Governor Wolf Urges Legislature to Support Workplace Protections Against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

first_imgGovernor Wolf Urges Legislature to Support Workplace Protections Against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination September 06, 2018 It’s On Us PA,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today renewed his call for passage of a package of reforms he announced in April that will strengthen protections against sexual harassment and discrimination for employees, provide new legal options for victims and hold those who are responsible accountable for their actions. The House Labor and Industry Committee today held a second hearing on the legislative package.“The #MeToo movement has encouraged many survivors to come forward and their strength must continue to change our workplaces and our culture,” said Governor Wolf. “Workplace discrimination or sexual harassment are unacceptable, and millions of Pennsylvania workers deserve this protection now, not more delays and studies. This is the time for action and I urge the legislature to pass these commonsense reforms, so I can sign them into law.”The sexual harassment and discrimination protections proposals include:Protect more workers: All employees should be protected, regardless of the size of the employer or the type of their job. Today, these protections are only given to those who work for an employer with at least four employees. Governor Wolf supports reducing the threshold to one employee and extending protections to independent contractors, interns, volunteers, full-time nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers. (HB 2280, Rep. Madden and HB 2282, Rep Rabb. Senate companion bills SB 1146, Sen. Farnese, SB 1148, Sen. Tartaglione and SB 1149, Sen. Williams)Workplace training: No employee should experience harassment or discrimination This legislation requires trainings for employees and supervisors to prevent discrimination and harassment for all employees and employers must display discrimination and harassment protection rights in the workplace. (HB 2282, Rep. Rabb and HB 2283, Rep. D. Costa. Senate companion bill SB 1147, Sen. Fontana)Legal system reforms:Extend statute of limitations: Some victims and whistleblowers can be afraid to come forward. To encourage reporting, the amount of time victims have to file a discrimination or whistleblower complaint should be extended from only 180 days to two years. (HB 2286, Davidson and Senate companion bills SB 1150, Sen. Haywood and SB 1146, Sen. Farnese)Right to a Jury Trial: Victims and whistleblowers should have the option for a jury to hear their case in state court. (HB 2284, Rep. O’Brien and HB 2286 Rep. Davidson. Senate companion bills SB 1150, Sen. Haywood and SB 1146, Sen. Farnese)Punitive Damages: Pennsylvania, through the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Whistleblower Law, should join other states, like New Jersey and Ohio, that allow victims and whistleblowers to seek punitive damages in workplace discrimination cases. (HB 2284, Rep. O’Brien and HB 2286, Rep, Davidson. Senate companion bills SB 1150, Sen. Haywood and SB 1146, Sen. Farnese)Payment of Attorney Fees: Burdensome legal fees can discourage some victims from pursuing their case. Sexual harassment victims who win their case in state court should have the attorney fees paid by the defendant. (HB 2286, Rep. Davidson and Senate companion bill SB 1146, Sen. Farnese)As part of the effort to reduce sexual harassment and support victims, the Wolf administration created a webpage about reporting workplace sexual harassment and providing information from victim’s rights groups.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

La Liga: Real Madrid Stay Top after Draw with Atletico

first_imgReal Madrid stayed top of La Liga after maintaining their unbeaten domestic start with a goalless draw at city rivals Atletico Madrid yesterday. In a first half of few clear-cut chances, Diego Costa was inches away from sliding home Thomas Partey’s low cross.Gareth Bale should have given Real the lead in the second but blazed Nacho’s cross over the bar. Jan Oblak produced a marvellous save to deny Karim Benzema late on.Diego Simeone’s side thrashed Real 7-3 in New Jersey in pre-season, but the match at the Wanda Metropolitano was a much more cautious affair with only two shots on target in the first 45 minutes. Both those efforts came from Toni Kroos, who twice forced Oblak into action with low drives from outside the box. Atletico failed to properly test Thibaut Courtois throughout the 90 minutes, although it was not for the lack of trying.Costa almost slid in Partey’s delivery, before Joao Felix – who marked his first competitive Madrid derby appearance with a lively performance – dragged a fierce shot off target from the edge of the area five minutes before the break.Real enjoyed the better of the openings in the second half, Bale scooping Nacho’s low delivery high over the crossbar from an excellent position.Benzema thought he had snatched all three points for Zinedine Zidane’s side with 15 minutes remaining but Oblak, diving at full stretch, kept out the Frenchman’s goal-bound header with a strong left hand.The draw lifts Real one point above Granada – who beat Leganes 1-0 earlier yesterday – while Atletico climb above Barcelona into third.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

11 Stripes: “We are Prepared to Host Miss Liberia”

first_imgWith just a few more weeks into this year’s Miss Liberia, the organizer 11 Stripes have expressed satisfaction for the level of preparation made to host the much anticipated beauty pageant. “We are fully prepared to venture in finding the next queen of Liberia. With the level of improvement that we have made, nothing can ever stop us form hosting this year’s event,” Bendu Johnson, the acting CEO of the 11 Stripes told our reporter on the practice ground.She said that on a daily basis contestants are improving their fundamental skills of pageantry and that this year’s Miss Liberia will be exceptional.“People should not be expecting just a beauty contest but an event that is going to produce a queen who will contribute positively to the society and community service project,” she added.Miss Liberia is not all about beauty, she said, adding that the goal of the contest is to train young girls how to become goodwill ambassadors, demanding that they work regularly for national benefit.The 23rd edition of Miss Liberia will be held under the theme: “Beautiful Mind.” The final date is expected to be on August 22 but has not been officially confirmed by the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT).As usual, the Miss Liberia winner is expected to walk away with a brand new car, cash prize and probably even a scholarship. Ms. Johnson said plans have been negotiated with sponsors to give each contestant a package of appreciation.Our reporter was able to observe at the training ground some improvements in areas of pageantry but says there is more work to be done if the organizer wishes to make the event outstanding.Though she never revealed the number of sponsors, Ms. Johnson said that things are moving in the right trajectory.She disclosed that they have started getting ready the package for winners and materials for decoration of the hall; most of all the contestants have the intelligence, beauty and brains to represent Liberia at any international contest, she added. She also said Miss Liberia will not be televised live, but recorded to be shown afterwards; that the organizer is doing everything possible to have Miss Liberia attain the place of Miss World.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Entertaining TV series visits the heart of summer Gaeltacht

first_imgA new TV series on BBC has is taking a nostalgic trip to the Gaeltacht in Donegal to capture a summer experience enjoyed by many young people.Tír na nÓg is a three-part documentary series set in Machaire Rabhartaigh on the north west coast of Donegal.The programme follows students on a recent course as they meet their Mná Tithe, attend the céilí and get to grips with the rules. Many familiar faces from the locality feature in the light-hearted series.The programme airs on Mondays on BBC 2 NI at 10pm.The first episode is available now on the BBC Player and episode 2 airs tonight (28th October).Entertaining TV series visits the heart of summer Gaeltacht was last modified: October 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Tir na Noglast_img read more

Kiefer Ravena joins 2017 PBA Draft

first_imgView comments In a post on his Twitter account, Ravena made the announcement short and sweet.“#PBADraft. Here we go,” he wrote.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 shutout BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Confusion looms as Owens survives Hell in a Cell Read Next The former Ateneo star last saw action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions cup where he averaged a team-best 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in close to 30 minutes of play.He also had a memorable collegiate and amateur career going back to his days in the UAAP, where he netted 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in five seasons.Ravena has had vast playing experience elsewhere. He even tested his luck in the NBA and was signed to contract in the NBA Developmental League with the Texas Legends, while also seeing action in numerous leagues with Mighty Sports and Alab Pilipinas.He has also won a record of four Southeast Asian Games gold medals while also representing the country in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games #PBADraft2017 Here we go. 🙏🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) October 9, 2017 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo from Fiba.comKiefer Ravena has finally made the jump to the pros.The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player has decided to face a new challenge as he declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The 23-year-old’s inclusion further bolsters the depth of this year’s pool where Ravena is expected to be a sure-fire top two selection.He joins an already loaded cast which features Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, La Salle swingman Jeron Teng, and FEU bruiser Raymar Jose.last_img read more

Swedens ruling party hits election low as far right grows

first_imgSTOCKHOLM – Voters handed Sweden’s ruling party its worst-ever election result Sunday and delivered a parallel lift to a far-right party with white supremacist roots, leaving the ideological outline of the Scandinavian country’s next government uncertain.After a campaign dominated by debates over immigration, the centre-left Social Democratic Party emerged with the greatest share of the vote — 28.4 per cent as the count neared completion — yet looking at holding fewer parliament seats and having its mandate to govern questioned.The potential for an immigration backlash to result in a big boost for the far-right Sweden Democrats inspired fear among many Swedes before the election. It received a little more than one in six votes, or 17.6 per cent. Its showing was not as strong as the one-in-five polls had predicted, but good for a third-place finish that had the party’s leader telling supporters, “We won.”Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said he intended to remain in the job. The leader of the Moderates party that came in second, Ulf Kristersson, already had called on Lofven to resign and claimed the right to form Sweden’s next government.Sounding sombre and firm, Lofven told his supporters the election presented “a situation that all responsible parties must deal with,” adding that “a party with roots in Nazism” would “never ever offer anything responsible, but hatred.”“We have a moral responsibility. We must gather all forces for good. We won’t mourn, we will organize ourselves,” he said.Final election returns were expected later in the week. The preliminary results made it unlikely any party would secure a majority of 175 seats in the 349-seat Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament. It could take weeks or months of coalition talks before the next government is formed.Both the left-leaning bloc led by the Social Democrats and the centre-right bloc in which the Moderates is largest of four parties have said they would refuse to consider the Sweden Democrats as a coalition partner.Sweden — home to the Nobel prizes and militarily neutral for the better part of two centuries — has been known for its comparatively open doors to migrants and refugees. Sunday’s general election was the first since the country of 10 million took in a record 163,000 refugees in 2015 as mass migration to Europe rose dramatically.Lofven eventually said Sweden no longer could cope with the influx and immigration laws were tightened.Like other far-right parties in Europe, the Sweden Democrats worked to soften its neo-Nazi image in the lead-up to the election. The party symbol was switched from a flaming torch to a flower. Members known for making pro-Third Reich statements were pushed out.It made its first mark in politics with municipal council seats in 2006, and since then slowly helped revise long-accepted social norms for what Swedes could say openly about foreigners and integration without being considered racist.At the Swedish Democrat’s election eve rally Saturday, party leader Jimmie Akesson criticized Lofven’s government for “prioritizing” the needs of new immigrants the ones of Swedish citizens.Akesson was jubilant as he addressed supporters a day later, declaring the estimated 14 parliament seats the Social Democrats picked up a victory other parties could not ignore in coalition negotiations.“This party has increased and made the biggest gains. Everything is about us,” Akesson said. “I am ready to talk with others”Turnout in the election was reported at 84.4 per cent, up from 83 per cent in 2014.___Olsen reported from Copenhagen, Denmark. Jeff Schaeffer and Philipp Jenne in Stockholm, Jari Tanner in Helsinki and Vanessa Gera in Warsaw contributed.___This version corrects the description of the Sweden Democrats’ former party symbol.last_img read more

Northern Development to assist local businesses affected by mill closures and curtailments

first_imgNorthern Development Initiative Trust CEO, Joel McKay, says this program will help to offset the impacts from mill closures.“The Trust is very aware of the potential economic impacts mill closures and curtailments may have on communities and businesses in our service region. This program seeks to help offset those impacts and sustain our communities during this difficult time.”For more information on the rebate program, you can visit Northern Development’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Development has announced on Monday that it will be stepping in to help local businesses affected by the mill closures and curtailments.According to Northern Development, through the Forestry Affected Business Rebate, they now are offering a consulting rebate, of up to 75 percent or $15,000, to small and medium-sized businesses in its service region for the cost of hiring a consultant to assist with business efforts.Northern Development says this newly introduced program is an offshoot of the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate program, which offers rebates to businesses in the industrial supply and services sector.last_img read more

Kangana vs Alia Family joins the war of words

first_imgMumbai: If actor Kangana Ranaut’s tirade against Alia Bhatt wasn’t enough, the former’s sister Rangoli Chandel entered the ‘war of words’ zone, as did the Raazi actor’ mother Soni Razdan and co-actor Randeep Hooda. Kangana has been calling out Alia since earlier this year for not supporting her film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. But in a recent interview, Alia merely said: “I respect Kangana’s work a lot and I respect her opinion. If she feels a particular way she must have reason to feel that way. I would rather remember how much she had praised me after watching Raazi. And I’d just like to focus on my work. Maybe she will appreciate me again if I work hard enough.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe controversy took a different turn with Kangana’s sister hitting out at Alia and her mother Soni Razdan, calling them “non Indians who are living off this land, using and abusing its people and its resources, lying about intolerance and spreading hatred”. Soni finally broke her silence over the issue. In a now-deleted tweet, she wrote: “Mahesh Bhatt is the man who has given her a break…She goes on to attack his wife and daughter. Daughter over and over again. What is left to be said then about abusing and hatred I wonder. Apart from character of course. Agenda. What’s hers?”last_img read more

JU eyes Central grant of Rs 125 cr for highend research centre

first_imgKolkata: The Jadavpur University is one of the eight educational institutes short-listed by Union Human Resource Development Ministry for a grant of Rs 125 crore, which will be provided to only four institutions, for setting up a centre for Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF).The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a premier engineering institution in the state, is also in the race. “We had already made a presentation in the end of April in Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDelhi showcasing we have the necessary infrastructure for the centre for Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities. The centre will have high and sophisticated instruments facilitating high-end research. The centre will function in 365 days in a year and if we figure among the beneficiaries it will surely be a big boom for research in the Jadavpur University,” said Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, dean of engineering at the Jadavpur University. Pravas Chandra Chakrabarti, professor of metallurgical and material engineering has been chosen as the SAIF coordinator. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe recurring cost and maintenance of the centre will depend on earnings from the service fees that will be charged for using the facilities of the centre. If Jadavpur University gets the grant approval, the tests carried out by the researchers in the university will be chargeable. If other educational institutions avail the JU SAIF facilities, they will have to pay twice the amount paid by Jadavpur University researchers or professors and if industries use the SAIF facilities at JU, they will be charged ten times. Sources in JU said a number of leading industries in Bengal such as Haldia Petochemicals and Tata Steel have shown interest in availing the facilities of SAIF. The names of the four institutions, which will get the Central funds, are expected to be announced by the end of this month after the elections are over. A senior professor in the varsity said a space in the Technology Bhavan on the main campus of the varsity has been earmarked for setting up the Centre. A three-member team from the HRD ministry had visited the JU campus in April to assess whether the university has the infrastructure for setting up the centre. The team had also visited the site that has been selected by the varsity for SAIF.last_img read more

The air we breathe

first_imgMonday evening showers brought respite to the National Capital Territory which has been enduring the scorching summer heat. Mercury dipped and a cool breeze blew past the streets as millions cherished the occasional summer chill. But more than heat, the respite, though not evident, was regarding the air quality. While the statistics still portray the Air Quality Index (AQI) as poor, if not very poor, rains definitely settled the dust which only adds to the problem. AQI has been specifically poor during winters with Delhi experiencing a blanket of smog and health complications in locals. Graded Response Action Plan was constituted to tackle alarming levels of AQI but the city required a cure anyway. Preemptive measures will yield tremendously but less has been done regarding those. While worsening AQI was largely restricted to winters, spiked AQI in summer is a cause of worry. AQI on Monday was “very poor”, aggravated by westerly winds bringing dust from neighbouring states, stubble burning in parts of Punjab and Haryana, and forest fires in Uttarakhand. The debate regarding meandering levels of AQI, though between poor and very poor and not average or good, has done its rounds with National Green Tribunal and neighbouring states over their unintended contribution into Delhi’s air pollution. Authorities have taken up the issue several times and activists have mentioned how stubble burning and westerly winds are a cause of trouble bringing in dust and smoke in the NCR atmosphere. However, vehicular emission has still not been adequately addressed though it remains to be one of the top air polluters. Even if we put the mark at one crore vehicles, which is an understated figure, the emissions from one crore vehicles are finding its way into the atmosphere, making us breathe poor air while we tend to other imminent events – elections. Also Read – A strong standpointGeneral elections have definitely swung the mood of the nation which has 14 of its cities in the list of top 15 most-polluted cities in the world as per a UN survey released in 2018 which also states that Air pollution contributes to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year in India. People do actually die of complications caused due to PM 2.5 particles which enter the respiratory system. It is not a fluke. But it has not been able to reverberate as an alarming issue across masses simply because minimal awareness has not let it. Discourses on nationalism have been more prevalent than Air Quality and that alone shows the mood of the nation. It is because of additional emphasis paid on the entire national security issue since Balakot Air Strike that environment, though present in manifestos of political parties, could not be as vehemently discussed as nationalism and national security were. And, that, is just pitiful. It makes us sad humans with narrow mindsets and depleted humility. It is often said that people’s thoughts reverberate across the corners of the nation which are often steered by politicos who run the government on our behalf. They utter what matters to us. And, if they have been uttering a lot of nationalism and national security, then that is only because it matters to us. Only a fool would incessantly speak of an agenda which anyone seldom supports. How, then, can we blame our politicians or leaders for lack of environmental concern when we ourselves are less concerned about the same. Today we have the liberty to discuss air pollution with ease since it has not wreaked havoc yet. Human tendency, somehow, has always been to ignore unless forced to walk the precarious line. Rubbishing reports of deaths due to air pollution is only in line with that mindset as was done by the Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan who argued that “No death certificate has a cause of death as pollution” despite the Lancet Commission’s report on Pollution and Health which said that 25 lakh Indians died from pollution-linked ailments in 2015, the highest in any country. Also Read – Development misconstruedWe protest whenever we see the water going above the head. And, why not since protests are very much part of a healthy democracy. Be it for reservations, justice, government support, corruption, et al, the agenda has been clear that masses are capable of influencing government machinery. Why not then have masses reached a consensus to protest regarding the failed attempts in tackling the rising air pollution? It is because worsening AQI has not yet impacted the masses. Public Interest Litigations (PILs) have surely made it to the apex court over environmental concerns but even those have failed to garner grand attention towards this perpetual, and now a perennial problem. IIT Delhi has put in concerted efforts through The Centre of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA), stressing on the need of data gathering, raising awareness and role of democracy and law to resolve the issues related to air quality. AAP government’s odd-even rule for regulating vehicular traffic in the city was also a novel idea towards controlling and curbing air pollution but residents still lie in wait of another run, which, in fact, should be made a norm for NCR. Pollution is not just a local problem but a global one and cities across the globe have initiated measures and undertaken activities to curb it. London’s congestion charge levied on drivers entering the city centre, has been around since 2003. Madrid’s selective entry to city areas for cars apart from environmental labels on cars is a method to check the polluting cars and deal appropriately. Paris’s norm to make public transport free of cost during peak periods, encouraging people to use public transport and leave their cars at home is a good incentive to bring down vehicular emissions. But classic Indian argument would be whether Delhi can emulate these cities owing to its own logistical challenges amidst a humongous populace. Well, efforts in this direction will yield answers and all we need to do is urge the authorities to act. Waiting for them to wake up might cost us. The city evidently chokes with vehicular emissions. And, with raised metro fares are not helping. A person traversing from the metro and paying 100 rupees might as well take out his bike or car and utilise 100 rupees in petrol. Convenience is always attractive. And, not to forget that it is the convenience of travelling, of slow impact on health through air pollution, of waiting for authorities to do something about pollution and of not being directly responsiblefor the rising pollution that has spiked the average AQI to “very poor” quality in the first palace. When UN adamantly advocates for SDGs and environmental activists speak up on environmental degradation, only then it is brought to our notice that our environment is suffering. A budget for the environment would have been a remarkable way to showcase one’s concern for the same but Kisan budget suited the current appetite more this election season. Promises are aplenty but none speak of an issue whose proximity covers every living thing. Maybe someday, some election will see the pollution concerns and bring it up strongly in their manifestos and promises. And, maybe then, some concrete action will be taken to repair what could have been prevented long ago i.e., today!last_img read more