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Gov. Wolf Vetoes Unnecessary Bill, Provisions Would Risk Spreading COVID-19

first_imgGov. Wolf Vetoes Unnecessary Bill, Provisions Would Risk Spreading COVID-19 September 21, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed House Bill 2787, which would have mandated that school fall activities be under the sole jurisdiction of local school districts. This bill is superfluous given that local school governing bodies already have authority but it restricts state and local officials’ ability to respond to health concerns and potential outbreaks as we enter this year’s particularly risky flu season.The bill would have done nothing more than create legislation for something that already exists. Instead of drafting bills such as this the legislature should be focused on bills that protect the health and safety of our children in their learning environments, minimize exposure to COVID-19 and prevent the spread of this deadly virus.Gov. Wolf’s HB 2787 veto message:“We have been confronting extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we need to continue to prioritize the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians and minimize public health risks. However, this bill does nothing to promote public health or ensure that our children have a safe learning environment. As we reopen our schools, we need to continue to be vigilant and take precautions to keep ourselves, our communities, and our children healthy. These mitigation efforts not only help keep our children, teachers, and staff healthy, they also help keep our schools open.“This bill is entirely unnecessary. While I recommended against holding school sports before January 2021, it was a recommendation and neither an order nor a mandate. Local school governing bodies have maintained the authority to decide how extracurricular activities, including school sports, proceed at the local level. Furthermore, to the extent COVID-19 cases may rise and spread during the fall and through the upcoming cold and flu season, the Department of Health must maintain the critical authority to limit exposure to COVID-19. Minimizing this exposure is paramount.“This bill also has constitutional infirmities as it attempts to take away executive authority during the 2020-2021 school year. Instead of unnecessary legislation, we need to focus on providing schools the tools and resources they need to be successful in educating our children and we need to help people impacted by the pandemic with legislation such as funding for small businesses and child care, and paid sick leave for employees.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Jamaica sets precedence – Woman head of customs appointed Chairperson of…

first_imgIn a precedence-setting move, CEO/Commissioner of the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Mrs. Velma Ricketts Walker, has been elected by the membership of the World Customs Organization (WCO) to serve as Chairperson of the WCO’s Capacity Building Committee (CBC). She has the distinction of being the first female chairperson of the CBC, and the first person from Jamaica and the Caribbean to hold the post. Mrs. Ricketts Walker vied for the post at the 9th Session of the WCO Capacity Building Committee (CBC), which was held in Brussels from 26 to 28 February 2018, under the theme “Smart Customs: The Gateway to High Performance and Sustainability.” Will serve 1-year termMrs. Ricketts Walker will serve for a period of one (1) year and will be eligible for re-election. Canada will serve as Vice-Chair for the Committee, with Norway being the outgoing Chair. Previous chairpersons were from Canada, Brazil and Norway. The CBC enjoys wide membership support and comes in second, with over 200 participants, only to the WCO’s Annual General Council Meeting.Jamaica has been a member of the WCO since 1963. The WCO has 182 members from across six (6) regions; namely the Americas and the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern and Southern Africa, Western and Central Africa and the Middle East and Northern Africa. The CBC has been gaining increasing support in recent times, as Customs administrations focus on modernization and capacity building, especially in light of their obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which entered into force on February 22, 2017. CBC’s mandateThe CBC’s mandate is to initiate work and studies on capacity building to consider overall capacity building priorities, and to prepare guidelines, standards, tools and instruments to support capacity building objectives. It also provides a forum for cooperation and information exchange on development topics. These initiatives are informed by an annual needs assessment process carried out together by the WCO Secretariat and Member administrations, and supported by the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs).Since the last session of the CBC, held in March 2017, 492 capacity building missions have been conducted across all six (6) regions of the WCO, with more than 130 Members benefitting from this support. Jamaica has been benefitting from various capacity building initiatives including the WCO Knowledge Academy, WCO Fellowship Program, various WCO Accreditation Workshops, WCO Time Release Study Workshop, WCO Strategic Planning Workshop, WCO Rules of Origin and Advance Rulings Workshop. A near future engagement of the Jamaica Customs Agency is the WCO Mercator Program, which aims to assist governments worldwide to implement trade facilitation measures, including the WTO TFA, in a uniform manner, through the use of WCO instruments and tools. Other future and current capacity building engagements the JCA will participate in include the human resource boosting Leadership and Management Development Program (LMPD), WCO e-learning platform CLiCK! (Customs Learning and Knowledge Community), the Virtual Customs Orientation Academy (VCOA) and various scholarship programs. Building capacity in integrityOther key areas of focus for the WCO’s CBC include building capacity in integrity, in order to adopt new methods and develop new tools to combat corruption and promote integrity; and gender equality and diversity. Gender equality and diversity is an area being given keen interest by WCO Members, resulting in the WCO’s participation in the “Women and Trade International Forum,” organized by the European Commission in Brussels. The Forum gathered policymakers, private stakeholders, and civil society organizations with the aim of promoting inclusive trade policies to promote women’s economic empowerment. A Virtual Working Group on Gender Equality and Diversity is to be launched by the WCO Secretariat with the objective of gathering best practices on Gender Equality and Diversity initiatives implemented by Members and promoting the exchange of information in this field. Further, a special section of the WCO website has also been devoted to this topical issue. It is expected that work will continue under the CBC on these two very important areas, to the benefit of the Members, particularly Members from Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), including Jamaica.last_img read more


first_imgBingo in Hall Tues @ 9 Lotto results for 3/4/12 DN,MH,RN & LD 2 winners Marian Prunty and Caroline Wood N wks jackpot €4350 Lottos available from commitee members €2 each or 3 for €5 Winners of the St Marys Development Draw1. €1,000      Jimmy O Donnell Ardara2.LED Saor View TV    Donal Maguire Killybegs3.500 Litres of home heating oil    Michelle  Murray Newmills4.1 Tonne Coal  Tom  mc Hugh Raphoe5.€500   Lucy Mc Cormack B bofey6.iPod with iTunes Voucher & Vouchers for P.J.Designs  Fergal Gillen Manor7.5OO Litres of home heating oil Leona Mc Gee B Bofey8.Laptop and Printer Micheal & Bried Doherty Fanad9.Mystery Prize Kathleen Callaghan Portsalon10. €250 ONeills Voucher & 6Mths gym Membership Clanree Hotel Katie Allan Raphoe11.€500 Holiday VoucherSarah Mc Glinchey Raphoe12.Monster HamperAnthony Donnelly Ramelton13.€250 Maeve &Damien Moss Crossroads14.Mid-week Break for 4 & round of golf at Slieve Russell Hotel Madge O Doherty Tober (Bingo)15. €5000  Martin Burns LiffordThanks to EVERYONE who helped in any way with the draw Big Thanks to all sponsors for you loyal support and Mannies Bar also The Minors had 1st game of season which resulted in a win v Naomh Padraig Lifford .They led at half time 0-7 to 0-2 in the 2nd half it took an excellent save from Conor Cairns to prevent a draw. Result 0-10 to 0-7 good displays from Michael Patton ,Jack Blake,Peter Blake and Ciaran DohertyScorers P.Blake( 1-04) Paul O Leary (0-2) J.Blake,Ciaran Doherty ,Dean Mc Connell,Caolan Mc Ginley( 0-1)Seniors Results Reserves Team was beaten away to Na Rossa 2-10 to 1-09 They had a poor first half but came back well only to concede two late goalsScorers Seamus O Donnell 1-04 Paul Mc Mullin 0-3 Keelin Gillen and 0-1 Emmet KellySenior Men played out a 0-12 to 1-09 draw with Na Rossa in a very entertaining game with the result in doubt till the final whistle .St Marys trailed by 0-7 to 1-05 in the first half but faced the breeze in the 2nd half and worked hard to go ahead but a few late points by the home side left the teams even in the end.Scorers Anthony Browne 0-5,Ryan Kettle 0-4 ,John Doherty0-2 and Laurence Mc Mullan 0-1 Best Displays from P. Mailey,J. Doherty T. Mc Hugh,L.Mc Mullan,A.Browne R.Kettle and E. Patterson. Senior Training on Tues and Thurs @7.30Senior Ladies had thier 1st game away to Milford .They were beaten by a strong Milford side in the end score 2-05 to 4-05.Training on at 8 on Fri night.GAA: ST MARY’S GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: ST MARY’S GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more