Advisory Commission on African American Affairs Sworn In by Governor Tom Wolf

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Advisory Commission on African American Affairs Sworn In by Governor Tom Wolf February 24, 2016center_img African American Affairs,  Government That Works Harrisburg, PA — At a closed ceremony at the Governor’s Residence yesterday evening, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (GACAAA) was sworn in by Governor Tom Wolf and Deputy Secretary of State Peter Speaks.“I am thrilled to stand with this outstanding group of leaders in our state’s African American community,” said Governor Wolf. “This commission will benefit the commonwealth by defining and addressing the unique contributions, needs, and concerns of the African American community. Their work will improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians.”To view photos of the event, click here.The GACAAA was re-established under the Wolf Administration as the commonwealth’s advocate agency for its African American citizens in August 2015. The commission serves seven main functions:Advising the governor on policies, procedures, legislation, and regulations that affect the African American community;Developing, reviewing, and recommending to the governor policies in the areas of health and human services, housing, education, employment, business formation, and other relevant areas which affect the African American community;Providing appropriate assistance and advice to state agencies to strengthen the enforcement of the commonwealth’s anti-discriminatory hiring, retention, and promotion policies;Serving as a liaison to federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that programs impacting African Americans are effectively utilized;Serving as a resource for community groups and provide forums for developing strategies and programs that will expand and enhance the civic, social, educational, cultural, and economic status of the African American community;Identifying programs, scholarships, mentoring programs, sources of funding, or other resources and compliance requirements for the benefit and advancement of African Americans; andPromoting the cultural arts of the African American community throughout the commonwealth.The commission will be chaired by Ahmeenah Young. Other members include, by region:SouthwestLa’Tasha D. Mayes, Founder and Director, New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive JusticeCandi Castleberry Singleton, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, UMPCRev. Dr. William Curtis, Senior Pastor, Mt. Ararat Baptist ChurchFred Redmond, International Vice President, United Steel WorkersMarisa C. Bartley Williams, Executive Director, YMCA of Greater PittsburghCentralRev. Dr. Aaron Willford Jr., Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist ChurchSoutheastChad Dion Lassister, Executive Director, Red Cross House and Recovery, American Red Cross of SEPAAhmeenah Young, Former CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center AuthorityBlane Stoddart, President and CEO, BFW Group LLCDr. Damone B. Jones, Sr., Pastor, Bibleway Baptist ChurchDesiree Peterkin-Bell,Consultant, DNCCAdrienne McKinney, Executive Director, TUNY Haven International Early Learning CenterDanielle P. Jeter, CEO & Founder, Affairs of IsisAnton Moore, Founder, Unity in the CommunityCorey Tucker, Academic Coordinator, Community College of PhiladelphiaCarl Bailey, Retired President and CEO, CWB Consulting ServiceJasmine Sessoms, Deputy Executive Director, Mayor’s FundBilal Qayyum, Father’s Day Rally CommitteeNorthwestAngela McNair, Director, Erie School BoardDavid Dix, Managing Director, Lumnious StrategiesThe commonwealth is committed to providing equality and opportunity for all Pennsylvanians and increasing access for African Americans to civic, economic, and educational opportunities in Pennsylvania.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Clippers bring string of blown leads into holiday showdown with Lakers

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory All that proved a precursor for the monumental 31-point comeback win in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, the largest comeback in any NBA postseason game.Not that the 2018-19 Clippers weren’t afflicted by blown leads of their own.They relinquished an eight-point lead with five minutes to go in their season-opening loss to Denver, coughed up a 24-point advantage on the road in Washington, D.C., and, most consequentially, when they were trying to hang onto the sixth seed in the playoff race, blew a 12-point second-half lead in a loss to the Lakers.But those Clippers are not these Clippers.These Clippers, as Coach Doc Rivers put it following Sunday’s loss, are “trying to go somewhere.”These Clippers are enjoying the “privilege,” as Rivers has called it, of experiencing the pressure that comes with being considered an NBA title contender, the type of team that’s expected to maintain championship-caliber focus even on the second night of back-to-backs or in the third game in four nights, and even when key players are sidelined.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum They’ve lost three of their last five games, have Patrick Beverley’s sore right groin to worry themselves about, and most alarmingly, have developed a knack lately for letting big leads evaporate.In each of their three most recent defeats, the Clippers were up big before faltering down the stretch: They had a 15-point lead in the second quarter before eventually falling to Chicago on the road, 109-106; they led by 17 points just before halftime and lost 122-117 at home to Houston; and they failed to protect an 18-point second-quarter advantage in Oklahoma City on Sunday before eventually losing 118-112.Those results serve as a stark contrast with last season’s Clippers, a spirited bunch of grinders who are remembered for being on the right side of so many of those comebacks.There was the 28-point comeback victory in Boston soon after the trade deadline that was, until that point, the largest comeback in franchise history and the largest road comeback in the NBA since 2009.The previous week, the Clippers rallied from a 25-point deficit in Detroit and a 20-point gap in Charlotte, becoming the only team in more than 20 seasons with three 20-plus-point comeback wins in a five-game span.center_img For all the good times and merriment they promise, the holidays are nothing if not stressful – just ask L.A.’s two NBA superteams, both of whom are limping heading into a Christmas Day rematch that seemed a week ago like it would be the stuff statements are made off.Now, the main course on Wednesday’s NBA holiday schedule suddenly seems squishier, like it might be a less substantial meal than what everyone was wishing for.The Lakers – who will host the Staples Center showdown this time – have lost three consecutive games, are 24-6 and have had significant injury concerns crop up with their two most important players: LeBron James is dealing with a muscle strain near his rib cage and Anthony Davis has ankle and knee soreness.Meanwhile, the Clippers (22-10) aren’t plowing forth with great momentum, either. “I didn’t think about Pat one time or Kawhi (Leonard) one time,” Rivers told reporters in Oklahoma City, where his team committed five turnovers in the final six minutes. “I thought we should’ve won the game with what we had on the floor. But we didn’t.”The Clippers face another team privileged with similarly weighty expectations on Wednesday, for which the Lakers’ leading men are considered questionable.Leonard and Paul George, conversely, are expected to be available for the Clippers, who are 11-3 with both of their stars in the lineup, although even that pairing hasn’t guaranteed a big lead is safe – they both played in Thursday’s fall-from-ahead defeat to Houston.The Clippers – who beat the Lakers 112-102 in the season opener (without George) – are 4-3 in games that George has participated in but Leonard has not.That includes Sunday’s loss at Oklahoma City, where they became the latest victim of a Thunder comeback. Four times this season, Oklahoma City has recovered from a deficit of 15 points or more to win, something only one other team in the NBA has four such comebacks – and the Clippers will face that squad Wednesday. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

first_imgWednesday, December 25th, 2013•6:20 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of Ash and Mill, Wellington, involving a vehicle operated by Frank R. Cook, 29, Kearney, Neb. and a fixed object/street sign owned by the city of Wellington. Wellington Police Notes for Tuesday, Dec. 24 to Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013: Tuesday, December 24, 2013•12:15 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 800 block S. Jefferson, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Zachariah D. Brown, 2qw28, Wellington.•1:53 a.m. Zachariah D. Brown, 28, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and criminal threat.•9:50 a.m. Non-Injury accident on private property in the 100 block W. Botkin, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Erin N. Goldsmith, 24, Winfield and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Lucy M. Arebalo, Wellington.•12:02 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to mailbox and door frame in the 200 block E. Kansas, Wellington.•1:15 p.m.Non-Injury accident in the 1600 block N. H, Wellington, involving a vehicle operated by Casey R. Fitzpatrick, 32, Wellington.•2:01 p.m. Officers took a report of a disturbance by a known suspect(s) in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2:48 p.m. Officers investigated obstruction of law enforcement officers in by a known suspect in the 1300 block N. 1300 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•6:05 p.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 300 block W. 9th, Wellington.last_img read more