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Governor Wolf Announces $4.3 Million to Improve Conditions at Philadelphia School Buildings

first_img July 31, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces $4.3 Million to Improve Conditions at Philadelphia School Buildings Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is providing $4.3 million in state funding for lead paint stabilization at Philadelphia school buildings. The governor was joined by members of Philadelphia’s legislative delegation, School District of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers at the Edward Heston School for the announcement today.“No parent should have to worry about the health risk of sending their child to school and no student should be at risk from lead paint,” said Governor Wolf. “The safety of our children should always be a priority and our schools must be healthy environments where students and teachers can focus on learning and building bright futures. Today’s announcement is another step in the work towards this goal, but it cannot and will not be the end. We must continue to fight for every child in Pennsylvania to be able to live, learn and play in buildings and spaces free from exposure to lead.”With $7.6 million provided last year, the governor has invested $11.9 million for lead paint stabilization at the city’s schools over two years. The district has also provided $11 million and, since June 2018, will have completed lead paint stabilization projects at 32 elementary schools by the start of the school year. Nearly 18,000 students will attend schools with lead safe environments and a new coat of paint in classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, and gyms.“We are continuing our commitment to address the environmental hazards in our schools for the school children of Philadelphia, their parents and the folks who work in toxic conditions daily,” said Sen. Hughes. “A little more than a year ago, I stood with Gov. Wolf to announce funding for emergency cleanups in our city schools and we pledged to do better for our children. We are making progress, but there is still work to do and we need larger buy-in from our colleagues in the General Assembly to attack the school infrastructure problem our commonwealth faces. We will not stop fighting until every school in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania is safe, healthy and clean. Thank you to Gov. Wolf for continuing to support the health of our students and for securing $11.9 million for school cleanups over the past two years.”“The health and safety of our students are our highest priorities,” said Dr. William Hite, superintendent. “The School District of Philadelphia is grateful for Governor Wolf’s support, which will help supplement the work the district is doing to ensure each student is able to learn in a welcoming and vibrant school. Much of this work occurred this summer, as our maintenance and facilities staff have been working tirelessly to make sure classrooms are ready for students on the first day of school. All students, no matter where they live or attend school, deserve to learn in modernized environments that will best position them for academic success.”The governor also explained how his Restore Pennsylvania proposal would help Philadelphia and schools across Pennsylvania to address lead and other contaminants. Restore Pennsylvania would be funded by monetizing a commonsense severance tax. Over the next four years, $4.5 billion would be provided for high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth.The proposed investment would help communities with initiatives such as removing lead paint, protecting against flash flooding, combating blight, and expanding high-speed internet and green infrastructure. All projects that communities need but lack the necessary funding to complete.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Saipem Opts to Buy DLB Norce Endeavour

first_imgSaipem has decided to execute the purchase option for derrick lay barge ‘DLB Norce Endeavour’ from Solstad Offshore.The acquisition follows a bareboat contract Solstad Offshore and Saipem Portugal entered into in December 2019, with option to buy.The contract started on January 02, 2020 and had a firm duration until May 31, 2021 with an optional period of further five months.DLB Norce Endeavour is a 146 meters long lay barge vessel built in 2010, equipped with a main crane of 1100 mt lift capacity, to be employed for pipelaying activities.Financial details surrounding the deal have not been disclosed. Solstad Offshore said that the sale of the DLB Norce Endeavour should have a minor accounting effect.Delivery of the vessel to Saipem is scheduled for April 2020.last_img read more

Crowd Stages Protest Against Fort Lauderdale Beach Closure

first_imgA group of nearly three-dozen South Florida residents are not happy about the holiday beach closures, and took time Saturday to voice their opinions.The crowd defied the county’s decision to shutter the beaches for the 4th of July, and planted an American flag on Fort Lauderdale beach while waving protest signs.Fort Lauderdale police officers made no arrests and did not say anything, as some of the protesters drank from open champagne or beer bottles.Other protestors went for a swim, while another group waved signs in support of President Trump, or wore his campaign hats. Two men yelled at her, calling her a “terrorist.” “Say no to tyranny!” yelled Maria Pinzon, who is a nurse. Organizer Chris Nelson of Fort Lauderdale, a security guard, said that closing the beach because of the COVID-19 pandemic was wrong.He and others also said they oppose mask mandates and business closures. “She’s a jihadist terrorist!” he yelled. “She’s not an American. She’s a Muslim!” Another person held a sign that read “Cover up AmeriKKKa. Your racism is showing.” The woman, who is a Plantation resident, said that she is from the Caribbean. “It is wrong. It’s unconstitutional,” he said. “We are here to walk on this beach.” “I declare this an autonomous zone!” he declared. “I’m the white, privileged guy who worked 60 hours a week. My father worked more. Is that what white privilege is?”Broward has ordered beaches closed July 3-5. You can still walk the boardwalk, but no sunbathing will be allowed. #DeerfieldBeach Pier will be open for fishing only & the pier lot will only be open to anglers. To read order checkout https://t.co/Gw2z8u79V0 #StayStrongDFB pic.twitter.com/IwXU406wIL— City of Deerfield Beach (@DFB_City) June 30, 2020center_img A nearby man on a bike held a poster declaring that all “Democrats are terrorists.”In addition to no arrests, no injuries were reported. She held a sign that depicted a masked face and the words “I can’t breathe,” which is a twist on the final words of George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police led to the Black Lives Matter protests.“I’m a nurse,” she said. “The only time I think a mask is needed is with my patients. It’s ridiculous and it’s a sign of being subservient to the powers that be.” Meanwhile, a Boynton Beach construction manager named Alan, who declined to give his last name, said he there because he was offended that Black Lives Matter protesters could create autonomous zones where they did not acknowledge the powers of police. Andrew Brett, who is a Trump supporter and head of the Broward Log Cabin Republicans, saw a black wrap around her face and head, and said she was Muslim.However, the woman said she was not. Signs at the protest read “Freedom over fear,” “Open the beach, no masks,” and “.01% not a pandemic.” He added that the shutdown over COVID-19 had gone too far, and is prompting suicides, and joblessness. He was denied for unemployment and food stamps, he said.last_img read more

Shohei Ohtani returns to mound in Angels intrasquad game

first_img“He was a little better than the last time,” Maddon said. “A little better command. Obviously there is another level for him. I thought it was a step forward. Overall it was a better performance. I still think once we get a real game going on, with or without fans, you’ll see another level for him.”The Angels’ everyday players faced a series of big league relievers, starting each inning with a runner at second to simulate the new extra-innings rule.In one inning, David Fletcher tagged up and scored from second after Jordyn Adams caught a fly ball at the warning track and hit the fence. “I obviously felt much better than last time, performance-wise and command-wise,” Ohtani said through his interpreter, adding that physically he also felt “felt really good.”Manager Joe Maddon said he saw progress.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM >> Shohei Ohtani returned to the mound after missing a few days with a stiff back and got through 15 batters over four trips to the mound. Facing a Triple-A lineup, Ohtani struck out one, walked four, hit a batter and gave up two hits.One of the hits was a double by Jo Adell, the Angels top prospect. Adell also had a hard line out to center field.Although Ohtani pitched the day after he had hit in an intrasquad game, Maddon said it’s not in the Angels plans to use him that way during the regular season. Ohtani normally has gotten the day off before and after he pitches.Ohtani had walked seven of the 10 batters he faced in his first intrasquad outing last week. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

CPGs to play major role in border security

first_imgIn expressing confidence in the ability of Community Policing Groups (CPGs) to carry out their functions, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said these groups could assist in a major way to tackle the illegal entry of foreigners, especially from neighbouring Venezuela, into Guyana.In addressing a media conference on Monday that was called to discuss preparations to mark the 42nd anniversary of community policing in Guyana, the Minister said there was room for CPGs to play a much greater role in this level of policing in Guyana’s border regions, to assist law enforcement agencies.Minister Ramjattan said there have been calls for members of CPGs to enhanceCPGs Administrator, retired Senior Superintendent of Police, Dennis Pompeythis level of local security as he expressed confidence in their capacity to carry out this function. “There have been calls from people especially who own shops. They have indicated to me that they would like to set up some CPGs … to also enhance their security,” he explained.The Ministry is also considering the option of having outstanding citizens given precepts that would allow them to have some policing powers, especially since there are limited Police in far-flung communities that border Venezuela. These persons would have to come under one of the CPGs.Asked whether there is information sharing from these interior locations and special intelligence in those areas, Ramjattan said while there might not be classic intelligence, he would encourage it. “We want information. So, if they see strangers and they see Venezuelans coming in and doing a couple of things, we would like them to telephone us at the headquarters at the Ministry,” he added.President David Granger had instructed the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to brief the parliamentary committee on security on the steps that were being taken to secure communities located along the border with Venezuela as a result of the unstable situation in that country, as well as the ongoing border controversy.The Head of State also indicated that he expected that even as Government continued to work at the central and regional levels to ensure security in the border regions, civil society would be fully briefed. The Guyana-Venezuela border controversy was recently referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Meanwhile, CPGs were also hailed for the work they have done in various crime-fighting areas. Most notably, however, was their recent involvement in helping the Police crack down on carjacking. CPGs have been credited for cracking many such cases and also assisting the Police in the arrest of several wanted persons who had set up havens in communities across the country.The Administrator of CPGs, retired Senior Superintendent of Police, Dennis Pompey said CPGs were making a valuable contribution to crime fighting and continued to help to make communities across the country much safer.Persons forming these CPGs are trained mostly in conflict resolution, Trafficking In Persons, anger management, as well as how to deal with violence, suicide, and noise nuisance, among other issues.Minister Ramjattan also expressed satisfaction with the work of the CPGs, although he was responsible for taking away equipment, including vehicles, that hampered these groups from executing their duties. The Minister did admit to this at Monday’s press conference, stating that it has been difficult to get back the vehicles they took from the CPGs and gave to Police.Ramjattan said he believed that far more could be done and urged that more residents become involved, especially in areas where the crime rates were high.He also addressed the need for Community Policing Officers and Policemen and women to develop better working relationships. “Some Policemen do not like scrutiny of policing groups and that is bad, especially if you have nothing to hide. Police must be more accommodating of CPGs,” he opined.Nevertheless, Minister Ramjattan said he was doing everything possible to address issues whereby some CPG members undertake nefarious activities and leak information to the criminal underworld. He noted that it was a matter of concern and key attention was paid to how these groups operate; hence, the need for coordination and objectivity in the way they were organised and how they operated.There were over 5765 CPG patrols for 2017. The CPGs also have a membership of 4304 and have assisted the Police in making over 50 arrests in serious cases. Members will be recognised for the roles they played in the discovery of illegal aircraft and airstrips in Guyana’s hinterland regions.The anniversary of the CPGs will be observed between March 1 and April 21.last_img read more