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SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today presented a series of proposed 2020-21 budget items totaling more than $1.1 billion to support reducing the risks to Pennsylvanians of lead and asbestos, and remediating existing toxins in schools, day care centers, homes, and public water systems.“Decades ago, well-intentioned Pennsylvanians constructed our homes, schools, waterways and other structures out of asbestos and lead because they were thought to be harmless, even superior materials,” Gov. Wolf said. “Now we know the serious harm both can cause. To build a better Pennsylvania, we first need to fix our foundation, which is why the five lead and asbestos removal initiatives I’m outlining today are so important.”Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget investments to address asbestos and lead include:Expanding the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to SchoolsGovernor Wolf is proposing that up to $1 billion in grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) be used for lead and asbestos remediation in schools, a problem plaguing many of the state’s aging school buildings and causing health concerns for students and their parents, teachers, and staff.RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.Leveraging CHIP Health Services InitiativeThe Department of Human Services is working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a Health Services Initiative (HSI) to improve the health of children and families in Pennsylvania by increasing funding of lead remediation activities in places where children have been exposed to high levels of lead.Remediation projects could include paint, water, and other sources of contamination. We are currently contemplating enhancing funding opportunities for current HUD grant recipients statewide, but also building infrastructure in 1-2 new areas to increase the regions in Pennsylvania ready and able to assist in lead remediation efforts moving forward. Funding will also be made available for training and certification to increase the number of individuals who are EPA-certified to complete lead remediation in areas where there are shortages of individuals to do this work.The plan is to have the program operational next state fiscal year. With a $4 million state investment, $10 million in federal dollars could be leveraged annually for an annual total of $14 million to support efforts around lead remediation.Transferring PENNVEST Grant FundsLegislation recently passed in Congress allows a state to transfer amounts from its clean water state revolving fund to its drinking water state revolving fund in order to address a threat to public health as a result of heightened exposure to lead in drinking water. Specifically, a state may transfer no more than 5 percent of the cumulative amount of the federal grant dollars awarded for its clean water state revolving fund to its drinking water state revolving fund. It also requires that states coordinate with EPA to get their buy-in for the transfer.By taking advantage of this new flexibility, PENNVEST may be able to free up to $90 million for Pennsylvania to address lead in drinking water by providing grants for lead service line replacement statewide. The amount transferred will not have a negative impact on future projects that could have been funded with that money and will be determined based on the amount of available dollars at the time the program begins.PENNVEST has proposed to spend the next year working with communities to identify shovel-ready projects that can then be funded in 2021. Potential grant recipients will need to do testing, feasibility studies, and other consulting work next year to prep for projects.Convening Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program Grant RecipientsThe Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program helps communities address housing-related health and safety hazards, in addition to lead-based paint hazards through the Lead Hazard control and Healthy Homes grants. The state, as well as several local communities, received notice of $22.5 million in funding awards in late September 2019. All recipients will target funds towards homes for low and very-low income families with children and will work with medical and social service providers.At the most recent lead roundtable hosted by the commonwealth, the request was made for the state to convene all Pennsylvania recipients to ensure collaboration in implementation – a project the Department of Health is working to implement in the coming weeks under the direction of Gov. Wolf.Implementing Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water GrantAuthorized under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water Grant creates a program to assist with voluntary testing for lead in drinking water at schools and child care programs. The grant opportunity was announced in 2018 and applications were due this year however, award notices have not yet been issued.Pennsylvania submitted a grant application, which included the support of PENNVEST and the departments of education, environmental protection, health, and human services. If awarded, approximately $1.7 million in funds will be used to develop and implement a lead testing program in schools and child care facilities throughout the state. This testing will include the prioritization of facilities serving younger children (ages 6 and under), underserved and low-income communities, and facilities that are older and more likely to contain lead plumbing.Funding will support the testing of 3,000 schools and child care facilities.Gov. Wolf was joined by Sen. Vincent Hughes and Rep. Jason Dawkins, who provided remarks, as well as numerus other legislators and advocates in support of these budget proposals.“Far too much of Pennsylvania is toxic and unsafe as a result of lead and asbestos,” Sen. Hughes said. “Our homes, childcare centers, and schools suffer from serious disrepair and long-term neglect. Thank you, Gov. Wolf, for making a significant financial commitment to clean up these vital, necessary and fundamental places in our community. We intend to win on your proposal and to use that victory to propel us to a long-term even more robust investment.”“I’m inspired by the plan and bold leadership that the Governor has displayed today with this announcement,” Sen. Jay Costa said. “Children across the state have been exposed to dangerous chemicals and crumbling facilities for years, and we know that it impacts their physical and mental health for their entire lives. Governor Wolf’s programs outlined today will save future generations of children from these problems.”“The unhealthy dangers of lead contamination are proven without any doubt, and lawmakers should enthusiastically support the governor’s initiative,” said Rep. Frank Dermody. “It will make a critical difference in many thousands of lives.”“Our children deserve to learn and our teachers deserve to teach in schools that don’t make them sick,” Rep. Jason Dawkins said. “This is something that we can all agree on. But for far too long, our children, teachers and anyone else who has entered school buildings in Philadelphia have literally taken their own lives in their hands. Why? Because often lead and asbestos were lurking inside. My delegation colleagues and I are overjoyed at the news that Gov. Wolf will be making investments in lead and asbestos remediation projects in our schools. Finally, we can take the steps to make our school buildings safe places to learn and to teach.”Gov. Wolf first introduced his Lead-Free PA initiative in August 2019 to call attention to the need for a law requiring universal blood level testing of children according to federal guidelines, and to convene regional task forces to address specific local needs.A Lead-Free PA task force convened in December to gather the input of communities and their partners toward compiling a complete list of needs so that funding, when allocated, goes directly to programs and initiatives that produce swift and measurable results toward protecting Pennsylvanians.“Together, these programs have the potential to assist thousands of Pennsylvanians with living healthier lives free of lead and asbestos danger,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have the opportunity to correct the past, and to build a brighter future. Pennsylvania should be a place free of lead and asbestos.” January 29, 2020 Gov. Wolf Announces Billion-Dollar Plan to Fix Toxic Schools, Address Lead Across Pennsylvania
The pension fund’s return portfolio returned 7.9% in total, with private equity, real estate and credit returning 20.2%, 5.6% and -1.6%, respectively.Dooren attributed the performance of the private equity holdings to the portfolio’s maturation.“Companies we invested in a decade ago are now being sold and have increased in value,” he added.The scheme’s 47% matching portfolio, consisting of government bonds, swaptions and liquidities, returned 1.3%.“This was largely thanks to the divestment of our €75m swaptions portfolio in February,” said Dooren, adding that the pension fund incurred a 0.3% loss on its government bonds.The Nedlloyds Pensioenfonds finished 2015 with a policy funding of 116.7%, which enabled it to grant its pensioners and deferred participants an indexation of 0.35%.In other news, the €3bn pension fund of technical research institute TNO returned 2.6% last year, generating positive results on all of its asset classes.Equity, fixed income and mortgages returned 8.2%, 0.6% and 6.4%, respectively, while real estate and private equity returned 7.7% and 15.3%.The pension fund said its overall annual return included a 0.6% return on its interest hedge, as well as a 1.5% loss on its 50% hedge of the main currencies.Hans de Ruiter, the scheme’s CIO, said the board decided to reduce the interest hedge from 50% to 40% at year-end, as the 30-year swap rate hit the preset trigger level of 1.5% as part of its dynamic hedging policy.As at the end of December, the TNO scheme had a policy coverage rate of 111.7%.The pension fund recently announced that it would grant an indexation of 0.05%. The €1.4bn pension fund of shipping company Nedlloyd has reported a 4.7% return for 2015, attributing the performance chiefly to the active management of its equity holdings.Frans Dooren, the scheme’s director, said the pension fund’s equity allocation – comprising one-third of its 53% return portfolio – returned 10.4%, outperforming its benchmark by 3.8 percentage points.He added that, over the last five years, the pension fund had outperformed its benchmark by 1.8 percentage points on average.Dooren said the scheme’s overall return outperformed the benchmark by 1.9 percentage points.
Darrell Hixson, age 72 of Sunman, Indiana passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Margaret Mary Health. He was born on November 28, 1943 in Casey County, KY to Mack & Christine (nee: Carman) Hixson.Darrell attended the Batesville Christian Church. He was a member of the Buckeye United Fly Fishers and the Ohio Camera Club. In 2004, he retired from Cincinnati Incorporated.Darrell loved photography and was very good at it. The keen fisherman, history buff and avid reader, was the type of person that could build almost anything, plus he was a very good handyman. Known to go to the Brookville Flea Market every Wednesday, he was a big collector of all kinds of things. Darrell and his wife loved to travel and went many places together. He was a devoted husband, dad and cherished grandfather.He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene (nee: Bastian) Hixson; children Lynn M. Hixson of Interlachen, FL, Elaine M. Maple (Tim) of Batesville, Paul Williams (Julie Kobes) of Centerville, OH, Tim Williams (Sandy Burkhart) of Maineville, OH, Robert Williams of Centerville, OH and Tom A. Williams of Manassas, VA; along with grandchildren Ryan & Lauren Williams and Jonathon & Michael Maple; one great grandchild Caleb Williams plus many other relatives and friends.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Lucian Hixson and infant sister Inez Hixson.Visitation will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 1-4pm followed by funeral services at 4:00pm all at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville. Steve Yeaton officiating. Memorials may be given to the Batesville Christian Church c/o the funeral home.
LAUREL, Ind. — The Laurel Fire Department, Laurel Police Department, and Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office have been investigating a house fire that occurred in the early morning hours yesterday on Quarry Road.At this time the cause and investigation into the fire continues, but investigators are ruling this as a suspicious fire/arson.No injuries were reported and all occupants escaped.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laurel Police Department or Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office.
A recent study shows that Older adults with irregular sleep patterns — meaning they have no regular bedtime and wakeup schedule, or they get different amounts of sleep each night — are nearly twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease as those with more regular sleep patterns, according to a new study funded in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The five-year study suggests that an irregular sleep pattern may be a novel and independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and that maintaining regular sleep patterns could help prevent heart disease just as physical activity, a healthy diet, and other lifestyle measures do, the researchers said.In the current study, the researchers followed 1,992 men and women, 45-84 years old, who did not have CVD at the start of the study. To measure sleep irregularity, the participants wore actigraph devices on their wrists to closely track sleep and wake activity for seven consecutive days, including weekends. The actigraphs resemble smartwatches but are designed to specifically measure whether a person is active or at rest, which correlates to wakefulness and sleep. They also underwent one-night at-home polysomnography — a comprehensive sleep test — at the beginning of the study and took a questionnaire-based sleep assessment.During the five-year follow-up period, 111 participants developed CVD events, including heart attack and stroke, or died from CVD-related causes. The researchers found that participants with the most irregular sleep duration or timing had more than double the risk of developing a CVD event over the follow-up period compared to those with the most regular sleep patterns.
Press Association The England international, 27, has not played since undergoing surgery on his knee in March and there were initial fears that he may be forced to miss an entire year with the issue. However, Saints boss Ronald Koeman revealed in November that Forster may only be around a month away from coming back to training and the Dutchman confirmed at his press conference on Thursday that Forster had now participated in drills alongside the club’s fellow keepers. “Fraser is back in some sessions last week but needs still more time to be ready,” he said. “He did some parts of the sessions with the rest of the goalkeepers.” If everything goes to plan, a first-team return for the former Celtic stopper could come in January, when the transfer window reopens and Koeman can add to a squad that has failed to win any of the past four fixtures. The Southampton manager does not expect to be overly active next month, although he once again reiterated the likes of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama will not be leaving St Mary’s, while he also hinted that he may target attacking reinforcements in addition. Saints have only scored four times in their past five contests and striker Jay Rodriguez could still be four weeks away from a return to full training following foot surgery. “We are looking, always we are looking at what we can do to make the squad stronger than we have,” said Koeman. “It’s not about doing many changes in the team. If we need somebody I think it will be an offensive player and the rest I think we have good competition in our squad. We know that nobody is for sale.” Southampton’s summer spending was dwarfed by plenty in the division, but Koeman stressed there was a cause for their prudence. “If we don’t spend that money, it has a reason,” he said. “It’s all about money. It’s not that we don’t spend that money and we keep £50million and we don’t touch that money. No, we do the best and we do the maximum to get the best squad that we can. “If other teams have more money, it’s okay for them. But we can’t compare that because that’s about the financial situation of every club. If they spend more – maybe they have the money, maybe not and they will have a problem in the future. “We work like Southampton and we know we have enough clever people in the board of the club to make that finance decision – what is possible and what is not possible.” Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is nearing the end of his long injury absence after returning to training last week.
The Political Student Assembly and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a discussion focusing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address, as well as the future of California policy.Bear flag · Former State Sen. Tony Strickland (left) and former California assemblymember Anthony Portantino (right) shared their opinion on the future of California and Gov. Jerry Brown’s policies. – Jessica Zhou | Daily TrojanFormer California State Sen. Tony Strickland and former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino were in attendance, and praised Gov. Brown for his pragmatism in dealing with the state’s budget and other issues.“Gov. Brown has established himself as an adult in the room, mainly by reigning in spending in Sacramento,” Portantino, a democrat, said. “He’s certainly keeping the left at bay, not a lot of new spending, not a lot of new taxes on top of Prop. 30 … I think he’s doing a very good job.”Prop. 30 is a ballot measure passed by voters in Nov. 2012 that temporarily increased taxes to prevent a $6 billion cut in education funding.Strickland, a republican and Congressional candidate, agreed that Gov. Brown was learning from the past and making prudent choices regarding the state’s financial future.“[Gov. Brown] learned a lot from the mistakes of the past few governors,” Strickland said. “He hasn’t increased spending and he’s saved a lot of money for the rainy day fund.”The talk then shifted toward policy prescriptions for California’s future. Strickland stressed the need for flatter tax rates and Portantino advocated for investment in education.“What I think needs to happen is reform in the tax structure,” Strickland said. “We have these huge booms [in spending] when the economy is going well and then huge drops when it isn’t.”Strickland also said that simplifying the tax code by eliminating confusing loopholes and deductions would create a more fair system in which the rich are not unfairly advantaged and everyone has “some skin in the game.” Doing so, he says, would prevent the boom-bust spending that is typical of California.“You create this new program and tell voters, ‘Oh, enroll in this program’ and then two years later, you have to cut that same program,” Strickland said. “That’s not good policy.”Portantino agreed that the polices of the late ’90s locked in spending at unsustainable levels, but he believes investment in education is key to restoring California’s prosperity.“We’ve lost a lot of business because we’re not producing an educated workforce,” Portantino said. “We’re 3 million bachelor’s degrees short of meet the retiring generation.”Portantino supported Gov. Brown’s decision to prioritize K-12 education.“At a time when the economy demands we do more for our students, we are doing less,” he said.The talk ended on a bipartisan note, with Strickland urging people to avoid obtaining information from only partisan sources.“Elected officials are a snapshot of their electorate,” he said. “When people say they want compromise, what they’re really saying is they want you to agree with me.”For many students the talk was informative and engaging.“I agree that education reform is the most pressing issue facing California,” said Annie Wanless, a sophomore majoring in political science.“We have so many students who aren’t graduating.”Others praised the bipartisanship.“It was refreshing that a conservative republican was the one who said we needed to compromise,” said Luke Phillips, a sophomore majoring in international relations. “It’s always good to know that things are still civil.”
Published on October 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+ Stephanie Skilton walked toward the bench, looking down with her hands behind her head. Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon put his hand on her head and patted her on the back.In the last home game of her collegiate career, Skilton was disappointed with the outcome as she walked off the field at SU Soccer Stadium one final time.Skilton’s goal against No. 18 North Carolina (10-3-3, 5-2-2 Atlantic Coast) wasn’t enough in Syracuse’s (8-7-3, 1-6-2) 3-1 loss to the Tar Heels on Sunday afternoon. Following a heartbreaking double-overtime loss at Wake Forest Thursday night, Syracuse needed a win at home against North Carolina to keep its season alive before its final game at Boston College on Thursday.On senior day, the only bright spot for the Orange was its captain, Skilton.Sam Ogozalek | Staff WriterAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter falling behind 2-0, she recorded Syracuse’s lone goal in the 45th minute. Alana O’Neill raced ahead from the backfield and split the Tar Heels defense. O’Neill made her way into the box and dished the ball to her right, where Skilton was waiting.Skilton received the pass and ran to her right. She lined up against the near post and sent a rocket right by UNC goalkeeper Lindsey Harris, who had practically no time to react to the shot.“She’s what keeps us going,” Alex Lamontagne said. “She’s our leader.”SU Soccer Stadium found new life. The crowd cheered and Syracuse’s bench rose to its feet. Skilton’s father, who flew all the way from New Zealand, jumped up and down in the stands, raising a cutout of Skilton’s face above his head.The goal moved Skilton past Nina Scalzo and into a tie for second place on Syracuse’s all-time career goals list with 27.“It’s an honor to come out on senior day and lead my team,” Skilton said. “It would have meant more if we’d won, but a goal’s a goal and I love scoring.”Skilton nearly increased that total to 28. After falling down 3-1, the Orange counter-attacked. Eva Gordon sent a long through ball to Sydney Brackett, who tried to get to the ball before it rolled out of bounds. Just as the ball crossed the line, Brackett crossed it to Skilton who was there for the volley, but the whistle blew, indicating the ball was out.Skilton’s head flew back, eyes closed, facing toward the sky. She took a moment, took a deep breath, and then raced back on defense with only a few minutes left in her home career.Skilton left SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday as one of the most decorated players in Orange history.“She does all the things a professional player does,” Wheddon said. “And I hope she goes on to play at the professional level because she deserves it.”As she, and the other seniors gathered together after the game, the crowd cheered, thanking them for what they’ve given to the team for the past four years. Skilton waved, as she walked toward Wheddon, with her dad smiling and waving back, still holding the cutout.Then the stands emptied, and players found their families and friends near the exit of the field.Skilton found her dad, and with her framed No. 22 jersey and him beside her, the senior looked at the stadium one last time before heading into the locker room. Comments
School Breakfasts and Lunches: BCPS understands that many families are still without power across our community and are dealing with the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma. To ensure all students have access to healthy meals, the District will provide free breakfasts and free lunches to all students at all schools for the next several weeks. Meal menus may vary by school. School Buses: Safety is always the District’s highest priority. The BCPS Transportation Department will be operating school buses based on established schedules and routes. Bus routes may be delayed due to in-operable traffic signals or closed roadways. If a school bus stop cannot be reached due to debris, the school bus driver will find the safest, closest area adjacent to the stop to pick-up and drop off students. Before/After School Care:All before and after school child care housed on Broward County Public Schools campuses will be open during their regular hours beginning on Monday, September 18. All BCPS employees should report to their normal work locations and at their regular start times on Monday, unless instructed otherwise by their supervisor. If an employee is unable to report to work on Monday, he/she must follow the appropriate standard protocol for reporting the absence.“On behalf of our entire District, I want to express our gratitude for the support we have received from all corners of our community – as together, we work to recover from the significant impact from Hurricane Irma,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “In addition, our dedicated staff have been working tirelessly before, during and after the storm. Their efforts to prepare our schools, communicate with our students and families, and inspect, repair damage and remove debris, have been tremendous – and I commend them for their dedication and support.” BCPS also reached out to municipalities to ensure crossing guards will be in place and to provide heightened police presence to assist walkers navigating any temporary hazardous road conditions that may still exist in their community. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) schools and offices will reopen on Monday, September 18, 2017, following Hurricane Irma.All District schools and offices will follow their normal operating schedules. District staff have surveyed campuses to ensure they are safe for students and employees to return. As of Saturday afternoon, September 16, only three District schools have no or limited power. Those schools are:Attucks Middle School,Pompano Beach Middle School, andPiper High School.Florida Power & Light continues to work to restore power at these schools. The District will keep families at these schools updated regarding contingency plans if power is not restored by Monday morning. In addition: Hurricane make-up days In response to questions about possible hurricane make-up days, please note that BCPS has contacted the Florida Department of Education for guidance on the seven school days canceled due to Hurricane Irma and whether the missed days will be waived or if make-up days will be mandated. BCPS will keep families and employees updated with the latest information as it becomes available from the state.The District looks forward to welcoming all students and employees back to school on Monday, September 18, 2017.