Black History Month, 2018

first_imgBlack History Month, 2018 January 23, 2018 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Proclamations WHEREAS, Black History Month grew out of the establishment, in 1926, of Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History; andWHEREAS, the national theme for this year’s observance is “African Americans in Times of War;” andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to nearly 1.5 million African Americans currently and, throughout history, many have played significant roles in Pennsylvania’s economic, cultural, spiritual and political development while working tirelessly to maintain and promote their culture and history; andWHEREAS, many African American historical firsts happened in Pennsylvania: in 1787, prominent religious leaders Richard Allen and Absalom Jones organized the Free African Society, one of the first black mutual aid societies anywhere, the Philadelphia Colored Female Free Produce Society boycotted products produced by slave labor and exerted economic pressure on slave states, and, in 1838, William Whipper founded The National Reformer, the first black newspaper in the state; andWHEREAS, African Americans in Pennsylvania served as conductors on the Underground Railroad, fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and worked in the shipyards in Philadelphia, the coal and steel industries in Steelton and Pittsburgh, and the railroad industry in Erie and Harrisburg; andWHEREAS, the commonwealth is proud to honor the history and contributions of African Americans in our state and throughout the nation.THEREFORE, in recognition of African Americans past and present in our commonwealth, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim February 2018 to be BLACK HISTORY MONTH. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to celebrate this important observance and to continue to work toward the goal of liberty and justice for all.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this tenth day of January two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Governor Wolf Proclamation — Black History Month 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

ADP: More than 20 million jobs vanished in April

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. businesses cut an unprecedented 20.2 million jobs in April, an epic collapse as the coronavirus outbreak closed of offices, factories, schools, construction sites and stores that propel the U.S. economy.The Wednesday report from payroll company ADP showed the tragic depth and scale of job losses that left no part of the world’s largest economy unscathed. The losses will likely continue through May, with a recovery in hiring likely to begin in the months that follow, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.“This is one for the record books,” Zandi said. ”The good news is that we’re at the apex of the job loss.”Even though Zandi expects hiring to resume in June as states ease their restrictions on activity, he cautioned that it will be a “slog” over several years to recover all the jobs lost in April.The private industry report comes two days ahead of the official monthly job figures from the U.S. Labor Department. Economists believe the Friday report will reveal unemployment in the U.S. will hit 16%, up from 4.4% in March.According to ADP, the leisure and hospitality sector shed 8.6 million workers last month. Trade, transportation and utilities let 3.4 million people go. Construction firms cut nearly 2.5 million jobs, while manufacturers let go of roughly 1.7 million people.More than half of April’s job losses came from smaller companies with 500 workers or fewer. But larger employers cut 8.9 million jobs. Polling by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research indicates that nearly 8 in 10 households that suffered job losses expect to return to their previous employer.last_img read more

Angola ‘a strategic partner for SA’

first_img12 January 2011Angola, endowed with rich resources including oil, diamonds and other minerals, is a strategic partner with enormous economic potential, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told a South Africa-Angola business forum in Pretoria.Davies told delegates at the forum, which took place in December, that the infrastructure construction programme currently going on in Angola offered numberous opportunity in areas including housing, rail, road, and port infrastructure.Furthermore, the governments of the two countries had given full backing to the South Africa Angola Housing Initiative that is aimed at the reconstruction of central and eastern Angola.“Angola is our 10th largest supplier of imports into South Africa, and is the only country in Africa which is in the top 10,” Davies said. “The total value of imports in South Africa in 2009 was R11.7-billion, and [in 2010] up to August the total was R11.1-billion.”He added that South Africa was involved, together with Angola and Namibia, in initial work on the Trans Kunene Corridor and the envisaged Namibe-Malanje and Cubango corridors.“We think that this developmental corridor could improve the transport logistics between the two countries by providing rail and road network to complement the existing network and could contribute to the promotion of investment activities,” he said.Strengthening financial cooperationDavies added that the Declaration of Intent on Financial Cooperation that was signed by President Jacob Zuma and his Angolan counterpart in December would enhance trade relations between the two countries.“This means that three of South African institutions namely, Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation, and Export Credit Insurance Corporation, which are involved in the provision of financial resources, will increase their efforts to make more financial resources available to support the growing partnership between the two countries.”In particular, the Development Bank of South Africa and Banco Africano de Investimentos, Angola’s largest commercial bank, recently reached agreement on a historic credit line of R1.75-billion.“The two financial institutions expect to conclude the loan agreement in the coming months,” said the Department of Trade and Industry after the agreement was reached. “The two countries further committed to the establishment of a formal business structure to discuss areas of mutual interest on trade and investment.“In this regard sectors that have been identified include; mining, tourism, infrastructure, energy, as well as finance.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Forget fingerprints, soon you may be able to sign-in with your heartbeat

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck The search for the most complex and unique sign-in method continues and at Birmingham State University in New York, a team of researchers are looking into utilizing the heartbeat.Most wearable devices already track heart-rate, so from there the device only needs to convert the beat into a unique biometric key.See Also: Fossil digs out range of new wearables at CESThe key could be used to unlock smartphones, log-in to social networks, and even be a smart fob for doors and lockers in high security areas. Deployment could be tied into a wellness program, which many companies are now embracing.The benefits of heartbeat authentication is it even more unique than a fingerprint, although humans do tend to experience irregularities if nervous or tired, something that could interfere with the authentication process. Another potential benefit is battery life, as it requires less energy to process a heartbeat on a wearable than to go through layers of encryption, according to Zhanpeng Jin, co-author of the report.Heartbeats and thumbprintsA wearable device, called the Nymi Band, already uses heartbeat authentication alongside Apple’s Touch ID. It transports the biometric key using Bluetooth and NFC, making it applicable to thousands of devices and applications.With the surge in interest for multi-factor authentication, is isn’t too unrealistic that sometime in the near future we could all be signing into devices and accounts using our heartbeat, especially as the technology matures.However, fingerprint and iris scanners are fast becoming commonplace on smartphones, tablets, and wearables. The heartbeat authentication method needs to show its positives quick, before the industry settles on a few compelling standards. David Curry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#authentication#encryption#heart rate#heartbeat#security#wearable Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts last_img read more

Flag removal by BHU official: varsity to request RSS to withdraw FIR

first_imgThe deputy chief proctor of the South Campus of the Banaras Hindu University was allegedly made to resign and faces serious criminal charges after she removed an RSS flag from the varsity playground.The varsity on Thursday said it would request the RSS, whose local office-bearer filed a police complaint, to withdraw the FIR, and would also approach the district administration to settle the matter.“We will deal with it because our employee is at stake. We will protect her 100%,” Ramadevi Nimmanapalli, professor in-charge of the BHU South Campus, told The Hindu. She, however, noted that it was an internal matter of the varsity.The controversy took place on Tuesday morning when Kiran Damle, the deputy chief proctor of the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, located in Mirzapur, uprooted the RSS flag from the grounds while a ‘shakha’ was on.Following protests by some students and local RSS leaders, who claimed she insulted the flag, Ms. Damle resigned from her post, which was accepted.However, the matter did not end there. On a complaint from the Mirzapur district in-charge of the RSS, Chandra Mohan, the FIR was registered against Ms. Damle at the Kotwali Dehat police station.She was charged under four clauses of the Indian Penal Code, including promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc and deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.DenialMs. Damle said she resigned as the “students wanted” her to do so. She claimed she was not aware that the saffron flag she uprooted was linked to the RSS. “If I knew, why would I do that [remove the flag],” she said.Early on Tuesday, she came across the flag in one corner of the playground, following which she inquired about it from the students, who were engaged in their drill and exercise. However, despite asking them and waving at them, no claimant came forward. She then removed it from the site and put it in her office “just to be on the safe side” as a precautionary measure given the sensitive climate over the Ayodhya verdict, she said.Ms. Damle claimed that she had directed her attendant to hand over the flag if anyone came and asked for it.Superintendent of Police Mirzapur Dharm Veer Singh said that during investigation, Ms. Damle admitted that she committed the act due to a “misconception.”Mr. Singh said the “sanghathan” (RSS) has been holding “shakhas” programme on the grounds every morning since the last seven years. The matter was being probed.Ms. Nimmanapalli said Ms. Damle was willing to issue a written apology to the RSS as she “did not do it intentionally.” “She did not know what importance the flag held for these persons. But she accepts that she made a mistake”.Ms. Nimmanapalli clarified that the varsity did not lodge a complaint against Ms. Damle but it was done externally. “It is not in my hand,” she said.Congress leader’s memorandumThe matter has taken a political turn with Congress’s UP vice-president and former MLA Lalitesh Pati Tripathi on Wednesday submitting a memorandum to the varsity condemning the criminal action taken against Ms. Damle.Taking to Twitter, Mr. Tripathi said Ms. Damle had expressed objection to the RSS’s attempts at “saffronising” the campus by holding “shakhas” on it.Ms. Nimmanapalli, however, said she had no objection to students participating in “shakhas” as long as peace on campus was not disturbed. The “shakhas” were making the students “disciplined,” no matter what their beliefs may be, she claimed.Chandra Mohan, zila karyavah, Mirzapur RSS, refused to believe Ms. Damle’s claim that she did not know the flag belonged to the RSS. “Even so, if a person comes across a saffron flag, he or she will bow before it, if they belong to the Hindu society, won’t they?”, he said. “Shakhas” were being held at the grounds for the past seven years and “not just the students, even professors participate in them and promote our work,” he said. Asked if the RSS would withdraw the police complaint, Mr. Mohan said he would follow instructions from his higher-ups. “When the matter comes up, we shall see it. It is not my personal matter. It is about our organisation. She has insulted the ‘bhagwa dwaj’ [saffron flag] of our organisation,” he added.last_img read more

PH men’s volleyball team vows to give it all in SEA Games

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Bong LozadaMen’s volleyball national team skipper John Vic De Guzman said Thursday the squad he’ll be leading in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games will be a different one from the 2015 team that failed to bring home a medal.“I can’t say where we are right now but we made sure that this team will be a different one from the 2015 one,” said De Guzman in Filipino in the athletes send-off for the SEA Games last Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Bodybuilder breaks neck after failed backflip attempt PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “What I can say is this SEA Games will be more exciting.”The men’s national volleyball team traveled to Korea for its training camp where the team would train for almost 16 hours with meals serving as the only rest for them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd even though De Guzman and his peers went through rigorous activities during their two-week stay in Korea, the captain did not make any concrete promises.“I am not saying that we’re confident we’ll bring home the gold, but what I can say is we’ll do our best, we’ll play to our extent and we’ll take it to heart everything we’ve been through in Korea,” said De Guzman. And one thing the team will definitely remember once they start playing in Malaysia is the injury to hitter Greg Dolor who suffered a broken pinky finger.De Guzman said the injury to one of their offensive weapons deeply hurt the team skills-wise, but it also bolstered the group in the attitude department.“That hurt but we all know now that we’re far more motivated going into the SEA Games and we’re braver now because we’ll be offering our games to Greg.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes MOST READlast_img read more

PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or Shine

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But it appeared like the game was really for the Picanto after the Elasto Painters muffed two free throws and five makable attempts from the field, three of which came in the last 19.5 ticks.Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu, one of the best free throw shooters in the league, had a couple of splits from the line. He also missed an open triple from the right corner that would’ve given the Painters a one-point lead in the waning seconds.The game got testy late in the second quarter that saw the ejection of Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan and Kia’s Eric Camson after engaging in a fight.Glen Khobuntin filled in for Camson, scoring eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back baskets that gave the Picanto a 96-89 cushion with 1:52 remaining.Mark Yee nearly had a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds while Rashawn McCarthy and Roider Cabrera led Kia with 14 points each.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESKia finally stopped its seemingly interminable slide after stunning Rain or Shine, 98-94, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Picanto ended a 16-game losing skid dating back to last conference. It was Kia’s first taste of victory since pulling off a double overtime win over Phoenix on May 21, 2017.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Rookie Rey Nambatac notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Painters, who fell to 2-3. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’m more relieved than anything else because of this win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan. “We broke that [16-game losing skid] and this will go a long way in our rebuilding our ball club.”“It was really difficult for us because our confidence were all shot, but we really had no choice but to move forward and look at the positives despite all of those blowout games,” he added. “We really dug deep and our guys really worked hard for this win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKia posted its first win this conference after a 0-4 start but not after surviving an anxious final minute where the Picanto barely avoided a major collapse.Protecting a three-point lead with 55 seconds left, Kia turned the ball over twice. View commentslast_img read more

ITS been a busy week for Royce Simmons his team

first_imgIT’S been a busy week for Royce Simmons, his team and Saints Media Department ahead of the Grand Final.As well as the plethora of TV, Radio and Newspaper interviews, Sky Sports and Granada have filmed training and Sky Sports News covered a community training session today.Trans World Sport, one of the world’s most popular sports programmes, which is broadcasted in over 180 countries and to 300 million homes, will also feature the club in this week’s programme. The show will be available on the Sky Sports platform later this week.Saints Fanzone has video and audio clips building up to the final and the main site alongside Saints Official Facebook and Twitter sites will be the places to be ahead of the big game.And, England coach Steve McNamara, along with the Super League trophy, will be in London on Thursday promoting this Saturday’s Engage Super League Grand Final, when St Helens take on Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford.McNamara will be on a whistlestop tour of the capital visiting many of the national media outlets. He will feature live on BBC Breakfast on BBC 1 and BBC News Channel, BBC Radio Five Live Breakfast, BBC Radio Four Today Programme and there will be cameo appearances on TalkSPORT’s afternoon programme and Sky Sports News. His day will be capped off as a live guest on one of the UK’s most popular radio shows BBC Radio Two’s Simon Mayo Show from 6.30pm.Meanwhile, BBC Radio Five Live Sport will broadcast live from Old Trafford on Saturday. The popular sports radio show, hosted by Mark Chapman, will broadcast in full for the first time from BBC’s new home MediaCityUK in Salford and also live from Old Trafford with the match being broadcast in full.In addition, Five Live Sport will have a full preview of the Grand Final on Thursday night from 7.30pm with guests from both St Helens, including assistant coach Keiron Purtill, and Leeds on the programme.Sky Sports will commence their coverage of the Super League Grand Final on Saturday from 5pm with a full hour build up to the big kick off and for the first time the Grand Final will be shown on Sky 3D.Tickets for the 2011 Engage Super League Grand Final cost from just £21 and are available by calling the Saints Ticket Office on 01744 455 052 or by calling into Saints Town Centre Store in the Brownlow Arcade.last_img read more