BLOG: Invest in Pre-K, Not Prisons

first_img Budget News,  Criminal Justice Reform,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog We know at least two big things about the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania:First, we’re spending way too much money on prisons that could be spent on roads, schools or programs for our seniors and most vulnerable.Second, too many young people are getting caught up in the system before they even get a chance and far too many are likely to return after leaving.There is a way to address these problems head on. But it starts in the pre-k classroom far away from any jail, courtroom or police station.There are two paths we can take: invest in early childhood education now, or start building more prisons.I support Governor Wolf’s historic investment – $60 million or a 30.5 percent increase – in early childhood education, which is included in his 2016-2017 budget proposal.This funding increase builds upon the $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Program.Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their working lives. And in some studies, children without pre-k were 70 percent more likely to be arrest for a violent crime by age 18.A recent report by a non-partisan law enforcement-led group called ‘Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ estimated that Governor Wolf’s $120 million state funding increase for early childhood education will also eventually lead to $350 million in Corrections and other cost savings for the Commonwealth every year.Currently, Pennsylvania spends more than $2 billion annually—about seven percent of the state budget—to house about 50,000 inmates. Yet, only 30 percent of Pennsylvania children in families earning up to three times the federal poverty level – or $72,750 for a family of four – are enrolled in high-quality pre-k programs.It is time to change this nonsensical reality in Pennsylvania — it is time to choose to invest in pre-k now, and spend less on prisons later. By: John E. Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: BLOG: Invest in Pre-K, Not Prisonscenter_img February 26, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgRory McIlroy is welcomed to Ballyliffin Golf Club by club captain Colm McCarroll.GOLF stars could replace Star Wars as the main attraction in Inishowen – if one prestigious local club gets its way.Ballyliffin Golf Club has asked the European Tour to add it the rota of Irish Open courses – and wants to host the Irish Open in 2019.Officials from the club travelled to the K Club yesterday, host venue for this week’s Irish Open, to push their bid. And they may have a secret weapon – Rory McIlroy is a big fan of the Ballyliffin club, having visited loads of times and credits the course will helping him tackle links courses around the globe.Ballyliffin wants to host the Irish Open in 2019, just a few weeks before the British Open Championship at Royal Portrush.The Donegal course has already hosted European Challenge Tour and Senior Tour events.Ballyliffin has maintained close links with the European Tour in recent years and the club made no secret of the fact that it viewed events such as the Seniors Open as a dry-run for the main Irish Open.  DONEGAL GOLF CLUB’S AMBITIOUS BID TO LAND IRISH OPEN was last modified: May 18th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyliffinDonegal golfgolf clubIrish Open bidlast_img read more

Military Caregiving Virtual Learning Event #3 – Mark Your Calendar!

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on October 21, 2016. Certificate of Completion Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will provide a Certificate of Completion following this session.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on Empowering Caregivers and Families. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices. VLE Session #3: Empowering Caregivers and FamiliesJoin the MFLN Military Caregiving team as we continue learning new skills and strategies for improved communication in times of crisis in the final session of our three-part Virtual Learning Event (VLE) beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 26. In session three of the VLE entitled, Empowering Caregivers and Families, we will provide an in-depth look at effective practices for communicating sensitive topics. Highlighting real-life challenges and solutions, case studies, practices from the field and a panel of professionals will be employed in addressing some of the most pressing communication issues military helping professionals face.The VLE is centered on the theme of Sensitive Topics in Caregiving: Tough Questions and Complex Answers. Our goal with this VLE is to address military family service providers’ tough questions with our expert presenters’ complex answers. If you missed VLE Session #1 (Interpersonal Relationships) or VLE Session #2 (Crisis Communication) it is still not too late to participate and receive continuing education credit or a certificate of completion.We hope you join us for the final session of the 2016 VLE, October 26th. To learn more about this VLE and previous sessions, click on 2016 MFLN Military Caregiving VLE.last_img read more

Bihar cane farmers in distress

first_imgThe sugar cane farmers of Bihar are distressed as the government has not yet announced the cane price for mill owners for the current season. The farmers are also agitated with the mill owners over non-payment of their dues.Speaking to The Hindu over phone, sugar cane farmers of West Champaran, the district where most of the sugar mills are located, said five mills in the district alone owe ₹231.98 crore to them. “Sugar cane payment dues for the current season of 2018-19 by the mills of Bagaha, Harinagar, Narkatiaganj, Majhaulia and Lauria have gone up to the tune of ₹231.98 crore. We are in deep distress but there is no one to address our problem,” rued Nandeshwar Pandey, a young farmer from Pathakauli village. Bihar has a total of 12 sugar mills.The farmers of West Champaran further said that they have supplied about 74.75 lakh quintals of sugar cane to these five sugar mills till December 8 this year, spending ₹57.93 crore in the process. “We expected to be paid after a fortnight of the supply as it is mandatory for the sugar mills under the Sugar cane Purchase and Supply Act to make the payment and any delay invites interest at the current bank rate,” said Pramod Singh, another farmer. “However, till date, not a single penny has been paid,” he added.Most of the farmers had taken loan from banks through Kisan Credit Card and now they say they are being chased by the certificate officers of the banks for repayment of the loan.Living in penury“The government at the Centre had announced that farmers’ income would double by 2022, but the sugar cane farmers in Bihar have stopped celebrating social and religious functions due to lack of funds. We are unable to pay even the tuition fees of our children… we are on the verge of starvation,” said Rajan Giri, a farmer. He added that the farmers are not being able to go for the kharif cultivation as “they don’t have money to buy seeds and fertilizers”. The sugar cane farmers of West Champaran had staged a massive protest before the district official in Bagaha on December 10, demanding immediate announcement of sugar cane price. Copies of the memorandum had also been sent to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Chief Secretary, Sugarcane Development Commissioner and the District Magistrate. “The State government is delaying fixing of State Advisory Price for sugarcane in connivance with the mill owners and we are forced to borrow money on higher interest rates from banks for our survival,” alleged sugarcane farmers Umesh Patel, Surendra Baitha, Daya Shankar Singh and Somesh Pandey.The sugar cane farmers of West Champaran particularly angry with State Sugar Cane Development Minister Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad who represents Sikta Assembly constituency from the same district. “The government is serious on the issue and I have asked the principal secretary of the department to announce the sugarcane price soon. It will be announced in a day or two. The Chief Minister himself had a meeting with officials to address the issue,” the Minister told The Hindu. His assurance, however, has failed to pacify the farmers who burnt his effigy near the Bhimrao Ambedkar statue at Bagaha on December 15.The sugar mill owners, meanwhile, are blaming the State government for the farmers’ distress. “Negotiation between the State government and the mill owners for sugarcane price is going on and hopefully it will be fixed within a week. The sugar mills are not at fault as the responsibility to fix the price lies with the State government, ” said Y.S. Bhatnagar, general manager (personnel) of the sugar mills. The production of sugarcane has gone up this year and demand has come down, he added.last_img read more

Why Wasim Akram cursed Moin Khan after getting a dose of his own medicine

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Wasim Akram had the funniest of stories to narrate during Salaam Cricket 2018 and one such involved himself and former Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan.Pakistan were playing against South Africa in a one-day international during their tour in 1998/99 and were chasing a score of 281.The visitors were struggling at 75 for 7 when Wasim joined Moin at the crease.Younis Khan yet to get promised dinner treat from Mohammed YousufBeing the new batsman at the crease, Wasim asked Moin how the ball was behaving and what he could expect from the South African bowlers to which the wicket-keeper had no answer.Salaam Cricket 2018: Gavaskar, Akram, Harbhajan leave audience in splitsHere is the conversation between the two:”It was in the Durban ODI against South Africa in 1998. I think we were 80 for 6 chasing over 300 (75 for 7 chasing 281). So I walked in with Moin Khan on strike. I asked Moin what’s happening to which he said he has no clue but the Proteas will give him a welcome bouncer for sure.Salaam Cricket 2018: When Akram once cracked a deal with Muralitharan”The very first ball I got a yorker and got hit on my toe. Later after getting out I abused Moin the whole way from the pitch to the dressing room,” Akram narrated in the final session of Salaam Cricket 2018.Akram was actually cleaned up by Pat Symcox for 27 which broke his partnership with Moin, who made 45. Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 228 and they lost the match by 52 runs.advertisementSalaam Cricket 2018: India-Pakistan series can make or break players, says YounisIndia Today brought together 11 legends of cricket on one platform at the mega cricket conclave on Monday.Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Akram, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-haq, Abdul Qadir, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Azharuddin, R Ashwin, Habibul Bashar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Madan Lal spoke about India-Pakistan cricketing ties, the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 match between the two arch-rivals and their favourites for the tournament.last_img read more

Scattered rain brings relief

first_imgKolkata: The city and its adjoining areas on Sunday received scattered rainfall providing the much-needed relief to the people who had been under the heat spell for quite some time.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Sunday predicted more rainfall in South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours. There may be heavy showers in the coastal districts due to a low pressure trough formed over the Bay of Bengal. The districts of West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Jhargram, Purulia, South 24-Parganas may receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. The city and adjoining districts like North 24-Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly will also receive light to moderate rainfall. The weather officials are apprehending that there may be considerable rainfall in the South Bengal districts at the beginning of the next month. It may be mentioned here that there has been a deficiency in rainfall in June and also in the current month so far. The city’s sky mostly remained cloudy on Sunday with some scattered rainfall in some parts. The weather office prediction says that there is no major rainfall alert in North Bengal for the next few days. The intensity of rainfall in North Bengal has reduced.last_img read more

Soccer Aid 2012 Injures Stars Saves Children

first_imgThis year’s Soccer Aid showdown left celebrities exhausted and injured in the name of charity.Will Ferrell stands between Chef Gordon Ramsay, left, and television presenter Patrick Kielty before the Soccer Aid charity soccer match in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, May 27, 2012.Credit/Copyright: Jon Super, AP PhotoOrganiser Robbie Williams’ England team won back the Soccer Aid trophy on Sunday night, with a 3-1 victory over the Rest of the World in a thrilling match that raised £4 million ($6.28 million) for UNICEF.Football legends and celebrities including Teddy Sheringham, Will Ferrell, Gordan Ramsay, Graham Le Saux and Aston and Marv from JLS battled it out in front of close to 70,000 fans at Old Trafford in Manchester.England’s celebrity players included Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Aston Merrygold, Olly Murs and Marvin Humes, while the Rest of the World team fielded Mike Myers, Gerard Butler, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson and Michael Sheen.Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian opened the score in the 21st minute with a spectacular right-footed shot, beating former England goalkeeper David Seaman.England trailed 1-0 at half time, but came back strongly in the second half with two goals in three minutes, from former Chelsea and England star Graham Le Saux and Soccer Aid co-founder Jonathan Wilkes.Blackpool striker Kevin Philips scored a third goal on 88 minutes to make the victory safe for the home side, though some unconventional goal keeping antics by Jamie Theakston at the other end made for a nail-biting finish.There was also drama when celebrity chef Gordan Ramsay was stretchered off after a collision with England legend Teddy Sheringham. A leg injury late in the game also put Will Ferrell on the sidelines.“Soccer Aid 2012 has been the most amazing yet!” said UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull, who presented the winners’ medals.” There was an incredible atmosphere, it was a great match, and over £4 million was raised to help save children’s lives.”Robbie Williams recently travelled with Jonathan Wilkes to some of the poorest parts of Mexico City, and recorded a video for UNICEF explaining the importance of the work Soccer Aid helps support.Video: Soccer Aid 2012: Robbie Williams in MexicoWilliams said: “Meeting children in Mexico City really showed me how dangerous the world can be for a child and how hard it can be for them to even survive. Right now, children are suffering and it shouldn’t be like this.It’s not too late to donate to Soccer Aid: click here to find out how easily you can help.last_img read more

Pochettino Alli not certain for Man City game

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is remaining cautious over Dele Alli’s comeback ahead of Monday’s Premier League showdown with Manchester CityThe 22-year-old midfielder has returned to training after being sidelined with a recurring hamstring problem for the past month.Alli, who was also absent for England over the recent international break, is believed to be in contention to make his return to action at Wembley.It will be his first appearance since Spurs’ 2-2 draw against Watford on September 26.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But, while feeling optimistic about Alli’s progress, Pochettino is reluctant to force him back into action before he is ready.“Yes I think it’s good news but we need to be careful. He started today with the group,” Pochettino told reporters on Football London.“Sure we hope he will be available for Monday but I’m not sure if we’re going to put him in the squad or not.”Injured defenders Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose will likely remain on the sidelines for Spurs as they continue to recover from their hamstring and groin issues respectively.last_img read more

HC asks clinic fake physician to compensate Tk 900000

first_img.The High Court on Wednesday asked owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic and fake physician Razan Das of Patuakhali, who left gauze inside a woman’s abdomen, to pay the victim Tk 900,000 as compensation, reports UNB.A bench of justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and justice AKM Jahirul Haque passed the order after hearing a plea filed by victim Maksuda Begum seeking compensation.Of the compensation money, owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic will have to pay Tk 400,000 and Arjun Chakrabarty alias Razn Das will have to pay the rest of the money within 15 January 2018, the court said.The civil surgeon of the Patuakhali was asked to oversee the matter.The court, later, set 28 February for next hearing in the case.On 11 December, the HC sent Patuakhali fake physician Razan Das, who left gauze inside a woman’s abdomen during her cesarean surgery at a private hospital, to jail after he surrendered before it.The court also asked authorities concerned to sue owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic, nurse and assistant of the fake physician.On 16 November, the High Court directed the officer-in-charge of Baufal police station in Patuakhali to arrest the fake doctor and produce him before it within 10 December.The court also asked the Patuakhali police to take help of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) if necessary.Earlier on 23 July, the same bench summoned three people, including Patuakhali civil surgeon and gynecology department head of Barisal Medical College, in this connection.Supreme Court lawyer Md Shahid Ullah drew the attention of the HC placing a newspaper report in this regard on 22 July.On 6 November, the Patuakhali civil surgeon submitted a probe report to the court stating that Razan Das had been using fake certificate of physician. He conducted a cesarean surgery on a pregnant woman in Niramoy Private Clinic in Patuakhali and left gauze inside her abdomen in May.Victim Maksuda Begum, 25, gave birth to a baby girl but her physical condition started to deteriorate after two months.On 12 July, the doctors of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital detected the gauze inside her abdomen and removed it by another surgery.last_img read more

Mini Nuclear Power Plants Could Power 20000 Homes Update

first_img The small energy modules were originally designed by Otis “Pete” Peterson and other scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Now, the technology is being commercially developed by Hyperion Power Generation, which recently announced that it has taken its first orders and plans to start mass production within five years.”Our goal is to generate electricity for 10 cents a watt anywhere in the world,” said John Deal, CEO of Hyperion. “[The nuclear plants] will cost approximately $25 million each. For a community with 10,000 households, that is a very affordable $2,500 per home.”Because of their small size, the mini power plants can be assembled relatively quickly and transported by truck, rail or ship to remote locations, even places that currently do not have electricity. The power plants provide an alternative to current nuclear plants, which are large, expensive, and take about 10 years to build. Also, large-scale power plants don´t fit the needs of small populations or areas without available land. Hyperion´s modules can be connected together to provide energy for larger populations, as well.In addition, the Hyperion modules have no moving parts to wear down, and never need to be opened on site. Even if opened, the small amount of enclosed fuel would immediately cool, alleviating safety concerns. “It is impossible for the module to go supercritical, ´melt down,´ or create any type of emergency situation,” the company states on its Web site. Because the Hyperion plants would be buried underground and guarded by a security detail, the company explains that they´ll be out of sight and safe from illegitimate uses. Further, the material inside wouldn´t be appropriate for proliferation purposes.”You would need nation-state resources in order to enrich our uranium,” Deal said. “Temperature-wise it´s too hot to handle. It would be like stealing a barbecue with your bare hands.”The reactors need to be refueled about every seven to ten years. After five years of generating power, Hyperion says that the module produces a total waste of about the size of a softball, which could be a candidate for fuel recycling. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Hyperion now has more than 100 orders for its modules, mostly from the oil and electricity industries. The first order came from a Czech infrastructure company called TES, which specializes in water plants and power plants. TES ordered six modules and optioned another 12, with the first planned to be located in Romania.Hyperion plans to build three manufacturing plants, with the goal of producing 4,000 mini nuclear modules between 2013 and 2023. Next year, the company will submit an application to build the modules to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.While acknowledging that the commercial development of mini nuclear plants is a lofty goal, Hyperion believes that the potential benefits of the technology make the effort well worthwhile. Along with bringing electricity to remote locations, the Hyperion modules could also be used to provide clean water for the 25% of the world´s population that currently does not have access to clean water. The modules can provide power to pump, clean, and process water, which in turn can help decrease disease, poverty, and social unrest.Update (November 12, 2008): The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) contacted to state that the NRC has no plans to review the Hyperion design in the near future, although the NRC and Hyperion have had preliminary talks. Because the Hyperion design is unique, the NRC expects that it will take significant time to ensure safety requirements. In a response to a letter from October 2008, the NRC stated:“Hyperion Power Generation is in the early stages of development of this design, and very little testing information is available for this design concept. Hyperion Power Generation has indicated that it will submit technical reports to support a pre-application review in late FY 2009. The NRC cannot engage in any meaningful, formal technical interaction with the potential applicant until we receive those reports. Because of the very limited amount of test data and lack of operating experience available for a uranium hydride reactor, the NRC staff anticipates that a licensing review would involve significant technical, safety, and licensing policy issues.”More information: www.hyperionpowergeneration.comvia: The Guardian Explore further Hyperion´s miniature nuclear modules could be easily transported and buried underground, with the ability to power up to 20,000 homes.center_img ( — Underground nuclear power plants no bigger than a hot tub may soon provide electricity for communities around the world. Measuring about 1.5 meters across, the mini reactors can each power about 20,000 homes. (Please see below for an update) Citation: Mini Nuclear Power Plants Could Power 20,000 Homes (Update) (2008, November 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A drier future sets the stage for more wildfireslast_img read more