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With Signing of HB 400, Governor Wolf Makes Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities a Priority

first_img May 17, 2016 With Signing of HB 400, Governor Wolf Makes Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities a Priority Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today signed into law House Bill 400, known as the Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities Act, which will help students with disabilities gain competitive employment.Through the Act, the Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is tasked with facilitating job and career development between schools and employers in an effort to help students with disabilities get jobs that pay.“Research indicates that students with disabilities who have real-world work experience prior to high school graduation enjoy greater long-term career success,” said Governor Wolf. “This law will increase the number of students with disabilities served and lead to the hiring of workers who are traditionally among the best a company employs.”“This law arrives at a critical time for the state’s workforce development system,” said Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino. “Our implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires that at least 15 percent of federal funding be allocated to pre-employment transition services for youth and the Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities Act will aid significantly in meeting that requirement.”The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, with 15 district offices across the state, partners with local agencies, educators, and employers to establish work experiences that meet the needs of both student and business.The Act further allows that efforts must provide relevant and useful information when developing education plans for students, and that programs arrange for and monitor internships and job-training opportunities, provide full or part-time work and professional guidance to eligible students, as well as counseling for enrollment in educational programs.The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation received an additional 5 million dollars in the state’s 2015-16 budget for a total of $45.47 million in state funds. This allows for a maximum additional draw down of $18.5 million in federal funding.In 2015, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation helped more than 8,800 individuals with disabilities obtain, maintain and retain competitive employment.“Access equals success,” said David DeNotaris, executive director of OVR. “When we can empower students with disabilities to maximize their educational experience, they get meaningful education and training that will lead to a real job with real pay!”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dutch pensions sector responds positively to cuts postponement

first_imgThe Pensions Federation described the minister’s decision as “sensible”.The trade unions supported the move, with CNV noting that “an important barrier on the way to a new pensions system had been removed”.The union’s approval was shared by employers. “It is right that the minister takes measures to prevent unnecessary cuts in order to maintain people’s confidence in a new pensions system,” commented employer organisation VNO-NCW.Supervisor DNB fears redistribution of pension assetsHowever, watchdog DNB was less pleased, but indicated it accepted the minister’s decision.“It will lead to a non-meant redistribution of pension assets across participants,” a spokesperson explained.He pointed out that it would complicate the transition to a new pensions system, “as the new arrangements would be burdened by losses from the past”.Nevertheless, unions and pension funds have stated that they were still worried about the fact that the coverage ratio of some pension funds was still short of the new funding floor, and noted that things could worsen again. The Dutch pensions sector has responded predominantly positively to the decision by social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees to temporarily lower the minimum required funding from 100% to 90%.However, Dutch central bank De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has shown dissatisfaction by the measure, which reduced the need for most underfunded schemes to cut pension rights and benefits for 2020.Both large civil service scheme ABP and healthcare pension fund PFZW said the possibility of rights discounts “had been reduced significantly”.The large metal sector schemes PMT and PME, which were most at risk from pensions reductions, said they were “relieved and happy”. “I wonder whether this system, with more frequent reductions and increases, will ever be introduced if we apparently can’t get used to rights cuts”Rob Bauer, professor of institutional investors at Maastricht UniversityFurthermore, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) recently predicted that large Dutch pension funds would have to implement cuts for three consecutive years as of 2021. Many pension funds will face a significant increase in contributions, or reduction of annual pensions accrual, in 2021.Martin van Rooijen, senator for the party for the elderly 50Plus, believes the respite was no more than “stay of execution”. On Tuesday, he tabled a motion urging for a two-year postponement of cuts, as the unions had demanded initially.Liane de Haan, chair of ANBO, the lobbying organisation for the elderly, also called for an additional extension if the new pensions system wasn’t reviewed in time.Tuur Elzinga, union FNV’s lead negotiator for the pensions agreement, stated he was also upbeat about prospects of preventing cuts in 2021.However, he did not elaborate on how this would be achieved, and merely referred to the “agreed target” in the accord, concluded between the minister and the social partners in June.“New pensions contract will see more frequent cuts and increases”Marike Knoef, professor of empiric micro-economics at Leiden University, echoed DNB’s warning that a delay of rights cuts would negatively affect the starting position of a new pensions system.She noted that, under the envisaged new pensions contract, pensions would more often be increased and reduced because of the absence of financial buffers, adding that participants would have to get used to more frequent cuts.Rob Bauer, professor of institutional investors at Maastricht University said that he was not sure whether the country was ready for the new pensions system.“This is the umpteenth time that the rules for rights cuts have been relaxed under political pressure, and this worries me.“I wonder whether this system, with more frequent reductions and increases, will ever be introduced if we apparently can’t get used to rights cuts,” he argued.last_img read more

They went ‘window shopping’ and bought a Queenslander

first_imgOther features include a selection of outdoor entertaining areas and a netted cricket pitch built by Gabba Sports. Mr Wilson said he’ll miss the home’s privacy, being close to the ferry and walking to watch Test cricket at the Gabba.“I’m particularly going to miss the incredible location, as a Churchie family it’s been fabulous as our two boys have been able to simply roll down the hill to school every morning,” he said. “We totally rejigged it, changed the whole interior and completely rebuilt the lower floor,” Mr Wilson said. “My wife and I had a great time researching and working out what to do. She fell in love with the Calacatta Oro marble and it’s a feature throughout the home.“Being nearly 100 years old, it still had the kitchen meals area out the back at the southern end so we obviously flipped that part. “Now there’s a stunning open-plan living area and kitchen upstairs that faces north, and from the veranda we overlook the pool and Brisbane’s CBD which is stunning at night, there’s also river glimpses.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45This stately 1920s home seduced Bruce Wilson and his wife with its old-world charm during their search for inspiration on how to revamp their existing Queenslander a few streets away.“We’d been driving around Brisbane to get ideas on how to renovate our other home when we came across this magnificent property, literally in our own backyard,” Mr Wilson said.Growing up in a similar house and with a passion for renovating, he quickly secured the 1477sq m inner-city estate. They hadn’t planned to buy a house, just renovate the one they had, but this Queenslander turned on the charmInstead of rushing into renovating, the couple and their two sons lived in the house for three years to get a feel for exactly what needed done; it was bought in 2005 and renovations were completed by 2011. Upstairs the master bedroom boasts a large ensuite and a double walk-in robe, at this level there’s also a formal dining and lounge area with a fireplace and large north-facing windows.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“We get views over Balmoral and Norman Park, and as you can imagine during Riverfire we get spectacular views of the fireworks,” he said.Downstairs there are three bedrooms, a study, two bathrooms, a laundry and a grand living room that opens into a large porch area. With NSW ironbark timber flooring throughout, no expense has been spared in modernising this character home, yet the facade remains true to its era. last_img read more

Traffic stop in Franklin County leads to arrest of Kentucky woman

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — A Kentucky woman has been arrested in Franklin County on multiple drug-related and other charges after a traffic stop.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Alisha D. Hunter, 32, was arrested on the charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Syringe, Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of a Controled Substance, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction.Police say they conducted a traffic stop on a car on State Road 121 Wednesday afternoon.During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a syringe.While being booked at the Franklin County Security Center, officers found Hunter to be operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance.last_img read more

Trojans Fall Short Against Red Devils At Tennis Regional Finals

first_imgThe East Central Trojans were defeated by the host Red Devils at The Tennis Regional Finals at Richmond 5-0.Congratulations to The Trojans on an outstanding season!last_img

Warnock enjoying Palace return

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Neil Warnock admitted he only briefly wondered if he had made the right decision to return to football after seeing the Eagles snatch a dramatic draw at Newcastle. Substitute Wilfried Zaha denied the Magpies a first Barclays Premier League victory with a 95th-minute equaliser to clinch a 3-3 result at St James’ Park. Warnock, who had seen his side twice take the lead only to find themselves 3-2 down with just seconds of normal time remaining, was delighted with how his first game back panned out. Press Association Asked if he had at any point regretted his decision to accept the job, he said: “I did half an hour before the game, that’s about all really – and at 5am this morning when I actually woke up. “At my age, you have to do things at 5am in the morning, don’t you? But that’s about all. “The one thing about football that I have really loved over the years, I have loved it when I have got a group of players that want to come to training, that want to play, that want to tackle, want to put their heads in. “We are going to have poor games at times, but I love that type. The camaraderie with this lot – Tony (Pulis) did a fantastic job last year and there’s not one bad apple in the squad. It’s great to have the chance to manage a group like this. “What I am determined to do is enjoy it. For however long it lasts, I am going to enjoy every moment. “My wife is very supportive. I have turned down a few clubs over the last 12 months, but it just seems right, this one. Even if I’m seventh choice, it doesn’t bother me.” Newcastle looked to have snatched victory when central defender Mike Williamson put them ahead for the first time in the game with his first goal for five years, which came with a minute of normal time remaining. But Zaha, who only completed his loan move from Manchester United back to his former club on Friday, rescued a point five minutes into seven of stoppage time at the end of the game. Dwight Gayle had given the visitors a first-minute lead which was cancelled out by Daryl Janmaat, and Magpies substitute Rolando Aarons’ first senior goal for the club drew his side level for a second time after Jason Puncheon had struck three minutes into the second half. For Warnock, it was a happy afternoon on Tyneside, where he arrived on his last visit to discover that Palace had been docked 10 points for going into administration. He said: “It’s not a lucky airport for me, really. Last night as we landed, I found out that one of my dogs had to be put down, so it’s been difficult “Two days in the job as well – last time, it was 10 points – but I love coming here. It’s a proper football stadium, isn’t it? Proper fans. “I like ruffling a few. I thought me and Alan (Pardew) were exemplary today.” Pardew was understandably disappointed at his side’s start to both halves, and their capitulation when they thought they had won, but also peeved by referee Mike Jones’ decision to play seven minutes of added time. He said: “When a team comes here and wastes time from the moment the game kicks off on goal kicks…time and time again they took ages on everything, and then they are 3-2 down and he gives them seven minutes. “I don’t know, it just didn’t sit right with me. I suppose he could just go, ‘Oh, the letter of the law’ and all that, but I don’t know. Just in the spirit of the game I thought that was wrong. “But anyway, I’m not going to bleat on about that too much. We should have won and we didn’t.” last_img read more

Tigers captain Mortaza looks forward to working with hero Walsh

first_imgBANGLADESH limited-overs captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza has expressed delight at the prospect of working with West Indies bowling legend Courtney Walsh.Walsh is expected to officially join the unit on Tuesday as a Specialist Bowling Coach, having recently signed a three-year contract.Mortaza, who admits to being a boyhood fan of the fast bowler, expects the West Indian’s presence to be a major boon for the Asian team.“Obviously it’s great to have a high-profile player like him. Not only the pacers, I think he will help all the players in the dressing room. I hope our bowling department will benefit hugely, especially in Test cricket.“I am expecting a lot from him and I hope all the players will think the same,” Mortaza said.“I was always a huge fan of Walsh. I watched him bowl since my childhood,” he added.Walsh occupied the post of West Indies selector for the last two years and was recently manager of the Under-15 select team on tour of the UK.The team had three wins, 2 losses. Prior to that Walsh served as manager for the Under-19 team to the 2012 World Cup and has toured with the men’s senior team as an assigned selector. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

UFC: Sage Northcutt responds to President Dana White’s ‘retirement’ comment

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago UFC: Tyson Fury hits back at President Dana White, says he would “smash” him FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND Also  Read- UFC: Cris Cyborg Wants To Fight Amanda Nunes In A Cross-promotion FightAlso Read- UFC: David Shaw Says That UFC Will Never Have Children Fight Also Read- UFC: Tyson Fury Hits Back At President Dana White, Says He Would “smash” HimMMA News: Sage Northcutt responds to Dana WhiteFormer UFC star Sage Northcutt has finally responded to Dana White’s comment on his retirement and said that he couldn’t make logic out of the UFC President’s comments. According to Sage Northcutt, Dana White has always said that he wants the best for Sage and wants him to rise. Thus, Sage feels that his UFC exit has totally changed the mindset of the UFC President. According to Sage Northcutt, it was just an injury and it has nothing to do with his retirement. He still wants to continue his journey in One Championship and feels that he will accomplish great things over there. 9 months ago Dwayne Johnson stylishly responds to Nate Diaz’s funny comments on him First Published: 14th November, 2019 19:42 IST Former UFC star Sage Northcutt had a devastating debut in One Championship and faced a humiliating loss against Cosmo Alexandre. Alexandre knocked out Northcutt in 29 seconds with severe blows on his face and Sage Northcutt faced eight severe fractures over his face. When UFC President Dana White was asked about his opinion over the match, he claimed that he wants Sage Northcutt to retire from the sport. Take a look at Sage Northcutt’s horrifying knockout loss against Cosmo Alexandre.Also Read – UFC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Responds To Abusive Comments By Nate Diaz Written By 9 months ago UFC: Cris Cyborg wants to fight Amanda Nunes in a cross-promotion fight LIVE TV Also Read- UFC: Nate Diaz Pays A Fan’s Rent Who Had Bet On Him Winning Vs Jorge MasvidalUFC: Dana White wants Sage Northcutt to retireAccording to Dana White, Sage Northcutt is super talented and absolutely charismatic but he is not made for this sport. Dana White claimed that Sage is a great guy absolutely loves him but he does not want Sage to get seriously hurt in the sport. Dana White does not care if people hate him for that but he said that he really feels that Sage should quit MMA.  COMMENT 9 months ago UFC: Nate Diaz pays a fan’s rent who had bet on him winning vs Jorge Masvidal Raj Sarkar WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 14th November, 2019 19:43 IST UFC: Sage Northcutt Responds To President Dana White’s ‘retirement’ Comment UFC President Dana White feels that Sage Northcutt should retire from MMA after his devastating loss at One Championship. Sage Northcutt replies to Dana 9 months ago UFC: David Shaw says that UFC will never have children fightlast_img read more

Platini Questioned over Qatar 2022 World Cup

first_imgFormer UEFA President, Michel Platini, is being questioned by French anti-corruption investigators over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.Platini, 63, was head of European football’s governing body until being banned in 2015 for ethics breaches.The former France midfielder and three-time Ballon d’Or winner has always denied any wrongdoing. Qatar beat bids from USA, Australia, South Korea and Japan in 2010.Platini is in custody and being questioned in Nanterre, a suburb in western Paris.Officials have been investigating alleged corruption connected to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for the past two years and were reported to have interviewed Sepp Blatter, the former president of world governing body FIFA, in 2017.In a statement, Platini’s lawyers reiterated he had not been arrested and has “expressed himself serenely and precisely, answering all the questions, including those on the conditions for the awarding of Euro 2016, and has provided useful explanations”.They added: “He has nothing to do with this event which doesn’t concern him at all. He is absolutely confident about what’s next.”FIFA said it is aware of Platini’s questioning, but added it is “not in a position to comment further”.Platini was banned over a 2m Swiss francs (£1.3m) “disloyal payment” from Blatter, who was also banned from football for his part in the matter. Blatter has also always denied any wrongdoing.Fifa: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini get eight-year bansFifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini are banned for eight years following an ethics investig…Platini’s eight-year ban was later reduced to four on appeal and will expire in October 2019.Qatar’s bid team has been previously accused of corruption, but was cleared following a two-year FIFA inquiry.However, former Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme that the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup was a “bizarre” one.“I think anyone who was involved in that decision has to be questioned because it was such a bizarre decision,” he said.“It was against the advice of their own technical committee, who said they didn’t think it would be safe – and as we now know they have had to move it to the winter to make it safe. And Qatar didn’t meet all sorts of criteria, so it was always a very odd decision.“I like Michel Platini. I thought he was a good leader for UEFA and he was a very likeable, charismatic man.“In some ways it’s sad that this is being dragged up again but if you look at the wider picture of why was that World Cup awarded to Qatar, there are still so many questions to be answered.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA Bans Former Sierra Leone FA Official for Five Years

first_imgSLFA president Isha Johansen, who has long fought for a match-fixing inquiry to go ahead despite some local opposition, welcomed the move.“After years of our country’s favourite sport being plagued by allegations and counter-allegations of match-fixing and betting offences, news of the indictment of senior people formerly connected to the Sierra Leone FA can only serve in the best interest of the nation,” she told BBC Sport Africa in a statement.“Hopefully the dawn of a new era in Sierra Leone football is within grasp.”Kabba was part of Fifa’s investigation “into various international matches (attempted to be) manipulated for betting purposes by Mr Wilson Raj Perumal”.The Fifa inquiry had repeatedly been delayed but focused on several matches, one of which was a World Cup qualifier between Sierra Leone and South Africa in 2008.In April, former Sierra Leone captain Ibrahim Kargbo, who played for the national team between 2000-2013, was banned for life by Fifa who said he had been involved in attempted match manipulation of internationals.No information was given of the games he had been sanctioned for however.Like Kabba and Kargbo, several other African referees – and officials – have been punished for their links to convicted match-fixer Perumal, a Singaporean national.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Sierra Leone FA (SLFA) official Abu Bakarr Kabba has been banned by Fifa for five years and fined US$50,000 for violating the organisation’s Code of Ethics.Football’s world governing body found him “guilty of having accepted and received bribes in relation to the manipulation of international matches”.Kabba, formerly an administration secretary and acting general secretary in the SLFA, was one of 15 players and officials originally suspended in 2014 during a match-fixing investigation.last_img read more