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Tags: Mountain West/Sam Merrill/Utah State Aggies Basketball Associated Press February 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local Merrill scores 20 to lift Utah St. past Air Force 76-62 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sam Merrill had 20 points as Utah State beat Air Force 76-62 on Saturday. The Aggies improve to 2-0 against the Falcons on the season. Utah State defeated Air Force 79-62 on Jan. 5. Utah State faces New Mexico at home on Wednesday. Air Force plays Fresno State on the road on Wednesday. Neemias Queta had 17 points for Utah State (20-6, 10-3 Mountain West Conference). Diogo Brito added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Abel Porter had 10 points for the visitors. Lavelle Scottie had 25 points for the Falcons (10-15, 5-8). Ryan Swan added 13 points and nine rebounds. Chris Joyce had seven rebounds. Written by
OVERVIEW OF THE NEWSIn view of what we saw in the video of the Evansville Brownfields board meeting which was posted yesterday by the City-County Observer, we are rescinding our call for Fourth Ward City Councilwoman Connie Robinson and Vectren Executive Brad Ellsworth to resign from their positions on that body. It is plainly clear to anyone who views the video that they are the only board members who feels any obligation to allow public input to the dealings of publicly-funded “private” not-for-profit entity. We found the attitudes displayed by the other board members toward George Lumley’s wish to speak in behalf of the public interest to be totally inappropriate, though not surprising. We have re-posted the video who missed those things, so they can observe their high-handed attitude displayed by community leaders and DMD employees.In the past few days, there has been an onslaught of news reported that does not bode well for the fiscal outlook of our city and its future. We are offering a quick list of things that have been revealed very recently that deserve in-depth review, and we will be making more thorough reviews of these issues here in the coming days.• We are surprised to hear the news that the new “owner” of the hockey team that is slated to replace the Evansville IceMen next year, Mike Hall, only has a 10% share of the team. VenuWorks, which has a contract to manage the Ford Center holds a 90% piece of the hockey action going forward. We hope the taxpayers will not have to “pick up the slack” in hockey revenues. We will be more surprised if the Icemen’s owner, Ron Geary, doesn’t seek legal remedies against the City.• There is news that the City and the EPA have reached an agreement on the decades-old CSO dispute has been reached. The City has taken on a nearly $800 million debt in order to meet this very basic community need that will almost certainly grow to $1 billion in the 24 and-a-half year period that this project is scheduled to take. The cost of this project falls on the shoulders of ESWU rate-payers, and that will have a heavily negative impact on residents and growth potential of Evansville.• News of the State Board of Accounts adverse finding in the audit of Evansville’s books for the year of 2014, and the supplement to it that points out a $6 million deficit in the City’s bank balances deserves mention. The true facts of the stewardship of public money, no matter how many reassurances we are given that everything is fine, deserve much more attention than the media has given it. We will dive deeply into the facts and how they affect the future finances of the city.• DMD is planning bike trails through the section of the city that has the highest crime rate in the city, the North Main St. area, and the accompanying spending is astronomical. The project itself has already ballooned from $13 million to $18 million. The money for this comes from a TIF, which is tax money that is earmarked for the benefit of that part of the city. We wonder if this blighted high-crime neighborhood would benefit more from another kind of project.• Last on our list, but not least, is the concern we share with the public about whether or not the spending by Evansville Brownfields Corp is truly delivering on the promise to use HUD funds to clean up environmental hazards and return property to the tax rolls. We see big indicators that the stewardship of the federal money to meet the stated goals of Evansville Brownfields Corp may be taking a backseat to pleasing political cronies and pork barrel politics. The secrecy surrounding the spending continues to raise red flags.• As we look to the future of Evansville and what its residents will face ahead, we are hoping that you, our readers, will actively participate in our analysis of what the recent deluge of news truly means. We ask you to share with us the information and insights you may have on these issues, and we ask for your comments and questions about our findings. The City-County Observer truly appreciates our unique group of readers and look forward to examining the financial state of the City, in hopes of making the broader public aware of what is going on.FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Friday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. Jobs posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Evansville Brownfields Corp should be considered a public or private entity?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Mike Lukens, Teudy’s father-in-law said “This is amazing. What happened to him and the way the community has responded since day one. It has been a year and five months since this happened and here we are surrounded by the community. I am humbled to my knees. It is a testimony of what this community is all about when you get down to the nitty-gritty of it.”Teudy, a man of few words, said that he was “very grateful for all of the community support. It is really cool how the community comes together here”. It was not difficult to see that his feelings were heartfelt.Pictured are the members of the band Thriving Seas, as well as two of the therapists that work with Teudy at Project Walk.Two of Teudy’s therapists from Project Walk spoke about the progress that he has made and the value that he gets from the program. They expressed their gratitude to the attendees that they would get the opportunity to continue the therapy program with him.There were Chinese auction and silent action items everywhere that were donated by local business.If you missed the event and would like to donate to the cause, you can mail your donation to: “Teudy’s Road to Recovery” 300 Central Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226.The Martinez Family would like to give a special ‘Thank you’ to Sketties Restaurant and all of the businesses that donated to the event. Please remember them when shopping for your family:4th Street Café; Bogy Art; Allie Wilson Photography; Annarelli’s; Apex Gutters; Baycats; Beau Ridge Photography; Boath Wedding and Events; Bowfish Kids; Drip N Scoop; Exedos Gym Fast Track to Health; FCA Surf; Gerry Palermo Plumbing; Gourds and Cords; Greate Bay Country Club; Handlaget; Heritage Surf; Janice Picking John Souto Woodworking; Johnson’s Popcorn; Katie Pie Designs; Kessel’s; Landscape Design by Karen Paugh; Lovingly Ours; Lowe’s; Melissa Flink Hair; MORE Massage; Nicks Pizza; OC Coffee Company; OC Paddle Company; OC Surf Café; OC WATERPARK; Peace Of Wood; Perch Cove Soap Co; PLAAY; Playland; Prep’s; Rojo’ s; Ryan’s Barber Shop; Shaun Brewer Art; Shriver’s; Simply Vintage Design; Snap Fitness; Soleil Organic Spray Tan Studio; South Jersey Electric Vehicles; South Jersey Pickers 609; Stir it up Catering; Sunrise Café; Take it or Leaf it; Thriving Seas Band; Townsquare Media; Tuckahoe Cheesecake; Wet and Wild; OC Parasail Pirate Voyages; Yianni’s Café; and the friends /family of the Martinez family.Sketties was packed with supporters.Below is a video that Halley Martinez posted in her facebook page after the event. She said that she was trying to capture all the people that turned out to help. Friends, neighbors, and the business community really stepped-up on Sunday night at Sketties Restaurant in Marmora for a fundraiser benefiting the Martinez family. The parking lot looked like it was mid-July and the restaurant was filled with supporters.Over 200 people packed the restaurant to enjoy an Italian buffet, pizza from Tony P’s, the sounds of local band Thriving Seas, and the opportunity to win 80 raffle and silent auction items.From the moment that you walked through the doors of Sketties, you could tell that there was a lot for support for Teudy.Teudy Martinez was tragically injured in a swimming accident in July of 2016 on Brigantine beach. The accident left him a quadriplegic and in need of intense treatment and rehabilitation.A treatment program that has been showing great progress for Teudy is called Project Walk. The unfortunate thing is that insurance does not pay for it and their family was going to have to discontinue his treatment because they could no longer afford it.When friends of the family found out, they decided to take action and they organized this event.Angie Jacobs was one of the organizers and she said “It is wonderful to see all of the community here to celebrate Teudy’s progress. We just want the family to know that we care and will continue be there for them on this journey”.From Left to Right: Misty Aspenberg, Amanda Palermo, Addison Jacobs, Angie Jacobs, Patti Dowling,and Jennifer Polcini .Halley Martinez said “This is all so overwhelming. I am speaking for both of us. We are so thankful for all your love and support”. She recalled driving past the Tabernacle in Ocean City the previous night. She read the sign out front that said “Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s hands in everything”. She said that it hit her at that moment, “we have done that over this past year and this is what has happened. We are seeing God’s hands. We have been blessed unimaginably”.Halley continued on and thanked the organizers, the volunteers, the corporate donors, and all the individuals that came out to support them. She told them that “This is so important. We hope that someday Teudy can walk again, but even if he does not, this therapy helps him to keep his muscles and body in shape and flexible. We want to send him there as long as we can afford to:”.https://www.facebook.com/teudysroadtorecovery/videos/327651614307192/ Posted by Halley Martinez on Sunday, November 5, 2017 Halley Martinez thanks the crowd of over 200 who came out to support them.
A full gallery of images from Dave DeCrescente can be seen below: Last weekend, beloved bluegrass group Cabinet hosted the annual Susquehanna Breakdown festival at Montage Mountain near Scranton, PA. Named for an instrumental Cabinet song, the festival featured some incredible performances throughout its two full days of music.Our day one coverage highlighted the multiple sets from Cabinet, including a sit-in from the great Larry Keel. Night two was an expanded festival scene, as a second stage was utilized throughout the day to maximize musical potential. Performances from Fruition, Driftwood, Swift Technique, and more highlighted the Breakdown Stage, while the main Susquehanna Stage was in full force with artists like Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Twiddle and, of course, two sets from Cabinet.Listen To Twiddle’s Smoldering Late Night Set At Susquehanna BreakdownOne of the sets was captured by taper Keith Litzenberger, including a special “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” with as many Cabinet family members as seemingly possible. Listen here.Groups like the Stringdusters, RRE, and Cornmeal always come to play, and they each brought their own flavor of Americana bluegrass music to the festivities. There was also a VIP area featuring intimate performances from the members of Cabinet, as each gave short 15-minute tribute sets throughout the day. Taper Keith Litzenberger caught all five sets, including Pappy & JP Play Merle Haggard, Chris Kearney Plays John Prine, Biondo Family Choir Plays CSNY, Tom Graham Plays Tom Petty, and JP Biondo & Tim Carbone. Tune in below.Check out images from day two of the festival, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography: Load remaining images
August is a month for finding watering holes, hiding in cafes during the heat of the day, and staying up late to watch meteors flash through the sky. All summer long we’ve been able to adventure with our best friends. We’re in our final month here in Colorado and it’s almost time to head back east for the Fall portion of our tour. Whether you came to a festival, a meetup, or just hung out and enjoyed the outdoors with us we want to say thank you. See you soon Blue Ridge Mountains!Below is some of the gear that’s kept us going for FIVE months of #vanlife.Nite Ize Huck and Tuck GlowStreak Collapsible Thrower + LED BallWe had no idea you could improve on the simple tennis ball, but NiteIze certainly has. For years we lost tennis balls to dark ditches and long grass, but no longer! The Huck ‘N Tuck Glowstreak Collapsible Thrower and LED ball allows us to keep a long thrower tucked away in our van with a glow LED ball, ready to tire our pooch out every evening. The Huck ‘N Tuck thrower extends to two-feet long for long arching throws and collapses down to 12 inches so it’s easy to store in the van. The motion-activated LED ball comes to life with a bounce against the ground or the first throw and keeps glowing until it’s stationary for five minutes. You get five more minutes of the LED’s blinking before it turns off. This ensures you can find the ball even when your pup is done running.That strong little LED has 35 hours of glow time so you can play throughout the entire summer. The LED ball is molded, shockproof AND waterproof (and it floats!) This means if you have a pup that likes to swim, you can keep the water games going all night. The ball has ridges so it won’t slip as he makes his way back for another throw. It is also the same size as a tennis ball so it’s compatible with all throwers! Our dog has put this ball to the test, and it’s stood up to his slobber, chewing and his incredible ability to hide the ball from us when we’re done playing.Nat Geo Maps Arkansas River Map Pack BundleExplore with confidence! The Arkansas River Map Back covers 123 miles of the wild Arkansas River in Colorado. It starts with the gentle stream above Leadville and continues onto the rambunctious section through the Royal Gorge. For both fishermen and boaters alike, the maps have detailed information on ownership next to the river including federal, state, local parks, and fishing easements. These maps have a scale of 1 inch = 1/2 mile so you have all the details you need to navigate the rapids or fish with confidence.Our favorite part about this map, and all National Geographic maps, is that they’re built “Backcountry Tough.” They’re made with waterproof and tear-resistant paper with stainless steel staples. We get ours wet, stuff them in our backpacks, and flip through the pages with fervor, and they withstand our beatings every time. Our second favorite part of this map is that it’s set up as a booklet instead of a fold out. That means you can pull it out of your backpack and get to your river section quickly without having to unfold the entire map.Sea To Summit Alpha Cookset 2.2Everything you need to make a home-cooked meal for two and more! The Alpha Cookset changes the way you can cook in the backcountry. This set packs down into itself perfectly, and in a way that doesn’t rattle or come undone while putting miles between you and civilization.The cookset comes with a 1.2L pot, a 2.7L pot, 2 bowls and 2 insulated mugs. It also includes a washcloth packed between the two pots to use for unforeseen spills or to create a small cooking set up area once you get to camp. The pots are made out of hard-anodized aluminum alloy, which is tough as nails and durable enough to withstand backpacking trips and car camping alike. Both pots have strainer lids so making noodles or rice is simple and doesn’t require any extra cooking equipment. They also have textured bottoms so they balance well on cooking stoves. The two pots, bowls, and mugs all fit into the largest pot and secure with a patent-pending Pivot-Lock™ handle. The bowls and mugs are BPA-free, microwave safe, and lightweight. This turns meals from a chore into a backcountry treat. Waking up after a long hike and having a mug with a sleeve and silicon lid to drink coffee out of is a surprising delicacy.HydraPak Stow 500ml This collapsible water bottle is a step above the rest. It weighs 80 percent (yes 80) less than most hard-sided water bottles and collapses into itself for the perfect grab and go bottle. We stick ours in the outer most pocket of our backpacks or slip them in running vests. This bottle is BPA and PVC free so there’s no weird taste, even when filling with hot liquid (up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit!) You can go to the other side of the spectrum and freeze the contents, using them as ice packs in your cooler and then drinking the contents once they melt. The spill-proof nozzle makes it stress-free to throw in a backpack or pack for a longer trip. The bottle comes with a flexible bail handle, making it easy to grab the stow for a drink, or to use as a holder for when you’ve finished the water and roll the bottle up for storing. Our favorite part? The fun colors! HydraPak has plenty of fun colors to choose from, with new patterns coming out this fall. With so many accessories packed into a simple design, it’s a no-brainer to grab this bottle for extra water on any adventure.
Call this a tale of two kinds of credit unions – and know that there is no simple answer to the question: Is a path to survival for credit unions to outsource many IT functions?A reality is that many credit unions – especially smaller ones with assets under perhaps $250 million, roughly 80% of all credit unions – have targeted outsourcing as a key tactic in an environment where providing basic technical services has gotten ever more necessary and also expensive.But another reality – more details later in this piece – is that many bigger credit unions (with assets over $1 billion, roughly 300 out of the nation’s 5800 credit unions) are going the exact opposite route, seeking to differentiate by offering customized, personalized tech.Both groups may be doing exactly what’s right for them.They also wind up on very similar paths. Eventually. Because there’s a lot to like about smart outsourcing regardless of credit union size. The crucial word is “smart.”The Outsourcing BenefitsIt’s about saving money while getting IT that’s as good as, maybe better than, what can be done inhouse.Here are the top places where credit unions outsource:Core systems. About 2500 credit unions, nearly one in two, now get core processing through a hosted or service bureau solution. The core itself resides outside the credit union. So do the employees who work on it and they in fact typically are employees of the hosting company.Experts say many credit unions can cut their core costs by 25 to 50% with a hosted solution.Going the hosted route involves trade offs. Independence is lost. It’s not a solution that would work for every credit union.But for many smaller credit unions, hosted cores are a lifeline that let the credit union provide members with the services they want but at costs the credit union can afford.Compliance. Amid the thicket of federal requirements – involving everything from the Patriot Act to BSA – more credit unions are turning to outsourced solutions, sometimes provided via state leagues. The big advantage is that the credit union stays compliant with regulations that it may not fully understand. Mobile banking. Mobile may be the primary channel in future years but, right now, of the credit unions that offer members a mobile banking app about 98% use off the shelf packages where the technology and much of the servicing is done by a vendor. One vendor has about a 25% market share, and that means one in four credit unions use essentially the same app. But the credit unions that use off the shelf apps like the convenience and reliability. CISO as a service. CU 2.0 founder Kirk Drake talks about how many credit unions would benefit if they turned over the bulk of their IT security to an outsourced provider. That would mean lower costs and very likely higher skill levels. As the tech IT battles intensify, the need for ever better security climbs. Watch more credit unions explore third party CISO alternatives.Inventive credit union leadership is finding still more places to outsource. That’s because outsourcing brings benefits to credit unions.The real benefit may be that when a credit union uses outsourced solutions for many functions that frees management to focus on improving core competencies which, at a credit union, revolve around better knowing and servicing members and finding ways to upsell members into more services. All of this is hard – especially because the competition in many cases are money center banks with vast resources. That’s why success is more likely for the credit unions that go after member focused improvements with their full energy.The Other Perspective: Homebrewing TechJust as many credit unions are looking to outsource more of their functions, some are looking to bring work back inhouse. Case in point: Congressional Federal Credit Union where CTO David Hufnagel told me that in fact he planned to introduce a home banking product that explicitly gives him substantially more opportunity to offer custom features. Why? “We want to differentiate ourselves in the market.”Hufnagel is right. Custom home banking is a stand out because it is rare. A handful of vendors provide the bulk of off-the-shelf home banking tools. As digital becomes the primary channel, institutions like Congressional Federal are exploring the how-to of taking more control of those channels so that they can own the member points of contact.That’s smart.Congressional Federal also has a membership with an unusual trait: most are paid once monthly and that, said Hufnagel, introduces special challenges for members. He wants more digital tools that can accommodate that pay schedule.Congressional Federal is not alone in this charge. For instance, a growing number of large credit unions – generally with assets over $1 billion – are now deploying home-brewed mobile banking apps. They cite the ability to customize, both the look and the tools, as the key driver.They also like having a mobile banking app that is not twin to the many thousands of other apps in the Apps Store.In many cases, incidentally, taking back control of mobile banking will reduce costs because most third party packages involve per user fees and as the number of users climb into the hundreds of thousands, for some credit unions million, those monthly checks are tough to write.How many credit unions are doing this, either with home banking or mobile banking? Perhaps as many as 100.That number will grow as credit unions differentiate themselves as a central competitive strategy. Your Road AheadJust maybe the biggest and smaller credit unions have more in common than they might think. Here’s the irony. Probably the smart move even for credit unions that want to bring back inside tools they consider mission critical – such as home banking or mobile banking – is to outsource technology that is not mission critical. That puts this tech in the domain of a company that does it for a living and frees the credit union to focus on the areas where it can in fact differentiate itself.There have not been many members who have praised a credit union for its Bank Secrecy Act compliance.And just about no member knows what a core system does.Start looking for services and technologies to turn over to third parties. And put a stronger focus on touch points that matter to members and make these places where the credit union can puts its own spin on what it provides.Look for ways to differentiate. That’s how to stay ahead in the 21st century. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Details
continue reading » NCUA headquarters ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For credit unions making plans for medium to long-term growth, the discussion often comes down to what charter gives them the most flexibility to grow? For instance, if they are a community charter, will they have more opportunities to expand under the state’s laws or do they have enough flexibility under NCUA’s more stringent regulations? If the credit union doesn’t want to become a community charter, will it have the ability to take in enough groups to expand their membership footprint?In June, NCUA issued an important legal opinion letter for those credit unions considering using the multiple SEG approach. When this letter is read in conjunction with NCUAs updated field of membership regulations it means that federal credit unions have much more expansion flexibility than they had just months ago.When a multiple SEG credit union is seeking to add a new group to its membership, one of the most basic things the credit union must demonstrate is that the group is within “reasonable proximity” to the credit union’s service area. But what is reasonable proximity and is there a specific geographic limit restraining the acquisition of new groups? In a legal opinion letter by NCUAs Office of General Counsel, the answer is:
Sep 25, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – While antiviral-resistant H1N1 influenza viruses remain rare, clinicians should watch for two particular kinds of H1N1 cases that seem more likely to give rise to viruses resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.So far, 28 oseltamivir-resistant viruses have been detected worldwide, the WHO said in today’s statement. Twelve of these were linked to use of the drug for postexposure prophylaxis, and 6 were in patients who had severe immunosuppression. Four more cases involved other patients being treated with the drug, and 2 patients were not on the drug.In view of the findings, the WHO urged clinicians to watch for resistance in:Patients with severely compromised or suppressed immune systems who have prolonged H1N1 illness and have received oseltamivir (especially if for a long time) but still have evidence of viral replicationPeople who receive preventive oseltamivir after exposure to another infected person but then get sick anyway”In both of these clinical situations, health care staff should respond with a high level of suspicion that oseltamivir resistance has developed,” the WHO said. “Laboratory investigation should be undertaken to determine whether resistant virus is present, and appropriate infection control measures should be implemented or reinforced to prevent spread of the resistant virus.”The agency also recommended conducting epidemiologic investigations in such situations to find out if a resistant virus has spread to anyone else.Person-to-person transmission of resistant H1N1 viruses has not yet been clearly shown, the WHO said. Local transmission may have occurred in some situations, but it didn’t lead to ongoing or wider transmission.The agency also said the resistant viruses do not seem to cause different or more severe symptoms. Except for immunocompromised patients, those infected with resistant viruses have had typical flu cases.The WHO does not generally recommend using oseltamivir to prevent H1N1 illness, today’s statement noted. For people who have been exposed and are at risk for a severe case, an alternative is close monitoring and early treatment if symptoms develop.In August the agency recommended against antiviral treatment for previously healthy people with uncomplicated H1N1 cases. It stressed prompt antiviral treatment for those with severe illness, pregnant women, and people with conditions such as asthma, obesity, or diabetes.See also: Sep 25 WHO statement on antivirals and resistancehttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/notes/h1n1_antiviral_use_20090925/en/index.htmlAug 21 CIDRAP News story “WHO: In treating H1N1, save antivirals for high-risk cases”
North Korea closed its borders in January when coronavirus cases in neighboring China began to skyrocket. Kim’s regime has said it has no confirmed infections from the virus but the US is “fairly certain” it has cases because of a noticeable lack of military activity, General Robert Abrams, commander of US Forces Korea, told reporters in a teleconference briefing in March.Food shortages are common in North Korea, which is one of the world’s poorest states. In the 1990s, a famine killed as much as 10 percent of the population, according to some estimates.The virus could make things worse. The United Nations’ World Food Program warned this week that economic hardship caused by the pandemic may lead to starvation in the developing world. The WFP, which has operations in North Korea, has said about 40% of the population is undernourished, adding “food insecurity and malnutrition are widespread.”Kim was conspicuously absent from birthday celebrations on April 15 of his grandfather and state founder Kim Il Sung. He has not been seen since a politburo meeting on April 11, raising speculation about his condition.The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim on Wednesday sent a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Letters of this sort are reported frequently.US officials said Monday they were told Kim was in critical condition after undergoing cardiovascular surgery last week and they were unsure of his current health. Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office said that Kim was conducting “normal activities” in a rural part of the country assisted by close aides and no special movements were detected.The health of North Korea’s leader is one of the most closely guarded secrets in the isolated state, known only to a few people in its inner circle. US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he doesn’t know about Kim’s health, adding that he might reach out to check on him.Topics : Consumers in North Korea’s capital this week have been “panic buying” food staples, causing some store shelves to empty, according to a news service that specializes in the country.The purchases may be due to stricter coronavirus measures on the way for Pyongyang and don’t appear related to reports this week that leader Kim Jong Un may be seriously ill, NK News reported, citing people who live in Pyongyang and were able to communicate outside the country. Shortages were initially limited to imported fruit and vegetables and then moved on to other goods, it said.Radio Free Asia also reported last week that the prices of food staples in North Korea were rising sharply because of panic buying.
Gov. Wolf: Investing $15 Million to Expand Access to High-Quality Affordable Child Care, Reduce Waiting Lists
Gov. Wolf: Investing $15 Million to Expand Access to High-Quality Affordable Child Care, Reduce Waiting Lists SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 04, 2019 Government That Works, Human Services, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today announced the award of $15 million to expand access to high-quality, affordable child care to more than 900 infants and toddlers around Pennsylvania. The investment comes from the 2019-2020 budget, which included the $15 million investment in federal funds to expand access to high-quality care and reduce the subsidized child care waiting list.“Investing in early education and the future of our youngest learners – and the future of our commonwealth – is a top priority for my administration,” said Gov. Wolf. “The first few years of a child’s life have a profound influence on brain development and growth. My administration continues to invest in early education to expand access to quality programs so children can have the opportunity to excel – helping children start school ready to become life-long learners.”Pennsylvania’s subsidized child care program, Child Care Works, helps families with incomes below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline access high-quality child care through financial assistance. This supports the family’s ability to work and go to school while their children spend time in early learning environments that support their development and school readiness.This investment supports eligible, low-income Pennsylvania families who have young children, specifically families with a parent or parents who are working or pursuing training opportunities, such as vocational or job-specific training, pursuing 2-year or 4-year post-secondary degree programs, internships, English as a second language programs, apprenticeships, and more.This initiative is a part of Gov. Wolf’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) that seeks to support working Pennsylvanians through expanded opportunities for workforce development, skills training, and supports like child care that help Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement.Funding will be distributed through the Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) around Pennsylvania for STAR 3 and 4 programs. Adding more infant and toddler slots will reduce the time infants and toddlers spend on the Child Care Works waiting lists and ensures providers have the resources, supports, and fiscal stability to achieve and maintain high-quality services. It also strengthens and maintains continuity of care for infants and toddlers in STAR 3 and 4 programs with a seamless transition to existing pre-kindergarten slots within those same programs.“The cost of child care and access to early learning programs can be a significant barrier for low-income families – often limiting their ability to go to work knowing their children are safe and cared for,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “By investing in child care opportunities, parents can confidently enter the workforce knowing their child is receiving high-quality care and early learning support. Access to care also creates lifelong impacts to break down the intergenerational cycle of poverty for the future of families across the commonwealth for years to come.”Education is a top priority for Gov. Wolf. In addition to the $15 million in federal funds to reduce waiting lists for high-quality child care, the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget provides $5 million to expand home-visiting programs for pregnant women and at-risk infants and toddlers, and $5 million for wrap-around services so parents can attend college or other training to get skills for family-sustaining jobs. The budget also provided $30 million to expand Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.For more information on child care and early child development opportunities in Pennsylvania, visit www.findchildcare.pa.gov.