Britain’s workforce lacks diversity

first_imgBritain’s workforce lacks diversityOn 21 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Ethnic minorities are still finding it difficult to break into the Britishlabour market, according to a report by the Cabinet Office. The Performance and Innovation Unit’s Ethnic Minorities in the Labour MarketProject, shows that white males are the most economically active section of thepopulation, with 85 per cent either employed or actively seeking work. Thiscontrasts with 77 per cent of black-African males, 71 per cent of Pakistani menand just 62 per cent of Chinese men. The report using analysis from the Labour Force Survey, the Census andNational Survey of Ethnic Minorities, shows the only ethnic minority to be moreeconomically active than whites are those that fall into the ‘black-other’women’s sector – 77 per cent are considered to be economically active by thereport compared to 74 per cent of white women. This is followed by 72 per cent of black-Caribbean women, 62 per cent ofIndian women and just 19 per cent of Bangladeshi women. Ethnic minorities make up 7.1 per cent of Britain’s population and 7.2 percent of all working-age people. Indians are the largest ethnic minority group,followed by Pakistanis and black-Caribbeans. However, it is projected that ethnic minority and mixed origin groups willaccount for more than half the growth in the working age population over thenext 10 years, claims the survey. While 11.5 per cent of school pupils in England are from ethnic minorities,projections for the next decade show the most rapid rise in the working-agepopulation will occur among the most youthful ethnic groups such asblack-Caribbean, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and black-Africans. 020 7276 1416, www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/innovation/2001/ethnicity/scope.html Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Speech: Holocaust Educational Trust – Holocaust Memorial Day Reception

first_imgLast October at the Holocaust Educational Trust Appeal Dinner, I sat next to a man named Harry Spiro.Unfortunately, Harry couldn’t be here today but he was just 8 years old in 1939 when war broke out in Poland.By 1945, aged just 14, he was the only member of his family to still be alive.That evening, Harry told me his story.In 1942, Harry was working in a factory in his home town of Piotrkow, when the call came from the Nazis for the workers to gather outside the nearby synagogue.Harry didn’t want to go, but his mother – anticipating that things were about to get much worse – insisted.As she pushed him out, she said: “Hopefully one of us will survive.”Tragically, she – and the rest of Harry’s family – were murdered at Treblinka.But her words – and their message of hope and endurance through the darkest times – live on.They live on through Harry, who survived a death march that killed 2,300 of the 3,000 who set off.Her words live on through Harry’s children and grandchildren.And through Harry’s exceptional work on Holocaust education, work for which he has just been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.An honour he shares with Freda, another extraordinary survivor, who has just spoken so movingly.My warmest congratulations to them both.And now stories like Freda’s and Harry’s are inspiring a whole new generation through the work of fantastic young HET ambassadors, like Georgia (Adkins).Thank you for everything you’re doing to keep these stories, these words, alive.They matter immensely.We know, particularly from the world of instant of communication on social media how words can entertain us, educate us, unite us, and uplift us.But, also, how they can wound and divide.How they can inflame prejudice in echo chambers where ignorance goes unchallenged.How they can drive people towards hatred and even violence.So it’s fitting that this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day asks us to consider the power of words.The Holocaust Educational Trust has never shied away from teaching young people where hatred, intolerance and misinformation can lead.The way we use words and language is key to this.Which is why the government has been proud to support HET’s vital work through initiatives such as the Lessons from Auschwitz programme.This programme has enabled thousands of children and their teachers to understand a little of what it meant to live through.What Harry Spiro described to me, as “hell on earth”.In 2011, I was privileged to accompany a group from my constituency to Auschwitz-Birkenau.It was one of the most moving experiences of my life.The hateful inscription on the gate might be familiar, but there are no words to convey the feeling when you walk inside.Of imagining all the men, women and children who perished there and whose cries were silenced forever.Cries – against hatred, intolerance and misinformation – that we must ensure are heard.We all have a duty to speak out in their memory.Of course, Holocaust education is not the only answer.But it remains one of the most powerful tools we have to fight bigotry today.That’s why I am delighted to announce today that my Ministry – together with the Department for Education – will fund a new strand of the Lessons from Auschwitz programme.A new initiative, proposed by HET and the Union of Jewish Students, to tackle antisemitism, prejudice and intolerance on university campuses.I know this is something that the Trust has been keen to get off the ground.And Karen – as anyone who knows her well will agree – is someone you do not turn down or disagree with!So I hope this will be welcome news.And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Karen and everyone at the Trust for their tireless dedication to Holocaust education.The programme will invite 2 Sabbatical Officers from each university to visit the death camps.Vice-Chancellors will also be encouraged to take part.I look forward to seeing how this work proceeds and the difference it makes.HET’s work is invaluable and I’m honoured to be associated with it.Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because I have seen it works.I remember Harry telling me about a visit to a school in London’s East End.When a pupil refused to attend his Holocaust presentation because he didn’t want to, in the words of that pupil, “hear from Jews.”Harry refused to deliver his talk unless the young man was present.And so he was persuaded, reluctantly, to attend Harry’s talk.That same young man later wrote to him and said it was one of the most moving experiences of his life.So much so, he was inspired to become a passionate champion of greater tolerance and understanding among his peers.So our efforts to tell stories like Harry’s, to challenge antisemitism wherever it exists, are absolutely crucial.Not just now, but for future generations.This is the thinking behind our commitment to build a new national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.Its presence, right next to the Houses of Parliament, will ensure that the testimony of survivors will never be forgotten in Britain.That the message of hope and a better future……whispered from a mother to son all those years ago……serves as a beacon for centuries to come.Thank you.last_img read more

GBBO winner steps out a ‘giant’

first_img[View the story “Nadiya triumphs in Great British Bake Off final” on Storify] Nadiya Hussain, winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off, has described how she felt like a “giant” after scooping the top prize.Hussain, from Leeds, triumphed in the reality TV show last night over competitors Tamal Ray and Ian Cumming. It was the most watched television show of the year so far, with 13 million people tuning in.However, Hussain has revealed she has no immediate plans to build a career out of her success.She said: “I went into the tent as the smallest baker at 4 foot 11 inches, but I walked out feeling a giant – almost as tall as my fellow baker six-footer Mat Riley. I can be quite self-deprecating, but I feel I have tested my abilities and come out a much stronger confident person the other side.”She led from the first in the final, producing the best batch of iced buns before going on to win her first technical challenge with her batch of mille-feuille and wowing the judges with a wedding-themed lemon drizzle showstopper cake.She said: “I never had my own wedding cake. I wanted a proper iced wedding cake. I bought a sari that was red, white and blue, in the colours of the Union Jack and I decorated my stand with that. My husband Abdal’s favourite cake is lemon drizzle, so I decided to make that. At the very end of the filming I took the cake out to my family’s table and we all had a slice. So my husband and I did get our wedding cake after all.”This is how the vistory went down on social media:last_img read more

Author reviews research

first_img Buddies with Bill Clinton In 1972, Branch lived and worked with Bill Clinton while the two worked for the McGovern campaign in Texas. Branch said it was the beginning of a deep friendship between the two men.  “He [Clinton] called me up and asked if he could bring his new girlfriend, Hillary, which he did. The three of us shared an apartment together for six months,” Branch said. When Clinton became President, the two continued their friendship and Branch was a close confidant of the President. Branch said he was particularly impressed with Clinton as president-elect because of Clinton’s concern over documenting the work done in the White House.  “Most of our history and what we know about what really goes on inside the White House is done by psychological projections on the part of journalists who weren’t there. Its guess work,” Branch said. “So I thought it was significant that a president-elect was worried about documenting.” Branch said he became President Clinton’s personal sounding board. He drove down to the White House once or twice a month to talk with the President about different issues he was facing. Branch said in this capacity he met with Clinton for 79 long sessions.  “He [Clinton] would talk about what he really did. It started off as a historical project for the historical record to make up for the fact that he wasn’t going to tape his telephone calls,” Branch said. When writing the “The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President,” Branch said he struggled to determine what his role was in telling the story.  Branch said he had to think about his duty as a citizen versus a recorder of history, and also consider what sort of duty he had to Clinton as a friend. “It was an amazing experience of what its like to be President, which is the purpose of that book. It is a memoir of what it’s like to be a personal sounding board for president of the United States.” Branch said he is proud that he produced a unique window of how a President balances so many things going on at once.  Branch said their project was kept entirely secret – President Clinton hid the tapes from their sessions in the back of his sock drawer. Branch said that he would bring an extra tape to dictate all the way home what Clinton seemed like, what they discussed, and what Clinton said. Branch said during the process of publishing the book his relationship with Clinton became somewhat strained, mostly due to the reaction of Clinton’s staff. “We had some arguments. He and I had arguments during the sessions. I put the arguments in the book and the staff really didn’t like that,” Branch said. “That really ended our relationship on a kind of nasty note until about a year and a half later, he called out of the blue and said, ‘You were right and I was wrong.’” Branch said Clinton feared that some of the writing about Hilary and Chelsea would be distorted by journalists, but that did not happen.  Clinton continues to contact Branch every so often, most recently before his speech at the March on Washington anniversary last month, Branch said. Pulitzer prize winning author, historian and public speaker Taylor Branch came to campus to discuss civil rights, journalism and politics in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium Tuesday.  Branch is best known for his narrative history of the civil rights era, a trilogy titled “America in the King Years,” according to his website. Branch spent 24 years conducting intensive research to write the books.  In his talk, Branch discussed his research on Dr. Martin Luther King and his latest book “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement,” as well as his relationship with President Bill Clinton as discussed in his memoir “The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President.”  Civil rights history Branch said the civil rights era was a great time to be a journalist. “It was the golden era of journalism, the civil rights movement,” Branch said. Branch said while writing The King Years he drew from a wide range of sources, but the most vital of all were the interviews he conducted He said it was difficult to convince people involved in the movement to give him the real story he was looking for, and even to simply agree to an interview.  Branch said his experience in writing the trilogy left him with a greater admiration for King than he had when he began the project.  “He was dealing with much more difficulty on a much [more] profound level than we realize,” he said.  When asked if he struggled with whether or not to include certain details about King’s personal life, Branch said he was faithful to the events but used balance in his presentation of the details.  “I guess that’s the journalist’s faith really: that unflinching truth in details, if told in balance, will not subvert any cause that you have,” Branch said. Branch said during the civil rights movement, journalists largely ignored African American issues. Leaders of the movement faced the major challenge of gaining the attention of people making a deliberate effort to ignore them. “Black news was simply not part of the news,” Branch said. “It was hard to break a veil that kept segregation in the south essentially out of view.” The movement’s commitment to non-violence also made it difficult to gain the attention of a news media more responsive to violent events, he said. “Civil rights in a journalistic sense was how do we make news in a media environment that is attracted to violence,” Branch said. Branch said the civil rights movement was kick-started and catalyzed by people in college and younger, so it was significant  that young people were in the news for the first time, he said. “Even in the NAACP, the civil rights organizations had a hard time accepting the notion that young people could be doing anything serious,” he said. “It took a while for people to be able to say, okay, these are serious people.” The march on Washington This year marks the 50-year anniversary of King’s March on Washington, which was celebrated with a huge parade in the national capital last month. Branch said he spent all day watching the coverage in honor of the anniversary. Branch said the celebration reflected the profound legacy of the march and the civil rights movement overall. “You had representatives from every subsequent collateral movement that grew out of the civil rights movement standing there,” Branch said. “The civil rights movement opened the door. It was the gateway. When America addressed race it could do anything.” He said the civil rights movement was focused on race but because of their efforts so many other issues, such as women’s rights and gay rights, were brought to the fore, which allowed for a great deal of progress. last_img read more

Casey Nicholaw Tapped to Direct the Mean Girls Musical

first_img Tina Fey has brought in the big guns. Broadway hitmaker Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon) has been tapped to helm and choreograph the much-buzzed about developmental lab of the Mean Girls musical. According to an audition notice, the industry event is scheduled to run April 3, 2017 through April 29. As previously reported, the stage adaptation of Fey’s hit 2004 movie is set to land in Washington, D.C. next fall.Created by Fey, her husband, 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt composer Jeff Richmond, and lyricist Nell Benjamin, plans for a musical version of the 2004 film were first announced in January 2013. We then had to endure endless teasing about rumored workshops.Based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls follows a group of popular girls, known as the Plastics, who rule a suburban high school with an iron first and the group of outcasts who takes them down. The film was written by Fey and starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Lizzy Caplan.And, just because its the holiday season, remind yourself below of the one musical number already incorporated in the film, “Jingle Bell Rock.” You’re welcome. Casey Nicholaw(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Comments Related Showscenter_img Mean Girls Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 24

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDon’t forget Christ on holiday to-do listDo the Gazette editors know the origin of Christmas? I was deeply saddened when reading the Dec. 19 feature of “100 things to do this holiday season” to find not a single reference to attending a church service, taking time for private devotions or singing Christmas carols.Perhaps you are not aware that the “holiday season” includes “Christmas” which comes from the word “Christ.” For many people, the season is a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus, often called “Christ.”  I weep that he’s still forgotten.Paul RandallSlingerlands The best option for Trump is to resignIn Trump’s impeachment, House Republicans attacked the process under Democrats’ control. They engaged in antisocial and counterfactual behavior. Conspicuously, however, they failed to defend Trump as being either honest or innocent.Underlying partisanship of the House vote was near unanimous agreement about Trump’s guilt.This was evident from debate in the Intelligence Oversight and Judiciary committees and the full House. Despite partisan bitterness, the House action sends a powerful, essentially nonpartisan message of guilt to voters and senators.Senators know that all House members’ terms end in 2020. They know that Republican members risk primary challenges at Trump’s instigation if they rebel. They know that House Republicans desiring impeachment did not have to vote for it, as Democrats would do the job.Not so in the Senate. Senators serve six-year terms. Just 23 Republican senators’ terms will end in 2020, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s. Thus, 30 of the 53 Republican senators will join 47 Democrats, totaling 77 Senate trial jurors protected from Trump jury tampering.Republican senators have a weighty responsibility. To keep them in line, Trump relies upon Mitch McConnell. McConnell must avoid the appearance of rebellion, but he could engineer rebellion surreptitiously. He could advise Trump to resign with an immunity deal or face conviction and removal.Resignation seems likely. Trump’s legal peril may become dire if his tax returns must be released. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider this issue. A likely adverse decision could be averted, however, if Trump resignation renders it moot.Dr. Robert A. MichaelsNiskayuna Republicans: Stop defending TrumpTo all Trump supporters: if Bill Clinton could be impeached over lying about having an affair with an intern, pushed by Republicans and Clinton haters for years, then dare I say, it’s only right that Trump be impeached for bribery of a foreign country and obstruction of justice at the highest levels. Call me crazy, but the latter seems much more serious. Republicans, get your heads out of the sand and stop defending the indefensible. History will remember all of this, and you.Mary BakerPerthMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Reopening of Saint Peter’s marks first step for Italy’s Catholics

first_imgMost, however, opened shortly thereafter, with entry reserved for prayer only.”I share the joy of those communities who can finally reunite as liturgical assemblies, a sign of hope for all society,” Francis said on Sunday during his live-streamed prayer. Italy’s lockdown not only extinguished most business activity in the country, but radically disrupted Italians’ personal lives, including attending mass.Francis has been livestreaming mass from a chapel at his residence inside the Vatican City. Saint Peter’s Basilica throws its doors open to visitors on Monday, marking a relative return to normality at the Vatican and beyond in Italy, where most business activity is set to resume.Public masses also resume throughout the predominantly Catholic country after a two-month hiatus, while restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and hairdressers, among other businesses, are all expected to reopen.In the face of much opposition, including from Pope Francis, churches in Rome were shuttered at the beginning of the coronavirus emergency in early March. The Argentine pontiff is not yet expected to lead any public religious ceremonies either in the basilica, which can accommodate 60,000 people, or in Saint Peter’s Square, as the Vatican seeks to avoid crowds.Francis will, however, celebrate a private mass on Monday, broadcast by video, in front of the tomb of John Paul II, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Polish-born pontiff.In Milan, the Duomo cathedral will conduct mass at 10:30 GMT. On Friday, the cathedral said it had introduced gadgets worn around the neck that beep softly, flash and vibrate if visitors approach too closely to one another. Disinfection In preparation for the reopening of Saint Peter’s, the largest Catholic church in the world was disinfected on Friday, with workers in full protective suits and masks spraying down the surface of the 23,000-square meter site.The Vatican State, an independent enclave in the heart of Rome, has applied the same anti-virus measures as Italy, where the official death toll from the virus stands at nearly 32,000.The basilica, as well as three other papal basilicas, is expected to follow a recommendation from Italy’s interior ministry limiting attendance at religious celebrations in enclosed places of worship to 200 people.Across Italy’s tens of thousands of churches, Catholics will be able to attend not only masses but also weddings and funerals, provided they abide by a series of measures, including wearing masks and sitting or standing well spaced apart.More than 800,000 commercial activities which have been under lockdown since Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte imposed restrictions on March 9 should be able to reopen on Monday, said Confcommercio, Italy’s largest business association. Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 34 Municipalities to Receive New Funding to Improve Local Traffic Safety

first_img December 17, 2019 Springettsbury Township – $276,608 to modernize the traffic signal at the intersection of Memory Lane and Industrial Highway.City of York – $327,446 to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility along identified Safe Routes to School crossings, including: audible pedestrian signals, signal phasing updates and leading pedestrian intervals, high-visibility pavement markings, pedestrian and bike signage, ADA curb ramps, pedestrian refuge improvements, and other traffic-calming measures such as bulb-outs, removal of parking to improve sight distance, narrowing lane width, and pedestrian activated rectangular rapid flash beacon.For more information, visit the traffic signals page under “Travel In PA” at www.penndot.gov, or email [email protected] Governor Wolf Announces 34 Municipalities to Receive New Funding to Improve Local Traffic Safety SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Centre CountyCollege Township – $112,655 to upgrade the traffic signal located at S. Atherton St. (SR 3014) & Rolling Ridge Drive. Government That Works,  Press Release,  Transportation Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will distribute $13.1 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to fund 41 safety improvement projects in 34 municipalities statewide.“This program helps communities across the state make investments in traffic flow and safety,” Governor Wolf said. “These improvements complement the many road, bridge, and multimodal projects happening in Pennsylvania.”Under state law, grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 31 intersections in Philadelphia. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 116 applications, totaling almost $33.6 million in requests.This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $91.59 million, funding 457 safety projects since 2010.Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.The 41 approved projects are as follows:Allegheny County:Coraopolis Borough – $205,500 to upgrade the traffic signal installation at the intersection of 4th Ave. (S.R. 0051) and Mill St.Edgewood Borough – $62,500 to perform a safety study at the intersections of Maple Ave./McKelvey Ave. and Swissvale Ave./Race St. for low cost safety improvements.Hampton Township – $166,500 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Wildwood Road (SR 4070) and W. Hardies Road/Wildwood Sample Road (SR 4067).Pittsburgh City – $116,636 to replace the traffic signal located at the intersection of Beaver Ave. and Chateau St.Shaler Township – $308,000 to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of SR 8 (William Flinn Hwy) and Glenshaw Glass Driveway.South Park Township – $199,975 to construct an auxiliary left turn lane at the intersection of Library Road (SR 0088) and Brownsville/Library Road.Tarentum Borough – $226,000 to upgrade the existing traffic signal at the intersection of East 10th Ave. (SR 1001) and Corbet St.West View Borough – $12,682 to install overhead pedestrian crossing signs.Berks CountyCity of Reading – $227,840 to study and upgrade the downtown signal system network.Blair CountyCity of Altoona – $103,753 for installation of enhanced pavement markings along the 17th St. corridor within close proximity of the Altoona Area School District’s Jr. High and Sr. High Schools.City of Altoona – $36,794 for “School Zone Ahead” advanced warning flashers and timer upgrades in and around the vicinity of 17th St. and 2nd Ave, and the vicinity of Ward Ave and Coleridge Ave. Chester CountyCaln Township – $225,205 to install traffic signal control at the one-lane bridge over Beaver Creek on Lloyd Ave.South Coventry Township – $229,961 to install a traffic signal at the intersection of PA 23 Ridge Road and Coventryville Road.Clearfield CountyCurwensville Borough – $247,277 for traffic signal upgrades at the intersections of Filbert St. & State St. (Route 879) and State St. (Route 879) & River St. & Bloomington Ave. including LED signal heads, pedestrian improvements and timing adjustments.City of DuBois – $264,528 to modify existing intersection geometry of East DuBois Ave (SR 0255) and Division St. to allow for safe and efficient vehicular turning movements within the intersection.Columbia CountyBloomsburg – $384,408 to fully modernize the traffic signal at the intersection of SR 11 (Columbia Blvd) & Park St.Cumberland CountyHampden Township – $60,702 for safety improvements at the intersections of Wertzville Road and Lambs Gap Road, Wertzville Road and I-81 Interchange and Wertzville Road and Orrs Bridge Road to include adding a signal head, relocating signage, adding a dynamic LED signal ahead sign and Advanced Dilemma Zone Detection.Delaware CountySpringfield Township – $227,025 to modernize signal facilities at the intersection of Powell Road and Saxer Ave. to improve pedestrian vehicular safety and comply with current ADA requirements.Elk CountyFox Township – $88,300 to upgrade existing School Zone flashing lights, signage, associated crosswalk markings, installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon warning lights and ADA compliance in the vicinity of Fox Township Elementary School and the St. Boniface Catholic Church.Lackawanna CountyCity of Carbondale – $57,653 for upgrading the North Main St. Pedestrian Crosswalk with solar flashing signage and pedestrian push buttons to notify oncoming traffic of pedestrians in the crosswalk.Lancaster CountyLeacock Township – $263,987 for Installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Old Philadelphia Pike (SR 0340) and New Holland Road (SR 1011).Lawrence CountyNeshannock Township – $263,672 for the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of SR 0018 (Wilmington Road) and Oakwood Way.Lehigh CountyCity of Allentown – $14,500 for the installation of a new school zone flasher and pedestrian crossing flasher along the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and for the installation of a pedestrian flasher at the existing crossing at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and 4th St.Slatington Borough – $270,628.24 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Main St. (SR 873) and Church St. to current standards.Luzerne CountyHanover Township – $110,925 to upgrade the traffic signals at three intersections along the Sans Souci Parkway (SR 2002) to include, pedestrian countdown signals with push buttons, video detection system, emergency preemption system, pavement markings and detectable warning surfaces.Montgomery CountyConshohocken Borough – $348,000 to install Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) at two intersections along Fayette St. at 4th Ave. and 7th Ave..Perkiomen Township – $277,410 to install a permanent traffic signal at the intersection of SR 29 with Bridge St. and Graterford Road.Montour CountyMahoning Township – $351,140 to modernize the traffic signal at SR 2008 (Bloom Road) and Academy St.Philadelphia CountyCity of Philadelphia – $6.6 million for the following activities: Old City Market St. Multimodal Improvements from 6th to 2nd St. to include rightsizing, protected bike lanes, signal improvements, bus boarding and pedestrian islands and mill and overlay; low cost safety improvements to include pavement marking, green bicycle conflict zones, rumble strips, curb extensions, etc.; redesign of high quality bicycle network streets to include protected bicycle lanes and neighborhood bikeway corridors; a continuation of Philadelphia’s Modern Roundabout program; intersection modifications to slow traffic at intersections, improve sight distance between drivers and pedestrians, and reduce pedestrian vulnerability by reducing pedestrian crossing time; Citywide Fiber Optic Signal Integration; and LED St. lighting to increase pedestrian and traffic safety through improved St. lighting while promoting walkability within commercial and residential corridors.Westmoreland CountyCity of Latrobe – $122,000 to install electronic flashing school zone speed limit warning devices adjacent to Latrobe Elementary School.Salem Township – $120,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at Route 22 and Route 819.York CountyGlen Rock Borough – $204,592 to upgrade the traffic signal located at the intersection of Baltimore St. (PA 616) and Manchester St. (PA 216), install new ADA ramps, and add pedestrian signalization.last_img read more

Statewide Support for Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Health Disparity Task Force

first_img April 17, 2020 Statewide Support for Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Health Disparity Task Force African American Affairs,  Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Latino Affairs,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman announced Wednesday the creation of the COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity, which will help identify how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and vulnerable populations. The Health Disparity Task Force, which will be led by Lt. Gov. Fetterman, will prepare recommendations for the governor to address the short- and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state’s minority and vulnerable communities.The Health Disparity Task Force was praised by local leaders, legislators and advocates, including the following:Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chair“I am in full support of the additional steps that Governor Wolf is taking to reduce the outsized impact that COVID-19 is having on people of color. His administration has done a tremendous job handling this unexpected situation and I hope that this task force helps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Pennsylvania can’t fully heal from this until everyone is safe.”Sen. Sharif Street, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus“I applaud Governor Wolf’s continued leadership during an unprecedented health crisis. Historically, racial disparities have existed throughout every level of American society, symptomatic of systemic structural racism that persists. It is no surprise that black, brown, and Latino communities have been disparately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Health Disparity Task Force is a necessary step in protecting all Pennsylvanians.”Rep. Madeleine Dean, Pennsylvania Commission for Women“I am pleased the governor and lieutenant governor have created this necessary task force as it has become abundantly clear that we need to develop a better understanding of how this deadly virus affects our ethnic communities. This week, I held a conference call with African American and Latino community leaders about this very issue who raised concerns that this task force seeks to address — including an emphasis on data collection, health access, and outreach. I thank Gov. Wolf and Lt. Governor Fetterman for their leadership and look forward to the findings and guidance of the taskforce to equitably combat this pandemic and keep our people safe.”Charles J. Hooker III, Keystone Human Services President and CEO“Keystone Human Services supports the work of the Health Disparity Task Force as we address effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a disability service provider for intellectual disability, mental health, and autism services, Keystone Human Services stresses the importance of addressing increased funding and support for frontline workers, many of whom are minority. It is time to address the need to move to a living wage for these essential workers and we look to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Federal Government as our partners in improving the wages of Direct Support Professionals today and in the future.”Nelly Jimenez, Latin American Community Action of Montgomery County (ACLAMO) Executive Director and CEO“Everyone says we are all in this together, but the inequalities that minority communities are experiencing and the lack of access to resources for them has highlighted the catastrophic impact this crisis will have on families we serve. We can’t not be blind to the fact that our communities will be impacted disproportionately. We have to gather data and create a long-term plan to make systemic changes that includes and positively impact our communities now during the crisis and in the future.”Dr. Vasu Singh, Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Member and Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley Board Member“The API (Asian Pacific Islander) communities face multiple challenges due to language, cultural, social and economic barriers. These barriers result in health disparities, which make the API communities more vulnerable to COVID-19 pandemic. As mentioned by Dr. Rachel Levine, the vital information on race breakdown is missing from approximately 70 percent of the data that we have received about COVID-19. The API community has a special need for accurate, community-specific data, as too often our health data is aggregated as Asian Pacific Islander, flattening the very different health needs that exist between Asian Americans whose families have been in America for 250 years, and refugee communities who were resettled here in the last few years.“As an Asian American, physician, and a community leader, I strongly support the decision of Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman to form a COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity. This initiative will help us to focus and reach out to the API communities individually, to help them in overcoming the barriers, and for the state to address the individual community specific health issues.”View this information in Spanish.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Australian Real Estate Conference 2017 draws high-profile keynote speakers to the Gold Coast

first_imgRadio personality Alan Jones was a guest speaker at last year’s Australasian Real Estate Conference on the Gold Coast.Mr McGrath said then AREC 2017 Gold Coast program was designed to address the world of disruption facing the real estate industry, with an underlying theme of Super Growth.“Each year it is our commitment to provide AREC delegates an even better speaker line-up than the year before,” he said.“This was easy in the beginning but it gets harder after 20 years.“This year’s program has an incredible balance of real estate experts, inspiring individuals and world-class experts in the field of real estate technology and social media, negotiation, elite performance and emerging consumer trends.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“My aim is that delegates will equip themselves with the attitude and tools to significantly grow their businesses off the back of AREC 2017.” AREC founder, John McGrath.AN EVENT which once drew the now American President, Donald Trump as a keynote speaker is set to shake up Australia’s real estate industry again this year. Australasian Real Estate Conference founder John McGrath has lined up 23 speakers for this year’s event, expected to draw 4000 real estate agents to the Gold Coast in May.AREC 2017 speakers will include acclaimed former FBI negotiator Chris Voss, real estate superstar Bob Wolff, best-selling author Robert Cialdini and New York agency boss Leonard Steinberg who has more than 1500 agents across 26 offices.Topics for discussion include negotiating as if your life depended on it, robots in real estate and the psychology of persuasion.The popular industry conference has in the past drawn high-profile speakers such as Trump (via a satellite link), Alan Jones, John Symond and the wolf of Wall St, Jordan Belfort. An original industry disruptor, John Mc Grath wants AREC 2017 Gold Coast to help delegates grow their businesses.Total Real Estate Training general manager and Australasian Real Estate Conference 2017 Gold Coast organiser Nicola Byrne said Mr McGrath was one of the industry’s early disruptors.“John became an early disruptor himself, staging the first AREC with a desire to access top-level thinking that would benefit and improve our industry as a whole,” she said.“The conference has grown exponentially over 20 years and our focus continues to be on the calibre of our speakers.”When is AREC 2017? AREC 2017 will be held on May 28 and 29 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach. Tickets are available online at arecconference.com. Who is speaking at AREC 2017? International key note speakers include: Chris Voss Bob Wolff Leonard Steiberg Robert Cialdinilast_img read more