Phillies Add Prizes to Feb. 21 Program on 1915 Pennant Winners

first_imgMembers of the Phillies 1915 Pennant Winning baseball team fish off a dock during Spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida. A colorful story about how spring training was held in those bygone days will be told by Baseball Historian, Author, and artifacts collector Bob Warrington of Feb. 21 at the Ocean City Community Center.The following news release is from Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer:The Philadelphia Phillies organization will add an array of prizes to the program on Feb. 21 about its 1915 pennant-winning team. This is when baseball author and Phillies authority Bob Warrington will present an informative and humorous talk about spring training 100 years ago and how it differs from today.Warrington will speak 1 p.m. at the Ocean City Community Center’s Chris Maloney Auditorium, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. Admission is free.When the Phillies learned about this, they decided to make it even more interesting by offering the following prizes:For a trivia contest: The team will provide 25 prizes — 5 Chase Utley, 5 Ryan Howard and 5 Roy Halladay Bobble Heads, 5 Jimmy Rollins All-Time Hits Leader Prints and 5 Fedora Caps.Door prizes will include: A used baseball from a Phillies game last season, the Phillies “Extraordinary Tradition” hard cover coffee table book, Chase Utley, Jim Thome, Pat Burrell and Gavin Floyd autographed baseball cards and a full size Phillies Umbrella.The Trivia Contest and door prizes will be awarded following Warrington’s presentation. Warrington has compiled 50 trivia questions for the audience to answer. Also following the program, the audience will be able to have their photo taken holding a Fred Luderus bat. Luderus was the star first baseman of the Phillies 1915 Pennant winning team. Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (Old Pete) was also on the squad and won 30 games that year.The 1915 Phillies Pennant winning team traveled to spring training in St. Petersburg not by train, not by plane, but by boat. Members of the team were almost drowned in a storm, several were pursued by a lynch mob and the squad was managed by Pat Moran, a tough minded, talented, tyrant. Don’t miss this presentation. Baseball fans and the general public alike will enjoy the free program. For information, call Public Relations at (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300.When freelance writer Victor Monaco saw our story about the Phillies exhibit, it rekindled numerous memories about Pete Rose. Monaco worked as an employee in the Phillies’ Public Relations Department. He describes Pete as a genial, good-natured prankster.But his spring training story involves being put in a large hotel room by Phillies management. He was advised that he might have to share the room with a minor leaguer. Late that night there was a knock on the door. It was a young player who barely spoke English. He introduced himself as Jorge. It turned out his roommate was future All Star George Bell, who the Phillies let get away.last_img read more

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Madeley to host BIA 2011

first_imgBritish Baker is delighted to announce that well-known TV presenter Richard Madeley is to be the celebrity host at the Baking Industry Awards 2011.Together with his wife Judy Finnegan, he presented ITV’s This Morning, before moving to Channel 4 to host Richard & Judy. He has also hosted Eye of the Storm, Connections and Fortune Million Pound Giveaway, and has sat in for Richard Bacon on Radio 2.This year’s Brazilian carnival-themed event will be held on Wednesday 7 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London, and is attended by all the major players in the baking industry.To book your place at this top industry networking event, contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email [email protected] for tickets. Visit www.bakeryawards.co.uk for more information.last_img read more

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Punch Brothers Announce Spring 2019 Tour Dates

first_imgPunch Brothers have announced their first batch of concerts for the coming year with fourteen U.S. tour dates scheduled for March 2019. The acoustic-oriented quintet will be joined at nearly every show on the tour by orchestral composer and contemporary songwriter, Gabriel Kahane.The tour kicks off on March 14th with a show at the State Theatre in Ithaca, New York. They’ll continue playing across the Northeast with shows in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire before heading west through Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH toward a pair of Wisconsin performances in Madison and Milwaukee.The tour’s latter half will take the band southward, beginning with an appearance at Knoxville, Tennessee’s Big Ears Festival on March 24th. From there, Punch Brothers will continue their headlining stretch with dates in Asheville, NC; Athens, GA; Jacksonville, FL; and Clearwater, FL. The spring tour is scheduled to wrap on March 30th with their appearance at Georgia’s Savannah Music Festival.Fan pre-sale tickets for the newly announced spring 2019 shows will be available to purchase starting Tuesday, November 13th at 10 a.m. local, with public on-sale beginning a few days later on Friday, November 16th.Punch Brothers, made up of former members of The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, and the Jerry Douglas Band, released their fifth studio album this past July with the self-produced All Ashore. Punch Brothers have since continued to introduce the new material in the live setting during their ongoing 2018 world tour, which began back in late June and ends on November 19th in Ireland.See below for a list of Punch Brothers’ newly announced 2019 spring tour dates. For more information on the band’s upcoming dates, head to their website here.Punch Brothers 2019 Spring Tour DatesMarch 14 State Theatre New Orleans, LA*March 15 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT*March 16 MASS MoCA North Adams, MA*March 17 The Music Hall Portsmouth, NH*March 19 Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA*March 20 Southern Theatre Columbus, OH*March 21 Orpheum Theater Madison, WI*March 22 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI*March 24 Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TNMarch 25 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC*March 26 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA*March 28 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL*March 29 Capitol Theatre Clearwater, FL*March 30 Savannah Music Festival Savannah, GA* w/Gabriel KahanePunch Brothers 2019 Spring Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Beck Announces New Album, Premieres Pharrell-Produced Single, “Saw Lightning” [Listen]

first_imgBeck is officially promoting a brand new studio album, Hyperspace, due out “at an as yet undetermined point in the space time continuum,” according to a press release. The follow up to 2017’s Colors, the new album will mark Beck’s 14th studio album. The Grammy Award-winning artist also shared a brand new single to go with the album’s announcement on Monday with “Saw Lightning”, which was co-written and co-produced by Pharrell Williams, who also plays drums, keyboards, and backing vocals on the track.Beck – “Saw Lightning”Beck is also gearing up for a co-headlining tour with Cage The Elephant this summer with The Night Running Tour, featuring Spoon and a variety of other special guests including Starcrawler, Wild Belle and Sunflower Bean. A few weeks ago, Cage The Elephant previewed their own upcoming record with the release of a collaboration with Beck, “Night Running“.The Night Running Tour is set to hit a number of notable amphitheaters and more nationwide including George, WA’s The Gorge (7/13); Mountain View, CA’s Shoreline Amphitheater (7/16); Chicago, IL’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (7/31); Saratoga Springs, NY’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center (8/12); New York’s Forest Hills Stadium (8/17); and Columbia, MD’s Merriweather Post Pavilion (8/22); to name a few. For a full list of dates and venue-specific ticketing links, head here.Beck and Cage The Elephant 2019 “Night Running Tour” Dates:07/11 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *^07/13 – George, WA @ The Gorge *^07/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater *^07/17 – Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheater *^07/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater *^07/20 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre *^07/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion *^07/23 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater *^07/26 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater *#07/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Dos Equis Pavilion *#07/28 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *#07/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *#07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *#08/02 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center *#08/03 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater *#08/04 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center *#08/11 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage *&08/12 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center *&08/13 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater *&08/15 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center *&08/16 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire *&08/17 – New York, NY at Forest Hill Stadium *08/20 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center *&08/21 – Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavilion *&08/22 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *&08/24 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park *&08/25 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion *&08/27 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre *&08/29 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre *&08/30 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre *&* = w/ Spoon^ = w/ Starcrawler# = w/ Wild Belle& = w/ Sunflower BeanView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Harvard ends Earth Day festivities

first_imgHarvard capped its nine-day celebration of Earth Day with a lawn festival in the shade of old trees.On Malkin Quadrangle Saturday (April 24), experts were on hand in all things natural, from chocolate and heirloom squash to massage and planetary science.The festival is the signature undergraduate event surrounding Earth Day every year, and is sponsored by the Harvard College Environmental Action Committee (EAC). Planning started in the fall, said event co-leader Jane Baldwin ’11, an Earth and Planetary Sciences concentrator. With her was co-leader Sachi Oshima ’13.Some visitors carried the Harvard Earth Day Passport, a 17-item checklist of questions. Answer them all, or get a line initialed, and you could get a free Nalgene bottle. The Harvard Outing Club led off the passport session with this zinger: “How many spikes does a crampon have?” (Answer: 12.)Passport holders had to quiz Sharon, Mass., farmer Jim Ward, the co-owner of Ward’s Berry Farm, on what three heirloom squash he sold to Harvard. (Answer: Long Island cheese squash, New England blue hubbard, and Georgia candy roaster.) Ward also showed onlookers how to cut seed potatoes for planting. And he showed off what was fresh from the farm that morning: stalks of rhubarb piled in a basket.“The lesson is eating seasonally,” said Ward, a first-timer at the Harvard Earth Day festival. “Savor a thing when it’s in season.”Heather Henriksen, director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability (OFS), said 25 to 40 percent of the produce served at Harvard dining halls, in season, comes from regional producers.Passport or not, quizzes were the language of the day. Lucien Weiss ’10 ran all-comers through the paces of a recycling race. Quick: What can be recycled? Composted? “You guys are on the inside track to victory,” he told one pair of Leverett House visitors, timing them at 27 seconds.Weiss, a Phorzheimer House chemistry concentrator, is a “REP rep,” one of 20 House-based representatives of the Resource Efficiency Program run by OFS and the Office of Physical Resources at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). They are peer-to-peer counselors on all issues sustainable.When not timing racers, Weiss gave tours of a faux dorm room set out in the sunlight, a table and bookcase showcasing the right gear: an EPEAT (green-rated) computer, power strip, lamp with CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs, and reusables  such as a shopping bag, dishes, silverware, and a water bottle.“They learn stuff,” though fun is the point too, said Henriksen, who helped out at a table demonstrating green building materials. “It captures the enthusiasm of the student groups involved.”Quizzes, demonstrations and lessons from a local farmer all provide inspiration, said Rachel Mak ’10 of the four-hour festival. “It’s a great way to get people engaged.”She was awarded one of Harvard’s first student sustainability grants, announced last week (April 23) by OFS. Mak designed a project for creating herb gardens in all the Houses. “We no longer have to buy herbs,” she said of the Adams House pilot this year.As for growing things: The new Harvard Community Garden was tabling at the Earth Day festival too, inviting visitors to assemble their own sun tea mixes from fragrant sachets of mint, calendula, and other ingredients.“This is just a preview” of what the garden itself will soon bring, said Louisa Denison ’11, one of the project’s student leaders.Competing for nose time with the subtlety of garden mint was the aroma of grilling beef patties, courtesy of another festival first-timer, b.good, a Harvard Square restaurant mainstay.Co-founder and owner Jon Olinto was serving up mini-burgers made from organic, hormone-free, grass-and-grain-fed beef from the Pineland Farms, a Maine-based cooperative.“I never thought it would be possible,” said Olinto, whose six outlets now serve only regional beef. (In New England, local beef producers are scarce.) His Earth Day-style idea is to support regional farms and trim away the high environmental price of shipping food long distances.Nearby, giving away fruit and sweet potato chips, were members of Vegitas, aka the Harvard College Vegetarian Society. Their message: A plant-based diet steps lightly on Mother Earth by using fewer resources to create healthier foods.Along with the mix of smells, food lifestyles, and brain-squeezing quizzes, the festival offered music, including the Harvard-based band Gnome, singer-songwriter Caitria O’Neill ’11, and the Harvard College American Music Association.But after two acts, there was time out for the festival’s highest moment of noisy drama, the awarding of the Green Cup, the annual eco-competition among Harvard Houses. Looking at the cup, a trash-like tier of recycled objects, Brandon Geller ’08 said, “I would love to have this in my room.” (He is coordinator of the undergraduate REP program.)Besides the cup itself, the winning House got a check for $1,040. The extra $40, said Geller, is in honor of the 40th Earth Day.He started the countdown. Third place was a tie between eco-powerhouse Mather and up-and-coming Dunster. Second place went to annual eco-tough guy Lowell. The winner was Adams House.Tumult and shouting followed, as a joyous scrum from Adams House rushed the stage.last_img read more

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Zeiss to compete in ‘Jewish Olympics’

first_imgWhen sophomore fencer Maddie Zeiss participates in the Maccabiah games in Tel Aviv, Israel, in July, she will represent Notre Dame to the Jewish community. “It’s for all Jewish athletes, and they have over 30 sports, and you’re selected to be on one of the sports teams,” Zeiss said. “And you … spend a week [touring] Israel, … and then the second week is the week of competition.” The Maccabiah is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition that emphasizes the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people, according to the Maccabiah website. The games take place every four years and are often called “the Jewish Olympics.” Zeiss, a foil, said she will participate in the open division, in which athletes of any age may participate. She will compete on a team with two other female Americans: a student at Northwestern University and a high school student from New York. Zeiss applied for the opportunity to compete and was selected because of her No. 5 ranking on USA Fencing’s senior points list. Zeiss also earned a bronze medal in this year’s NCAA championships and has earned All-American honors for the past two years. Before the games, Zeiss will continue to train as she does during the school year. “Usually, over the summer, people take fencing a lot lighter because they’re not in season, but I need to just … keep training,” Zeiss said. “[But] I think [Maccabiah is] more about the cultural experience than the actual training, although both are important.” Before the competition, the athletes will visit scenic locations and places significant to the Jewish faith, Zeiss said. “Even though I was raised Jewish, I was never a very religious person,” she said. “So even though I am Jewish, I don’t really know a lot about the religion.” For this reason, Zeiss said she looks forward to learning more about her religion while in Israel. Although her Jewish faith puts her in a minority category at Notre Dame, Zeiss said she does not feel like Catholicism has been forced upon her here. “My first time at Notre Dame, I was definitely a little bit hesitant,” she said. “But since I’ve been here, it’s been extremely accepting. I’ve never been pressured into becoming Catholic or learning more about Catholicism. … I think the opportunity to be around the Catholic religion has been amazing, but it also hasn’t been a situation where I’ve been pressured or anything.” Zeiss said she chose to attend Notre Dame because she liked the fencing program and the University as a whole.   “The religion aspect never got in the way of my education,” she said. “It was just something that was in the back of my mind. … It isn’t prominent if you don’t want it to be, and I really like that it gives you options.” Zeiss said she anticipates Maccabiah will be “eye-opening” and make her interested in finding new ways to practice her Jewish faith while at Notre Dame. But she does not know what awaits her halfway around the world. “I really don’t know what to expect but I’m super curious to find out and I think it should be really awesome,” she said. Contact Marisa Iati at [email protected]last_img read more

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D.W. Brooks Lecture 2016

first_imgRoger Thurow, veteran foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and anti-hunger activist, will visit the University of Georgia on Nov. 7 to deliver the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ D.W. Brooks Lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the UGA Center for Continuing Education. Thurow’s 20 years covering political conflict and famine in Europe and Africa for the Wall Street Journal fueled his interest in agricultural development and fighting hunger. CAES AwardsOutstanding Faculty Advisor: Brian FairchildOutstanding Staff and Professional Advisor: JoAnne Norris Thurow’s work explains and personalizes the global challenge of feeding a growing population. He explores the ways that science, trade, government policies and armed conflict all impact food scarcity and nutrition security around the world. “Feeding the world’s growing population is perhaps the greatest global challenge of our time,” said Sam Pardue, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean. “We only have limited time to develop the technologies and policies that will make it possible for the food supply and water resources to keep pace with that growth.” The D.W. Brooks Lecture is held each year in honor of college alumnus and Gold Kist Inc. founder D.W. Brooks. The lecture will be held this year in conjunction with the D.W. Brooks Awards for Excellence, which recognize college faculty and staff who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the college’s mission of research, instruction and extension. Today Thurow serves as a senior fellow for global food and agriculture on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, but he still sees himself primarily as a journalist and storyteller.His coverage of famine in Africa earned him a place as finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2003 and accolades from the United Nations. He has written three books on the role of food security in developing nations, the latest focusing on the stories of mothers and children across the globe during the first 1,000 days of the child’s life—a vital window in which nutrition can determine a child’s health and ability. CAES Staff Awards for ExcellenceProfessional/Administrative: Lindsey BarnerSkilled Trades: Carla BarnettTechnical: Peter LaFayette His talk, “1,000 Days to Change the World: Stories from the Fight to End Early Childhood Malnutrition,” will discuss what is working in the fight to end maternal and childhood malnutrition and challenges that are left to tackle. “The D.W. Brooks Lecture is our opportunity to bring in change-makers who are having an impact on hunger and malnutrition in the real world and to inspire and challenge ourselves to meet the goal of feeding the world’s growing population by the year 2030,” said Amrit Bart, director of global programs for CAES. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to hear from one of the major thought leaders in global food security who approaches this issue from his experience in journalism,” Pardue said. “Hearing from Roger Thurow will offer us a fresh perspective on this problem.” D.W. Brooks Diversity AwardsDepartment: Agricultural Leadership, Education and CommunicationsFaculty: Ron Walcott In addition to Thurow’s talk, the celebration will help recognize 2016’s D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence, D.W. Brooks Diversity Awards, CAES Awards and CAES Staff Awards for Excellence. This year’s winners are:D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for ExcellenceExtension: Julia GaskinGlobal Programs: Wayne ParrottPublic Service Extension: Bill TysonResearch: Tim BrennemanTeaching: Darold Batzer For more information on the D.W. Brooks awards and lecture series, see www.caes.uga.edu/events/dwbrooks.last_img read more

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Arsenal plan to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang new three-year contract amid China interest

first_imgArsenal are also desperate to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike partner Alexandre Lacazette (Picture: Twitter)‘I am feeling good. I play more with Unai and have more confidence with him. Even if I can just say ‘thank you’ to Wenger because he brought me into this big club, but I feel better with Unai.‘I finished well and I hope the long break is not going to kill me. I work in training to be ready.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Jun 2019 6:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal plan to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang new three-year contract amid China interest Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been offered a £300,000-a-week deal by an unnamed Chinese Super League clubs (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are prepared to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new three-year deal in a bit to ward off interest from big-spending Chinese Super League clubs.The Gabon international turns 30 later this month but managing director Vinai Venkatesham is keen to tie the club’s record signing down to an improved long-term deal.Aubameyang came close to joining Guangzhou Evergrande six months prior to his move to Arsenal in January 2018, since when he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most prolific strikers with 41 goals in 65 appearances.The former Borussia Dortmund striker currently earns £180,000-a-week but Arsenal, according to The Sun, are willing to offer him a small rise and the security of a long-term deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal were said to be confident they could convince Aubameyang to remain in London and reject the riches on offer in China given the £3.75million loyalty bonus he earns for every completed season at the Emirates.The Gunners are also fending off interest in Aubameyang’s strike partner, Alexandre Lacazette, who has been linked with both Barcelona and Ateltico Madrid.‘If the club is really happy with me and I’m happy, I will stay. In France, they say 27, 28 is one of the best ages in your career,’ he said last week.‘I wish it is not the last [good season] at Arsenal and I hope I will be better and better in the next years. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal’s transfer business done before Euro 2020

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Coral BarryWednesday 5 Feb 2020 11:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Mari was one of just two signings for Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)Feyenoord teenager Orkun Kokcu is one player on Arsenal’s radar and the Gunners are reportedly ready to open talks over a summer switch.Arsenal are expected to command a much larger budget in the summer after being restricted to loan deals in January.Arteta’s rebuild, however, could become more complicated if star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves the club.Barcelona were interested in Aubameyang last month and sporting director Eric Abidal confirmed this week the club were still tracking the goalscorer.MORE: David Luiz reveals how Mikel Arteta has put the fun back into playing for ArsenalMORE: Arsenal signing Pablo Mari raves about ‘incredible’ team-mate Gabriel Martinelli Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal’s transfer business done before Euro 2020 Arteta is planning a busy summer (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta will aim to complete three transfer deals before Euro 2020 starts, reports say.The Arsenal boss oversaw a quiet January window, but expects to be backed in the summer.The Daily Mail claim Arteta wants to bring in three big signings, with two midfielders and a centre-back on the wishlist.Arteta is targeting a box-to-box midfielder and creative midfielder, but Arsenal are concerned about what effect this summer’s European Championships could have on asking prices.ADVERTISEMENTThe competition has a habit of driving up transfer fees and Arsenal are worried they will be priced out of moves if their priority targets perform well in the tournament.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal signed defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on loan last month, but Arteta aims to significantly strengthen his side in the summer. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf, Advocates Praise Fair Funding Formula, Call for Budget to Fund It

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined members of the General Assembly and education advocates to praise the enactment of a permanent fair funding formula for Pennsylvania schools. He also echoed his call for the upcoming budget to include the additional funding necessary to flow through the formula to begin restoring equity.“What the Basic Education Funding Commission did was important and while Pennsylvania is no longer one of the only states without a fair funding formula, our commonwealth’s schools remain the most inequitable in the nation,” Governor Wolf said. “The formula only works if we begin to give school districts additional funding to restore the fairness in our school funding distribution.“We saw bipartisan support for this new formula lead to its final passage and our students deserve the same effort towards finishing the job: balancing the budget, fixing the deficit and further investing in education at all levels.”Governor Wolf was joined by bipartisan legislators, including Sens. Lloyd Smucker and Rob Teplitz and Reps. Mike Vereb, Mike Sturla, Jamie Santora and Mike Carroll, and advocacy organizations, including Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, The Pennsylvania Association for Rural and Small Schools, Education Voters of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, and Pennsylvania State Education Association.“By enacting this fair funding formula, the General Assembly and Governor Wolf have demonstrated true bipartisanship and shown what can be achieved when we work together for Pennsylvania’s students,” said Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children and chair of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. “We thank them for their leadership and trust they will tap into that same spirit to ensure this year’s state budget includes increased basic education funds and uses the new formula to distribute those funds and all future funding increases.”Act 35 establishes a fair, equitable formula for allocating new state funds to Pennsylvania schools.The Basic Education Funding (BEF) Formula accounts for district based factors including the wealth of the district, the district’s current tax effort, and the ability of the district to raise revenue. It also includes student-¬based factors like:Number of children in the district who live in poverty,Number of children enrolled in charter schools, andNumber of children who are English language learners.The BEF Formula was created and unanimously adopted by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission in June 2015. Having a formula in place will assure school districts that new funding will be distributed equitably and investments in education will no longer be determined by the influence of one legislator over another.“The new Basic Education Funding Formula is, in a single word, about fairness,” said Rep. Mike Vereb. “We worked to establish fairness so that students in every area of Pennsylvania have access to a quality education. We know tax dollars are a limited resource and our responsibility is to find the best way to use those available dollars, and now, schools in Montgomery County and everywhere else across the Commonwealth will receive their fair share of funding.”“As a member of the Basic Education Funding Commission, I am glad to see this effort moving forward,” Rep. Mike Sturla said. “We’ve set good ground work and are making a big first step. While politically, this is the best compromise we could reach at this time, I still believe we have work to do to restore funding and move towards equity statewide. This is a great foundation that we can build on to fulfill our constitutional obligation to provide all Pennsylvania children with a quality education. ““This carefully developed funding formula provides a foundation upon which every school district can build and every taxpayer can rely for predictable and equitable state support for Pennsylvania’s schools,” said Sen. Lloyd Smucker. “It removes the mystery and built-in inequities in the prior system of dividing state dollars and replaces it with a data-driven computation based on enrollment and the true cost of educating a child.”Rob Teplitz said “As a proud member of the Basic Education Funding Commission, I’m pleased that this measure will provide equitable funding for the state’s 500 school districts.”Governor Wolf is seeking additional education funding in the 2016-17 budget, which would be distributed using the new BEF Formula. The 2015-16 budget included a $200 million increase in Basic Education Funding that will be distributed using the Fair Funding Formula.This increase, along with the new funding formula, will continue to restore Pennsylvania schools from the deep cuts of 2011. This will also help to ensure that all students are getting equitable access to a quality public education.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf, Advocates Praise Fair Funding Formula, Call for Budget to Fund Itcenter_img June 03, 2016last_img read more

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