Governor Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce PAsmart Grant to Expand Science and Technology Education

first_imgGovernor Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce PAsmart Grant to Expand Science and Technology Education February 06, 2019 Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Pittsburgh, PA – The day after unveiling a plan to create the strongest workforce in the nation, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Pittsburgh Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse to announce a $442,000 PAsmart advancing grant has been awarded to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. The state grant will help expand the foundation’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Lending Library to benefit thousands of students across western Pennsylvania.“Over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies in a constantly changing economy,” said Governor Wolf. “I launched PAsmart last year to help students and adults get the skills for those emerging careers.“Investing in projects like the STEAM Lending Library will help students from our cities to our rural communities gain the skills for good jobs here in Pennsylvania that will make our communities stronger.”The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the Citrone Family, and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit established the STEAM Lending Library in 2015. The library is the first of its kind in the nation and allows school districts to borrow the latest educational technology equipment to enhance classroom learning.“The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is honored to be the first recipient of a PAsmart advanced grant,” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins. “We salute Governor Wolf for his commitment to workforce development and expanded classroom instruction for our students. This amazing grant will enable the Foundation to extend its STEAM education work across 22 counties, encompassing 206 school districts.”Governor Wolf launched PAsmart last year as a groundbreaking approach to prepare students and workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow through STEM and computer science education, apprenticeship and job training.Last month, the Wolf Administration announced the initial wave of PAsmart competitive grants. The $8.7 million in targeted grants will expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth. Additional PAsmart advancing grants for STEM and computer science, apprenticeships and job training will be announced in the coming weeks.Governor Wolf’s budget expands on the successful launch of PAsmart to create the strongest workforce in the nation that drives the strongest economy. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) provides opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement.The proposal expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative, a groundbreaking approach to workforce development for Pennsylvania’s economy. Governor Wolf’s goal is to develop innovative solutions that close the skills gap and rapidly meet the needs of employers.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Taco Bell customer gets doused with gasoline and lit on fire

first_imgTallahassee Police Department(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A suspect who poured gasoline on a Taco Bell customer and then set them on fire is being hunted by Florida police for attempted murder after the victim was left with serious injuries.The incident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 6:18 p.m. at a Tallahassee Taco Bell restaurant when the suspect entered the establishment, doused the female victim with gasoline and then lit them on fire.The suspect has been identified as Mia Williams, 32, “who identifies as a black female,” according to a statement released by Officer Rachel Denmark of the Tallahassee Police Department.Williams fled the scene of the crime on foot and police are currently looking for her whereabouts.“Williams was last seen wearing a black shirt with white writing, tan capri styled pants, and a red wrap on her head. Williams also had several necklaces around their neck,” the statement read.The victim, who currently remains unidentified, was taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering serious injuries.Investigators don’t yet know if the suspect knew the female victim involved in the attack or if it was done at random.Tallahassee Police Department spokesman Damon Miller told the Tallahassee Democrat: ”At this time, (investigators) are on scene trying to basically solve this puzzle, to figure out why this heinous crime was committed.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

CCJ’s instructions defied and authority undermined

first_imgDear Editor,Failure to carry out the directives of the CCJ undermines the authority and legitimacy of the court. While not agreeing with the court’s decision or ruling, one should not attack the court. It should be recalled that a year ago, the court ruled that a President cannot run for a third term. The court was not attacked; the ruling was respected. Now the court has ruled that a no constitution vote is valid and was successfully passed on December 21. The ruling should be respected. No disputants in the case should attack the court or stand defiant as such behavior hurt’s the court’s status.After ruling on June 18 that the government had fallen on December 21 and the appointment of James Patterson as Chair was unconstitutional, the court directed the parties to meet and reach a consensus on orders for the court to issue on June 24. The parties could not even meet much less discuss and reach any consensus on a way forward. Now the court will issue orders after asking the parties to make written submission on a way forward. As the highest court of Guyana, while the CCJ is empowered to effect judicial orders, the problem is it has no instruments or any infrastructure to enforce these orders. Those who are obstinate could have serious sanctions, even arrest.The remit of the court is to interpret the laws (constitution) and hand down rulings. It is for the government to enforce the laws through its police power. While the government stated that it respects the court’s rulings, it cannot prepare budget or engage in new undertakings.The court ruled that the chairman, James Patterson, of the elections commission (Gecom) was improperly appointed. His resignation is welcomed. But it should have happened within hours after the court’s ruling and not a week later after a complaint was lodged with the court.The court instructed the opposing parties to meet and try to reach a consensus on consequential orders for the appointment of a new Gecom Chair and a date for elections and to advise the court of their agreement on June 24. President Granger wrote the opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo inviting him for a discussion on the issues but only after the 24th. Thus, there was no way for a consensus agreement by the time the court convened on June 24. Mr. Doug Mendez, the opposition lawyer, said he penned a proposal for an order and sent to Gecom lawyer on June 21 but got not response.The court has re-directed the opposing sides to submit written proposals for consequential orders by July 1 and will issue orders on July 12. The court also instructs them to meet and reach a consensus on a way forward by July 12.I urge both sides to please meet and carry out the instruction of the court – reach a consensus on appointment of a Gecom Chair and a date for elections to help bring stability to the country.Yours truly,Dr. Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Severin Wunderman the chairman and owner of Montr

first_imgSeverin Wunderman, the chairman and owner of Montres Corum, maker of Swiss Corum watches, died in Europe, Elite Traveler has learned.Wunderman was a leading figure in the Swiss watch industry, first with the license for Gucci watches which he sold back to the company, and until his death owner of Corum which he bought and repositioned into the luxury watch segment.Wunderman was known for his philanthropy and in 2004, the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac, raised Wunderman to the level of Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of honor. The medal was given to him on June 17, 2005 in Paris, in the salons of the Minister of Culture and Communication, by his Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.According to his biography, Wunderman was born in Belgium in 1938, he was forced during the second World War to seek exile in the United States, where he later became an American citizen. Thanks to his exceptional adaptive qualities, he became very successful in the business world. From his youth, when he was just an apprentice watchmaker, he was attracted by art and culture and showed a certain taste for the works of Jean Cocteau – a taste that would later be confirmed after a meeting with the artist’s heir, Edouard Dermit.With Steven Spielberg, he founded “The Severin Wunderman Collection of Child Survivor Testimonies from the holocaust: The children speak to children”. At the same time, he realized a dream: create a Cocteau Museum, the “Severin Wunderman Family Museum”, situated in Orange County.“The entire family of Elite Traveler is saddened by this news,” said Douglas Gollan, president and Editor-in-Chief of Elite Traveler. “Mr. Wunderman’s purchase of Corum came at a similar time to our launch of Elite Traveler in 2001, and he was an early supporter of our business. His creativity and business acumen always stood out, and he will be greatly missed by ourselves and his many friends. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”The family could not be reached for comment.last_img read more