Uniting our Voices by Speaking Together during AAPI Heritage Month

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Uniting our Voices by Speaking Together during AAPI Heritage Month Asian Pacific American Affairs,  The Blog,  Videos This year’s theme for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, “Uniting our Voices by Speaking Together,” reminds us that the AAPI community is made up of diverse cultures, histories, languages, and religions.We must come together as a united front to advocate for the issues that impact all of us. Regardless of where we are from or whom we love, of where we worship or what language we speak, the values that unite us are stronger than our differences.We all want our children to have access to a quality education, and for our families to feel included and safe in their communities.William Penn founded Pennsylvania on the principles of fairness, inclusion, and tolerance. It is in this spirit that we unite our voices and speak together to uphold his vision for our Commonwealth.The commonwealth is proud to honor the history and contributions of AAPIs in our state and throughout the nation, and will hold a celebration in honor of AAPI Heritage Month on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at The Forum Auditorium (500 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA) from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.The Wolf Administration encourages all Pennsylvanians to celebrate this important observance and to continue to work toward the goal of liberty and justice for all.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf May 26, 2017last_img read more

New Maroochydore City Centre helps drive property growth

first_imgMaroochydore’s new city centre is starting to take shape and according to developer SunCentral, it’s already helping drive property growth in nearby Sunshine Coast suburbs.Maroochydore’s new city centre is starting to take shape and according to developer SunCentral, it’s already helping drive property growth in nearby Sunshine Coast suburbs.Located on a former 53ha golf course, the new Maroochydore City Centre is one of the largest greenfield CBD developments in Australia. Maroochydore’s new city centre is starting to take shape.SunCentral chief executive officer John Knaggs said when complete, the project would deliver commercial, residential, retail and mixed-use projects along with public green spaces such as parks, plazas and waterways.“The new Maroochydore CBD is expected to create more than 15,000 permanent jobs on the Sunshine Coast and inject more than $4.4 billion into the local economy,” Mr Knaggs said.“The total construction cost of the 20-year project is estimated to be $2.1 billion.”After more than a decade of planning, the first stage of the Maroochydore City Centre was officially opened to the public in August, with construction of the initial buildings now under way.It is complemented by further infrastructure developments in the region including the expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport, and the recent completion of the $2 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital.“The Maroochydore CBD will form the heart of a region that’s experiencing unprecedented investment in private and public infrastructure investment,” Mr Knaggs said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“Business confidence on the Sunshine Coast is strong with the economy growing at four times the average annual rate than the Australian economy.”Meanwhile, a property report by analyst Terry Ryder has found median house prices in Sunshine Coast suburbs have increased by up to 37 per cent. Among them are the suburbs of Twin Waters, which has enjoyed 21 per cent growth in the past year, and Mooloolaba which reported 14 per cent growth.Further north, Sunshine Beach has experienced growth of 37 per cent and the Noosa hinterland suburb of Doonan has increased by 19 per cent.“The new CBD is at the heart of this growth, providing a centre for the Sunshine Coast’s growing economy and job opportunities while helping to fuel residential price rises across the region,” Mr Ryder said.The Sunshine Coast and Noosa local government areas are tipped to reach 580,000 residents by 2041.“Population growth leads to more demand for property and that, in turn, translates to increased values,” Mr Ryder said.“In fact, the region is now tending towards a shortage of new dwellings with the Property Council of Australia warning that the Sunshine Coast is at risk of not keeping up with demand.” MORE QUEENSLAND REAL ESTATE NEWS: Rugby league legend selling agin in Queensland Coast’s hottest suburbs revealedlast_img read more

Third of Kiwi toddlers likely not getting enough sleep, study finds

first_imgStuff co.nz 22 September 2020Family First Comment: “This could be due to these children living in less “sleep-conducive environments”, such as crowded housing conditions, or bedrooms that are too cold, too noisy or too light. Those living in urban areas with heavy traffic, overweight children or those with poor health and who use visual media for more than two hours a day all get less sleep than other children,”More than a third of Kiwi toddlers and a fifth of preschoolers are likely not getting the recommended amount of sleep, research has found.The report, carried out by Massey University researchers, examined parent-reported sleep patterns for more than 6000 pre-school children in the Growing Up in New Zealand study – the country’s largest longitudinal study of Kiwi children and their families.Ministry of Health guidelines say toddlers (aged 1-2) should get between 11 and 14 hours of sleep per day, and preschoolers (aged 3-4) should get 10-13 hours.Researchers found 17 per cent of 24-month-olds in the study did not meet the sleep guidelines, with 15.6 per cent not getting enough sleep. At 45 months, 6 per cent were getting too little sleep.Researcher and lead author, Dr Dee Muller, said when these findings were modelled for the New Zealand population it showed a third of toddlers and a fifth of preschoolers are not getting the right amount of sleep.At 24 months, children sleep 10-and-a-half hours at night and two hours during the day, on average, with 83 per cent meeting recommendations.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/300107710/third-of-kiwi-toddlers-likely-not-getting-enough-sleep-study-finds?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

Don’t eat dead fish from oil spill-hit areas, BFAR warns

first_imgThe latest Philippine Coast Guard estimate of the volume of bunker oil that spilled out of the ruptured tank of AC Energy’s power barge in Bo. Obrero in Lapuz district was at 251,000 liters, reaching as far as 23 Guimaras’ coastal barangays and the northern coastal towns of Dumangas and Leganes in Iloilo province. She explained that milkfish in fish pens are mainly prone to the threat of leaked bunker oil since they cannot swim out to the open sea. Aside from being a breeding ground for several marine life, mangrove trees are also good defenders during storm surges and serve as effective infiltration systems for agriculture. “We will coordinate with the Department of Science and Technology to check kon may presence sang bunker fuel,” Aparri said. According to Aparri, the BFAR is set to conduct a sample test for laboratory analysis of fish samples available in various markets in the city to ensure these are safe for consumption. Activists blasted the incident, which affected the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen. Iloilo and Guimaras rely on the salt-tolerant trees and shrubs to protect them from typhoons that frequently hit the vicinity./PN Initial findings revealed that the oil spill was caused by a rupture in the barge’s fuel tank. The company said it was able to contain the leak at 10 pm, about seven hours after the incident occurred, after 170 combined personnel of the company and the coast guard were deployed.  “Gina-consider naton nga isa ka critical habitat ang mangrove trees kay dira nagakaon, breed and spawn ang fish. Kon natabunan sang bunker fuel ang magagmay nga mga aquatic organism mapatay ni sila kay indi sila makahalin,” the BFAR official said. She also noted that the oil spill has already breached about two to three hectares of mangrove areas in Barangay Bo. Obrero and Dumangas.  center_img Aparri said apart from Barangay Hoskyn, as of yesterday they have not yet received reports of fish kill from other coastal areas in this city and Iloilo province. Power barges are self-contained, floating power plants that private companies deploy to address recurring electricity shortages in the Visayas grid. On July 3, a power barge operated by the energy arm of Filipino conglomerate Ayala Corporation spilled nearly 270,000 litres of bunker fuel off the coast of Iloilo City. ILOILO City – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Western Visayas has issued a warning against eating dead fish in coastal areas contaminated by bunker fuel from a barge damaged by an explosion last week.Remia Aparri, BFAR regional director, said an undetermined volume of dead milkfish (bangus) fingerlings in fish cages were reported in the waters off Barangay Hoskyn in the capital town of Jordan, Guimaras. Smoke from the bunker fuel forced some 255 families to temporarily evacuate to a nearby elementary school as they complained of difficulty of breathing, sore throat and nasal congestion.  Mangrove trees are known for storing more carbon compared to other trees, which is valuable in the fight against global warming. Just off Iloilo’s southeast coast is the island province of Guimaras. Aparri called for the immediate cleanup of spilled bunker fuel to save aquatic life beneath mangrove roots.last_img read more

Ben Kay: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has risky strategy

first_imgJoe Schmidt has adopted a “risky strategy” in preparing Ireland to peak for a potential World Cup Pool D decider against France, according to Ben Kay. Schmidt is aiming to guide double RBS 6 Nations winners Ireland to their first-ever World Cup semi-final, with 2003 winner Kay backing the Kiwi boss in his calculated gamble. “One of their issues has been looking at the fixtures ahead of them and planning,” said former England and Leicester lock Kay. “Because their first World Cup game against Canada, they haven’t performed particularly well, then Romania – Ireland probably have the easiest draw. “So they’ve got that build-up then they have a tougher game against Italy, and the big one against France at the end. “Speaking to people around the squad they are saying that their build-up has been slightly different in that they are looking to peak slightly later in the tournament. “That’s a risky strategy if you can’t get the confidence.” Former Bay of Plenty coach Schmidt created a feared attacking arsenal as Leinster dominated the European scene, but has reined in that style at Test level. Kay believes the Ireland boss has simply reacted to resources, but pinpointed Ireland’s suffocating style as hugely profitable in high-pressure World Cup contests. Press Association England World Cup winner Kay claims Ireland squad players have revealed head coach Schmidt has staggered their build-up to keep key men fresh for the pivotal clash on Sunday, October 11. Ireland will launch their pool-stage campaign by taking on Canada in Cardiff on Saturday, with Italy and Romania their other early rivals. “Joe Schmidt is tactically one of the best coaches in the world though, and always brings the best out of the squad,” said Kay. “He’s very good at looking at and working on the strengths of the team he has. “When he was at Leinster they had an open style of play because they had that attacking threat. “This Irish team he has gone very much into a style of rugby that suits World Cups. “You don’t see many teams winning World Cup finals running in bagfuls of tries. “While it might not be so exciting to watch, with the high ball to the fore, but in their half-back combination they’ve probably got the most settled game-management team. “They’ve done very well and deservedly managed to reach the second-place ranking in the world earlier this summer. “I worry about their threats in the backline not being quite as strong, with Drico (Brian O’Driscoll) not being there and other players having retired. “But as a forward pack they are capable of arm-wrestling with the best.” last_img read more

Gunners beat Walton Hall to secure Balgobin Memorial trophy

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyIN the inaugural tournament, played in memory of the late Chunilall Balgobin last Sunday at the Walton Hall cricket ground, Gunners shot their way to victory.Balgobin served as vice-president of the North Essequibo Cricket Committee prior to his death in 2014.In the presence of a large and vociferous gathering, Gunners, winning the toss in the final against Walton Hall and batting, amassed 123-6 in 15 overs.Captain Grayson Paul led the way with 33 (2×6, 2×4) and received valuable support from former national Under-19 opener Herell Green 31 (5×4) and national Under-17 all-rounder Joshua Jones 30 (3×6, 1×4).Left-arm orthodox spinner Suraj Sookdeo was Walton Hall’s most successful bowler, claiming 2-14 from three overs.In reply, Walton Hall toiled on a wearing pitch and never enjoyed any fluency during their innings.At the end of their 15 overs they were restricted to 108-7, losing by 15 runs. Opener Suresh Persaud top-scored with 31 (3×6) but his effort was not enough to deny Gunners’ grasp of $100 000 and the winners’ trophy.Essequibo inter-county Under-19 leg-spinner Sidique Mohamed with 3-16 from 3 overs mesmerised the hosts into submission.The presentation of prizes was done by the daughter of the late Sports Administrator and in the presence of other relatives, including his wife and two of his sons, who are also members of the Walton Hall Sports Club.The best batsman’s prize went to Vishwanauth Lall while the best bowler was Suraj Sookdeo. Gunners skipper Grayson Paul was adjudged man-of-the-match in the finals.Earlier Gunners staged a dramatic self- defence against Devonshire Castle to earn an exciting 4-run triumph en route to the final.The earlier matches were reduced to ten overs.Batting first Gunners produced 54-4 in their allotted overs then reduced Devonshire Castle to 50-6 when their overs expired.In the earlier game, Walton Hall enjoyed a comfortable 27-run victory against Pomeroon Oil Mill. Batting first, they posted 116-8 from their 10 overs then ensured that Pomeroon Oil Mill managed only 89-3 at the completion of their 10 overs.Meanwhile, it was confirmed by the relatives that the Chunilal Balgobin memorial tournament will be played annually with more than four teams expected to participate over a longer period of time.Balgobin was the brother of former national umpire Dasroy Balgobin and hailed from the village of Walton Hall on the Essequibo Coast.last_img read more

CSU seeks revenge on Utah State

first_imgCSU seeks revenge on Utah State VARYING EXPERIENCE: Utah State has been fueled by senior leadership while Colorado State has leaned on freshmen this year. For the Aggies, seniors Sam Merrill, Justin Bean and Diogo Brito have scored 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 67 percent of all Aggies points over their last five. In the other locker room, freshmen Nico Carvacho, Isaiah Stevens and David Roddy have collectively accounted for 50 percent of Colorado State’s scoring this season and 53 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Merrill has either made or assisted on 50 percent of all Utah State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 14 field goals and 20 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Rams are 13-0 when they make eight or more 3-pointers and 4-8 when they fall shy of that mark. The Aggies are 17-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.9 percent or worse, and 2-7 when opponents exceed that percentage.STREAK SCORING: Colorado State has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 89.5 points while giving up 71.8.DID YOU KNOW: The stout Utah State defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 39.3 percent, the 28th-best mark in the country. Colorado State has allowed opponents to shoot 44.5 percent from the field through 25 games (ranked 257th). Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUtah State (19-7, 8-5) vs. Colorado State (17-8, 8-4)Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colorado; Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Colorado State seeks revenge on Utah State after dropping the first matchup in Logan. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 25, when the Aggies shot 59.2 percent from the field while limiting Colorado State’s shooters to just 37.3 percent on the way to a 77-61 victory.center_img February 10, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com,Update on the latest sports,Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

For De’Quan Hampton, the wait for the spotlight was worth it

first_imgAs the band boomed the Fight Song for the final time of the night, senior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton clambered up the director’s ladder and shoved the sword in his left fist into the air. Hampton bobbed up and down, shimmying and bouncing to the beat. On the field, his teammates cheered for him — “Yeah, ‘Quan! Get it, man!” It lasted for a minute, this moment in the spotlight. But for a transfer senior who’s seen little of the field and even less of the endzone, it was a moment to soak in. And after a 36-14 victory of UCLA — which he could take 12 points worth of credit for — Hampton was loving every second of it.“It was amazing,” Hampton said. “It felt like a dream.”Hampton’s role this season had been fairly secure — playing back-up behind the talented wide receiver unit of junior JuJu Smith-Schuster and senior Darreus Rogers, scrapping for minutes where he could get them. In the first 10 games of this season, he snagged four catches for a total of 22 yards, ranking 12th in team receiving yards behind redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene.But the UCLA game — like all rivalry games, tempestuous and unpredictable — called for a hero. And for three plays and a handful of minutes, Hampton became that player for the Trojans.It takes a perfect combination of variables to create a breakout game. For Hampton, that was a hip flexor and his quarterback’s trust.Smith-Schuster was hurting from the first drive of the game. He roped in a 28-yard catch to bring the Trojans to the 1-yard line, and sophomore running back Ronald Jones punched it in to tie the game with a typical USC offensive play. But in the second quarter, redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold threw an interception and Smith-Schuster, favoring his hip, limped into the locker room. The Bruins scored off a 7-yard touchdown pass, and suddenly the Trojans were trailing 14-7 in their rival’s home stadium.They needed someone to step up, and Hampton did it in style.He touched the ball three times in total, despite coming second behind Smith-Schuster in receiving yards for the game. But those three touches changed the momentum of the final game of conference play.The first time, Hampton ran his route down the left side of the field, stutter stepped, then lept into the air and snatched the ball from over the outstretched arms of his defender. Hampton had 6 inches on his defender, but the lofted toss required trust from Darnold that his receiver could make the play. For Darnold, it wasn’t hard to trust Hampton.“[Our coaches] really preach giving our guys a chance when they have one-on-one coverage,” Darnold said. “I think you’re never wrong throwing it to a guy one-on-one, especially when he’s in the position [Hampton] was. I always feel great throwing it up to them.” His second touch was a simple 6-yard pass that happened to be in the end zone, and happened to put the Trojans up 30-14 in a momentum-swinging third quarter. And the third was a 14-yard catch for a first down at the 50-yard line. Together, the three plays doubled Hampton’s season yardage. For head coach Clay Helton, this type of break-out play is necessary for the team to continue the success of their seven-game winning streak. “You have kids who have just been dying for their opportunity and they made the most of it,” Helton said. “That’s what a team is. You hope that when one guy goes down, another one has prepared himself to make those types of plays.”Saturday’s success was a welcome change for Hampton. Last year, he expressed frustration with the one-track focus of former quarterback Cody Kessler, who completed three times as many passes to Smith-Schuster than to any other receiver. It was a long season for Hampton. He had transferred from Long Beach Community College as a junior  and caught the ball only 15 times in his first year as a Trojan, and this year was going even more slowly until the game against UCLA. But Hampton said that after this year, he trusted that he would have his moment.“I didn’t doubt it, because I’ve seen chances come for other players,” Hampton said. “So I just say that means just keep grinding, because my chance might come this game or the next or the next. I just have to be ready.” When that moment came, he was an easy guy to cheer for, Darnold said. He describes the senior as a “goofy guy,” the type to lead dance parties on and off the field, cheering on his teammates from the sideline no matter how many minutes he played.The party in the Rose Bowl ended eventually, with Trojan fans booming out chants and singing along to “Tusk” as UCLA fans trickled out of the stands. After the final notes of the Fight Song rang out, Hampton climbed down from the ladder, joining his teammates in the locker room and basking in a flock of reporters’ cameras and recorders pressed into his face. That might be it for his moment. As a senior, he’ll have one, at most three, games left with the team. But if that’s the note he ends on — two touchdowns and a rivalry win — well, that’s just alright with him.“It was worth the wait,” Hampton said. “As much frustration as I had being in the position I was, waiting for the opportunity, when it came it’s all worth it.”last_img read more

Provinces in Pro12 action this evening

first_imgCahir’s Tommy O’Donnell, Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan along with Keith Earls and Simon Zebo have all returned to the Munster starting line-up as they’ll host Zebre tonight at Thomond Park, where kick-off is at 7pm.And Ulster have been boosted by the return of fit-again Iain Henderson as they prepare to face defending champions the Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun (pr: Scots-toon) with kick-off at 19:35.last_img

Cork take the double at Semple

first_imgMeanwhile Roscommon are Connacht football champions after an unexpected victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium. For the 53rd time Cork are Munster senior hurling champions.They proved why they were favourites in yesterday’s Munster final with a 1-25 to 1-20 win over Clare in front of over 45,000 fans at Semple Stadium.The win capped off a senior and minor Munster double for the Rebels after they also beat Clare in the minor final by 4-21 to 16 pointslast_img