Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force Calls for Strengthening Security, More Mental Health Services, Community Connections

first_img Education,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the common themes that will be addressed in an upcoming report from the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force, created by Gov. Wolf and the Auditor General in February after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. This announcement comes following the passage of Gov. Wolf’s 2018-19 bi-partisan budget, which includes $60 million for a School Safety Fund to strengthen security and mental health services in schools.Appointed by the governor, the task force held a series of six regional roundtables at schools from April through June to listen to students, parents, school officials, school nurses and other health care professionals, law enforcement, education organizations and community members about their ideas to improve safety and security.“I commend the work of all those who participated in the task force – especially the students – for providing their incredible perspectives,” said Governor Wolf. “It was clear in every region of the state that keeping our schools safe requires a holistic approach focused on students and our communities so that our classrooms can be focused on learning.“While I will continue to push for progress on gun safety reform, including universal background checks and keeping guns from dangerous individuals, this work is important to ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect our students and teachers.”“In the last few months, it’s been my privilege to travel the state meeting students who are deeply invested in each other’s safety,” said Auditor General DePasquale. “This generation of students is smart, informed, and eager to positively impact the world around them. It’s become clear to me during these discussions that each school has its own unique set of challenges – but some major themes remain consistent across the state. Our regional conversations helped identify those themes; now it’s time to take what we learned and turn it into action.”Based on the expertise and opinions shared during the regional roundtables and hundreds of comments provided through an online feedback form, the task force identified multiple themes, including recommendations, barriers and opportunities. The overarching themes to strengthen school security heard by the task force include:• Improved communication and information sharing• Enhanced social and emotional learning• Increased access to mental health services, including more health professionals in schools• Building community connections• Effectively integrating law enforcement and school resource officers• Providing guidance on establishing priorities for schools• Providing schools with more resourcesRead the full content of the initial findings here.Other members of the task force included vice-chairs Derin Myers, Acting Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Mark DiRocco, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators; Bonita Allen, President of the Pennsylvania Parent Teacher Association; Judy Morgitan, Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners; and Dolores McCracken, President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.Each meeting included over 40 community participants invited by the vice-chairs to create a discussion focused on the needs of that region.Several members of the Wolf Administration provided support to the task force, including Homeland Security Director Marcus Brown, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, Acting State Police Commissioner Colonel Robert Evanchick, and Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Deputy Secretary Lynn Kovich.The task force plans to release its final report before the start of the 2018-19 school year.The 2018-19 budget, which the governor signed last week, includes the newly created School Safety Fund, a $60 million investment to help individual school districts meet their local needs by funding a wide variety of programs aimed to keep students and teachers safe.The funding will be awarded to schools in the form of grants to cover a numerous expenses and programs, including physical building upgrades, security equipment, violence prevention education programs, teacher training, alternative education programs, and special and individualized mentoring programs.Also included is a new program that will allow the Pennsylvania State Police to create three regional Risk and Vulnerability Teams to help schools undergo security and safety assessments.And, the state will be creating a confidential, statewide tip line that will allow students and teachers to anonymously report potentially dangerous situations or individuals that involve schools.“This new money aligns with the themes we heard during the task force and will help address the needs of school districts by providing an immediate infusion of funds, so our schools can increase security while creating programs that meet the safety needs of their schools and communities,”” Gov. Wolf said. Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force Calls for Strengthening Security, More Mental Health Services, Community Connections June 26, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Griffith encourages Franchise League cricketers to play smart cricket

first_imgGeorgetown3111203091.325.3 Lower Corentyne3121200091.622.6 Upper Demerara/ East Bank3111200 Outrightwin Draw … says performance key for national selection AS the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Franchise League three-day cricket tournament approaches the halfway stage, chairman of the senior selection panel, Rayon Griffith, has implored cricketers participating in the League to play smart cricket which will ultimately aid in their performance. The League, which replaced the traditional Inter-county competition, comprises eight franchises; geared at placing Guyana’s cricket on a more solid footing.However, Griffith, who is also the Guyana Jaguars’ assistant coach/manager, feels that while the League continues to help the game locally, and at the same time exposes players to a professional set-up, performances will be the key criteria for players to either retain their place or earn a spot to represent the Guyana Jaguars in the 2017–2018 regional first class session“While the selection panel will be looking at a number of factors, players’ performances during the League will be the key criteria for selection to the national set-up,” Griffith said. He added “Yes we have 15 contracted players, and a number of Academy players selected, but that does not mean that other players can’t make the Guyana Jaguars squad. Once they perform they will definitely be in the selectors’ eyes. Apart from those contracted players, other players who have reached the selectors’ criteria are also eligible for national selection under the ‘Pay for Play’ criteria.”.Meanwhile, the League resumes today, and the Essequibo Franchise have maintained the lead in the eight-team fixture.Essequibo emerged as point-standing leaders on 40.8 points, closely followed by West Demerara with 38.4.For today’s fourth round fixtures; Lower Corentyne face East Bank at Young Warriors, Upper Corentyne battle West Demerara at Port Mourant, West Berbice take on East Coast at Bush Lot and Georgetown go up against Essequibo at Tuschen.Point standings after round three: Loses West Demerara3202430461.438.4 Batting BonusTeam Bowling BonusFast Bowling Bonus East Coast Demerara30003626118 Essequibo320240349.840.8 Matches Wins Abandon Upper Corentyne311120319126 372.324.3 Teams Total West Berbice30300009.99.9last_img read more

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11 questions with Tiger Tracker, the biggest Masters winner not named Tiger Woods

first_imgIt’s been more than a week since Tiger Woods completed what is regarded as one of the best career comebacks professional sports has seen in some time. While Woods’ Masters victory has deservedly earned him continuous praise, one other person has also enjoyed their time in the spotlight.  TT: I’m still floating, and don’t know when I’ll come down. I went back over some photos from last week and many struck me as awesome. But when I saw the Tuesday photo of the Champions’ Dinner and imagined what it would be like next year with Tiger in the middle, sitting right next to Jack, it gave me goosebumps.SN: With Tiger on the comeback trail, have you considered revealing your identity?TT: Nope, although a follower found an old tweet where I said I would reveal my identity once he passes Jack on the majors list. I don’t recall that, but I want to be a man of my word. If that day comes, we’ll have some big decisions to make. Golf Channel’s “Tiger Tracker” Twitter account (@GCTigerTracker) has followed Woods around from one tournament to the next over the past seven years, tracking his every shot intermixed with entertaining commentary. It’s an essential follow for every golf fan. Except the Tracker had never tweeted about a Woods’ major victory — until Sunday at Augusta. MORE: Tiger finally delivers major moment again | Can he catch Jack?Having amassed nearly 400,000 followers since joining Twitter in March 2012, the Tiger Tracker solidified its place in the golf community and allowed those who engaged with it to share in the joy of Woods’ fifth Masters win. As Woods basks in the glory of his fifth career green jacket, Sporting News caught up with the mysterious person — he or she has remained anonymous through the years — behind the account that tracks his every move for a wide-ranging Q&A in the aftermath of the Masters. We also tried to get an answer to the burning question about whether the account will ever publicly reveal its identity. (Note: Portions of this interview have been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.)Sporting News: What was the moment during the Masters that made you start to think Tiger was going to win?Tiger Tracker: Weird thing is I never let myself think it was possible until (Francesco Molinari) hit it into Rae’s Creek on the 12th hole. And it still surprises me that he did, even though he clearly didn’t have his best stuff all day. When that happened, I knew it was there for Tiger to take. SN: What was your confidence level in him going into the tournament?TT: Confident that he’d easily finish inside the top 10. If you go back and look, he hasn’t played poorly since late August at The Northern Trust, and even that wasn’t terrible. Before that was an ugly missed cut at the U.S. Open. He’s been trending upward and his big win over Rory at the (WGC-Dell) Match Play told me something. He found an extra gear. I was confident of a great finish, but a win was beyond my wildest expectations.MORE: Amid Tiger Woods’ Masters win, fulfillment for one faithful Twitter accountSN: It’s impressive how well you’re able to live tweet from the course. What’s your secret? How were you able to keep your composure while tweeting when it appeared Woods was going to win?TT: Augusta National is the only place where I cannot have my phone on the course to tweet. It all has to be done inside using the technology available. As much as I don’t love that, those are the rules and I abide by them. I made it very clear to the audience that I follow the rules. Yes, I’ve tracked Tiger for seven years and this is the first major he’s won since I’ve been doing this. And yes, I wasn’t able to be on the 18th green live when it happened.SN: How has the social media reception been for you after Tiger’s victory?TT: It’s been tremendous. Just fantastic. People mostly have been happy for me, almost as happy as they have been for Tiger. It’s sort of weird, but also endearing at the same time. We’re a dysfunctional family of 400,000 people and we’re all happy for each other when things go well.SN: With Tiger hitting some low lows in recent years, did you honestly ever think this moment would come?TT: Nope. I honestly did not. Remember, there was a time not that long ago when Tiger didn’t think it would happen either. But that’s what made it so great, it happened when most didn’t think it was possible. And it happened at the most iconic golf course on the planet. Just terrific. A great, great moment.MORE: Tiger Woods wasn’t the only big winner at the MastersSN: How was the atmosphere at Augusta when Woods won? Could you sense a growing buzz during the last couple of holes?TT: Again, see my earlier answer about not being able to be on the grounds. I went out early in the morning and walked around to take it all in. I did the same thing on the previous three days. But an hour from Tiger’s tee time I head back inside, assume the position, eat free ice cream, and get to work. Sure, it’s bittersweet that I wasn’t fully able to soak it all in, but that’s just being selfish. Tiger Woods won the Masters. Nothing else matters.Side note: I mentioned to the followers around the 14th hole that it was bizarre that I wouldn’t be able to be out there live. A huge majority of the response told me to stop on the spot, shut the account down and go out and watch. That I deserved to be out there in the moment. It was a sweet gesture. But I get paid to tweet what Tiger does and there was no chance in hell that I was going to leave during the greatest comeback in sports history.SN: How many more wins will Woods have on Tour this year? Will he win another major in 2019?TT: He’ll win once or twice more. There are some courses he loves coming up on the schedule. Regarding majors, we weren’t sure he was going to win one more, and now that he has it’s opened the floodgates. We’re expecting more.I don’t think he’ll win another one this year, although, clearly, I’m hopeful he will. Many look at his success at Pebble Beach and think that could be the place, but I’m not sure a U.S. Open setup is best for him these days. I look more at Bethpage Black for the PGA Championship, or even Royal Portrush for The Open. I think he absolutely will be in the hunt at those two places. And, hey, if he’s in contention, and others fold around him like they did Sunday at the Masters? You never know.WATCH: Tiger shares special moment with son after Masters winSN: Do you envision Tiger passing Jack Nicklaus’ major record? If so, when?TT: It’s difficult to answer, because I’m Tiger Tracker and I’m supposed to say yes. But to pass Jack would require four more major wins and that’s a tall task. That means, at 43 years old, he would have to duplicate the major totals of Rory McIlroy or Ernie Els. Think about that for a moment. One or two more major wins is doable. Four just seems unlikely. But, after all, he is Tiger Woods.SN: How did you celebrate the night of Tiger’s Masters win?TT: This may disappoint you, but it wasn’t as crazy as you’d think, or as crazy as I wish it would’ve been. First, there isn’t a whole lot going on in Augusta, Georgia on a Sunday night. Even a Masters Sunday night. Then, the early start, coupled with the euphoria of the moment absolutely drained me to my core. I was exhausted and crashed before midnight. But I had a few pops since and have had more than a few in the days after. I feel like I’ve properly celebrated. SN: What has life been like for you in the days since the Masters victory?last_img read more

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Good Hope businessman charged for narcotics found in fishing vessel

first_imgA Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) businessman who was arrested following the discovery of a large amount of cocaine and ganja in a fishing vessel at Mon Repos, ECD, was on Tuesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Alisha George when he appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.The drugs found in the fishing vesselAzim Baksh, known as “Bato”, of Phase One, Good Hope, denied the charge when it was read to him. The Police stated that he trafficked 91.132 kilograms of cocaine and 56.008 kilograms of cannabis on July 14, 2018.His Attorney, Bernard DaSilva, told the court that the drugs were not found in his client’s possession but rather in a boat.DaSilva further argued that at the time of the discovery, Baksh was in his motor car on the Mon Repos Public Road, ECD.However, CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford told the Court that the defendant has been under their watch for a lengthy period. On the day in question, he, along with another man, was reportedly seen by CANU ranks on the boat where the illegal substances were found.As such, Baksh was arrested after CANU had issue d a wanted bulletin for him. He will make his next court appearance on August 10, 2018.last_img read more

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‘He’s a super-hero’: Tearful Pochettino salutes hero Moura

first_imgWith just seconds left at the Johan Cruyff Arena, Tottenham were heading out of the tournament, but Brazilian forward Lucas came to the rescue with a superb strike from the edge of the area.It was all too much for Pochettino, who danced with delight before burying his head in the turf as he let his emotions run wild.When the final whistle went, Pochettino sobbed uncontrollably and he was still misty-eyed when he spoke to the media.Tottenham booked their place in the final of the Champions League with an incredible second-half comeback against Ajax. Photo/DAILY MAIL“It’s still difficult to talk. The emotion is amazing, thank you to football. My players are heroes — in the last year I was telling everyone this group are heroes,” Pochettino told BT Sport.“They are all heroes but Lucas was a super-hero. Unbelievable hat-trick. He deserves it, he is a great guy.“The second half they were amazing. Thank you football! This type of emotion without football is not possible.”Tottenham were written off in some quarters before the match after losing the first leg at home 1-0, a match that Ajax dominated for long periods.And Pochettino took a subtle swipe at the doubters when he said: “Thank you to everyone who has believed in us. To describe this in words is difficult.“We were talking before the game that when you work and when you feel the love it’s not stress, it’s passion of the team.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates with Hugo Lloris after their stunning win at Ajax© AFP Adrian DENNIS“We showed we love the sport and football. Today was amazing. It was a joy to watch this kind of game.“It’s difficult to compete at this level. I am so grateful to be a coach. To be in football and to live this type of football.”Welling up with emotion, Pochettino was crying again towards the end of the interview as he dedicated the astonishing triumph to his family.“To have the chance to play a final is amazing. I want to remember my family, it is for them too. For the people who support us in that moment, it is amazing to reward them,” he said as the tears flowed once more.“I think everyone deserves it in this club, with all the tough times we’ve had in the five years that we have been here.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was reduced to tears at the end as Ajax’s players lay on the turf in Amsterdam. Photo/COURTESYAMSTERDAM, United Kingdom, May 9 – Mauricio Pochettino wept tears of joy as the emotional Tottenham manager hailed “super-hero” Lucas Moura for the incredible hat-trick that fired Tottenham into their first Champions League final.Tottenham enjoyed arguably the greatest night in their history as Lucas’s second-half treble clinched a 3-2 semi-final second-leg win that sent Pochettino’s side through on away goals.last_img read more

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