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Governor Wolf Touts Need for Education Investments and Broadband for Rural Communities

first_img Education,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Boalsburg, PA – Speaking to the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools today, Governor Tom Wolf discussed investments in education and his Restore Pennsylvania plan to help address the rural broadband crisis.“Pennsylvania’s students and their future are top priories for me,” said Governor Wolf. “My administration is investing in education so students start school ready to learn and are eventually ready to graduate and succeed at work.“Supporting a great education is particularly impactful in rural and small towns where schools are often at the center of communities. My proposals will help schools to keep great teachers, increase access to broadband in rural communities, and create the skilled and highly-qualified workforce that will attract industry and jobs.”During his first term, Governor Wolf fought for education funding that reversed the devastating funding cuts of the previous administration. This year, the governor is proposing a $200 million increase in basic education, building on the $633 million increase in basic education and Ready to Learn Block Grant funding increases over the past four fiscal years. The governor also wants to increase special education funding by $50 million following a $90 million increase since he took office.The governor’s budget also includes the bold Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to expand opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement.Governor Wolf’s SWEAP proposal includes:• Lowering the age when students must start school from 8 to 6.• Raising the dropout age from 17 to 18.• Addressing the teacher shortage by modernizing the minimum teacher salary to $45,000 from the outdated floor of $18,500.• Studying the impact of universal free full-day kindergarten for all five-year-old children.• Building on the successful launch of PAsmart by providing an additional $10 million to create a more skilled and qualified workforce.• Launching the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to partner with the private sector and schools around workforce development.Rural school students would also benefit from Restore Pennsylvania, a $4.5 billion investment over the next four years to expand high-speed internet access and other high-impact infrastructure projects throughout Pennsylvania.“Lack of quality internet access means our children miss out on learning opportunities and their parents lack easy access to important school information,” Governor Wolf said. “Our students, parents, and our teachers deserve better, and we can provide that through Restore Pennsylvania.”Restore Pennsylvania would be funded by a commonsense severance tax and help bridge the digital divide making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high-speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.Restore Pennsylvania would also address blight, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure. Governor Wolf Touts Need for Education Investments and Broadband for Rural Communities SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 02, 2019last_img read more

Messi close to agreeing Barcelona contract extension

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi is rumoured to be edging closer to confirming a contract extension with the La Liga giants.Advertisement Loading…center_img The 32-year old is out of contract at the end of next season, and the club have initiated talks with Messi and his representative, and father, Jorge.According to reports from Marca, the club are currently offering a two year extension until the end of the 2022-23 season, with the Argentinian international set to turn 36 that summer.From there, the deal contains an open ended clause, allowing 12 month increases, based on Messi and Barcelona coming to an agreement as he approaches the end of his career.Read Also: Premier League: Newcastle takeover could be complete this weekTalks are rumoured to be progressing well, with all parties happy with what is currently being proposed, including an agreement to keep his current salary at the same rate.Barcelona have not announced an expected competition date for the negotiations, but they want to have a new deal agreed before the start of the 2020-21 campaign.last_img read more

Southern Indiana couple charged archaeological, drug violations

first_imgHarrison County, In. —  Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a Harrison County couple Thursday after they were caught illegally digging for artifacts along the Ohio River.James Schuppert, 56, and Diana Hutchinson, 50, both of Central, face multiple charges, including Indiana Department of Natural Resources archaeological violations, methamphetamine manufacturing, illegal ginseng possession, and illegal wildlife possession.Officers had received numerous reports of illegal archaeological digging and criminal trespass along the banks of the Ohio River in recent weeks and stepped up patrols. Thursday afternoon, Officer Jim Schreck observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a field outside of Mauckport, and began a foot search along the riverbank.During the search, the suspects returned to their vehicle and left the area. Shortly afterward, Indiana Conservation Officers Paul Crockett, Zac Howerton, Cpl. Mick Rutherford, and Schreck located the vehicle at Schuppert’s residence, and investigated.After obtaining a search warrant, officers located a meth lab, drugs and paraphernalia, illegally possessed ginseng, box turtle parts, and a large amount of archaeological artifacts. The artifacts included arrowheads and stone tools/implements, some of which are suspected to have been illegally excavated and/or stolen from landowners.Schuppert and Hutchinson were arrested at their residence without incident. Members of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section assisted at the scene.For more information on Indiana’s archaeology program click here.last_img read more

Elliot, Matthew Vieira dominate Bushy Park meet

first_imgBy Stephan Sookram in Barbados(compliments of Jiffy Lubes, Rent-a-Tent, A&R Jiwanram, Hand-in-Hand, John Fernandes Limited, Best Buy Auto)ELLIOT and Matthew Vieira ruled the super stock class of the recently concluded Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championships in Barbados.Starting on pole in the first super stock race, Elliot got off to a bad start, allowing Canada-based Barbadian representative Kevin Graham to take the lead. He retained the lead two laps after capitalising on a minor error by his opponent.However, during that battle, Stephen Vieira, who had failed to qualify earlier, made his way from the back of the pack and took advantage of both Elliot and Graham to slide by into first place.Stephen finished the race in first place but was disqualified by race officials for passing under a yellow flag – a flag which he and other riders say they had not seen but was on track, according to said officials, thus gifting Elliot the win, his cousin Matthew second and Graham third.Race two saw Stephen again at the back of the pack, riding his way up the standings before he fell on the first corner, giving Elliot his second win of the day, Matthew second and Barbados Terrance Ollivierre third.The last super stock event of the day, however, saw Stephen’s bad weekend continue with him falling again, at the same corner on lap two while one lap later, Elliot ended up in the same corner at the exact same spot.However, Matthew was able to maintain his composure throughout the race, navigating the later part of the race with relative ease to take the chequered flag and his third podium of the day.On the car end of things, Shan Sejattan’s weekend was up and down with him not being allowed out in the first Group two race after being adjudged by race officials to have arrived at the pit exit late. Marc Gill (Trinidad), Kenrick Husbands (Barbados) and Mark Thompson (Barbados) were the top finishers.He opted to run his car in the Group three class alongside Nazim Gafoor and finished fifth on the grid, Paul Vieira (Trinidad), Ronald Wortman (Trinidad) and Steve King (Barbados) finishing in the top three spots.On the second Group two outing, Shan finished a modest fourth behind Thompson, Gill and Husbands in that order. The final Group two race of the day, however, saw car troubles plague his Honda Civic with him only completing three laps.Meanwhile in Group three race one, Nazim Gafoor finished sixth on the grid before upping his performance to finish third in the second race behind Kurt Thompson and Paul Vieira respectively.The final race saw a recurring gearbox problem put him out with just four of the six scheduled laps completed.Gafoor also took his car to the Group four two-wheel drive class where he finished fifth in the first and second races.The team returned home yesterday.last_img read more

Munster title on the line for Burgess Duharra

first_imgPhoto: Tipp FM / Stephen Gleeson Throw in at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick is at 2 o’clock on Saturday and Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Munster Van Centre Cahir. Burgess Duharra put their Munster Senior Camogie club title on the line tomorrow.The 6-in-a-row Tipp champions face Inagh Kilnamona in the decider – this is the Clare sides first appearance in a Munster final.Burgess manager Pat Cremin says they go into the game with a very experienced team.last_img

U16 Afrobasket: Junior D’Tigers Will be Aggressive against Tunisia, Says Fubara

first_img“We are going to be aggressive on the Tunisians, we are going to break all their screens. In their final group game against Rwanda, they had a filled day, their shots were just going in, so we need to learn how to play from outside the paint.“The Tunisian team are fundamentally sound, they look sluggish but they know exactly what they are doing. They do the right things at the right time on the court. Firstly they shoot from outside a lot and the also penetrate as well so we need to learn how to work on that defensively.”The Nigeria’s had a shaky game against Algeria on their final group game losing the final two quarters but the coach has attributed their performance to the fact that the Algerians came out to plays as wounded lions who had nothing to lose.“We can’t take it away from the Algerians. First, they came to the court having lost three games in a row and they had nothing to lose which made them play with more freedom. Their three point shots were flowing and I think our boys to some extent stopped playing to instruction.”Despite the serene atmosphere, the coach said the food on the Coastal country has been a turn off for the boys.The team was sponsored to the tournament by Nestlé Milo with the players selected from the recently concluded Milo championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s U-16 Basketball Coach, Fubara Onyanabo, has stated that his boys will play an aggressive, pressing style of game when they lock horns against Tunisia in the quarter finals of the ongoing FIBA U16 African Basketball Championship at the Vava Duarte gymnasium in Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde on Friday.Nigeria finished second on the Group A log with seven points behind toppers Egypt winning three games with one loss while Tunisia in Group B finished third behind Mali and Guinea losing two games and winning two.Speaking ahead of the crucial fixture, Onyanabo who has been able to turn the fortunes of the team around after their opening day loss to Egypt said he his going to approach the game aggressively so as to stop the fluid play from the North Africans.last_img read more

Video – Watch Lukaku And Rashford Earn Manchester Derby Victory For United

first_imgManchester United strikers, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, scored two quick-fire first half goals to give United victory over “noisy neighbours” Manchester City, in a pre-season friendly Manchester Derby.In the first Manchester derby outside England, new signing, Lukaku, scored the opener in the 37th minute with a composed finish, getting past City’s goalkeeper Ederson before finding the net from a difficult angle.Pace – Yes. Touch – Yes. Goal – YesLukaku. pic.twitter.com/raf85rU8kP— Utd (@RantUtd) July 21, 2017Playing in front of over 67,400 spectators in Houston, Marcus Rashford added the second two minutes later to wrap up a 2-0 victory for United in the International Champions Cup pre-season friendly.Na the Goal wey Marcus Rashford score against Manchester City be this! See Mad finish! 2-0 #MUIP pic.twitter.com/wNw7FNSiWA— Man United In Pidgin (@ManUtdInPidgin) July 21, 2017Rashford and Lukaku now have five goals between them so far on the pre-season tour, giving United fans a glimpse of what could happen this coming season. Video source: MUTVRelatedLukaku Returns To Manchester United TrainingNovember 9, 2018In “England”Lukaku Scores First Manchester United Goal – VideoJuly 18, 2017In “England”Marcus Rashford: The Man For The Big OccasionsMarch 11, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Clottey, next contender to fight Mayweahter

first_imgAll things being equal, boxer Joshua Clottey is expected to fight American boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather Jr this year based upon terms and conditions that defined his fight with Australian Anthony Mundine in Newcastle, Australia.Besides, having won the WBA International title, he automatically becomes the number one contender to Mayweather Jr’s light-middleweight crown.But before that materialises, the 36-year- old has had to grapple with the whereabouts of his newest collection in a career that has recorded 38 wins, including 22 knockouts, and four losses.Boxer Joshua Clottey returns to Ghana tomorrow from his latest conquest in Australia, but without the prize he toiled for.Nearly two weeks after outpointing Australian Anthony Mundine in Newcastle, Australia, Clottey is yet to receive the championship belt for winning the fringe World Boxing Association (WBA) International light-middleweight title.For a sport that has the tradition of presenting titles to winners in the ring just after their triumph, the absence of the WBA International belt on the night of April 9, 2014 when Clottey downed Mundine five times on his way to victory appeared strange. “I raised questions but it seemed to me that they did not expect me to win the title,” Clottey explained to the Daily Graphic.”I called my manager in the United States over the matter and he spoke to them about it. It was to be delivered within days, but now almost two weeks after the fight, I’m yet to receive the belt,” he lamented.last_img read more

We will continue to fight – Jordan Ayew

first_imgGhana forward Jordan Ayew says the Black Stars will continue to fight in the AFCON after a late loss to Senegal in Mongomo on Monday.Ayew was the most impressive member of Ghana’s team as he put in the best display of his international career but was left disappointed with the result”In the first half we played really well but in the second half we withdrew; playing backwards and we conceded that goal. We needed to fight tonight and go home at least with a draw. A lack of concentration cost us but we are down but not dead. We will see what will happen in the next two games,” he noted.With the expected return of regular strike partner Asamoah Gyan, Ghana will be hopeful of a turnaround albeit against the heavy favourites Algeria on Friday.last_img read more