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Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Announce Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity Report

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 13, 2020 Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Announce Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity Reportcenter_img Press Release,  Public Health In mid-April, Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman announced the creation of a COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity to help communicate issues about how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and marginalized populations.“About a month after the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Pennsylvania, I asked Lt. Gov. Fetterman to chair a new task force that would identify any differences in health outcomes for different populations,” Gov. Wolf said. “And to make recommendations to ensure every Pennsylvanian, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background, has equal opportunity to survive and thrive during this pandemic and beyond.”After months of weekly meetings and outreach from task force members to marginalized community members, the task force completed its report and presented it to the governor earlier this week. Today, the governor and lieutenant governor highlighted the recommendations in the report at an event at the York County YMCA, joined by Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.The report includes six recommendations focused on these policy topics related to health disparity, ranked in order of urgency: housing, criminal justice, food insecurity, health disparity, education and economic opportunities. According to the report, each area either directly or indirectly affects the health of Pennsylvanians and must be addressed to appropriately remove the disparities that have existed for generations and have only been exacerbated by the pandemic.“I just want to thank this diverse Task Force and group of stakeholders who gave such important insight towards the creation of this report”, said Lt. Governor John Fetterman. “With 57 specific policy recommendations, I believe that this report will be beneficial in policy development to help end the health disparities in our marginalized communities, which have been so vastly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”Dr. Levine offered insight into the work of the Department of Health’s Health Equity Response Team and how that work contributes to her agency’s overall success battling the pandemic and health inequities that exist beyond COVID.“Health disparities and health equity have been a focus of the Wolf Administration and the Department of Health long before COVID-19 swept through our country,” Dr. Levine said. “Our actions as a community can lessen the impact COVID-19 has on our fellow Pennsylvanians most at risk. You can answer the call to stop the spread when you wear a mask. You can answer the call to stop the spread when you avoid large public gatherings. You can answer the call to stop the spread when you use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.”The report is one step in many toward fair, equitable and accessible treatment of all Pennsylvanians. Gov. Wolf’s five commissions played a key role on the task force and were in daily communication with those disproportionately impacted by COVID, especially Black and Latino communities.The work of the task force will help inform an internal steering committee on dismantling racism that Gov. Wolf established recently.“The steering committee is made up of key cabinet members working together with our policy leaders to build a short- and long-term policy agenda to dismantle the systemic racism and resulting inequities that exist around us, inequities that have been exacerbated by this pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “My goal is to be intentional in all aspects of commonwealth work to maintain a commitment to a diverse, culturally responsive workforce.“I’m grateful to the members of the task force for their work. It is our intention to use the information gathered in this report as the basis for lasting change.”Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

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PNO Media: Dutch pensions deal to increase interest in lifecycle product

first_imgPNO Media is one of three voluntary sector funds in the Netherlands to offer a DC lifecycle option as an alternative to its DB scheme, with the others being PGB and SBZ.The Dutch government plans to convert all DB schemes to new DC lifecycle products between 2022 and 2016. This has increased interest in the PNO lifecycle product among employers, said Olde Scholtenhuis.“A lifecycle product fits very well with contemporary pension trends, and we have several tenders running at the moment,” he said. The €7bn voluntary sector scheme PNO Media has seen “strong interest” from employers in the defined contribution (DC) lifecycle product it introduced last year as an alternative to its defined benefit (DB) scheme.A “decent number” of companies have opted for the lifecycle product since it was introduced in May last year, said the scheme’s deputy president Patrick Olde Scholtenhuis.At the end of 2019, assets in the life cycle product – which invests mainly in liquid, passively managed investment funds selected by Kempen Capital Management – amounted to a modest €2m.This year, however, assets have grown further with the inclusion of new accruals from IT sector fund TrueBlue and the addition of several other employers. Patrick Olde Scholtenhuis, PNO MediaWhether the upcoming new pensions contract will really be a game-changer remains to be seen, he warned. “There are a lot of uncertainties remaining considering the implementation and the conversion of existing pensions to the new contract.”Legal constraintsThe current lifecycle product is also facing some legal constraints, resulting in risk being reduced much more gradually towards retirement than is commonly the case with lifecycle products.Even the most defensive option of the three risk profiles participants can still choose to have an allocation of 51% to the return portfolio at retirement.PNO Media was forced to choose this set-up because participants convert their DC accruals to the pension fund’s DB scheme at retirement, Olde Scholtenhuis explained.“The DB fund has an allocation of 50% to the return portfolio, and under the Dutch Pensions Law it is not allowed to increase investment risk after retirement. That’s why risk in the lifecycle product at retirement has to be at least at the same level as the risk of the collective investment mix of the DB fund.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more


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VIDEO: Ayia Napa Marina Development Project in Full Swing

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Ayia Napa Marina, situated on the southeastern coast of Cyprus, has just released the latest video update on their marina development project. Phase 2 of construction, which refers to all residential and commercial buildings of the project, started on 1st March 2018, with Terna S.A. and the Ayia Napa Marina engineering teams mobilizing new staff, equipment and offices in preparation for the increased construction volume.The rest of the marine and infrastructure works are progressing within the timeframes set:With the blockwall around the East Tower and Commercial Areas being completed, the overall blockwall around the marina basin is at 40% completion. Preparatory works for the blockwall around the Island have also started;The overall reclamation works are at 83% completion, excluding the island’s reclamation;The dredging in the marina basin is at 100% completion and the outer section of the south breakwater is progressing rapidly, with 50% of the work being completed.[mappress mapid=”25002″]last_img read more


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Zenith Adds COO in Australia

first_imgAn Aberdeen-based well engineering and project management company, Zenith Energy, has appointed chief operating officer at its Australian base. Zenith Energy established Zenith Energy Australia in the second half of 2017 and appointed Tom Terris as COO, to manage the operations.Tom brings more than 13 years of management experience to the role, previously working for a major name in the industry in Australia as vice president of its Asia Pacific division where he headed its well management, subsea and consultancy.In his role at Zenith, he will manage all aspects of the Australian business unit, including tendering for well management and consultancy projects, business presentations and client and consultant meetings.Managing director of Zenith Energy, Martin Booth, said: “Tom has a wealth of industry knowledge and management experience after working in the sector for a number of years on high profile jobs. His appointment is instrumental as the company continues to grow internationally.“I am pleased to have joined the team at Zenith at such an important time for the company.“The Asia Pacific region is showing great signs of recovery and Zenith is very well positioned to take advantage of the upswing in activity. I look forward to playing a part of the continued success of the company in the future.”last_img read more


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Plans to restructure CLICO on stream

first_img Tweet Share Share LocalNews Plans to restructure CLICO on stream by: – February 11, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 19 Views   no discussions Oliver Jordan. Photo credit: nationnews.comCourt appointed Judicial Manager for the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) Oliver Jordan says he is optimistic that the company will soon find an investor to purchase the troubled company.Dominica is the first country to be updated on several consultations currently underway across the region to help salvage the company.Jordan said efforts are being made to find an investor to purchase CLICO and so far there are two prospective organizations.He said the latest move follows unsuccessful attempts to have some regional governments invest in the company.“Policy holders and regulators had a string preference for a new company that had a stronger financial capability going forward,” he explained.According to Jordan, the two regional insurance companies who have expressed the interest in taking over the company would have to purchase it as a whole.“We don’t want a situation where we have to restructure individual branches; we want to do it as a whole,” he added.Jordan said however the company cannot say exactly when policy holders will get their money.“We can’t say what the outcome will be either. The more critical point is that we are moving towards completing this process. Hopefully by this summer, policy holders will have a final resolution. The longer it goes on, the more policy holders and employees will continue to lose confidence in the company,” he explained.He said if funding were forthcoming from governments, it would put the company in a better position.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


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Newton recommends ex-Chelsea chief Emenalo for Trabzonspor’s job

first_img He helped steer Chelsea to great success during incessant turbulence – and the club won the Champions League and three Premier League titles under a trio of managers when Emenalo was at the heart of their operations between 2009 and 2017. Moving from chief scout, his initial job in 2007, to assistant first-team coach and then technical director in 2011, Emenalo worked with 10 managers in 10 years. Apart from one searing television interview, when he confirmed the sacking of José Mourinho in 2015, Emenalo avoided the spotlight. But the “palpable discord” he described between Mourinho and his players provided public evidence of the steely insight that meant he was trusted for so long by Roman Abramovich. Emenalo cut through the opaque running of Chelsea to produce a long-term vision that still shapes the club. Managers came and went but Emenalo transformed the academy, revolutionised the loan programme and brought in a stream of great players, epitomised by Kevin De Bruyne, who were not always appreciated by managers. His intelligence and eloquence are evident again during a riveting interview that stretches across three hours. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Half8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Following the recommendation of a trusted fellow, the Turkish side, Trabzonspor are making a move for former Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo. Trabzonspor finished last season as runners-up and lifted the Turkish Cup. The Nigerian transfer expert is currently a free agent after departing AS Monaco last season. According to Fanatik, Trabzonspor are set to make an approach for Emenalo – on the recommendation of coach Eddie Newton. read also:What Emenalo encountered to bring De Bruyne to Chelsea Newton worked with Emenalo at Chelsea, indeed it was the latter who helped bring the former midfielder through as a coach inside the club’s academy. Newton now hopes to work again with Emenalo and has encouraged Trabzonspor to bring him to Istanbul to help build their new-look squad. Emenalo’s sustained breakthrough was very different while at the Stamford Bridge.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more


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Pellegrini rules out Hart loan move

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed suggestions goalkeeper Joe Hart could be loaned out in January. Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference to preview the game against Plzen, which will be their penultimate fixture of group stage. The pressure is now off with City having already secured their place in the knockout rounds but Pellegrini wants to finish the section with a flourish. If results go their way, they could still supplant reigning champions Bayern at the top of Group D. Pellegrini said: “I think it is very important to win the group. “It is not the most important thing, the most important thing is to qualify, but it is very important to play well also. “The most important thing is to win and then we will see what happens.” Captain Vincent Kompany trained with the squad ahead of the game but is not yet ready to return to action after a thigh injury. Pellegrini said: “Vincent started this week on some work with the whole squad. I think next week he could play.” Pellegrini said: “There is a lot of news about six or seven goalkeepers that we want to buy but it is not true. “There is no chance that Joe Hart could go out of this squad in January.” Hart has not played for City since a late error proved costly in City’s loss to Chelsea on October 27. He has been told he will return as Czech minnows Viktoria Plzen visit the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday night but Pellegrini has given no assurances about his long-term prospects. Costel Pantilimon has done little wrong since taking Hart’s place and could be back in goal for Sunday’s clash with Swansea in the Barclays Premier League. Pellegrini said: “I think that is a question for next Saturday. “When we start the next game of the Premier League we will talk about who will start playing. “The important thing for Joe is that he will play tomorrow and we hope he will have a very good performance.” Pellegrini has also played down speculation he might look to sign a new keeper during the mid-season transfer window. Hart, the current England first choice, recently lost his place in the City side after a series of inconsistent displays and has sat out their last five games. Press Associationlast_img read more


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Crucial fixture ahead

first_imgSix-straight losses by a combined score of 9-2 — that’s the current plight of the Wisconsin men’s soccer team. It hasn’t been pretty — actually, far from it. That’s usually how watching a club struggling to score is. But, the most frustrating part for the Badger coaching staff has to be this: they haven’t been playing that badly.Now that’s not to say this team has deserved to get positive results in all six of those matches. To argue that is about as ill advised as contending that the Yankees are going to win the World Series this year.But has UW really deserved its cruel fate? Jeff Rohrman’s club has out-shot its opponents in three of those six matches, placing more of those shots on goal than the other side in two of them. The overall numbers are lopsided (91-66 in favor of UW’s opponents in shots), but take out the two losses Wisconsin suffered in the Great Northwest, against Washington and Portland, and the ratio tips considerably in the Badgers’ favor (52-38).Last Tuesday’s road loss to instate rival UW-Milwaukee was a perfect microcosm of the Badgers’ season thus far.Despite out-chancing the Panthers, with five shots on goal and six corner kicks to UWM’s two and three, the Badgers left Engelmann Field with a 2-0 loss. Milwaukee scored its two goals on a penalty kick and a breakaway, while Wisconsin squandered chances — Panthers’ goalkeeper Grant Fernstrum stopped UW captain Aaron Hohlbein’s penalty kick as part of his clean sheet.And that’s pretty much how it has gone for the Badgers of late. Hohlbein has done what he can in the offensive end, but let’s face it — relying on a center back to lead the scoring attack is a tall order.Redshirt freshman Victor Diaz entered the season with high expectations, mainly the result of his Real Madrid youth team pedigree, and has had his moments — don’t be thrown off too much by his statistics (one goal and no assists). However, Diaz has found it difficult to dribble through the entire final third; again, a difficult task. He has looked good as a playmaker underneath the forwards and has created his fair share of chances.The prevailing thought at the beginning of the fall was that this Wisconsin team was just that in the offensive end — a team. Returning players acknowledged the fact that at times last year they placed the offensive burden on then-seniors Nick Van Sicklen and Jed Hohlbein instead of taking accountability in the attack. This year was supposed to be about a wide range of goal scorers, with the team’s youngsters stepping to the forefront. And many of those players have emerged as playmakers in the midfield — B.J. Goodman, Erik Ortega and Kenny Dix in particular. But something is just not there.What Wisconsin is missing is a player capable of finishing, regardless of the quality of goals. Trash goals are pretty nice anytime; they’re even better when you flat out cannot score. And right now, Wisconsin flat out cannot score.Not the best position to be in heading into a date with two-time defending national champ Indiana. And right now, this is a huge match for not just this season — this game holds significance for the program in general.Ironically, Indiana is a team Wisconsin has played fairly well against recently. The past two match-ups have ended in 1-0 Hoosier victories.With a win, Wisconsin could get back on track to salvaging their season somewhat. That’s what a victory against a team that has lost only five Big Ten matches since 1991 can do. And considering this disastrous stretch, finishing anywhere near the .500 mark would be a decent season.On the flip side, a loss would drop UW’s record to 4-9-0, and besides being out of the NCAA tournament picture long ago, the Badgers will be looking to avoid a winless conference season, finishing the year in the midst of a collapse and putting some pressure on Rohrman. Does Rohrman deserve it? Considering the fact that he is just now coaching a team composed of his recruits, not really. But it’s hard to know how the university will handle the program. After all, it did decide to fire a head coach a year after he brought a national title to Madison. And that would be an even crueler fate than this program deserves.last_img read more


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Q&A discusses the work of a civil rights activist

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon, the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs at USC organized a screening of the film An Ordinary Hero in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center ballroom.Heroics · The panelists discussed Mulholland’s role throughout the Civil Rights Movement during the event which took place Wednesday night. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe film focuses on Joan Mulholland, a civil rights activist, and her Civil Rights Movement involvement. The reception, screening and Q&A session aimed to engage students in a discussion about activism based upon Mulholland’s accomplishments.Mulholland was raised in the American South during a time of extreme racial prejudice and segregation. After hearing a group of black youths speak about their justification and efforts for equality, she felt a responsibility to use her position to change the Southern way of life. From that point on, Mulholland said she seized every opportunity to join the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement despite the challenges and dangers they presented.These opportunities included her participation in the Freedom Rides and her enrollment in a historically black university, Tougaloo College in Mississippi. She also became the first white member of the historically black philanthropy-based sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. Her most prominent and recognized act, however, was her involvement in the Woolworth sit-in in Jackson, Miss.What began as a peaceful protest turned violent when the crowd began throwing food and harassing the protesters. Someone in the crowd suddenly grabbed Mulholland by the hair and violently dragged her toward the exit as law enforcement officials watched. In a moment of courage, she escaped and made her way back to the counter despite the evident danger.USC students in attendance at the event were intrigued and impressed by Mulholland’s story.“I [found] Mulholland’s story to be truly inspiring and [it] is one that more USC students should be knowledgeable about,” said Nadia Fallahi, a freshman majoring in public relations. “It is important to apply her message about activism to issues in the surrounding community.”During the Q&A portion of the event, Mulholland was also joined by three Freedom Riders to share their own experiences. Guest Robert Singleton described his experiences in the city and county jails for his participation in the Civil Rights Movement.Members of the local chapters of Delta Sigma Theta also attended the screening to support their fellow sister and ask questions.One woman asked about the message Mulholland was trying to impart. In response, Mulholland said, “I hope y’all get the message that almost anybody can make a difference. I hope for this film to get used as an educational tool and to inspire young folks that they can go out and do something.”The women also questioned how to better engage kids who seem numb to the civil rights struggle. Mulholland suggested getting the young people involved with an issue directly related to them so they will be able to connect with and appreciate the past.In closing, Mulholland shared her wisdom with the USC community.“The message is that you don’t have to be a big name to do it,” Mulholland said. “You can just be you and make a change … Focus your energy and change the world.”last_img read more


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Charlotte de Vries, Laura Graziosi named to All-ACC preseason team

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse field hockey members Charlotte de Vries and Laura Graziosi have been named preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference selections for the 2020 season. The Orange will begin the year as one of three schools with at least two all-ACC players on their roster. de Vries, a sophomore, was named a NFHCA second-team All-American following a freshman season in which she led SU in both goals (15) and points (31). Graziosi, a junior, tallied nine points on three goals and three assists while starting all 18 games of her sophomore season.SU returns its entire starting midfield (Graziosi, Carolin Hoffmann, Claire Cooke and Tess Queen) from last season.The Orange were picked to finish sixth out of seven in conference play. The ACC is the only conference in the country to go through with a field hockey season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse begins its 10-game season against Duke on Sept. 18. The Blue Devils were picked to finish fourth in the conference and feature one all-conference selection. Published on September 9, 2020 at 4:58 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more