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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

Rangers FC players get 10-day break

first_imgRelatedPosts Rangers postpone resumption Ahead 2020/21 season: LMC fixes date for Club Licensing application 2020/2021 Season: Rangers set resumption date Rangers International FC have approved a 10-day break for players following the four weeks suspension of all football activities by the nation’s football ruling authority, Nigeria Football Federation. The GM/CEO of the Flying Antelopes, Prince Davidson Owumi, urged the players to be conscious of the health situations around them during the break. The players were also challenged to maintain a high level of fitness during the break by the Technical Adviser of the side, Coach Salisu Yusuf, stressing that they could be called up earlier than expected should the league organisers, League Management Company, cut shot the suspension of the league. Owumi said: “This break is necessitated by the suspension order by the NFF on all football activities in the country and management in its wisdom wants its players to be with their various families in this challenging health period. “It is our belief that the players would maintain a high level of discipline and return after the break stronger to challenge for a top finish in the season.” Yusuf also said: “This is an emergency break but I hope we would be professional enough in our conducts so that we can maintain a high level of fitness when we return.” It can be recalled that the NFF midweek suspended all football activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world.Tags: Davidson OwumiFlying AntelopesLeague Management CompanyRangers FCSalisu Yusuflast_img read more

SAI sanctions two-month training in Dubai for swimmers

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Written By WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 15th August, 2020 15:06 IST SAI Sanctions Two-month Training In Dubai For Swimmers The Indian trio, who will train at Dubai’s Aqua Nation Swimming Academy, will be accompanied by coach A C Jayarajan for a two-month stint at a cost of around Rs 35 lakh ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. COMMENTcenter_img Press Trust Of India Eyeing Olympic berths, Indian swimmers Virdhawal Khade, Srihari Nataraj and Kushagra Rawat will resume their training later this month in Dubai after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sports Authority of India said on Saturday.The Indian trio, who will train at Dubai’s Aqua Nation Swimming Academy, will be accompanied by coach A C Jayarajan for a two-month stint at a cost of around Rs 35 lakh ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.”Sports Authority of India has approved two months training for three Olympic probable swimmers who will be accompanied with a coach at a cost of around 35 lakhs ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics,” SAI said in a release.The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has already initiated the visa processing and is targeting the last week of August to send the swimmers to Dubai.”We have already started working on the visa and as soon as that comes through and the flight tickets are done they will be off to Dubai,” secretary general Monal Chokshi told PTI.”We were targeting 20th of August but that’s too soon, so realistically we will try for August 24-25,” he added.The swimmers will also have the assistance of the national coach Pradeep S Kumar, who is already present at the academy in Dubai.”Srihari’s coach Jayarajan will be travelling with the swimmers. Pradeep Kumar is also there at the same academy,” Chokshi informed.Khade (50m freestyle), Nataraj (100m backstroke) and Rawat (400m, 800m, 1500m freestyle) have breached the ‘B’ qualification mark for the Tokyo Games.The swimmers were relieved to know they will finally be able to resume training.”I am excited and glad that this is happening. I would like to thank SFI and SAI for their support and effort to get us back into the pool. I hope other swimmers can also resume training soon,” Srihari said.”I am very excited that I will get to swim after five months. I’ll have to monitor how my performance is, assess my level. My motivation has definitely risen after hearing about the camp,” Rawat said.Swimmers in India have not entered the pools since March 25 when the first coronavirus-forced lockdown was announced. Though there has been some easing of restrictions, the use of pools remains prohibited in the country till August 31.The SAI said the decision to allow the swimmers to train in Dubai was taken “in lieu of the current prevailing situation as swimming pools in India are not yet accessible as a safety measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”Nataraj, who achieved the ‘B’ qualification mark last year in the 100m backstroke event with a national record 54.69sec, needs to bring his timing down to 53.85 seconds to be sure of a Tokyo Games spot.Rawat had achieved the ‘B’ qualification mark in the three events of 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle.Three other swimmers — Sajan Prakash, Aryan Makhija and Advait Page — have also achieved the ‘B’ qualification mark in their respective events for the Olympics and are aiming for the ‘A’ standard. Prakash, who spent the entire lockdown at an academy in Phuket, started training when the pools opened in Thailand, while Makhija and Page flew back to USA to their respective universities and resumed training there. LIVE TV First Published: 15th August, 2020 15:06 ISTlast_img read more

Best quotes from Lighting, Blue Jackets’ 5-OT epic: ‘I’m tired right now if you guys can’t notice’

first_imgThe Lightning skated away with a 3-2 victory in the fifth overtime on Tuesday night in the very first game of the Stanley Cup playoffs first round.After a crazy-long game (fourth-longest in NHL history) you know the quote machine would be churning, especially when you have John Tortorella involved. … on Seth Jones: “He’s a horse. He could keep on playing if we were still going. He is just relentless with how he plays.”… on Korpisalo: “Yeah Korpi, he was fantastic.”… on how he handles overtimes and what he tells players during intermissions: “We go through the same stuff through the intermissions. I’m not going to talk to you about what we say and what we talk about. We talk about things we need to talk about to get ready for the next period. Here’s a quick recap of the best quotes of the night.Brayden Point (TBL) on where his goal ranks among all the goals he has scored:”Yeah, it’s up there. It’s got to be the biggest I would say. Um, geez, man, I don’t know. Just finally one goes in, I think that’s the emotion. You know, just super excited. But you know, we can’t forget that’s only one game and there’s a lot of series left to be played.”Seth Jones (CBJ) after playing an NHL-record number of minutes:”I feel fine.”By the numbers: Lightning defeat Blue Jackets in 5-OT NHL playoff thrillerYanni Gourde (TBL) on battling mental fatigue:”I think the key is probably, like, getting off the ice when you’re really tired. I mean, keep your shift short and I think by doing that you can avoid making mental mistakes because you’re too tired. I think if you send a French, a fresh — Oh my God, my words are terrible.”My bad. I’m tired right now if you guys can’t notice. Ah, yeah. Send a fresh guy out there it’s much easier.”Pierre-Luc Dubois said the Blue Jackets only had one meal today…at 9 AM.— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) August 12, 2020Jonas Korpisalo (CBJ) on whether Vladislav Gavrikov taking what looked like a shot to the head right before the goal distracted him:”No.”Jon Cooper (TBL) on what he’ll remember most about the game:”How cold my feet were the entire game. … I’ll remember looking at my salmon salad, wanting to eat it the whole time there in the game but I thought that was going to, I don’t know, break up the karma so I stayed hungry.”MORE: How NHL head coaches stay warm in an ice-cold rink (even in the summer)Jon Cooper (TBL) on interaction with the Bruins coaches during overtime:”I’ll give you a funny story. So, we were close to the Boston coaches room and it’s when we went into overtime, I peeked and their door was open and I said, ‘Well, we’re either going to end early or they go long.’ It’s pretty much how overtime is. And sure enough, I think it was before the fifth overtime they were packing up their bags and saying, ‘You were right Coop, it was going long.'”John Tortorella (CBJ) before the news conference even started:”Don’t ask me about the non-call.”Seth Jones (CBJ) on the officiating:”The officiating to me was, I dunno, suspect all night.”MORE: Twitter came with the jokes as Lighting-Blue Jackets play 5-OT thrillerJon Cooper (TBL) on what kind of moment it was to win the game:”You know, the one sad thing about tonight is that you have a game and an effort put out by the two teams that we witness tonight and there was actually nobody in the building to witness it. And to see the excitement on the players when they scored, regardless if there were fans in the building or not.”That’s one thing I’ll remember is you still turn the clock back and they’re still a bunch of kids and they competed their asses off and they get damn excited when they score, especially when they score in the fifth overtime. It just brings you back to the frozen pond. I don’t know, it was a pretty cool moment.”Bruce Cassidy had a slice of pizza while watching that 5OT game.”it was delicious.”Now I want pizza.— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) August 12, 2020John Tortorella’s presser, in its entirety, because you know it lasted only two-minutes long:… on the message to the team after a game like this: “Get some rest and get ready to play the next game.”… on whether guys fall back on their ability to rebound: “Yep.”last_img read more