State agency bungles ballot referendum for child sex victims

first_imgHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Victims of child sexual abuse might have to wait two years or more to pursue legal claims because of a major bureaucratic bungle that prompted angry denunciations across the political spectrum and the resignation of a top Pennsylvania state official. The Wolf administration disclosed Monday that a proposed state constitutional amendment allowing lawsuits over decadesold claims wasn’t advertised as required and so cannot appear on the ballot this spring. As a result, no statewide referendum to add it to the state constitution may be possible before 2023. The Department of State is calling it “simple human error” and Gov. Tom Wolf is apologizing.last_img read more

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County Adds 28 New COVID Cases Over The Weekend

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Health Department has reported 28 new confirmed COVID-19 cases this weekend, including 15 new cases Saturday and 13 Sunday.The new numbers bring the county’s total case to 1,088 since the start of the pandemic. More information on the new cases will be released on Monday.Meanwhile the Cattaraugus County Health Department reported 15 new confirmed COVID-19 cases this weekend, with 11 on Saturday and four on Sunday, which brings the county’s total to 486 since the start of the pandemic.The new cases include three males and seven females in the southeast part of the county, one male and two females in the northeast part of the county, one male in the northwest part of the county, and one female in the southwest part of the county. Eight of the newly infected people reported being in contact with a positive COVID-19 person. Two of them recently traveled to Bradford, Pennsylvania, including a female who works at a health care facility and travels to Bradford for work.Of the county’s 486 total cases, 362 are active, 106 have recovered, and 18 have died. As of Sunday, there are 294 county residents in either mandatory or precautionary quarantine, 41,630 tests have been administered, and there have been 41,148 negative test results.last_img read more

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Panel discusses sustainability on campus

first_imgGreen groups at USC discussed  various initiatives on campus that aim to address issues such as waste, green buildings, water and energy, at a panel Tuesday.USC’s sustainability rating was recently raised from a C+ to a B- by the Sustainability Endowments Institute, but many campus groups are still working to make the university greener.Green · Eric Johnson, director of Facilities Management Services, and Daniela Arellano, green office liason for the Office of Sustainability, spoke about different ways to recycle and how to make buildings more energy efficient. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan Four of these groups — Net Impact, CalPIRG, the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management Services — talked about some of their goals and projects Tuesday as part of the Campus Conversation Series.Net Impact, a student group that lobbies for corporate responsibility and sustainability on campus, introduced a pilot program this semester that will have classrooms use reusable dry erase markers instead of Expos in classrooms.“We will be implementing the program through Marshall School of Business next fall,” said Catherine Uong, a freshman majoring in business administration and secretary of Net Impact. “You will see the markers in classrooms then.”This semester, CalPIRG, a political public interest group that has chapters at various schools, has worked on a plastic bag ban that has been adopted by unincorporated areas in Los Angeles, though not the city as a whole. The group is also working on clean car initiatives.“One of our core campaigning efforts this year was our clean car initiatives … We’ve been campaigning to put one million more energy efficient cars on the road by 2025,” said David Mittelstein, the head of CalPIRG.CalPIRG and Net Impact both have plans to raise awareness during Earth Week, which is next week. CalPIRG plans to show Chevrolet’s Volt as an exhibit and to talk about green technology. Net Impact plans to host a waste program at The Row, as well as a panel and a fashion show.The Office of Sustainability and FMS have also made major accomplishments this year, but both hope to be able to do more.“Our mission is to institutionalize sustainability by making sustainability part of the everyday work of the school by making it second nature,” said Daniela Arellano, a green office liason of the Office of Sustainability.Arellano said the Office of Sustainability has worked with office leaders in various buildings to teach them how to make the buildings more energy efficient. Many buildings, such as the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, have earned LEED — Leader in Environmental and Energy Design certification, meaning they use water and energy efficiently.Arellano also hopes USC can further decrease its emission of greenhouse gases.There is currently a server in place that collects information to determine how much energy a building uses in a single day. Arellano said she hopes the information is used by students for research, and possibly as a part of competition to see which building can cut down its energy use the most.FMS has also been working to help the environment by putting less waste in landfills.Last year USC generated more than 7,800 tons of trash. Eric Johnson, director of FMS, said 51 percent was diverted from landfills by using a Material Recovery Facility to search for recyclable goods.FMS has also bought a densifier that melts styrofoam to condense it and make it recyclable and has been working on landscaping.“When we talk about landscapse there’s a lot of things we can do to be sustainable,” Johnson said. “In the last few years, whenever we did a project we incorporated green landscaping.”In landscaping projects, organic mulch is used, which releases nitrogen for plants to use and helps them with nutrients. The group is also using dripline irrigation, a low flow irrigation system that directs more water to the plant with little running onto the sidewalk.FMS is also using natural pruning and evapotranspiration to measure how much water is in the air.FMS built a 3-million-gallon thermal energy tank under the track field in 2004. During off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper, the water is cooled down. When electricity is more expensive, the tank is used to provide electricity. Johnson said the project was expensive, but is paying for itself.last_img read more

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Thin Syracuse lineup loads up on chicken and pasta

first_imgDETROIT — Paschal Chukwu is Catholic, so he’s not supposed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent. But Syracuse’s pregame meal always includes chicken, putting Chukwu at a crossroad on Friday before SU’s NCAA Tournament matchup against Texas Christian. Chukwu, SU’s starting center, gave in. “I ate the chicken,” he said. “I had to make a compromise. I had a game. I have to be strong and active.”Former Syracuse standouts Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters are Muslim. Both had similar religious protocols to that of Chukwu when they suited up for the Orange. Former players have had allergies, said Brad Pike, Syracuse’s assistant athletics director for sports medicine. Other former players experienced nerves or excitement before games, which can make eating substantial meals difficult. This is the challenge for Pike — the man tasked with designing the meals for a thin SU lineup, whose trio in Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett average minutes break the top 10 in the country. In other words, what they put into their bodies matters. How they fuel up matters now more than ever. No. 11 seed Syracuse (22-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) will play its third game in five days when it tips off against No. 3 seed Michigan State (30-4, 16-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at 2:40 p.m. If one thing’s for certain, it’s the meal SU will eat, always about four hours prior to tipoff: vegetables, water, potatoes and a whole lot of chicken and pasta. “There’s times we’ll give them money and they can go out on their own,” Pike said. “But now we’re in the tournament and controlling what they’re eating.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGE: Patrick Herlihy takes in NCAA Tournament experience as a walk-on after three years as a managerHow Syracuse’s postseason run overlaps with midterm exam season Some colleges have sports nutritionists and chefs. Food budgets are skyrocketing as programs put nutrition at the forefront. Menus include prime rib, made-to-order omelettes and grilled salmon. Food spreads have become another way for universities to compete.Before games this week, Syracuse eats in a conference room at the team hotel. Pike sends hotels a full schedule of meals, including times and food items, several days before the team arrives. Breakfast is almost always at 10 a.m., save for rare occasions like the TCU game, which didn’t end until Friday turned to Saturday. After SU beat the Horned Frogs, 57-52, Pike said the Orange reconvened back at the hotel to indulge in a make-your-own hamburger bar. The protein is integral in players’ recovery. They load up throughout the day and night on water, Gatorade and Powerade, ensuring their urine is clear, not yellow. Howard and Battle also sip on coffee to prepare. “I’m a skinny dude, so I’m still on my college diet sometimes,” said junior point guard Frank Howard, who is 6-foot-5, 205 pounds. “When we’re on the road, I try to eat very well, a lot of carbs, for energy, a lot of water, Powerade, coffee, Gatorades.”Breakfast includes omelettes, waffles, pancakes, bagels and fruit. Most players dig in to jump-start their day and fuel up for team meetings or practice. Junior center Paschal Chukwu, however, is “not a breakfast guy.” His favorite is pasta, which he eats just about every day. So does freshman forward Oshae Brissett, and nearly every other member of the team.“I like pasta, any type of pasta,” Brissett said. “I could eat it every day.”After playing big minutes, players like Frank Howard need to make sure to refuel correctly. Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerHalf an hour after Syracuse beat TCU, Pike was roaming the locker room with bags of ice in his hands. He listed the dozen or so go-to meals he provides, including chicken parmesan, sirloin steaks, vegetable ziti and, sometimes, Chick-fil-A. Pike said players were ecstatic when a Chick-fil-A opened up in Cicero last month. Then, he looked across the Syracuse room and pointed to Battle and Howard.“We have all kinds of stuff, lots of carbs, so we can get those glycogens, especially for the iron guys over there who play all of the time,” Pike said, pointing at SU’s backcourt duo who play the entirety of games.Pike has hundreds of Microsoft Word documents on his computer. He converts the menus into PDF form and emails them to whatever hotel the Orange will stay at. SU eats almost exclusively at the hotel. Every once in a while, Syracuse will dine out. In Dayton, Ohio, this week, the whole team got a treat: SU went to a nearby steakhouse. “We don’t go hungry,” Brissett said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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MASS FOR THOSE BEREAVED BY SUICIDE ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgA MULTI-DENOMINATIONAL Service of remembrance for families and friends bereaved by suicide will take place in Stranorlar on Sunday week, September 29.This service, which has not been held in a recent years, is again being organised by a local woman, Angela Crawford, who lost her daughter to suicide.A large turn-out is expected at the service. The service takes place in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar, at 7pm and everyone is welcome. MASS FOR THOSE BEREAVED BY SUICIDE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: September 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:serviceSUICIDElast_img read more

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