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Wolf Administration’s Food Security Summit Brings Partners Together, Highlights Progress to Combat Hunger

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration’s Food Security Partnership today hosted the annual food security summit to update stakeholders, advocates, and federal partners about Pennsylvania’s progress with the Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA to address food insecurity and discuss work to combat hunger around Pennsylvania.“Food insecurity has overwhelming impacts on so many parts of our society,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The work that has been done to accomplish necessary steps from the Blueprint is a testament to a government that works together to provide Pennsylvanians the resources to live a healthy and happy life. Everyone should be proud of the work that has been accomplished to date, but we know there is still work to be done to ensure no one lives with chronic hunger.”More than 1.53 million Pennsylvanians experience chronic hunger every day, including 478,500 older Pennsylvanians and about 437,000 children. Since hunger and health are deeply connected, the effects of chronic hunger are profound, including increased risks for chronic diseases, higher chances of hospitalization, poorer overall health, and increased health care costs. Adequate access to healthy meals is also critical to child development and success in education so kids can focus in school and lead healthier, more productive lives.The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, helping 1.8 million Pennsylvanians keep food on their tables. Programs like SNAP and charitable food networks around the commonwealth help working adults, people with disabilities, older adults, and children access food and expand their purchasing power so they do not have to choose between paying for rent or being able to eat dinner.The Wolf Administration is committed to ensuring everyone has access to fresh, healthy food. The Governor’s Food Security Partnership includes the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services. Since the Governor’s Food Security Partnership released Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA in 2016, the Partnership and charitable food partners have made significant impacts in our communities in the past three years. The role of charitable food organizations played an essential role in improving access to local food resources and increasing awareness of food insecurity.This year alone, the Wolf Administration increased opportunities for Pennsylvanians by:• Supporting partnerships with 14 employment and training providers and continuing to establish new partnerships in order to meet a goal of expanding to 30 SNAP 50/50 training sites by end of year;• Assisting more than 400,000 elderly or disabled individuals currently receiving benefits due to the Elderly/Disabled Simplified Application Project (ESAP) resulting in a 10 percent increase in eligible seniors receiving SNAP benefits;• Identifying 26 local food alliances or food policy councils to convene on best practices to combat hunger in local communities;• Increasing average daily breakfast participation statewide by 8.4 percent and total breakfast participation by 3.6 percent;• Providing more than 2.8 million congregate meals at senior centers and more than 6.1 million home delivered meals;• Distributing $500,000 in mini-grants to expand alternative breakfast models in schools;• Improving redemption rates for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program by launching a mobile application to help eligible Pennsylvanians find fresh, locally grown produce at participating farmers markets;• Combating stigma by rebranding SNAP marketing materials for seniors and redesigning the SNAP EBT card so people are not intimidated to redeem their benefits; and• Fighting federal proposals to cut SNAP eligibility to low-income elderly, children and working families.“If we want to build strong communities and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, then we must invest in people, and this means supporting programs like SNAP so we do not put unsustainable strain on our charitable food networks and force more people to go hungry,” said Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “We will continue to make progress towards the Blueprint’s goals, and we will do everything we can to support access to fresh, healthy foods and fight chronic hunger in communities around Pennsylvania.”For more information on the Governor’s Food Security Partnership and food assistance programs, visit October 08, 2019 Wolf Administration’s Food Security Summit Brings Partners Together, Highlights Progress to Combat Hungercenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Stena Bulk Sets Up New Tanker JV with Bay Crest Management

first_imgSwedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has partnered up with Singapore-based Bay Crest Management in an effort to expand its presence in Asia.Namely, Golden-Agri Stena, a joint venture between Stena Bulk and Golden Agri-Resources, and Bay Crest Management have formed a new joint venture, GSB Tankers.Set to commence operation on January 1, 2019, the new company was established to undertake the operation and commercial management of chemical tankers. Apart from its headquarters in Singapore, GSB Tankers will have offices in both Dubai and Japan.The joint venture will initially manage eighteen chemical tankers with the aim of managing thirty chemical tankers within the next two years.“After six very successful years operating and managing intermediate-sized chemical tankers, Golden-Agri Stena aspires to enhance its involvement in the chemicals cargo trade through operating and managing stainless steel tankers. Bay Crest offers excellent experience and network for us to jointly attain the aspiration,” Björn Stignor, Managing Director of Golden-Agri Stena.last_img read more

Telephone scam reported in Ripley County

first_imgBatesville, In. — Officials from the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce say local businesses are receiving calls from a Texas company soliciting money for “local causes.”Always make sure to get the identity of the person that is calling, never give personal information over the phone and always check with a family member or trusted friend before making any purchase or donation online or via telephone.The Federal Trade Commission has tips and information to help small businesses avoid scams.last_img read more

Mane, Oshoala fully deserving of their gongs – Pinnick

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Oshoala visits Lagos Oba Nigeria plan Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has declared African Men’s Player of the Year, Sadio Mane of Senegal, and Women’s Player of the Year, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala, as fully deserving of their honours at the 2019 CAF Football Awards ceremony in Hurghada, Egypt on Tuesday night. The NFF supremo, who is a Member of the CAF Executive Committee and Member of the influential Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, praised both football stars for their integrity, high-level commitment to club and country, discipline, dedication and good heart, and their love of the game and the different societies they hail from. Pinnick said: “There is no doubt that both players deserve their awards. Mane has been very consistent for a number of years and has worked hard to improve himself in all areas of his game, and I must say the same goes for Asisat Oshoala, who has also been an impact player for FC Barcelona Ladies within the short time that she arrived at the club. “Mane and Oshoala have also been role models in their native communities with their commitment and investment in charity causes. I congratulate both players and urge them to continue to improve as they strive for excellence in all areas.” While Mane’s honour was his first, Oshoala picked up her fourth African Women’s Player of the Year title, adding to wins in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and equalling compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha at the top of the all-time list. Senegalese Mane and the Nigerian Oshoala were the big winners on a colourful night at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, with Moroccan Achraf Hakimi picking up the gong for Youth Player of the Year and South African Desire Ellis emerging the Women’s Coach of the Year. Djamel Belmadi, who in the summer of last year led Algeria to only her second AFCON title, was named Men’s Coach of the Year. Algeria duly won the Men’s Team of the Year and Cameroon the Women’s Team of the Year, among others.Tags: Amaju PinnickAsisat OshoalaSadio Manelast_img read more

Zurich selected to stage Diamond League Final

first_imgZURICH will host the Diamond League Final in 2020 and 2021 as the series switches to a single-day format.Since being established in 2010, the Diamond League has staged dual finals in Zurich and Brussels.However, Weltklasse Zurich will now host the lone showpiece for two straight years while the King Baudouin Stadium undergoes renovation.From 2022 to 2024 the final is set to rotate annually, with all meetings invited to apply to serve as hosts.The Diamond League board will select the 12 regular-season meetings for the 2020 season next month.“Zurich has been the home of many of the most extraordinary moments in athletics over more than 90 years, including 25 world records, and we are delighted that it will host the pinnacle one-day meeting of 2020,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said in a statement.“The Diamond League is vital to our future growth as it provides an annual showcase of the very best in athletics, which is why we must ensure that every contest broadcast to the world is of the highest standard.“We expect the new Diamond League format to be even more thrilling for our global audience as it builds excitement throughout the outdoor season and reaches a crescendo in Zurich.”A total of 24 disciplines will run across the 12 meetings – 12 male and 12 female – with each meet staging six male and six female events before all are present at the Zurich final.The winners at the Diamond League Final will earn automatic qualification to the IAAF World Championships. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Henson: Badgers need work but effort is there

first_imgThey found a way.In one of the most bizarre, unpredictable games you’ll ever see, the 11th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers made enough plays to escape with a one-point victory over Arizona State.When Omar Bolden streaked by the Badgers’ coverage unit on his way to a 97-yard touchdown return, you wondered what happened to the so-called “improved” Badger special teams, and when Deantre Lewis picked up 13.6 yards per carry, you wondered what happened to one of the Big Ten’s top units against the run.And as ASU receiver Kyle Middlebrooks flew down the sideline with the final seconds of the first half ticking down you had to say to yourself, “This can’t be happening.”But the Badgers didn’t break, and through three weeks UW is a perfect 3-0.Granted, the Badgers are far from a perfect product. Like every other team, they need work. But history tells us good teams have struggled in early-season non-conference games before. A season ago Iowa needed to block two field goals with seconds remaining to get past Northern Iowa at home. A few weeks later the Hawkeyes squeaked by Arkansas State with a three-point win in Iowa City.That’s not all.The 2009 Ohio State Buckeyes were in danger of being upset by Navy until linebacker Brian Rolle picked off the two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game. That’s two heavily favored Big Ten teams that squeaked out wins at home early in the season. Interestingly enough, they ended the year in similar fashion. Both teams went on to win BCS bowls.But the Badgers aren’t meeting everyone’s high expectations despite three victories, and they aren’t blowing teams out the way fans want them to. I get that. I understand and acknowledge that for UW to contend for a Big Ten title, the Badgers need more consistency across the board.But like Iowa and Ohio State a year ago, they made the decisive plays and found a way to get the ‘W’ against a legitimate Pac-10 opponent. And despite UW’s flaws it’s easy to root for a team that plays with tremendous effort, plays through injuries (exhibit A: J.J. Watt and Culmer St. Jean) and plays through adversity. It makes it even easier when they’re winning.UW is doing all the above and Shelton Johnson and Jay Valai exhibit that fact perfectly.Johnson’s touchdown-saving play at the end of the first half was just about as good as it gets. The tackle will undoubtedly go down as one of the top plays of the season for UW.It’d be hard to find a Badger fan that knew anything about the backup safety before Saturday’s game. Now Lou Holtz is commending his tackle on ESPN.For whatever reason, Phillip Welch decided to kick a line drive, the absolute last thing you want from a kickoff, and Middlebrooks was off and running – until Johnson, with some help from Dezmen Southward, caught him.Now how on earth did a slow, unathletic, Big Ten player even come close to chasing down one of those dynamic and lightning-fast specimens from the West Coast? Effort. And yeah maybe the kid from Texas has some wheels too.Johnson’s play brings UW fans back to 2006, when the Badgers met Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl and had to deal with Darren McFadden. The superstar running back broke free in the first quarter and appeared to be long gone – until UW corner Jack Ikegwuonu chased him down. As a result, Arkansas failed to score and in the end UW won 17-14.Those extra-effort plays win you football games. Plain and simple.Johnson’s play was the kind of effort that keeps a touchdown off the board and allows your team to hold onto a halftime lead.Now, awe-inspiring effort play No. 2 came from Jay Valai and the PAT unit.Extra points are considered a given. Hell, in the old NFL Blitz video game (Da Bomb anyone?) extra points were automatic – you didn’t even have to try. Some real-life professionals still don’t.While watching the Patriots-Jets game from yesterday I caught New England’s first touchdown, and I was curious to see how the Jets handled the point after.Four people moved. The rest just watched the ball go end-over-end through the uprights.Instead of hanging their heads after giving up a potentially game-tying touchdown Saturday (which the majority of teams would do), the Badgers put everything they had into blocking the extra-point to hold onto the slim advantage. It paid off.“I thought we had the momentum going. The PAT block is normally unheard of, in college football,” ASU head coach Dennis Erickson told reporters after the game. “In all my career I’ve never seen something like that. The bottom line is they got someone through.”It wasn’t textbook, it wasn’t pretty, but the Badgers did what they needed to do to earn a hard-fought win. And you can thank UW’s extra-effort for that.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Impressed with UW’s dramatic victory over ASU? E-mail him at read more

Anthony Joshua favourite for SPOTY 2017

first_imgShare Share COVID-19: How the virus is impacting sports events across the globe March 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Bookmakers gear up for a bumper-weekend of sports May 31, 2019 Champions League final drives Super Saturday betting June 3, 2019 Coral has already started taking bets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 and has made Anthony Joshua the 11-4 favourite to take the crown.Andy Murray won this year’s to become the first person to hit a SPOTY hat-trick but is priced at 4/1 to retain it once more next year.Joshua is set for a mammoth year. His showdown with Wladimir Klitchsko on home turf at Wembley in April and a win will see him in good stead to hold the WBA, WBA, IBF and WBO titles at the same time this year. He’s priced at 7/1 with Coral for this to occur in 2017.Elsewhere in boxing, David Haye is evens to win a world title whilst Amir Khan is odds-on at 4-7 to pick up one of the four full world titles.Of other potential SPOTY contenders, the recently knighted Mo Farah is odds-on at 1-2 to win double gold at the London World Athletics Championship in the 5000m and 10,000m events. Jessica Ennis-Hill, who herself became a Dame alongside Farah and Murray’s knighthoods, is 4-1 to come out of retirement and compete in London.Coral’s John Hill commented: “The betting suggests Anthony Joshua could be set for a big 2017 as he is our early favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. We’ve taken a flurry of bets on the IBF title holder becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world next year, while he is the warm favourite to beat Wladimir Klitschko in April at Wembley.“Mo Farah is set to retire after the World Athletics Championship and we make him odds-on to go out on a high in London by winning double gold.”last_img read more

Betway strengthens Belgian presence with Croky Cup extension

first_img ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Share Betway has signed a three-year extension to remain as the sponsor of the Croky Cup, Belgium’s most prestigious knockout football competition.SV Zulte Waregem (2017) and Standard de Liège (2018) lifted the trophy in Betway’s opening two years of sponsorship, and the leading online bookmaker will now remain as the tournament’s official betting partner up to and including the 2020-21 competition.Betway’s Anthony Werkman said: “The Croky Cup sponsorship worked very well for us in its opening two years and we’re delighted to remain as the sponsor for the next three competitions.“Having introduced Betway to football supporters in Belgium with our first two years of sponsorship, a further three years as the tournament’s official betting partner will hopefully lead to increased brand awareness and exposure in the region.”Pierre François, CEO of the Belgian Pro League, added: “The Pro League, in charge of marketing the Belgian Cup, found in Betway a reliable betting partner and we are therefore pleased that they have agreed to an extension.“It’s a great competition, which is characterised by the confrontation between professional clubs and amateur clubs and the possibility of upsets and underdog stories.”The renewed makes up only a small part of Betway’s ambitious sponsorship programme, with deals signed with German clubs Hannover 96 and Fortuna Dusseldorf and Spanish La Liga outfit Deportivo Alavés in the past two months alone. Related Articles Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020last_img read more

Alpena Senior Citizens Learn Hands-On CPR Training

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisDozens of senior citizens were inside of the Alpena Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday to learn a new training.Alpena firefighters, and paramedics provided hands only CPR demonstrations just in case seniors found themselves in a an emergency situation.“Seniors are a perfect audience. They’re very caring, so this is a great audience for people who are willing to step up and help their neighbor,” Fire Chief, Bill Forebush said.Using the hands only technique, more lives have been saved.“For a while it was hard to get people who were willing to step up and do hands on. Now that we’ve gone to hands on and got rid of the ‘mouth to mouth’ with the general public I think that’s helping a lot. With the new high performance CPR that our first responders and paramedics are doing we’ve actually been able to increase the survival rating in cardiac arrest in some communities and we’re starting to see that here in Alpena from the national 10 to 8 percent, which is 60 percent if all of those links are in place. So we have the links here Alpena but the key is the seniors and people like them who are willing to recognize an emergency, contact 911 and do hands on CPR until professional responders can arrive,” he added.With seniors, other medical conditions could make a person trying to save their life hesitant.“Some of the people at the class were asking about a patient with blood thinners, or pacemakers. We were able to dispel some of those concerns and encourage them to perform CPR even in that event,” Firefighter and EMS, Tyler Suszek said.The free class was offered thanks to MiREMS in celebration of National Rural Health Day.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Fitness Fridays: Overcome Thanksgiving Woes With a Few Healthy TipsNext A-H-S Students Get A Dose of Reality from Guest Speakerlast_img read more

Stakes high for Ghana as Cape Verde come challenging

first_imgCape Verde are expected to be a vastly different but tougher side than the one that lost 1-0 to Ghana in a friendly in November, says Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.Both teams meet again on Saturday in the quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.The Blue Sharks, unfancied before the start of the competition have strolled to the last eight and stand between four-time champions, Ghana and a semi-final place.For Appiah, he would have preferred a game against favourites, Ivory Coast at the his stage to the Blue Sharks.“Cape Verde are coming to the game a very strong team but with no pressure on them at all,” Appiah said on Friday.“They are not expected to win, and so they have nothing to lose and that is a fear for me. Of course Ivory Coast is a dangerous opponent, but you know how to plan for a familiar opponent under pressure like yourself.” Appiah has put behind him the win over the Blue Sharks in a friendly last year and is not taking victory for granted.“The two games have absolutely different,” Appiah said.“If I am to look back at the friendly game we played with Cape Verde, we have so many differences. They are a team that no one can underrate.“They’ve got a strong team. The approach and even the tactics they are playing now is not the same like what we saw in the friendly game. They are not a team I can say we will walk over them.”last_img read more