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Weekly Update: Combatting Domestic Violence, Training PA’s Workforce, and Supporting Seniors

first_imgToday I’m proud to sign #TiernesLaw, which gives our justice system more tools to hold domestic abusers accountable and strengthens protections for victims who are still at risk.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 16, 2018 The Blog,  Weekly Update,  Workforce Development Tierne’s LawOn Monday, Governor Wolf signed SB 449, also known as Tierne’s Law, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta. This act amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and clarifies judges’ use of risk assessment tools when setting bail amounts to determine whether the perpetrators of domestic violence pose a continued danger to their victims.“We all know the tragic story that led us to take a hard look at our laws, and make this change,” Governor Wolf said. “We mourn Tierne’s loss with her family, and while we can never fix what they’ve had to go through, Tierne’s law will help us prevent senseless and horrible situations like this one from happening to more Pennsylvania families, and will hold perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse accountable for their heinous crimes.By signing Tierne’s Law, Governor Wolf builds on his support for victims of domestic violence. On April 6, the governor asked State House leaders and committee chairs to send him a package of domestic violence reform bills that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.“I urge the House to pass a package of domestic violence bills, including Senate Bill 501, which would fix an arcane law that allows domestic abusers to have access to guns,” said Governor Wolf. “We know that many domestic abusers use firearms to harm their victims, as was the case with Tierne, who died from a gunshot wound inflicted by her abuser spouse.”Workforce DevelopmentGovernor Wolf announced new funding for the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center to help with the creation of two new welding training programs in Bedford and Somerset counties. These programs will help companies identify and train a skilled workforce which will inevitably help the companies succeed and grow in a rapidly-evolving economy.This investment builds on the governor’s commitment to workforce development in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday Governor Wolf announced that his administration has helped more than 2,000 companies train their existing workforces. A total of 120,000 workers at more than 2,200 companies across the commonwealth have been supported through the incumbent worker training program since the beginning of the Wolf Administration. Additionally, on Thursday the governor announced his commitment to helping youth and young adults receive the work experience they need to succeed in college by announcing funding for local summer internship programs throughout Pennsylvania.SeniorsOn Friday, Governor Wolf announced that 41 senior centers across the commonwealth would receive grants from the Department of Aging’s 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants, totaling $2 million funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery.“Senior community centers serve as gateways for older adults to access vital community services,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants give senior centers the resources they need to revitalize and expand services that enrich the lives of Pennsylvania’s senior population.”See a complete list of grant recipients.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018Monday, 4/16/18Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Construction Season in South Central PA, Highlights ProjectsWolf Administration Cabinet Members Host Community Event in TunkhannockGovernor Wolf Signs Tierne’s Law, Providing Protections for Victims of Domestic ViolenceGovernor Wolf Supports Recommendations of Medical Marijuana Advisory Board Approved by Secretary of HealthGovernor Wolf Supports Call for Independent Redistricting CommissionTuesday, 4/17/18Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Increase Welding Training Opportunities in Bedford and Somerset CountiesPennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Expected Resignation of Rep. Charlie DentGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Greensburg Fire Department’s J. Edward “Hutch” HutchinsonPennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears from Students, Others in the Southeastern RegionGovernor Wolf Thanks House for Passage of ‘Grandfamilies’ Legislation, Urges Senate to VoteWednesday, 4/18/18Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Former First Lady Barbara BushGovernor Wolf Announces Administration’s Efforts Helped More Than 2,000 Companies Train Their Existing WorkforceGovernor Wolf Announces $60 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 12 CountiesGovernor Wolf Praises Senate Action to Combat HazingThursday, 4/19/18Pennsylvania Investing More Than $2.8 Million to Expand Summer Internship ProgramsGovernor Wolf Celebrates Revitalization at Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Highline in PittsburghFriday, 4/20/18Governor Wolf Awards $2 Million in 2017-18 Senior Community Center GrantsPennsylvania Submits Nominations for Qualified Opportunity Zones to U.S. Department of TreasuryHighlights from the Blog:April Jobs That Pay Update: Preparing PA’s Workforce, Creating Jobs That Pay, Connecting Growing CommunitiesGovernor Wolf Signs Tierne’s Law, Urges Action on Domestic Violence Legislation (Round-up)Highlights from Twitter:When Meek Mill was resentenced to prison for parole violations, his case brought hundreds of thousands to call for change in PA. We need to make our system more fair, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation. My plan:— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 17, 2018 April 23, 2018 Weekly Update: Combatting Domestic Violence, Training PA’s Workforce, and Supporting Seniors SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Lakers’ Steve Nash remains hopeful of returning

first_imgLong after he kept hoisting pull-up jumpers without any certainty when he’ll return to the court, Lakers guard Steve Nash showed how that hasn’t affected the pleasant personality that’s made him considered one of the NBA’s best teammates.The women’s basketball team representing Nash’s alma mater, Santa Clara, snapped photos of Nash and Kobe Bryant taking part Friday in light shooting drills following the Lakers’ morning shootaround. Nash then engaged them with plenty of small talk, laughs and team pictures and an innocent, albeit awkward, question came up.“They were like ‘How’s the season going?,’ Nash said with a smirk. “There was a moment of pause.”If only they knew. Nash’s basketball life technically extends into the 2014-15 campaign. But the Lakers could waive Nash this offseason via the so-called “stretch provision,” which would allow them to pay the nearly $10 million owed to Nash through three years. That would clear up some of the Lakers’ payroll and ensure only $3 million is counted against their salary cap per year.“I obviously know nothing is guaranteed,” Nash said. “The future is in flux and anything is possible. Frankly with my health, I haven’t proven to anyone and to myself that my body still has what I think it has in the tank. I walk around feeling optimistic I can do it. But I tell my mind daily that I have to prove it.”The Lakers have hurt at point guard beyong Nash’s absence. Bryant performed some stationary shooting Friday but remains two weeks away before returning from a fractured foot. Steve Blake has performed shooting and conditioning drills solely using his left hand, but the Lakers will re-evaluate his hyperextended right elbow on Feb. 1. Jordan Farmar won’t return for at least another four weeks from a torn left hamstring. Xavier Henry will be evaluated on his bone bruise in his right knee within the next week. Meanwhile, the Lakers entered Friday’s game against Utah ranked 13th in the Western Conference.“One thing that I will say about this group that I’m extremely proud of is this type of situation in the NBA nine out of 10 times is one of disaster,” Nash said. “Guys start going their own way and they stop listening to the coach and you got a real combustible atmosphere. It’s amazing and a tribute to the players and coaches and staff that this is still a positive environment. Guys still like coming to work every day. They’re working hard together.”Nash ahs done that too, but it hasn’t materialized yet. That’s why he described these past two seasons with the Lakers as a “nightmare.” But he still showed appreciation for everything else, ranging from his teammates and coaching staff to the Lakers’ front office and fans.“Everyone has treated me incredibly well and better than I could ever ask for,” Nash said. “It’s been a phenomenal experience to be part of another. I hesitate to throw it all out. It’s a special place and fantastic experience in a lot of ways. But it’s really aged me a lot of 20 years.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Nash has sat out in all but six games because of persisting nerve issues in his back. Nash will make his fourth trip this season to Vancouver with his personal trainer Rick Celebrini during the Lakers’ seven-game, 11-day trip to Phoenix (Jan. 15), Boston (Jan. 17), Toronto (Jan. 19), Chicago (Jan. 20), Miami (Jan. 23), Orlando (Jan. 24) and New York (Jan. 26).Should he navigate through that rehab successfully, Nash will practice the following week and return in early February with nearly 35 games left in the regular season. “If it doesn’t work this time, I really put the season in jeopardy. I’m really back to square one with three months left in the season,” said Nash, who turns 40 in February. “That leaves me with very little opportunity. I know I can get healthy. It’s a matter of if I can sustain it.”Nash has reported improvement in his postural stability and movement patterns that limit pressure on his spine each time he’s gone to Vancouver during the Lakers’ recent trips. But Nash also revealed he felt nerve pain in his left leg following some recent shooting drills after working out for three consecutive days. The nerve issues all stem from fracturing his left leg last season and missing 24 games after having surgery. “I really love the game and I know that I’ve got a really short window of basketball in my life,” said Nash, who has averaged 6.7 points on 26.1 percent shooting and 4.8 assists in 22.5 minutes this season. “I just want to get out there.”last_img read more