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Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Schools Receive $40 Million in Grants for School Safety and Community Violence Prevention Grants

first_imgGov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Schools Receive $40 Million in Grants for School Safety and Community Violence Prevention Grants Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that The School Safety and Security Committee (Committee) established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by Act 44 of 2018 approved $40 million in school safety grants to 234 school entities plus $7.5 million in community violence prevention and reduction grants to 25 grant recipients throughout the commonwealth.“These grants are the mechanism we need to create local strategies that will increase safety for our children and our teachers and prevent violence in classrooms and communities across the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “Schools should be safe, secure places for our children to focus on their education and on preparing themselves for a lifetime of success, not another place we need to worry about sending our children. Awarding these grants to more than 200 schools means a safer Pennsylvania.”Per Act 44, school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitation institutions were eligible to apply up to a maximum of $6 million to support one or more activities allowed by the statute.Activities and items allowed include performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.Of the school safety applications, 75 percent of grantees requested funding related to security planning and the purchase of security-related technology. The next most popular request was for trauma-informed approaches to education, the development and revision of school safety plans and all-hazards plans, staff training in the use of positive behavioral supports, counseling services for students, specialized staff and student training programs, and costs associated with the training an compensation of certified guidance counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers and school psychologists.The 17-member School Safety and Security Committee includes four legislative members, who offered comment on these expansive grants:“This grant program has already proven to be very successful in helping local school districts take the steps they need to make our students safer and our school buildings more secure,” said Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. “This $40 million will provide some much-needed assistance to ensure our schools are safe; however, the total request from schools was $177.6 million, which illustrates that we must continue to fund this vital program. As chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I will be advocating for additional dollars to go to this program during the state budget conversations.”“As a lead advocate of school safety, I know there are tremendous school safety needs that must be met to protect our children, teachers and those who work in our schools,” Sen. Jim Brewster said. “All schools need funds to make safety upgrades. We must do more to reach every district with state resources. School safety funding should be a priority, and our focus should be on issuing more grants to more schools over a longer period of time. Adding more funds for school safety to this year’s budget is imperative. It will ensure that funding is available for those school districts who did not receive grants this year.”“As a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, I put the safety of our students and school personnel first,” Rep. Donna Bullock said. “There is a clear need for physical, behavioral health, training and other school safety resources for our schools and communities. The demand for the School Safety Grant Program was tremendous, far in excess of available resources, which made the funding decisions difficult. Every student should feel safe; every school should be safe. Governor Wolf’s 2019/20 budget proposal allocates $45 million for the School Safety and Security Grant Program. This budget season offers us an opportunity to invest more resources into school safety and learn from the important work done in the first year of the School Safety and Security Committee.“As a member of the committee, I’m pleased we were able to award these grants in a timely fashion,” said Rep. Jason Ortitay. “School safety is at the forefront in many people’s minds, especially parents. The programs funded through these grants will make a difference, but we are not done. We must evaluate what additional resources schools need. I’m eager to continue my work on this committee.”In addition to the school safety grants, municipalities, counties, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations were eligible to apply for $7.5 million in community violence prevention and reduction grants to support programs designed to reduce community violence. Funding for this solicitation also came from Act 44 funds.Of the community violence applications, 25 applicants received an award of up to $350,000 each for a two-year project. Activities and items allowed by Act 44 included increasing access to trauma-informed support services and behavioral health care; providing health services and intervention strategies; providing mentoring and other intervention models to children and their families who have experienced trauma or at-risk of experiencing trauma; and fostering and promoting communication between school entities, communities and law enforcement.More information about the School Safety and Security Committee, including school safety assessment criteria and an online registry of individuals qualified to perform those assessments can be found on PCCD’s School Safety and Security webpage. May 02, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Step back in time with this charming Townsville Queenslander

first_img“You think with Queenslanders that they are going to be constant maintenance but it’s not the case at all.” Julie Mahoney, who is marketing the property, said the versatility of the Queenslander design was an incentive for buyers.“I think the beautiful thing about the Queenslander architecture is best demonstrated on a property like this,” Ms Mahoney said. “The extension on this property at 19 Sheehan is a magnificent example of working with past architecture and incorporating new architecture. “The interest in the house has been incredible and all attendees have commented on how well-equipped it is for the modern family.” The property at 19 Sheehan Street in Belgian Gardens will go to auction on September 23 at 6pm. “The new part is an extension out the back with kitchen, living and dining area but there’s also a deck, pool and master bedroom.”With a job opportunity in another state, the Yates family have had to put the home on the market, giving another family the chance to add to its history. “There’s honestly been no house that I’ve loved coming home to like this one,” Mr Yates said. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s a magnificent house and in my opinion there’s nothing bad about it. This classic Queenslander will go to auction later this month.A CLASSIC Queenslander with plenty of history in Belgian Gardens is set to sell under the hammer this month. The house is understood to have been built in the Federation period at the turn of the century, with much of its heritage charm still intact today. Owner Andrew Yates only purchased the property three years ago but said he had recently discovered much of its history. Historic picture of 19 Sheehan Street in Belgian Gardens.READ MORE Is this Australia’s most sustainable house? City property sales spring to lifecenter_img Mr Yates said the house had since been extended to include a pool and additional space. “There are sort of two parts to the house — the old and the new part,” Mr Yates said. “I suspect the original part of the house is very much as it always was, although one of the side verandas is now enclosed and we use that as a spare room. READ MORE “We got a letter in the post by a lady named Bernice and she said her mother was born in the house in 1913,” Mr Yates said. “She told us about the history of the house and said it was part of a dairy farm. The original homestead had been a house down on Bundock St which was built by Irish immigrants.“This home was then built on the same property and was occupied by some of the children of the original immigrants.”last_img read more

Number of WV repatriates with COVID-19 rises to 163

first_imgThe most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Meanwhile, the breakdown for repatriated OFWs and LSIs is the following:* Aklan – four* Antique – four* Capiz – two* Guimaras – five* Iloilo Province – 19* Negros Occidental -74* Bacolod City – 24* Iloilo City – 31“Sa gihapon nagapabilin nga mas madamo ang asymptomatic cases naton sa rehiyon so 196 of the confirmed cases are asymptomatic,” added Pulmones.She urged the publicto still be vigilant and follow quarantine protocols of concerned local government unit (LGU) to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. There is still no vaccine for COVID-19./PN The six new cases also brought to 246 the total confirmed cases in Region 6.“Nagapakita nga ang total naton nga confirmed cases diri sa region ang yara sa 246. Bout silingon nga subong nga adlaw may nagdugang naman nga anum ka bag-o nga kaso,” said Pulmones.Of the 246, 112 are active cases, 123 already recovered and 11 died.Here’s a breakdown of the 246 cases per provinces and cities:* Aklan – six* Antique – 14* Capiz – six* Guimaras – zero* Iloilo Province – 23* Negros Occidental -three* Bacolod City – 11* Iloilo City – 20* repatriates OFWs/LSI – 163 Six more tested positive, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 yesterday. They were the following:* 27-year-old female from Bacolod City or Patient No. 241 (LSI)* 51-year-old male from Bacolod City or Patient No. 242 (OFW)* 29-year-old male from Buenavista, Guimaras or Patient No. 243 (LSI)* 21-year-old male from Barotac Viejo, Iloilo or Patient No. 244 (LSI)* 32-year-old female from Bacolod City or Patient No. 245 (LSI)* 40-year-old female from Bacolod City or Patient No. 246 (LSI) According to Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, chief of the Local Health Support Division of DOH-6, these latest patients are all asymptomatic and currently isolated in a quarantine facility. ILOILO City – There are now 163 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 among repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in Western Visayas.last_img read more

Frye urges severe weather awareness

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Indiana’s weather can be unpredictable, especially during springtime. Already this year, spring floods and unseasonal snow have devastated large parts of our communities. As we enter the summer months, everyone should review severe weather safety tips. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has prepared and assembled helpful, expert information on how to prepare for potential natural disasters.Thunderstorms, flooding, lightning and tornadoes can produce heavy rain, hail and strong winds that easily damage property. Be proactive in preparing yourself for these storms by parking vehicles under shelters to avoid hail damage or away from areas that easily flood. In case of emergency, have a portable preparedness kit ready to go at a moment’s notice. Kits should include at least one gallon of water per person, a three-day supply of non-perishable food, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a whistle to signal for help and a battery-powered or hand crank weather radio.With warmer temperatures, more Hoosiers will be spending time outdoors and staying up-to-date on life-threatening weather conditions is critical for staying safe. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Weather Radios send out special alarm tones to signal a watch or warning alerting listeners to take appropriate safety measures. These radios should be NOAA certified. You can purchase one at most local retail shops.If severe weather is expected in your area, seek out shelter with a strong foundation and monitor your weather radio. If you see lightning, do not touch the metal inside buildings and stay away from isolated trees. During a tornado or thunderstorm warning you should evacuate mobile homes and retreat to storm shelters and basements. Avoid standing next to windows as the glass might shatter. When flooding is a possibility, get to higher ground and make sure you know alternative escape routes in case one is blocked. Never drive your vehicle through high water.More information on severe weather can be found by visiting, following the “Get Prepared” tab on the left side of the page and select “Severe Weather.”Severe weather can hit without warning, and if you aren’t prepared, it could hinder your ability to make sound decisions. Review these tips and preparedness pages to help keep you and your family safe. Please contact me with any questions you may have at or 317-234-3827.last_img read more

Pochettino to assess future in May

first_img “It is clear that at the end of the season we will assess the situation at the club, and then we will decide whether it will be apt for me to stay here for another season. “Until the end of the season if the owners want me to be the manager, then I will be the manager at this club. “When people change, things change, it’s inevitable that will happen, but I am still committed to this club for now. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. “It’s clear Nicola has great charisma, he has great charm, and also a tough character; he’s a very driven person. “He’s a great negotiator, so what else can you add, he’s already the full package.” Katharina Liebherr inherited control of Southampton after her father Markus’ death in August 2010. Construction machinery magnate Markus Liebherr guided Southampton out of administration in 2009, holding a long-term ambition of securing Champions League football. Cortese joined the club to make that happen, but is understood to have had a difference of long-term vision with new owner Katharina Liebherr that led to his exit. Southampton take on Sunderland in Barclays Premier League action at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, with Pochettino unsure whether the new non-executive chairman will attend, or meet the players. “In the five minutes that I spoke with her (on Thursday) she did not tell me whether she was coming, and she did not tell me whether she would speak with the players,” he said. “My opinion would be to say ‘Yes’, I think it would be important for her to be visible at the game, but that’s her personal decision, she’s chairman for a reason and she can make her own decision. “I have to be honest it’s only the second time I’ve met with her. “At the end of last season Nicola invited the entire staff to an end-of-season party, that’s where I met her, and today was the second time we’ve met.” Businesswoman Liebherr has never hidden her lack of football knowledge. Pochettino admitted he hopes she will surround herself with lieutenants experienced in the sport, now that Cortese has left St Mary’s. “I would imagine that those kinds of people have people around them who do know about football, like myself,” he said. “It’s not up to me when the chairman speaks to me, it’s up to her to speak to me as she pleases. “On a personal basis I would not be in agreement to sell any player we do not want to sell.” The Argentinian boss has refused to pledge his long-term future to St Mary’s in the wake of executive chairman Nicola Cortese’s resignation. Pochettino ruled out following Cortese out of Southampton before the end of the current campaign, but offered no further assurances. Press Association Mauricio Pochettino will reassess his Southampton position at the end of the season. The 41-year-old questioned owner and now interim chairman Katharina Liebherr’s ability to recruit a suitable chief executive to replace Cortese and fight Southampton’s mounting transfer battles. The former Espanyol boss vowed no-one will leave Southampton during the transfer window without his blessing, but Manchester City are circling on teenage talent Luke Shaw and West Ham are closing in on England striker Rickie Lambert. Press Association Sport understands Cortese harbours deep ambitions to take up another post in English football. The 45-year-old is also clearly keen to reprise his double act with Pochettino, with sources describing the duo as having a very strong bond. Southampton’s manager himself will not be making any snap decisions, but admitted it would be folly not to consider working under Cortese in future. “It would make no sense for me to leave this club in the middle of the season, no-one would understand it,” said Pochettino. “I’m pretty sure Nicola would not understand that decision from me. “I will finish the season and then we will see what happens. last_img read more

2019/20 NPFL to Kick-off November 3 and End May 31, 2020

first_imgThe League Management Company (LMC) has announced November 3, 2019 as the kick-off date of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with match slated at all ten venues.This followed a consultative meeting between the LMC and heads of the 20 participating clubs in Abuja on Monday, October 14, during which the Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko presented a comprehensive briefing to bring the clubs’ officials up to date on situations in the NPFL, especially, the commercial activities and more robust business plans that are being pursued to resolve the recent challenges faced by the league.The LMC had proposed two start date options of October 20 or October 27, 2019 to the clubs. However, after deliberations, the November 3 date was agreed. Part of the resolution of the meeting was an expression of appreciation to the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare for his bold support to the NPFL and commitment to the resolution of the challenges facing the league.The clubs’ administrators also expressed solidarity with the LMC and stated their preparedness to contribute towards successful delivery of the business plan presented by the LMC.The clubs in applauding the LMC leadership and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), noted the positive effort and actual work that are being put in place to strengthen organised football in Nigeria amidst avoidable challenges and distractionsThe meeting also witnessed the drawing of fixtures for the 2019/2020 season with November 3, as kick-off date and May 31, 2010 as the last Match-day.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

LGBT students to focus on more outreach

first_imgThe lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has started the new academic year with the  goal of expanding its support base among USC communities.The Queer and Ally Student Assembly has already hosted its welcome barbecue and a dance at Ground Zero Performance Cafè, but its vision for the rest of the year goes beyond events. QuASA started 2010 with a greater initiative: involving more people in its events, said Emily Allen, executive director of QuASA.Katrina MacGregor | Daily Trojan“My goal is for QuASA to bring all sorts of different people out to participate in the programming and activities, to show that you don’t have to be super involved in the community to get involved,” Allen said. “So I’m just trying to bring up the ideas of communities and support and a lot of different communities that have no relation to QuASA are doing that too.”Although QuASA is happy to be a part of USC’s welcoming community, some students said they realize that QuASA is still viewed as a niche organization on campus.“I feel welcome, and some of my friends who are straight feel welcome, but I know some people don’t even feel that they’re really invited,” said Willie Hartman, a freshman majoring in animation and digital arts.October is Coming Out month for the LGBT community. The theme of this year’s Coming Out month is “Melting Pot,” a title Allen said is designed to show that all types of campus cultures and communities can join together to support the LGBT community, and that diverse types of people can coexist and complement each other.“It’s to bring about awareness to a larger group at USC, not just the LGBT community but everybody,” Allen said.LGBT will kick off Coming Out month with a chocolate fountain and fondue in Alumni Park on Tuesday to emphasize the melting pot theme. Throughout October, LGBT will also be hosting events, such as karaoke night and a “Gay? Fine by Me” T-shirt giveaway.Through Oct. 10, QuASA will be collecting photos of students holding signs reading “I am an Ally” as part of its biggest event, “Coming Out as an Ally.” These photos will be displayed on Trousdale Parkway to show that the support of the LGBT community is widespread, Allen said.“This is the first time that we’re having Ally week as part of Coming Out month,” Allen said. “We’re just kind of opening up a demographic a little bit wider by really showing ally students that they too can be involved.”QuASA’s long-term goals are to dispel the idea that the group is only open to certain people, Allen said, and to expand their programs to as many students as possible.“The USC community has been so responsive and supportive whenever the LGBT community has reached out to it, especially with the Ally project,” Allen said. “So we just hope that more communities at USC that want to get involved will speak up and we can collaborate with them in the future. Collaboration is what it’s all about.”Joshua Morris, a senior majoring in  psychology, said he has been a member of QuASA since freshman year.“What happens in the LGBT community affects everyone,” Morris said. “Knowing that we’re all Trojans, I feel it is very important that we all support each other.”last_img read more

Tyler Lydon impresses by doing the little things in college debut

first_imgTyler Lydon’s college basketball career was four minutes and 55 seconds old before Jim Boeheim threw him into an unnatural role.After Dajuan Coleman picked up his second foul on a driving Austin Price, Lydon dashed to the scorer’s table and a wave from the referee made him the first center off the bench of Syracuse’s season. All 6 feet 8 inches and 210 pounds of him were called on to man the center of the Orange’s 2-3 zone. Playing him there, as the “big man” of a three-forward lineup, was discussed as an option heading into the season.But no one, starting with Lydon, thought it’d happen so soon.“If you told me this probably in the summer I would have been like, ‘No way, you’re crazy,’” Lydon said of playing center before forward. “But after getting here and stuff, I’ve been playing a lot in practice and getting used to it. I’m feeling pretty comfortable in there.”On Friday, Lydon looked as much as Syracuse (1-0) opened its season with a 57-47 win over Lehigh (0-1) in the Carrier Dome. The freshman first filled in for Coleman, then played the wing, then shifted back to center, then back to the wing, and so on. Coleman finished with four fouls and just 13 minutes played. Lydon finished his college debut with four points, 11 rebounds — making him the only SU player to grab more than six boards — two blocks and three steals in 28 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange sprinted ahead of the Mountain Hawks in the first half before fighting off a strong comeback in the second, and Lydon’s unrelenting effort was effective throughout the game.“A lot of energy,” SU point guard Michael Gbinije said of Lydon. “… He did a good job of blocking shots and rebounding today. He’s definitely going to be big for us.” Logan Reidsma | Photo Editor Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2015 at 11:12 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jessecenter_img Less than a minute after coming off the bench, Lydon slid to the short corner and blocked a floater attempt by Lehigh forward Jesse Chuku. The ball floated out of bounds but Lydon toed the baseline, leapt in front of the first row of fans and flipped a save behind his back to start Syracuse’s offense the other way.Less than a minute after coming off the bench, Lydon slid to the short corner and blocked a floater attempt by Lehigh forward Jesse Chuku. The ball floated out of bounds but Lydon toed the baseline, leapt in front of the first row of fans and flipped a save behind his back to start Syracuse’s offense the other way.Less than a minute after coming off the bench, Lydon slid to the short corner and blocked a floater attempt by Lehigh forward Jesse Chuku. The ball floated out of bounds but Lydon toed the baseline, leapt in front of the first row of fans and flipped a save behind his back to start Syracuse’s offense the other way.After a Syracuse timeout at the 12:50 mark of the first half, Lydon sprinted back on defense, stole a pass intended for a cutter and found Trevor Cooney who raced down the court for an uncontested layup. A play later, Lydon reached his arms out to steal another pass and Malachi Richardson hit a mid-range jumper on the other end.Lehigh called a timeout to stop the mini run. Lydon bounced toward the Syracuse bench with a smile stretching across his face. Cooney ran to meet him close to half court and Lydon yelled “Let’s go” as the two exchanged a high-five.“Tyler was great on defense in the first half,” Boeheim said. “He made some great defensive plays out of the center position.”On the other end, Lydon mostly facilitated out of the high post and was hesitant to shoot his jump shot. With five minutes left in the first half, he caught the ball wide-open and awkwardly pump faked twice. The defender caught up to him and he traveled before swishing a 3 after the whistle.Boeheim said Lydon should shoot more confidently and added that Syracuse’s centers didn’t play as well in the second half. Lydon said that he didn’t slide as well defensively and could, less than a half hour after the game, already think of two or three plays that he messed up on. He also admitted he was nervous when he first entered the game and that that probably contributed to the small mistakes.But for a forward who began his career at center, nerves were more than warranted.“I’m not too surprised by anything anymore,” Lydon said. “It was good to get out there.” Comments Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse tops Lehigh in season-opening winWhat we learned from Syracuse’s season-opening win over LehighChinonso Obokoh rises for 4 blocks in Syracuse’s 57-47 win over LehighSyracuse couples 1st-half defense with late offensive push to topple LehighFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s season-opening win vs. Lehighlast_img read more

International Champions Cup action comes to the Aviva

first_imgRepublic of Ireland under-21 international Eoghan O’Connell will be hoping for another chance to impress Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers after breaking into the Hoops’ first-team squad during pre-season.Kick-off is at 6pm.Meanwhile, The FAI’s Festival of Football, which has been taking place in Tipperary all week, ends today. The association’s AGM is the last event of the extensive programme.last_img