Governor Wolf, Senator Wiley, Reps. Harkins and Fabrizio Secure Critical Funding in Budget to Aid Erie

first_img July 14, 2016 Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Sean Wiley, and Representatives Pat Harkins and Flo Fabrizio today announced that the 2016-17 budget includes critical funding for the Erie School District. In the 2016-17 budget, the Erie School District received an increase of $3.3 million in basic education funding, an increase of $234,000 in special education funding, and an additional $4 million to aid the district financially.Over a two year period, Governor Wolf and legislators have secured more than $6.5 million in basic education funding for the Erie School District and $562,000 in special education funding.“The Erie School District, like too many districts across Pennsylvania, is still reeling from the devastating cuts to education made by the previous administration,” said Governor Wolf. “Working with Senator Wiley and Representatives Harkins and Fabrizio, we fought hard to secure additional funding for the district that is critical to placing it on solid financial footing. The budget that was completed yesterday includes more money to invest in our classrooms and our children, and it provides additional funding to help the district with its finances.”Going even further, Governor Wolf worked with Senator Wiley, and Representatives Harkins and Fabrizio to include a provision in the budget to provide the Erie School District with additional financial and technical support from the Department of Education.“We spent months making the case that Erie’s Public Schools cannot cut its way out of this hole and that their financial situation cannot be righted without an influx of funds,” said Senator Wiley. “Getting them out of the red and back to even was an important step, but one that is only a short-term fix. Erie’s Public Schools and other districts across this Commonwealth will be right back in the same situation next budget cycle if we don’t address the costs incurred by districts. I look forward to continuing to work on those necessary systemic changes moving forward.”“I’m very happy that things worked out,” said Rep. Harkins. “We’ve been working together in a bipartisan way since September with Superintendent Jay Badams to find a positive solution for all involved. I’m very glad we were able to come to an agreement that worked for everyone.”“I’m very pleased that the General Assembly and the Governor have recognized the dire financial situation of Erie’s Public Schools, and that by working collaboratively and collectively, we’ve been able to provide them with some relief,” said Representative Fabrizio.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf, Senator Wiley, Reps. Harkins and Fabrizio Secure Critical Funding in Budget to Aid Eriecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sports Editors Guild Congratulates Team Nigeria

first_imgIt added: “It is instructive that when Nigerians are reeling from the effects of the current economic recession ravaging the country, a group of special athletes are in far away Rio de Janeiro, Brazil showing the whole world that we can rise above our adversity to rub shoulders with the best in the world in any endeavour.“We, therefore, urge the Federal Government, especially the principal officers of the Sports Ministry, to without delay show that Nigeria cares for them.”“We also implore President Muhammadu Buhari to adequately reward these heroes and ensure Nigeria uses their success story to re-awaken the ‘Can Do’ spirit of Nigerians in this harsh economic climate,’ Ubani further said and reminded the president about the need to revisit the sports sector for a surgical operation.“All over the world, sports is not only seen as a recreation, but also as a business. Apart from its physical and mental benefits, sports also have psychological and social benefits, as it plays positive role in youth development, which includes but not limited to improved academic performance, as well as arresting youth restiveness,” said Ubani.He urged the Federal Government to engage the army of unemployed youths in Nigeria in meaningful employment using sports.“We want the president to address issues bothering on the quality of those administering sports, facilities and policies,” Ubani added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Guild of Nigerian Sports Editors wednesday congratulated Team Nigeria’s special athletes, who have defied all odds to excel at the on-going Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.As at the last count, Team Nigeria has won eight gold, two silver and one bronze medals to better the Sydney 2000 Paralympics all-time haul of seven gold, one silver and five bronze medals.In a communiqué signed by the Guild’s President, Tony Ubani, the body described the team’s feat as “remarkable and encouraging in these difficult times, especially when it is considered that they had little or no motivation from those who were supposed to prepare them for the competition.”last_img read more

Brimah heads Edo Cycling Tour 12-man LOC

first_imgThe 5-day cycling extravaganza which will hold from August 18-23 is expected to attract over 200 cyclists from the 36 states of the federation and Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the Edo state Cycling Tour have named a 12-man Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the championship slated to hold in the state next month, spokesman of the event, Osaretin Emuze has disclosed.According to Emuze, the CEO of Neo Media, Mr Ehi Braimah is the Chairman of the LOC and he will be supported by two Vice Chairmen, the Edo state commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Osaze Osemwegie-Ero as first vice chairman and his Sports, Youth and Special Duties counterpart, Mika Amonokhai as second vice.Other members of the Committee are Bashir Mohammed, the Technical Director of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria, CFN, Shama Alitu Makpa, secretary general of CFN, Osaretin Emuze, Patrick Omorodion, Vincent Braimah as well as three others to be nominated by Edo state.last_img read more

Compete Clean, Fair at FIBA World Cup, FG Urges D’Tigress

first_imgDalung said that the Ministry under his watch was giving equal opportunities to all sports men and women to excel at the grassroots and international stage.“We are deliberately looking toward the development of female sports and we believe that once we are able to equitably tackle the inbalance between the men’s football, women’s football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, our women will do us proud because they have less of the controversies compared to the men,” stressed Dalung.The Minister thanked the players for their dedication and willingness to heed the clarion call to represent Nigeria in Spain.“I want to thank you sincerely for honouring the invitation to come to camp, for considering service to your country as a priority. You are a team that is very compact, driven by common interest and also determined.“I believe that the sky will be the limit of this team”, he concluded.In her response, the team’s captain, Adaora Elonu promised that D’Tigress will do their best to give a good representation of the country who will be playing at the competition as African Champions.Elonu thanked the NBBF President, Musa Kida, for ensuring the team’s early call to camp and early preparations to stand a chance of competing seriously at the World Cup.The Nigeria Basketball Federation President who was represented by the Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade thanked the Minister for his support since they were sworn in in 2017.“We cannot thank you enough for your level of support to the board. You have shown yourself to be a good and dependable father. Like Oliver Twist, we still ask for more.”At the ceremony were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr Olusade Adesola, the President, Nigeria Olympic Committee Habu Gumel and other staff of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.Meanwhile, Nigeria’s senior male team, D’Tigers will start their campaign in the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers today in Lagos.The team billed to face Cote d’Ivoire in the first game of their second round qualifier scheduled for the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos is determined to get the job done and keep to their unbeaten run as they continue their journey of picking a World Cup ticket.D’Tigers’ point guard, Ben Uzoh who has been a constant decimal in the team since 2015 remarked that “it feels good to be back in Lagos again amongst the coaches, players and the fans in their quest to continue building support at home”.He described the team as a united unit focused on bringing glory to Nigeria. “We are brothers. Behind the scene we are always in group chats.“We keep in touch, we joke, we bounce a lot of ideas off each other behind the scene.”Although he is not giving anything to chance regarding their opposition, Uzoh said D’Tigers will continue to work hard in ensuring they maintain their unbeaten run.“Obviously, those teams have been working hard and preparing to put their best foot forward just as much as we are, but I am just excited to be amongst such great talents again. It’s going to be fun because we look forward to the competition.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Men’s team, D’Tigers, take on Cote d’Ivoire friday in LagosNigeria’s D’Tigress have been urged to compete clean and fair when hostilities begin at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, Spain.Speaking at the send forth ceremony held for the glory seeking Nigerian girls on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja thursday, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, told D’Tigress that they have the backing of the whole country as they embark on the journey to Spain.“It is the belief of this government that for every competition, you should compete clean and fair. The country is standing solidly behind you. We are looking out for you with hope that with hardwork, you can bring the trophy home.”last_img read more