SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 15, 2016 Wolf Administration Accepting Applications for “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Grants It’s On Us PA, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – As part of the Wolf Administration’s “It’s On Us PA” campaign, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that eligible post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania can now apply for up to $30,000 in competitive funding to address campus sexual assault.“Despite increased scrutiny, programming, and institutional reporting requirements, sexual violence continues to be the most prevalent and underreported crime at postsecondary institutions, affecting an estimated one in five women and one in 20 men during their time on campus,” Governor Wolf said. “In order to properly address this growing problem, we must partner with our colleges and universities and provide the necessary resources for keeping all students safe.”The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will accept applications for the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Grant Program from September 15, 2016 to October 15, 2016. Independent, public, and state-related institutions are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on addressing the goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA campaign, institutions that have taken the It’s On Us PA pledge.“Since its launch last January, Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us Campaign has sparked a dialogue among stakeholders on how the commonwealth’s secondary and postsecondary schools can address the issue of sexual assault,” Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said. “By building effective partnerships and developing new approaches, Pennsylvania’s institutions can develop best practices that can be replicated around the state.”Survivors of sexual assault often struggle with long-term health issues, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. They are more likely to earn lower grades or drop out of school altogether. Based on estimates from researchers, the lifetime costs in lowered educational attainment and lost productivity for adolescent girls experiencing sexual assault in Pennsylvania is a staggering $15.1 billion.In an effort to increase awareness, education and resources to combat sexual assault Governor Wolf launched the “It’s On Us PA” campaign on January 29, 2016, inviting education leaders and all Pennsylvanians to be part of the solution to protect students from sexual violence. The campaign’s goals are to:Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students. Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender based violence.Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.With this announcement, Pennsylvania became the first state to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign, building off the momentum of the national campaign launched in 2014 by President Obama and Vice President Biden. In an effort to continue the campaign’s progress, Governor Wolf successfully advocated for funding in the 2016-17 state budget to support postsecondary institutions’ efforts to: improve or conduct training for students, faculty, and administrators; increase institutional capacity to meet existing federal and state reporting requirements; and reduce or eliminate barriers to reporting for survivors of sexual violence.Programs or activities that will be considered for funding include campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students’ rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous reporting; and efforts to improve capacity to collect federal- or state-required data.Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by a team chosen by PDE’s Office for Postsecondary and Higher Education using the following criteria:Goals and objectives of grant proposal and alignment to the goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Program;Program and activity narrative for which funding will be used including details of how the proposed program/activity will improve awareness, training, reduce or eliminate barriers for reporting or improve data collection and reporting capacity;Supporting institutions’ efforts to better understand strengths and barriers within their existing prevention, reporting, and response systems through the development, use, and/or analysis of campus climate surveys or other data including current data reported for Clery Act compliance;Detailed budget information that supports the goals and objectives of the proposal;Expected outcomes; andAccuracy of the information submitted.For more information on the application process, please contact PDE’s Office for Postsecondary and Higher Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
ABP considers Snel’s unsuccessful spell as deputy finance minister no obstacle to nominate him as a board member, a spokesperson said. “ABP has considered the sum of Mr Snel’s relevant knowledge and experience as a great combination in a strong CV. He is complementary to other board members and thereby a good addition to the board.”ABP president Corien Wortmann welcomed Snel’s appointment. “He brings a wealth of managerial experience in the public and financial sector and has a lot of expertise in how to run large executive organisations,” she said in a press release.Snel himself said he is excited to join ABP at a time of great change for the Dutch pension system.“I have followed the developments in our pension system with great interest. In these exciting and decisive times during which a new pensions system is being designed, I would like to contribute to reaching ABP’s goals: a good and sustainable pension for now and in the future.”Before joining the Dutch Cabinet in 2017, Snel worked as the representative for the Netherlands at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. he started his career at the Dutch ministry of Finance, where he worked as deputy director-general for Fiscal Affairs.He is also a non-executive board member at shipbuilder Royal IHC. He joined the board in June, after IHC had received a bail-out from the Dutch government to save it from bankruptcy.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Menno Snel will join the board of the €456bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP. Snel, who worked as a director of strategy and policy for ABP’s asset manager APG between 2009 and 2011, was forced to step down from his duties as deputy finance minister in December 2019 following a series of scandals at the tax office over child benefit payments.Snel will start in his new role on 1 September and will join ABP’s board to represent the interests of the employers succeeding Carel van Eykelenburg. He was nominated by the government.Between 2017 and 2019, Snel was deputy minister at the Ministry of Finance, responsible for the tax service which was left reeling by a series of scandals before and during his tenure.Snel stepped down last year after it turned out the tax office had incorrectly ordered hundreds of parents to pay back childcare fees, resulting in personal bankruptcy for a number of these parents.
Stuff.co.nz 24 August 2012Family First NZ has labelled the anti-smacking law a “dog’s breakfast” after a police review revealed the majority of cases warranted no further action by police. But the Green Party, which pushed for the law, says that while there is not always enough evidence to support some claims, at least people were bringing their concerns to the police’s attention. The number of false allegations and occurrences where no reliable evidence could be found to support initial allegations nearly doubled, from 48 to 88, since the last six-monthly review period. Police spokeswoman Jane Archibald said the figure had increased as people became more aware of the law around smacking. “Overall the number of incidents reported increased year on year.” Police attended 500 child assault incidents during the review period of June 22 to December 21 last year. Twenty three involved smacking and 45 involved minor acts of physical discipline. Three adults were prosecuted for “smacking” – the most since the law came into effect five years ago, police said. One man received nine months’ supervision and 100 hours of community work for smacking his two sons on their legs in a public place, resulting in no injuries. Two other men were also prosecuted with a charge of Assaults Child (manually). The charge against one father, who allegedly slapped his daughter on her lower leg causing her to cry but leaving no injury, was subsequently withdrawn due to insufficient evidence. There have now been eight prosecutions for a “smacking” event since the introduction of the Crimes (Substitution s59) Amendment Act in 2007.Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie said the review would be cold comfort to parents. “Unfortunately, this confusing law has been used as a weapon against good parents – rather than targeting rotten parents who are abusing their kids.” Mr McCoskrie said the increase in false allegations of assault was a huge concern. “It seems incredible that we are wasting time investigating hundreds of families who obviously don’t warrant that investigation.” Parents had been stripped of a parenting technique which, when used appropriately, had been proven to effective and appropriate, he said. Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said the review showed the law was obviously working. “Police are clearly using their discretion to pursue the cases they feel warrant prosecution.” Ms Turei said the increase in the number of reports to police was a good thing. “It means more people are keeping an eye out.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7543284/Three-smack-offences-in-six-monthsMore parents land in court for smacking children Dom Post 25 Aug 2012More parents than ever are being prosecuted for smacking for their kids, new figures show. The latest police review of the anti-smacking law shows more charges were laid against parents last year than at any other time since the law came into force in 2007. Police attended 500 child assault incidents during the review period of June 22 to December 21 last year. Of those calls, 23 involved smacking and 45 involved minor acts of physical discipline. Three smacking cases led to charges. Since the law was introduced, only eight smacking cases have reached court. Assistant commissioner Malcolm Burgess said the three prosecutions within six months corresponded with more people reporting smacking. “Numbers of events in most of the categories, including smacking, have trended up. “We attribute this to the more widespread use of the legislation by police . . . and also to increased reporting as public awareness of the legislation grows.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7545319/More-parents-land-in-court-for-smacking-childrenThree prosecuted for smacking in last half of 2011NZ herald 24 Aug 2012In the last six months of last year three people were prosecuted for smacking – almost half the total number of prosecutions since the anti-smacking legislation came into effect five years ago….Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said the latest results showed the law was a dog’s breakfast when there was such a high rate of cases warranting no further action by the police. “Of most concern is that the report refers to an upward trend in smacking cases, and ‘more widespread use of the legislation’ by the police,” he said. It was incredible that police were wasting time investigating hundreds of families who “obviously don’t warrant that investigation”. Family First has called for an amendment to the anti-smacking law to clearly define what reasonable physical correction is, and to decriminalise non-abusive smacking.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829314
Senator Ronald dela Rosa made the motion in lieu of absent Blue Ribbon Committee chair Richard Gordon for the release of identities of the “ninja cops,” as revealed by former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Benjamin Magalong in an executive session. The PNP, meanwhile, has appealed to the Senate on Wednesday to protect the rights of so-called “ninja cops” or those policemen allegedly involved in the “agaw-bato” scheme. “I would like to have the records or the contents of that executive session be made available for those who are interested so that the truth shall prevail, not speculation,” Dela Rosa said. “There has been speculation circulating around regarding the alleged involvement of the Chief PNP General Oscar Albayalde in the so-called ‘agaw-bato’ scheme,” Dela Rosa said. “We request, however, that the Senate exercise due diligence in protecting the rights of these persons against undue persecution,” Banac added. The names and information were gathered during the Blue Ribbon and Justice Committees executive session last week with Magalong submitting the names of the ninja cops to the Senate. “I would like to have the records of that executive session be made available for those who are interested so that the truth shall prevail, not speculation,” says Senator Ronald dela Rosa. ABS-CBN NEWS “In fairness to General Albayalde…I would like to move for this body to allow or to authorize the Blue Ribbon committee to disclose the contents of the executive session that transpired during the last Senate committee hearing regarding GCTA anomaly,” he added. MANILA – The Senate has given its BlueRibbon Committee the go signal to release the identities of erring policeofficials allegedly involved in recycling of illegal drugs. Dela Rosa also said divulging the contents of the executive session would be fair to those being alluded to. The motion was unanimously approved by the 17 senators present on Tuesday night. “The PNP only has the best interest of justice, fairness and good governance in uncovering the truth behind the alleged involvement of cops in recycling drug evidence,” he said./PN Magalong, former chief of the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, accused several Pampanga policemen of recycling drugs back in 2007, when Albayalde was still the province’s chief. Senate President Vicente Sotto supported Dela Rosa’s motion since there was much speculation coming out regarding the contents or what transpired during the executive session and releasing the list will allowed those implicated to explain their side. “Let the ax fall where it may,” PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said in a statement. “We bow to the discretion of the Senate if it so desires to make public the names of PNP members whom it tags as “ninja cops.” “He (Dela Rosa) is seeking the permission of the body to give the Blue Ribbon committee an authority to divulge what transpired in that executive session to once and for all remove cloud of doubt on anyone that has been named,” Sotto said.
Football has ground to a halt across the planet in the wake of Covid-19’s rapid spread, with most countries in some state of lockdown as authorities attempt to get the virus under control and treat those who have been infected. With players having so much time on their hands due to a lack of matches and training while social distancing protocols are in place, many footballers have spent their time helping to raise funds or awareness for charities that directly benefit those on the front line of the fight. Samuel Eto’o has donated relief packages to his home nation of Cameroon, with items such as food, soaps, sanitisers and protective equipment handed out in the country’s economic capital of Douala. Didier Drogba, another African icon, joined Eto’o in roundly lambasting French professors for suggesting their continent should be used as a testing ground for a vaccine due to developing nations having little protection to begin with. The former Ivory Coast international also donated the soon-to-be-completed Laurent Pokou hospital, built by his Drogba Foundation, to his home nation’s government as a facility to screen for the disease. Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Loading… Such charitable moves prompted some to ask Adebayor what he would be doing with the wealth he has accumulated across his long career, but the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker says that he is his own man and won’t be swayed by the actions or opinions of others. “I always do things according to the wishes of my heart and not according to the words of others,” Adebayor said in a Facebook live video . “I’m sorry that people compare me to Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba by asking me why I don’t have a foundation or why I don’t donate, as if I was the one who brought the coronavirus to Togo… “I am neither the one nor the other, I am me, Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor. A word of advice for the guys regarding donations, I will not do that. Everything is clear and very simple. Thank you and good day.” read also:Adebayor stuck in quarantine over COVID-19 in Benin Adebayor, now 36, had signed for Paraguayan side Olimpia shortly before football was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Premier League striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, has hit back at those who have called him out for not donating money to his home country of Togo amid the global coronavirus crisis, stating that he will not be parting with his money purely because others wish him to do so.
Another British challenger, the David Nicholls-trained Sovereign Debt, held every chance but had nothing more to give in the closing stages and was well held. The victory was the middle leg of a treble for Manning and Bolger, who earlier saddled a one-two in the juvenile maiden and landed another one-two in the Alleged Stakes. He said of Flight Risk: “Pat O’Donovan rides him out regularly and told me the other day that he could be a Group One horse if everything fell right for him. Everything fell right and he’s on his way. “He got bogged down in Cork and this better ground helped. I’d like to come back for something like this on Derby weekend.” Flight Risk sprung a 50-1 shock in the feature Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh on a big afternoon for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning. The race-fit four-year-old, who was well beaten at Cork a fortnight ago, was brought with a dream run near the far rail by Manning to challenge for the lead in the final quarter of a mile. He galloped on resolutely to take the Group Three honours comfortably by a length and a quarter from another outsider, 33-1 shot Piri Wango, with Charlie Hills’ raider Cable Bay coming through late to take third place. Press Association
… Guyana looking to make it lucky 13THE anticipation and excitement of Guyana clinching a historic 13 consecutive Junior CASA Championships has been building and was evident in the speeches and expressions of those who made remarks when the event was officially launched yesterday at the Georgetown Club on Camp Street.The Junior Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) will officially start here in Guyana on Sunday, with the individual competition, where team captains Taylor Fernandes and Benjamin Mekdeci among others will be chasing titles.But it’s the team competition, and Guyana’s hunt to continue their stronghold on the team title that has everyone buzzing.“There has been so much work and preparation going on, on and around the courts. We’re ready,” remarked Guyana Squash Association president Robin Lowe.Guyana has a whopping 21 overall team titles in the history of the competition, with the last 12 titles coming in consecutively.Guyana’s closest and keenest rivals, Barbados, have only six team titles in the competition’s history, including a shared title with Guyana in 1993. They have continued to try, and continued to fail, to snatch that seventh title, as Guyana keep them on their toes.However, this year’s competition brings another opportunity, but the general consensus from the Guyanese side is that though 13 is usually associated with bad luck, it’s going to be a number that Guyana will be proud of at the end of this year’s competition.“We’re very prepared this year to showcase Guyana, showcase our talent. I think we have number 13 in our vision. But we won’t be able to do all of this, however, without out sponsors,” Lowe said.The competition was made possible by a number of big sponsors, including DIGICEL, Banks DIH, Ansa McAl, Exxon Mobil, Bounty Farm Ltd and the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA).Representatives of several of the sponsors were present at yesterday’s launch to share their pride and elation to be part of such a prestigious competition where Guyana have such a remarkable record.“It’s exciting to be a part of this. When the Guyana Squash Association came to Exxon Mobil and presented this opportunity, and said: Do you want to be a part of squash in Guyana? I said, 12 years running as Champions? Yes, sign me up, I’m on board. We want to get on board with something like this. We want to support youth, we want to support you the players,” said Exxon Mobil’s Kimberly Brassington.Banks DIH Troy Peters and Ansa McAl Sean Abel shared Brassington’s sentiments in their addresses.Also making remarks were the team captains, Fernandes and Mekdeci.“I stand very proud to be this year’s captain because I’ve seen how hard my team have worked and I can see how committed they are and I’m really excited to see everyone participate in this tournament,” said Fernandes, who will be playing her last year in the competition, as she will be aging out of the junior category.The same goes for Mekdeci, who did his training over the past few months, in the USA where he’s currently studying at Drexel University.Being away from the team over the past few months, Mekdeci said he was happy to see since his return how the players have developed.“I can see the growth that each player has made and I couldn’t be more proud of every single junior here,” he shared.After its start on Sunday, the competition will run straight through to July 8 and will be held at the courts of the Georgetown Club and the National Racquet Centre.
Asian American producer, actor and civil servant Kal Penn spoke about the empowerment of all students to openly connect and discuss their own ethnic and cultural identity in Bovard Auditorium Monday.Penn was the keynote speaker at the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival. Each year, APASA and its member organizations celebrate their culture with other students and to promote Asian Pacific American awareness as a whole on campus.Penn, known for starring as Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar movies and as Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the TV show House, served as an associate director and liaison for Asian American and Pacific Islander policy in the White House Office of Public Engagement between 2009 and 2011, with a break in 2010 to film A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. He also served as a co-chair for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.Penn said while media is beginning to incorporate a more diversified outlook, the stereotypical cultures shown on everyday television shows still contrast what people see, observe and experience in their daily lives.“There are still some pretty big sociological differences between what we see in the media and what we see in real life,” Penn said. “The rest of America doesn’t look like what happens when you turn on the TV.”Though critical of it, Penn acknowledged that the media is slowly evolving to portray diversity in its true forms and dimensions.“If you look at representation and diversity in the media, you’ll notice that, generally speaking, there aren’t a whole lot of characters who look like me,” Penn said. “Historically speaking, it’s been a lack of willingness by big media companies to produce and cast things in a color-blind manner but, recently, the trend has been rapidly changing in the last five to ten years.”As an Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison for the White House, Penn said his job was no different than what million of people do everyday.“It’s not that much different than what a lot of you guys are doing,” Penn said. “Your fraternities and sororities that tutor once a week, or ethnic organizations that organize food drives — all of that was no different than my job of getting every federal agency that had had a program related to the Asian American or Pacific Islander community to regularly meet with a commission from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”Andrew Dippel, a senior majoring in business administration, said he enjoyed hearing Penn speak because of Penn’s experience as a public servant.“You hear a lot about the Asian Pacific community, but you don’t really hear too many people that have direct experience working to benefit the community.” Dippel said. “It was refreshing to hear someone who has dealt with the issue personally.”Ke-Lwun Yee, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, said Penn’s story was inspiring and that, though progress needed to be made, it was refreshing to hear Penn deliver the message.“[Asian Americans] aren’t really portrayed in the media that often,” Yee said. “So it’s nice to know that there’s someone on the other side that’s willing to come talk to students about his successful journey as an Asian-American figure in the entertainment industry.”
Citizen, with Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group will showcase their unique talent on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, at the Miami Dade County Auditorium.The event which will commence 8:30pm both nights will see the performance group draw from the cultures of Africans in the Americas combine with post-modern elements. Wilson says he will use his own personal movement style to create what he calls “post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances.”In Citizen, Wilson asks, “What does it mean to belong?” and “What does it mean to not want to belong?” core questions of his investigations for the evening-length dance work.