Marketing Truth: New Creative Network Focused on Youth, Music, Action and Life

first_imgInstrument (IM) is a new, creative network of individuals and small firms dedicated to providing a full menu of marketing services while still offering the benefits of independent providers. Until now these independent, freelance providers had a tough time finding work and marketing themselves to the right channels. And many potential clients had no way of knowing what these talented individuals and small firms had to offer in terms of creative services. Instrument has created an organized framework around these creative service providers, and provided an outlet for their artistic and marketing abilities.Instrument founder and owner, Vince LaVecchia, has a history of working with some of the world’s foremost youth and action sports brands. He worked for 4 years in the marketing department for Burton Snowboards, the number one snowboard company in the world. Here, LaVecchia managed the careers of an international team of professional snowboarders and learned first-hand how talented individuals can influence and enhance the marketability of a brand or an entire industry. He also realized that many of the brands attempting to reach the increasingly elusive and skeptical youth market were losing credibility with every marketing campaign they produced.Not only can Instrument answer the question, “How do we reach these kids in a credible way?” but they offer every tool necessary to get the job done efficiently, and with the highest creative quality. The IM providers have the combined experience and abilities of entire marketing departments and design firms. The flexibility of its independent network allows Instrument to comfortably handle complex creative projects with large budgets, or smaller, freelance jobs. Regardless of the project size, Instrument’s central management structure and provider network keeps costs down while still offering a level of service normally found in larger design firms and ad agencies.Below is a list of services Instrument can provide. IM can combine any selection of services from this list to handle complex marketing projects or utilize the individual provider’s talents for small jobs. Instrument offers: Brand Strategy, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Web Design/ Multimedia Productions, Video Production, 3D/Environmental Design, Copywriting, and PR Services. The Instrument website hosts full bios and portfolios for many of its providers as well as news, mission statement and more complete service descriptions.last_img read more

Meeting of Colombian and Venezuelan Military Commanders Announced

first_imgBy Dialogo October 20, 2010 Another meaningless meeting. And half the world knows that Hugo Chavez Frias is a supporter and friend of FARC illegals. You do know that Spain is asking for the extradition of a member of the ETA that works with the Chavez Government and what do you think of that? SO NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN COLOMBIA. CHAVEZ IS GOING TO CONTINUE WITH HIS fundamentalist exploits with IRAN, Algeria, Bolivia, Nicaragua etc. so DO NOT TRUST COMMANDER Chavez. The top military commanders of Colombia and Venezuela will meet soon to discuss border security and cooperation in the fight against illegal groups, Colombian Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín indicated. “We’re going to have a meeting of the armed forces, something that has not happened for many years, and it will be after the meeting between the presidents, at which there will be a statement and an ongoing dialogue about the fight against armed groups,” Holguín told Bogotá private radio station RCN. The chief Colombian diplomat did not specify the date or place of the commanders’ meeting, but she indicated that it will be part of the process of fully normalizing bilateral relations between Bogotá and Caracas. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos plans to meet again at the end of October with his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chávez, in order to continue the process of improving ties. Santos said on 18 October that relations with Caracas “are going very well” and expressed the hope that “no one starts meddling in order to see how we can go back to fighting with one another, because that’s not our intention.” The two presidents restored ties between Bogotá and Caracas in August and agreed to set up five working groups on issues such as security, defense, and trade. Chávez froze ties with Bogotá in July 2009 due to a military agreement between Colombia and the United States, leading to a decline in bilateral trade, and chose to break off relations entirely in July of this year, in reaction to an accusation by then-president Álvaro Uribe, who affirmed that Colombian guerrillas were operating in Venezuela.last_img read more

Board makes a number of appointments

first_imgExecutive Committee makeup set for ’05-06 With the Board of Governors’ selection last month of three of its members, the membership of the Bar’s Executive Committee has been set for the 2005-06 Bar year.The Executive Committee is empowered to act for the board between its every-other-month meetings.Automatic members are incoming Bar President Alan Bookman, incoming President-elect Hank Coxe, incoming Young Lawyers Division President Jamie Moses, Budget Committee Chair Mayanne Downs, Legislation Committee Chair Frank Angones, and Communications Committee Chair Kim Bald.At its June meeting, the board elected board members Nancy Gregoire, Jay White, and Grier Wells to the panel. Bookman had already appointed board members Jesse Diner and David Rothman to fill out the membership. Board makes a number of appointments To the ABA House of Delegates and the Board of Bar Examiners The Bar Board of Governors has made four appointments to the ABA House of Delegates and nominated nine lawyers for three vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.The board also made several other appointments at its recent meeting in Palm Beach.The board elected outgoing Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, former President Herman Russomanno, and former board member Michele K. Cummings to two-year terms in the ABA House of Delegates. DeLand attorney Theodore S. Small, Jr., was elected to a one-year term.For the FBBE slots, the board nominated Alan H. Aronson of Miami, Michael Cavendish of Jacksonville, Reginald J. Clyne of Coral Gables, Bishop C. Holifield of Tallahassee, Tracy Edler Leduc of St. Petersburg, David A. Rowland of Tampa, Carolyn House Stewart of Tampa, John Jeffry Wahlen of Tallahassee, and David Weiss of Plantation for five-year terms, commencing November 1. The Supreme Court will make the final appointments.Howard A. Caplan of Jacksonville, Donna Krusbe of West Palm Beach, Alicia L. Latimore of Orlando, Gladys Perez of Miami, Theodore W. Small, Jr., of DeLand, and Daniel H. Thompson of Tallahassee were picked for two-year terms on the Florida Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors. Jacksonville attorney A. Hamilton Cooke was chosen for a one-year term.The board selected nonlawyers Mary Barlow of Highland Beach and Joseph M. Tomaino of Tampa and attorneys Mark Journey of Miami, Wayne LaRue Smithf of Key West, and Ellis Gary Work, Jr., of Pensacola for three-year terms on the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors.T. Rankin Terry, Jr., of Ft. Myers was chosen for a four-year term, representing the Second District Court of Appeal jurisdiction, on the Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims.Former Bar President Miles McGrane was selected to fill an unexpired term for the remainder of this year on the Judicial Qualifications Commission. July 1, 2005 Regular News Board makes a number of appointmentslast_img read more

Nassau, Suffolk Police Hosting National Night Out Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau and Suffolk county police are inviting the public to visit most precincts Tuesday as a part of the 32nd annual National Night Out, an initiative designed to improve community relations.Besides educating the public on crime prevention, Nassau and Suffolk police hope to strengthen neighborhood spirit as well as unite residents and police during the highly anticipated event—all while having fun.“Last year we had a fantastic turnout off hundreds of local community members who stood up and, came out and supported their community,” said Nassau County Legis. Kevon Abrahams (D-Freeport), the Democratic minority leader. “I look forward to an even bigger and better event this year.”Events inlcude music, bouncy houses, prizes, balloon animals, finger painting, vendors, games, free food and parades, depending upon the precinct.Attendees will have the chance to speak with located elected officials and police officers about pertinent issues and services such as youth-related counseling.Nassau County Schedule:First PrecinctUniondale Fire House, Van Ness Station, 154 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale. 6-9 p.m.First PrecinctVeterans Memorial Park Town Square, Prospect Ave., East Meadow. 8-9:30 p.m.First PrecinctBeth-el AME Church, 420 N. Main St., Freeport. 6-8 p.m.Second PrecinctOyster Bay Town Hall, Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay. 6-9 p.m.Second PrecinctBridge Street , Glen Cove, 6-9 p.m.Third PrecinctJonathan Ielpi Firefighters Park, Grace Ave., Great Neck Plaza. 6-9:30 p.m.Third PrecinctMartin “Bunky” Reid Park, corner Broadway of Railroad Street, New Cassel. 5-9 p.m.Third PrecinctParade assembles at Broad and Brown streets in Williston Park and concludes in Kelleher Park. 6:30-9:30 p.m.Fourth PrecinctCedarhurst Park, corner of Cedarhurst and Summit avenues. 6-10 p.m.Fourth PrecinctGreen Acres Mall, Valley Stream. 6-9 p.m.Seventh PrecinctJohn Burns Park, Massapequa. 7-9 p.m.Suffolk County Schedule:Second PrecinctManor Field Park. East 5th Street, Huntington Station. 5-8 p.m.Third PrecinctTarget, 838 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore. 5-8 p.m.Fourth PrecinctTarget, 98 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack. 5-8 p.m.Sixth PrecinctTarget, 2975 Horseblock Rd., Medford. 5-8 p.m.last_img read more

Locals react to vape ban being struck down

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Governor Cuomo’s executive order banning flavored vape products was struck down last week by an acting State Supreme Court Justice. One local vape shop owner says he sees this move as a small victory. Despite being against Cuomo’s executive order, Severson says he’s open to whatever is in the public’s best interest, as long as there is research to support it. However, the Broome County Health Department says the move is a setback for public health. “It’s a bit of a setback because Cuomo tried to put in an emergency ban and that’s what was struck down by the courts,” said Sharon Fischer, Public Health Educator for the Broome County Health Department. “We’ve seen 2,000 people in the hospital and a number of deaths so I think looking at that it’s certainly something that needs to be addressed now.” “We’ll hear whatever research is available and I think everyone is interested in whatever the best public health scenario is at the end of the day,” Severson said. “There is concern with anything like this but we would like to see more concrete data before we go with a full ban or anything like that,” he said. center_img “We’re already familiar with a lot of the risks associated with use of the products especially among youth,” said Fischer. “We will have more data in the future but we have enough information now to protect youth.” Meanwhile, the health department says they have all the information they need. Both Severson and the Broome County Health Department tell 12 News they are looking forward to the issue being taken up by the state legislature. “By executive order you shouldn’t be able to just take away things that people use,” said Jake Severson, manager of Vapor King Vestal. “People have the freedom to do what they choose with their bodies.” Severson says he recognizes the health risks, but wants to see more research before getting on board with such a ban.last_img read more

University of Arizona custodial workers speak out about unsafe work conditions

first_img– Advertisement – Before there was a union, hundreds of staff, faculty, and graduate students came together in April to form the Coalition for Academic Justice at the University of Arizona in response to the university’s furlough plan and lack of transparency in its efforts to gradually reopen during the pandemic. In less than three months, the coalition had over 500 members. One of their initial victories was pressuring University of Arizona President Robert Robbins and his administration to amend its pay cut plan, which led to the suspension of furloughs among university employees who make less than $44,500 a year—which includes custodial workers like Laura.As of August, more than 280 employees had also been laid off or did not have their contracts renewed for this school year, according to the coalition. Anger against upper administrators mounted after news the University of Arizona had purchased Ashford University just as furloughs were underway in the same month. Ashford is an online, for-profit university that enrolls some 35,000 students and will be transformed into a nonprofit called the University of Arizona Global Campus. The endeavor reportedly cost $1 and the University of Arizona will get to retain nearly 20% of tuition costs. According to Inside Higher Ed, Global Campus is guaranteed $225 million in revenue over 15 years.González de Bustamante said union and coalition members are demanding an independent audit to gain better clarity on the university’s finances and where money is being invested. “We really want to make sure that this university does not become more privatized than it already is. Right now, we’re one of the worst states in terms of funding [but] our [university] president is among the highest paid. There is this disconnect … a lack of transparency and lack of inclusion in the planning and decision-making at the university,” Gonzáles de Bustamante said. Robbins makes nearly $1 million a year. “We don’t actually know what the state of the financial situation is because … even after months and months of asking them for specifics, they have not made that [information] available.” She said the university is prioritizing profits over public health concerns. In-person classes with 30 or fewer students began in October as the university is currently in its second phase of reopening. The university has roughly 46,000 students enrolled this academic year, and some 5,000 are projected to be attending classes on campus for the fall semester. “We’re still seeing hundreds of cases a day in Arizona. Why would you bring students back when cases are increasing and knowing that Tucson is over 30% Latino, knowing that Latino communities are being disproportionately impacted by COVID?” Gonzáles de Bustamante said, adding Native communities in Arizona have also been deeply impacted by the pandemic. “There is a lack of respect, a lack of recognition for where we are in Tucson … being on Tohono O’odham Nation.”As the union is still in its initial stage, a lot of the work ahead will involve outreach among workers like Laura who are most vulnerable—especially during the pandemic. Laura said she’s excited about the union and the possibility of change. Her work has now tripled as some of her colleagues have either been fired or quit during the pandemic, she said. Those who made the hard decision to leave did so to protect their health. Laura’s husband lost his job during the pandemic, so her paycheck is the only one sustaining their household. She can’t leave. Laura used to clean one building with a colleague. But this coworker retired early when COVID-19 case began to spike. Now it’s just Laura, cleaning every office, every classroom, every bathroom in a five-story structure. “There is no consideration for us, no consideration for what we face,” she said. “Why are they treating us as if we’re not human beings?”María Inés Taracena is a contributing writer covering workers’ rights at Prism. Originally from Guatemala, she’s currently a news producer at Democracy Now! in New York City focusing on Central America and asylum seekers, among other stories.Prism is a BIPOC-led nonprofit news outlet that centers the people, places and issues currently underreported by our national media. Through our original reporting, analysis, and commentary, we challenge dominant, toxic narratives perpetuated by the mainstream press and work to build a full and accurate record of what’s happening in our democracy. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Laura has made $12 an hour since she was first hired. In the beginning of the pandemic, Laura said the university promised to temporarily pay custodial workers $2 more an hour to compensate for the risks and added responsibilities, but the raises never happened, she said. In fact, when the administration rolled out its initial furlough and pay cut proposal in April to cope with the financial setbacks triggered by the pandemic, custodial workers were told they would have to take 13 unpaid days off starting in June. “Us, the ones who make the least,” Laura said. Ultimately, however, furloughs for custodial workers were suspended.Perhaps what disturbed Laura the most regarding the university’s handling of the pandemic was the alleged request that custodial workers “volunteer” to transport COVID-19 test tubes from campus to the nearby hospital. “They asked us to get driving certificates to drive golf carts [on campus] so we could transport [COVID-19 tests] to the university hospital,” Laura said. “How could that be possible? We are custodial workers. What if something happens?” The working conditions for custodial staff are just some of the myriad issues at the University of Arizona that triggered the creation of United Campus Workers Arizona. The union launched around Labor Day after months of organizing against what hundreds of staff and faculty felt was a neglectful response to the coronavirus outbreak, excessive layoffs, pay cuts, and furloughs aimed at stemming a budget crisis triggered by the pandemic. The union currently has over 200 members.- Advertisement – For years, Arizona’s majority-Republican state legislature and a number of Republican governors have launched a war against public education and unions. Despite a wave of support for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden in this year’s election—largely thanks to the work of grassroots Native and Latino advocacy groups—Arizona has historically been a conservative state. But that may be changing.  “Collective action, we’re seeing that here at the [University of Arizona] in a way we have never seen it before,” said Celeste Gonzáles de Bustamante, an associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism and a leading union member. “It’s also a reflection of a larger movement across the country of [university] staff, faculty and students saying this neoliberal [model] hasn’t worked and we need to change that.”Arizona is a right-to-work state, which means the union doesn’t have collective bargaining rights. “We’re not gonna have union contracts with our employer, but we still have a lot of the power that goes along with building [a] union,” said Sandy Soto, associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona. The union is a branch of the United Campus Workers in conjunction with Communications Workers of America, which represents some 700,000 workers in the public and private sectors. “The pandemic pushed us to this point. We have to continue working on the most urgent issues …[student] reentry, furloughs, the classifying of janitorial staff as essential workers.” There’s also the issue of job security, Soto said. Laura said she and some of her colleagues are even afraid of calling in sick to work, fearing they could be laid off. – Advertisement – Laura said her supervisors told custodial staff they should probably wear masks, but the university didn’t provide any until at least a couple of months into the pandemic. In-person classes were suspended in the spring. But not all students could return home, particularly out-of-state and international students; hundreds of students continued living in the university dorms, Laura said. Every time students in one dorm tested positive for COVID-19, that building would be emptied out and the healthy students moved to another dorm. Dozens of custodial workers, including Laura, were tasked with disinfecting the dorms. “We’d go floor by floor, about 20 workers on the same floor, in the same hall, sharing everything, cleaning and cleaning,” Laura said. This was in addition to her regular cleaning tasks.“Workers knew that they were walking into a dangerous situation,” Laura said. There were several times when they would show up to clean dorms without personal protective equipment only to be told that the dorms hadn’t even been disinfected, she said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Zagreb caterers close bars in the “2 to 12” action

first_imgZagreb’s caterers will suspend serving in their catering facilities on Thursday, October 8, starting at 11:58 a.m., in order to warned to the difficult position in which they found themselves due to the coronavirus pandemic and encouraged them to hurry impact responsible institutions with a view to job preservation i prevention collapse economy. The caterers are looking tax relief with a level of taxation that is realistic and paves the way for recovery. They are asking the responsible institutions suspension of VAT collectionuntil March 1, 2021, permanent preferential rate na hranu – što po Zakonu o hrani uključuje jelo, kavu, pivo, sokove, vodu i vino – od 10%, access to credit lines HAMAG BICRO for liquidity and HBOR for investments. This is the name of the action “2do12” by which the countdown is continued by the Independent Association of Caterers (Zagreb) with the intention of saving the fate of thousands of employees in the sector, but also encouraging citizens and caterers to show solidarity. Photo: Independent Association of Caterers Encouraged by the devastating research results on the operation of catering facilities in 2020 and the lack of response from responsible institutions after numerous appeals from caterers, the Independent Catering Association (Zagreb) with the support of the National Association of Catering and the Voice of Entrepreneurs launches action “2 to 12” in the Croatian capital over four thousand five hundred facilities. The caterers emphasize how now on billing come and all problems accumulated during the pre-pandemic period. – We are aware that problems cannot be solved overnight, but we are also obliged to warn of a justified fear for our own existence. We believe that the Government will take a step forward and accept the call for dialogue. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović recognized the appeal of the caterers and started talks on the application of future anti-epidemic measures with the profession. After the action of Bjelovar caterers called “3 to 12”, the mayor of Bjelovar took everything in his domain to protect his fellow citizens and entrepreneurs. We expect the same from other departments key to the work of caterers and related activities, which together generate 320 thousand jobs, he pointed out Medak.center_img The doubling of VAT in the hospitality industry, which suddenly followed on January 1, 2017, led many to margin of cost-effectiveness, and if the Government does not listen this time, the pandemic will eventually put many key in the lock. They say that the inherited problems and new obstacles in business have forced them to act together and increasingly warn the Government of the shortcomings on the ground. The situation in Zagreb is particularly difficult because, in addition to all the grief of the coronavirus, Zagreb has also been affected by the first major earthquake in the last hundred years, he points out. Marin Medak, President of the Independent Association of Caterers and adds that we will know the scale of this crisis for a long time to come. – That is why we are looking for clearer and more efficient models for allocating funds for maintaining liquidity. We are not asking for free money, but access to credit lines for our employees ’salaries and lower taxes so we can repay the loan. With the highest tax rate on the preparation and serving of beverages in Europe, it is not possible to plan for the future, quotes Jurkovic. Measures to preserve CES jobs will help caterers who saw a 60% drop in turnover or more compared to the same period last year. But what about us who have a drop of 59% or less, emphasizes Damir Jurković, vice president of the Independent Association of Caterers. A survey of a sample of almost 500 caterers from all over Croatia found that almost 60% of them recorded decline in business greater than 50%, and almost 40% face the fact that in these conditions will not survive until next season. As many as 80% of employers will be forced to resort cancellation of the contract employees.last_img read more

Demand for retail space in Jakarta shrinks in Q3 as PSBB hits small retailers

first_img“Retailers have been severely restricted in their operations, with F&B retailers unable to provide dine-in services, not just during the third quarter, but for most of the year since March. Entertainment centers at malls have also been unable to operate,” Taylor said during an online press conference.The retail industry has been hit hard by the pandemic with more than 100,000 workers facing the risk of being furloughed, according to the Indonesian Shopping Center Tenants Association (Hippindo).Hippindo attributed these circumstances to Jakarta’s PSBB measures, which were implemented for a second time between Sept. 14 and Oct. 11, after initially being enforced from April to June, as well as weakening consumer purchasing power.Read also: 100,000 retail workers on brink of furlough as consumption free-falls Household spending, which accounts for more than half of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP), fell 5.51 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter, compared with annual growth of 5.18 percent in the same period last year, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).A recent Bank Indonesia (BI) survey showed that retail sales fell 9.2 percent yoy in August, a smaller drop than the 12.3 percent contraction in July. The central bank’s survey projected retail sales in September to be down 7.3 percent from the same month last year. JLL projects the retail property market to remain under pressure during the fourth quarter of 2020, as further retail store closures loom.“As we move into Q4, I don’t think it’s any secret that it’s going to be a hard time for some retailers and we might well see some more closures,” Taylor said.However, Taylor went on to say that the high occupancy rate of 88 percent for retail properties in the third quarter this year, down slightly from 89 percent in the second quarter, could be seen as a sign that retail tenants remained resilient and were able to weather the crisis.“It’s a challenging situation in the short to medium term but there’s no reason for us not to be confident,” he added.JLL projects that retail market absorption will rebound in 2021 with demand for retail space tipped to soar by more than 100,000 sqm, the highest level since 2013.Despite this projection, rental rates for spaces in upper, middle, and lower middle sector shopping centers are predicted to remain stagnant until the end of next year.According to a presentation document from JLL, monthly rent for upper-class shopping centers is expected hover slightly above Rp 600,000 (US$40.75) per sqm until the end of 2021, a small increase from this year’s third quarter rate of Rp 543,000.The retail market occupancy rate is also projected to dip below 85 percent in 2021, as more than 200,000 sqm of new retail space is set to enter the market amid the low demand, JLL data show.Given the significant impacts of the pandemic on the retail property market, Taylor expected shopping centers to see a transformation in the types of tenants, with more coworking spaces and health facilities to fill up retail space in the future.“In the future, shopping malls will no longer just be places to buy things,” he said.On Sept. 29, Indonesian Shopping Center Association (APPBI) chairman Alphonzus Widjaja asked the central government and regional administrations to provide incentives and relax taxes for the retail industry.“The government needs to provide a direct stimulus for shopping centers. We were able to survive during the last couple of months, but it’s now getting extremely difficult for us, as the number of visitors has dropped to only 10 percent of capacity,” he said.Topics : Demand for retail space in Jakarta contracted in the third quarter this year, the first time since the first quarter of 2019, as small retailers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis were forced to close their stores, according to property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Indonesia.From the 2.9 million square meters (sqm) in existing retail space in Jakarta, net absorption shrank 13,400 sqm between July and September this year, JLL data show. In comparison, there was 300 sqm in new demand in the second quarter this year.JLL Indonesia head of research James Taylor said on Thursday that the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed in Jakarta, which had restricted the operations of mall tenants, particularly food and beverage (F&B) retailers, had led to permanent closures of small tenants.last_img read more

Four PA Colleges to Receive Federal Grants Under Pilot Program to Provide Inmate Access to Higher Education Degree Programs

first_img June 24, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that four Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning were among those selected to participate in a national pilot program to allow inmates to access post-secondary education with the goal of helping them get jobs and support families when they are released.“More than 90 percent of the 48,000 individuals behind bars in Pennsylvania will leave prison one day,” said Governor Wolf. “It’s no secret that achieving basic literacy and completing high school are positive indicators of future success and reduced recidivism. Having a college degree or certificate in hand will give those individuals an even greater chance for successful reintegration and to become productive members of society. I thank the incredible institutions of higher learning who’ve partnered with us in this effort.”Four Pennsylvania schools – Bloomsburg University, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University – were among 67 colleges and universities awarded federal grants under the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell pilot program.The awards will provide funding for 115 inmates at six correctional institutions to access college degree or certificate programs at the participating schools.The $30 million Pell pilot program is designed to test whether participation in high quality education programs increases after expanding access to financial aid for incarcerated individuals.“With 20,000 individuals leaving our institutions every year the DOC has placed a heavy focus on reentry and removing barriers to reentry,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “For the last 22 years, college education was out of reach for most inmates who had to cover the costs themselves. Through this partnership with participating colleges and universities we can expand access to high quality education programs that will give individuals the skills they need to become tax payers rather than tax burdens.”A 1994 Congressional change to the federal Higher Education Act eliminated Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals in federal and state prisons. But the act gives the U.S. Department of Education secretary the authority to waive existing financial aid rules for experimental programs.“This historic decision will have a lasting, positive impact on both the individuals in our correctional facilities and the commonwealth as a whole,” said Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera. “This opportunity will provide individuals with the tools they need to have a fresh start upon re-entry to society, and I congratulate the Pennsylvania colleges and universities for their partnership and progressiveness on this issue.”A 2013 study from the RAND Corporation, funded by the Department of Justice, found that incarcerated individuals who participated in correctional education were 43 percent less likely to return to prison within three years than prisoners who did not participate in any correctional education programs. RAND also estimated that for every dollar invested in correctional education programs, four to five dollars are saved on three-year re-incarceration costs.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Four PA Colleges to Receive Federal Grants Under Pilot Program to Provide Inmate Access to Higher Education Degree Programslast_img read more

Youth mental health problems double in 10 years, Covid-19 impact could be ‘extensive’

first_imgStuff 3 September 2020Family First Comment: Here’s the interesting thing.The deterioration started happening around 2007. Anybody remember what also happened around 2007?Hint: health conditions amongst Kiwi youth have doubled in the past decade, and could get worse in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to research out of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at The University of Auckland.Experts have described the country’s mental health woes as “a silent pandemic of psychological distress”, and are calling for urgent action to better understand the rapid rise in issues amongst youth.Psychologists and academics want to know more about the factors that impact on mental health, and effective strategies for prevention and intervention.The collection of experts providing commentary on the matter were Sir Peter Gluckman, professor Richie Poulton and Rochelle Menzies.They said the past decade has seen a “rapid and concerning rise” in youth psychological distress and suicide rates.“Nationally, poor mental health for youth is persistently inequitable and worsening.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more