above, the quality of accommodation units and food should be emphasized. Extraordinary service is important, Fintiklis concludes, and extraordinary service means persistently meeting the customer’s expectations with the right attitude and a smile on his face.last_img read more

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Arsenal issue Reiss Nelson injury update ahead of Europa League clash against Vitoria

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal issue Reiss Nelson injury update ahead of Europa League clash against Vitoria Reiss Nelson will be sidelined for the next few weeks with a knee problem (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have confirmed that Reiss Nelson will miss Thursday’s Europa League match against Vitoria due to a knee injury and that he will be in contention to return to action next month.The 19-year-old winger hasn’t featured since the 4-0 thrashing of Standard Liege in the Europa League at the start of this month due to the issue but is now on the comeback trail.An Arsenal team news bulletin read: ‘Reiss Nelson: Left knee (ligament injury). Sustained during the Standard Liege (h) match on October 3. Aiming to return to full training in November.‘All other first team squad players available for selection.’ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Aside from Nelson, Unai Emery has a fully fit squad to choose from against Vitoria (Picture: Getty)Nelson has long been considered one of Arsenal’s brightest young talents and Unai Emery opted to keep him in the first-team squad this season following a loan spell with Hoffenheim last term.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe England U21 international started Arsenal’s first two Premier League games of the season against Newcastle United and Burnley and has featured six times in all competitions overall, scoring once and registering two assists.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery has turned to a number of Arsenal’s academy players in the opening months of the campaign with Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka also featuring prominently in recent weeks.Other than Nelson, Emery has a fully fit squad to choose from against the Portuguese side following Alexandre Lacazette’s return to fitness against Sheffield United on Monday night.Arsenal have made a strong start to their Europa League campaign, winning both of their opening two matches in the competition and Emery will be looking for a reaction on Thursday after the defeat at Bramall Lane.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Oct 2019 11:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Commentlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Proposes $200 Million in New Education Funding for Upcoming Budget

first_imgGovernor Wolf Proposes $200 Million in New Education Funding for Upcoming Budget February 02, 2016 Budget News,  Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced a $200 million increase to basic education funding as part of his 2016-17 budget proposal. The investment, which represents a 3.3 percent increase, is in addition to the $377 million increase contained within the 2015-2016 bipartisan budget compromise. The agreement was supported by bipartisan majorities in both chambers before Republican House leaders failed to hold a final vote and left town prior to Christmas. It will be distributed using the Fair Funding Formula created and unanimously adopted by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission in June 2015.“We have a choice in Pennsylvania, and we must choose a path that funds our schools, eliminates our deficit, and puts Pennsylvania back on track,” Gov. Wolf said. “My proposed budget will build on the goal of a bipartisan budget compromise and it provides a clear path for a promising future for our state.”Governor Wolf made the announcement during a Schools That Teach visit to 10th and Green Elementary School in the Reading School District.“A fully funded basic education fund (BEF) that provides equitable funding for students from diverse backgrounds is a necessity,” Reading School District superintendent Dr. Khalid Mumin said. “Governor Wolf’s visit to Reading School District — where the student body is 93 percent economically disadvantaged, 18 percent of the students are English Language Learners and 16 percent of the students receive special education services — further epitomizes the governor’s commitment to providing educational funding that levels the playing field for all children throughout the commonwealth.”The Basic Education Funding Formula provides sufficient, predictable, and equitable funding for school districts across the commonwealth, and includes student-based factors such as number of children who live in poverty or are enrolled in charter schools, as well as district-based factors such as the wealth of the district, the district’s current tax effort, and the ability of the district to raise revenue.“This is the path to a greater future and will help us lay a strong foundation for long-term economic growth,” Gov. Wolf said. “There is another path that will lead to higher property taxes, reduced services for seniors and another $1 billion in education cuts – doubling down on the deep cuts of the past. It is time to finish the job, fund our schools, and give Pennsylvania the bright future it deserves.”Governor Wolf will deliver his 2016-17 budget address on February 9 at 11:30 a.m. A livestream of the budget address will be available here: governor.pa.gov/liveRead more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Promoter: Anthony Joshua set for bout at Tottenham

first_imgHeavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is close to agreeing a deal to fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium later this year, promoter Eddie Hearn said on Thursday.Advertisement Loading… “We’re very close. I had a meeting with AJ last night. We’ve had offers in from the Far East, Middle East, Africa, America, Turkey,” Hearn told Sky Sports.“He’s made it very clear to me ‘I want to come home. I want to box in London next. I’ve been to Madison Square Garden. I’ve been to Saudi Arabia. Bring me home! Forget the other offers! Bring me home!’ Now the 30-year-old is set to fight Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, the IBF mandatory challenger, in June at the north London home of Premier League club Tottenham.The plush 62,000-capacity stadium, which opened last April, is believed to have beaten competition from venues including Twickenham and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. Read Also: Man City star Sterling to miss West Ham clash“He wants to fight in London in June. We’re on the verge of making that happen now. Spurs is the front runner and that’s what he’s asked me to do. We’ll be delivering that for him.”Joshua was last in action in London back in September 2018 when he beat Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeZodiac Signs Reimagined As Women Look Incredible9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Britain’s Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia last year to regain the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.last_img read more

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Manchester City eye Sevilla defender Pablo Perez

first_imgManchester City are one of a trio of clubs keeping tabs on highly-rated Sevilla defender Pablo Perez, according to Marca. RB Leipzig are also said to be keen on the left-back, who has yet to appear for the club’s senior side but is said to be one of the most promising players in the youth system. Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Top 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesDoors Opening, Strange Noises Coming From The Attiс: Who’s There?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Perez is so rated due to his natural ability, work ethic and attitude, ensuring that Perez has been training with the first-team squad at points this season and has been included in matchday squads. Read Also: Lautaro Martinez would only leave Inter for Barcelona He only joined Sevilla last summer from the nearby Nervión youth team and he is involved with the Spain Under-19 team. Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi is set to meet with Perez’s agent to negotiate a new deal and secure his future at the club. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ajax are said to be leading the chase for the 19-year-old, who Sevilla reportedly are keen to securing on a long-term contract. The report continues that all three clubs would be willing to pay the release clause of the full-back, which is not clarified, but is said to be highly attainable.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

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Arteta ready for challenge of Premier League relaunch

first_img “I think we have found the right balance, and the most important thing was to provide the players with a safe environment to work where they could feel there was no risk, or a very limited risk, to develop their profession. “I think we have managed to do that and from now on, the physical part is really good and the mental side as well has been a challenge over those three months. Now let’s see how ready we are to compete.” Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said they were aware the eyes of the world would be on their match at Villa Park. “First game back is going to be a little bit different, what we understand is the magnitude of the game, the coverage of the game,” Wilder said at his pre-match video press conference on Monday. “From our point of view we want to put on a good show and make sure we play well.” Sheffield United, who have 10 games to play, are seventh in the table, chasing Champions League football. Villa are in the relegation places, but Smith said it was an honour to be playing the first game in the English top flight since March. Victory over the Blades, their game in hand over their relegation rivals, would take them out of the drop zone with nine matches remaining. Premier League: No positives from latest round of testing. Read Also: Late own goal sees Sevilla stutter in Champions League chase “The eyes of the world will be on us and we are looking forward to it,” Smith said. “The players have been itching to get back.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits players will have to find motivation without the urgency provided by fans when the Premier League restarts on Wednesday. Arteta: We are working even in lockdown Arteta’s side will feature in the second game of the Premier League relaunch when they face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, just hours after the opener between Aston Villa and Sheffield United. The remaining 92 top-flight matches will all be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus. Having watched Germany’s Bundesliga return without fans on television before experiencing the situation himself last week during friendlies, Arteta is aware of the challenges. He believes it will be hard for some players to display their usual intensity because they will not have the energy of a full stadium to feed off. “When I was at the Emirates and there was no crowd, you cannot feel that energy, push or drive,” Arteta told reporters in a video press conference on Monday. “The game is different. The intensity drops a little bit. That urgency from the crowd doesn’t exist anymore, how passionate the crowds are in England. We have to adapt. “We have to experience it. We have to find ways to motivate our players as well in moments.” Like most managers, Arteta has concerns about the fitness of his players after they were forced to work out on their own before the gradual return to organised training. – ‘Ready to compete’ – With the rest of this season being crammed into just six weeks, Arteta has told his players to forget the unusual circumstances and embrace their return to action. “We try to make the best of it. Don’t try to make any excuses, go for it and enjoy because I think we are all missing football so much,” he said. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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I-74 traffic switch Tuesday, let the work begin

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation will move all westbound traffic to the south side of the median on I-74 near Batesville between mile marker 143 and mile marker 156 beginning Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m., weather permitting. Both east and westbound lanes will be restricted to single lanes with concrete barriers until approximately Nov. 1.All I-74 exit and entrance ramps will be open to traffic.The westbound rest area at mile marker 153 will be closed starting Monday, April 15, and will remain closed until Nov. 1. The eastbound rest area at mile marker 153 has been permanently closed since Feb. 2019.Follow @INDOTSoutheast on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

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Governor Holcomb and INDOT Award Nearly $100 million through Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative

first_imgDearborn CountyCounty $999,884.00AURORA $611,447.16GREENDALE $610,794.94LAWRENCEBURG $556,834.67 Switzerland CountyCounty $189,150.00 Madison,IN— Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced 229 Indiana cities, towns, and counties received a combined $99.2 million in state matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.“High-quality local roads and bridges are an important part of our formula for attracting jobs, growing our economy, and building strong communities,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Our fully-funded Next Level Roads plan and record-breaking level of construction has gained Indiana national recognition for our approach to infrastructure, and Community Crossings takes that commitment to the local level all across the state.” The Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $612 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered more applications than dollars available—making the call for projects highly competitive. In response to local requests to help manage project flow, INDOT now accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the January 2020 call for projects.“Efficiently and safely moving people and commerce is vital to the quality of life and vitality of our communities,” said McGuinness. “INDOT is excited to partner with communities through this matching grant program to make infrastructure investments that contribute to the success of all Hoosier cities, towns, and counties.”To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. State lawmakers identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017.The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2019 July call for projects can be found here.  The following are award winners for southeastern Indiana:Bartholomew CountyCOUNTY $591,796.00COLUMBUS $1,000,000.00ELIZABETHTOWN $118,730.12EDINBURGH $639,075.00HOPE $189,401.25 Franklin CountyCounty $905,710.07BROOKVILLE $216,860.25LAUREL $145,747.50 Jefferson CountyCounty $987,940.90center_img Decatur CountyGREENSBURG $504,601.86WESTPORT $107,175.75 Ripley CountyMILAN $258,286.09OSGOOD $737,849.70VERSAILLES $316,371.49 Rush CountyCounty $935,918.72last_img read more

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Residents of Trump Plaza Palm Beach donate food to local food bank

first_imgThe residents of Trump Plaza of the Palm Beaches have been collecting food to donate to the Palm Beach County Food Bank.Residents have been working together all week to collect bags of food for those in the community that have been affected by the pandemic.The Palm Beach County Food Bank is scheduled to be pick up the denotations at Friday at 5:00pm.  During the pick up, residents plan to stand on their balcony and cheer.last_img

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No. 23 BYU upsets No. 2 Gonzaga 91-78

first_imgBYU visits Pepperdine on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 No. 23 BYU upsets No. 2 Gonzaga 91-78 Gonzaga struggled to keep pace with BYU after going without a field goal over the final 4:36 of the first half.The Cougars kept building on their momentum early in the second half. 3-pointers from Kolby Lee and Toolson highlighted a run of four straight baskets that put BYU up 58-44.A win over a Gonzaga team that spent part of the season ranked no. 1 overall will go a long way to helping the Cougars lock up an NCAA Tournament bid in March.UP NEXTGonzaga hosts San Diego on Thursday. Gonzaga trailed by 14 points early in the second half before mounting a comeback. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 70-68 on a jumper from Drew Timme with 7:52 remaining. BYU did not let Gonzaga erase the lead entirely.Zac Seljaas made back-to-back baskets to give the Cougars a little breathing room again. Then Childs bookended a string of four straight BYU baskets with a layup and a jumper to put the Cougars up 87-76 with 3:15 left.BYU got a big lift from Childs in the first half. The senior forward crashed the boards and made several critical baskets to provide a much-needed spark for the Cougars on offense.Childs capped a 13-4 run that gave BYU a 21-18 lead with back-to-back baskets. Gonzaga briefly regained a 25-24 lead on back-to-back baskets from Kispert and Petrusev. The Cougars surged back ahead before halftime thanks to Childs.He accounted for three buckets on a run of five straight possessions that ended in baskets for BYU. It helped the Cougars claw out a 38-32 lead. February 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Yoeli Childs scored 28 points to help No. 23 BYU upset second-ranked Gonzaga 91-78 on Saturday night and end the Bulldogs’ 19-game winning streak.Jake Toolson added 17 points and T.J. Haws had 16 points. BYU (23-7, 12-3 WCC) never trailed after halftime en route to winning its eighth straight game.Killian Tillie scored 18 points and Corey Kispert added 16 to lead the Bulldogs. Filip Petrusev added 14 points and Admon Gilder chipped in 13. Gonzaga (27-2, 13-1) won the previous five meetings in Provo before Saturday. Associated Press last_img read more

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Caz girls basketball beats Westhill, falls to Chittenango

first_imgThe Lakers held Westhill to four points in the first quarter. Then the game shuffled back and forth, but Cazenovia mostly stayed out in front.Then, in the fourth quarter, the Lakers outscored the Warriors 20-13, pulling clear as Lindsey Lawson could not be stopped, pouring in 28 points as Julia Bauder earned six of her 11 points at the free-throw line.Meanwhile, Chittenango eagerly awaited Cazenovia, sporting a 4-0 record. Adding to the color of the game was the fact that Bears head coach Kassie Kleine was a Cazenovia graduate and was always eager to take on her alma mater. It turned into an exciting contest, the two neighbors trading sustained scoring runs, but Chittenango making the last push to ultimately defeat Cazenovia 53-41Both sides traded baskets until the second quarter, where the Bears limited the Lakers to five points. But Cazenovia broke out of that slump in the third quarter and made up all the ground.So it went to the fourth quarter tied, 34-34, but Chittenango regained the lead and got clear thanks to a well-balanced attack anchored by Ally Shoemaker, who amassed 13 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and seven steals.Emily Moon and Mia McReynolds led the Bears with 14 points apiece, Moon adding five rebounds as Cassidy Kelly recorded nine points and seven rebounds.Lawson still led all individuals with 21 points, while Bauder got 11 points. Combined, the rest of the Lakers had just three field goals as Carleigh Szalach finished with five points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CazenoviaChittenangogirls basketballcenter_img When the Cazenovia girls basketball team made the short trip to Chittenango last Friday night, it did so flush with newfound confidence.Even though the Lakers had dropped its first game of the season to Bishop Grimes earlier in the week, it more than made up for it when it visited Westhill a night before its game with the Bears.Against an opponent it had struggled with for most of the time they’ve competed together in the OHSL Liberty division, Cazenovia started well and closed strong to beat the Warriors 55-45.last_img read more

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Igor Emkić preparing for the No Limit 8 Tournament

first_imgIgor Emkić, one of the best BiH kick boxers, is getting ready for performance at the No Limit 8 Tournament which is to be held in Sarajevo in March. Igor’s first opponent will be the Montenegrin fighter Boban Krušić.After a great performance and a technical knockout against Toni Mikelić, Emkić dedicated himself to regeneration, and now he is getting ready for new challenges in the ring.“After the fight in Rijeka, I focused on regeneration of my body and recovery of injuries I got in the past several fights. Earlier this year I did some quality basic preparations, now I feel I’m in a real competition shape and that I am ready for new challenges,” Emkić said.No Limit 8 will be held on March 11 in Sarajevo. The audience will, among other things, have an opportunity to see the best eight fighters from the region. It will be a true spectacle.In the past period, Igor has been working on improving his techniques and, as he says, he prepared some unpleasant surprises for future opponents.“My team and I tried to correct all shortcomings that we noticed. We dedicated a lot of attention to the acquisition of new techniques and we have been working on mastering things that I had never demonstrated to the audience before. I reached a whole another level in performances in the ring. Opponents will be surprised once they see what awaits them in the ring,” Emkić said.Igor will prepare for the tournament in Tuzla and Novi Sad.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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