SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Advisory Commission on African American Affairs Sworn In by Governor Tom Wolf February 24, 2016 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: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
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By Saumojyoti S Choudhury Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (PTI) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Saturday announced that henceforth the Junior World Cup will be held every two years but the world body seemed clueless about the host nation and exact timing of the next edition. The Junior World Cup was last held in 2016 at Lucknow, where India went on to lift the title and as per the new decision the event should have been hosted this year itself. But the FIH said as the decision was taken in its Executive Board meeting only on Friday, they are yet to figure out the host nation and exact timing of the next edition. “The Junior World Cup will be held every second year from now on. We need to support youth in sport and give every generation a chance to participate in Junior World Cup. If we don’t, we lose a generation of players,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said at a press conference here on Saturday. The FIH CEO, however, was clueless when asked about when and where the next edition of the Junior World Cup and Senior World Cup will be held. “I think it is in 2021, but please let us confirm that to you before putting out a wrong message,” Weil said. Weil said they already invited bids for the next editions of Junior and Senior World Cup and a decision on the matter will be taken next year. “We had already presented the plan for selection (of venues) for the 2022 World Cup. We have launched the (invitation of) bids. We have set two windows in July 2022 and in January 2023. The bidding process will finish in February. Then we will collect all the documents,” he said.advertisement “We will start bids for potential candidates for the Junior World Cup soon. This decision will also have to be taken in 2019.” Besides, the FIH also took a few important decisions on the launch of Hockey 5s, a new upgraded ranking system and international calendar during its meeting on Friday. “By the end of February 2019, we will take a decision how we want to conduct Hockey 5s. It’s nothing new. It’s just that FIH has decided to bring it to a new level, in areas where people are, to showcase the beauty of hockey. “There are a lot of people out there who have never seen the game. The short format will allow us to go in areas where 11-a-side cannot be played,” he said. “We will also work on a new ranking system that is simple and allows every country to collect points. That’s quite important.” Talking about the revival of the game in Pakistan, Weil said: “Hockey is not dead in Pakistan, they participate in every big event. It is a sport that is played around the globe but not in their home country (Pakistan). “It is extremely difficult (situation) to get support, especially fan support if they can’t see their team playing in their own country. We all know there are some reasons for that. “But we will work on a plan to bring the game back to Pakistan.” The FIH CEO also made it clear that from now on the World Cup will be a 16-team affair but said they will work on curtailing the duration of the tournament. “There is no intention to increase but maintain the number of teams in the World Cup. We will definitely stick to it (16 teams). It’s long for some people. “We will listen to the national associations who are participating. I cannot tell you now, how will it exactly work. Potentially more games in one day,” Weil said. He also said that there will be no title sponsor and broadcaster for the upcoming Pro League and it will be known as FIH Pro League. Meanwhile, FIH President Narinder Batra on Saturday courted an unwarranted controversy after he spoke rudely to a senior journalist for inquiring about the unsavoury episode involving Hockey India CEO Elena Norman and a few India players. Norman had yelled at some players including Manpreet Singh for entering the VIP Lounge a day before India’s quarterfinal match against Netherlands. PTI SSC ATKATK
London: Scientists have identified a new species of pterosaur reptiles — with a wingspan of up to 10 metres — which is among the largest ever flying animals. Cryodrakon boreas, from the Azhdarchid group of pterosaurs was a flying reptile which lived during the Cretaceous period around 77 million years ago. Its remains were discovered 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada, but palaeontologists had assumed they belonged to an already known species of pterosaur discovered in Texas, US, named Quetzalcoatlus. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe study, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, reveals it is actually a new species and the first pterosaur to be discovered in Canada. “This is a cool discovery, we knew this animal was here but now we can show it is different to other azhdarchids and so it gets a name,” said David Hone, lead author of the study from Queen Mary University of London in the UK. Although the remains — consisting of a skeleton that has part of the wings, legs, neck and a rib — were originally assigned to Quetzalcoatlus, study of this and additional material uncovered over the years shows it is a different species in light of the growing understanding of azhdarchid diversity. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe main skeleton is from a young animal with a wingspan of about five metres but one giant neck bone from another specimen suggests an adult animal would have a wingspan of around 10 metres, researchers said. This makes Cryodrakon boreas comparable in size to other giant azhdarchids including the Texan Quetzalcoatlus which could reach 10.5 metres in wingspan and weighed around 250 kilogrammes, they said. Like other azhdarchids, these animals were carnivorous and predominantly predated on small animals which would likely include lizards, mammals and even baby dinosaurs. “It is great that we can identify Cryodrakon as being distinct to Quetzalcoatlus as it means we have a better picture of the diversity and evolution of predatory pterosaurs in North America,” Hone added. Unlike most pterosaur groups, azhdarchids are known primarily from terrestrial settings and, despite their likely capacity to cross oceanic distances in flight, they are broadly considered to be animals that were adapted for, and lived in, inland environments. Despite their large size and a distribution across North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, few azhdarchids are known from more than fragmentary remains, researchers said. This makes Cryodrakon an important animal since it has very well preserved bones and includes multiple individuals of different sizes, they said.