Time to Heal dinner celebrates Relationship Violence Awareness Month

first_imgOne in three adult women and one in six adult men report having experienced some form of violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime, Elisabeth Vasko, associate professor of theology at Duquesne University, said in her keynote address for the Time to Heal dinner. Intimate relationship violence can happen to anyone, no matter age, background, race, orientation or gender, Vasko said,.“How can we keep letting this happen in our communities?” Vasko asked at the second annual dinner.In support of the survivors in the Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s community, students, faculty, staff and community members convened Wednesday in the Dahnke Ballroom to commemorate Relationship Violence Awareness month.The dinner, coordinated by the Gender Relations Center (GRC), serves as an opportunity to show support for people who have been affected by power-based personal violence, John Johnstin, assistant director for outreach, student leadership and assessment at the GRC said.Mannequins in a black dress, Notre Dame athletic apparel and jeans and a tie-dye t-shirt, among other outfits, were accompanied by plaques with the words of survivors as part of the “What Were You Wearing?” survivor art installation. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert of the University of Arkansas and Jen Brockman of the University of Kansas created the installation in 2013 based Mary Simmerling’s poem “What I Was Wearing.” Brockman and Wyandt-Hierbert interviewed survivors, asked them what they were wearing when they were assaulted and recreated what the survivors described.The installation travels the world, using the same quotes from survivors but allowing institutions to take their own donations for clothing, Johnstin said.“Each [display piece] is different but courageously offers insight to how we both individually and collectively can become beacons of hope and compassion.” Christine Gebhardt, director of the GRC, said. “Our call is to carry these stories with them. By sharing stories and being present we send a message that when one of us is harmed, we all are impacted.”Vasko recently published “Beyond Apathy: A Theology for Bystanders.” Throughout her presentation, Vasko stressed the importance of asking uncomfortable questions in creating change.“Intimate partner violence can take many different forms,” she said. “Irrespective of the circumstances, healing is hard. Despite our best intentions, as communities, we continue to miss this point.”Intimate partner violence takes place when a person believes they are “entitled to control their partner,” Vasko said. This may mean a partner is isolated from friends and family, controlled financially, blamed for violent behavior or experiences physical or sexual violence. The statistical likelihood of intimate partner violence can vary by a person’s gender, ethnicity, orientation and ability. As a society, we are taught to accept sexual violence through everyday materials from Disney movies to ad campaigns, which makes it difficult to recognize intimate partner violence, she said.“Boys will be taught that a certain amount of threat is an acceptable expression of masculinity,” Vasko said.To enact social change, Vasko said, one must learn to critique such norms of society. She endorsed adopting an intersectional approach to violence intervention by taking race and sexuality, gender, orientation and class into consideration, and including people of color and the LGBTQ community in the conversation. Societal change won’t come quickly or easily, she said, and it is imperative that those seeking change stay in the conversation for a long-term solution rather than a quick fix.“Because this kind of violence that you’re talking about this month is so hidden, you have to reorganize your time to be able to notice it,” Vasko said. “ … Compassion takes time.”The final event for Relationship Violence Awareness month is the Fall Festival, which will take place on Oct. 30 from 2-4 p.m. on Fieldhouse Mall.Tags: Gender Relations Center, Relationship Violence Awareness Month, time to heal dinnerlast_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors Presents: The Second Annual Bluegrass, Bikes & Beer Tour with Travis Book

first_imgTravis Book is best known for his role as singer and bass player for in the Grammy-nominated bluegrass outfit the Infamous Stringdusters.He’s also a hell of a solo artist and loves to shred some singeltrack when he can find time between nationwide touring gigs with the aforementioned Dusters.For the second year in a row, Book is combining his passion for solo performance with his love for mountain biking by hosting a 6-show tour at breweries scattered throughout  the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and Virginia.“I got inspired to put Bluegrass, Bikes & Beers together because I love music, and riding bikes and drinking beer,” Book said in a recent interview with our sister publication Elevation Outdoors Magazine.For Book it’s not just about enjoying local trails, sampling area brews, and putting on a killer bluegrass show. He’s also using the Bluegrass, Bikes & Beers tour as a way to raise funds for trail maintenance and local trail building efforts.“We do a group ride during the day and then we play bluegrass and serve beer at a free event that night to help raise money for local bike clubs,” he said.If you live in the Blue Ridge region, chances are Book will be coming to a brewery near year in the next couple of months. Check out venues and dates below:April 22, Harrisonburg, VAPale Fire BrewingBenefiting Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC)4pm: Group Mountain Bike ride leaves from Pale Fire7pm: Music from Travis Book and The Hot SeatsApril 23, Roseland, VADevils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub and MeadowsBenefiting the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Coalition (CAMBC)10am: Group Mountain Bike ride leaves from Sherando Lake (parking lot at gate)12pm: Group Mountain Bike ride leaves from Devils Backbone2pm: Music from Travis Book and The Hot Seats6pm: Group Mountain Bike ride leaves from Devils BackboneApril 24, Roanoke, VASoaring Ridge Craft BrewersBenefiting the Roanoke Area chapter of IMBA (RIMBA)2pm: Group Mountain Bike ride on Mill Mountain Trails leaves from SRCB4pm: Music from Travis Book and The Hot SeatsMay 13, Brevard, NCOskar Blues WNCBenefiting The Pisgah Conservancy3pm: Group Mountain Bike ride OR trail run in Pisgah National Forest(leaving from Oskar Blues Brewery)5:30: Music from Travis Book and The Fireside CollectiveMay 15, Shelby, NCNewgrass Brewing CompanyBenefiting the Cleveland County/City of Shelby Rail-to-Trail project2pm: Urban Group Ride leaves from Newgrass Brewing5pm: Music From Travis Book and The Mark Schimick and Josh Daniel ProjectJune 4, Black Mountain, NCPisgah Brewing CompanyBenefiting Pisgah SORBA1pm: Group Mountain Bike Ride from Pisgah Brewing4pm: Happy Hour Music with Travis Book and guests7pm: Keller Williams, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Grateful GrassThe Bluegrass, Bikes, and Beers your is brought to you byIceMule Coolers, KEEN, Klean Kanteen, Osprey Packs, and Yakima. Click here for more info. BBB_Fulllast_img read more

Hondurans pay $30 million annually in extortion: Analyst

first_imgBy Dialogo September 24, 2013 Extortion by gang members and organized crime operatives is so common that it is known as a “war tax,” one Tegucigalpa taxi driver said. He and his fellow taxi drivers have to pay organized crime operatives to avoid becoming victims of violence, said the taxi driver, who asked to be identified only as “Carlos” for safety reasons. Organized crime groups have cells of operatives to collect extortion money, Carlos said. “It is the war tax,” he said. “We each have to pay 2,000 lempiras monthly, we hand it to the route boss and a gang member collects the sum from him.” The extortion demands are causing great economic harm to him and his fellow taxi drivers, Carlos said. After paying the extortionists, he and his fellow taxi drivers usually have very little money left over, Carlos said. “We are almost working only for them,” he said. But refusing to pay the extortion is not an option, he said. “If we don’t pay, they kill us,” he said. Carlos changed his routes because the extortion demands in his old route were higher, he said. Taxi drivers are not the only victims of organized crime extortionists. Owners of small grocery stores, clothing shop owners, and restaurant operators are also targets of organized crime extortionists, Carlos said. Many business people cannot afford to make the payments, and close their shops, stalls, and restaurants, Joya said. About 1,500 businesses close every year because they cannot afford to pay extortion demands, he said. Criminals killed at least 84 taxi drivers in Honduras in 2012, according to the National Human Rights Commission. Attackers killed most of them because they refused to pay extortion demands or were unable to make the payments, according to a commission report. Another 15 taxi drivers were severely injured, and 20 passengers were killed or wounded, the report said. Taxi drivers, restaurant operators and shop owners are not the only ones being targeted by extortionists. Even some priests have reported being victims of extortion, authorities said. Reports of extortion are on the increase, authorities said. In 2011, police in Tegucigalpa recorded 163 reports of extortion, authorities said. In 2012, police in the city recorded 755 reports of extortion, an increase of more than 450 percent. Military Police Businesses close, extortion victims killed Most of the organized crime operatives who collect extortion money are boys or teenagers, Joya said. “The collectors are young kids between the ages of 10 and 16, all of them are minors because organized crime groups know that they are protected by law and will be released within 24 hours if they are captured,” Joya said. The boys and teenagers go from one business to the next collecting extortion money, Joya said. “At the national level we estimate criminals are collecting $2.5 million from small businesses per month, or $30 million per year.” center_img Youthful extortionists TEGUCIGALPA: In August 2013, the Honduran Congress approved the creation of the Military Police, which will work with the National Police to fight organized crime, general delinquency, and improve public safety. Fighting extortion by organized crime groups will be one of the main responsibilities of the Military Police. Organized crime operatives are forcing taxi drivers and small business owners in Honduras to pay nearly $10 million annually to extortionists, according to a recent report. There are 16 major markets in Tegucigalpa, where 14,000 stall owners sell clothing, electronics, produce and other kinds of food. Each of the stall owners pays about 300 lempiras a week in extortion money, according to a report by security analyst Billy Joya, a former Honduran police official. That adds up to 16 million lempiras a month and 192 million lempiras a year – the equivalent of $ 9.6 million. Extortion has become common in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba, according to the report and law enforcement officials. “War tax” The Military Police is scheduled to begin patrolling in Tegucigalpa and other cities in October 2013. Officials hope the Military Police will help combat extortion and other crimes. “We believe this strengthening will translate into reduced extortions, which by law are now considered acts of terrorism,” said Congressman German Leitzelar. my question is, do you keep a growth chart that can show population the progress of the business field where extortion payments are being eliminated? to what bank do they deposit those taxes, is there any surveillance on the bank accounts, where the amounts of the monthly deposits can be identified and matched with the dates and deposited amounts, and which analyzes what business does the deposited money come from? why don’t they use cops infiltrated as cab drivers!!!! to follow also the businesses that pay taxes a couple of times and then follow up to see where it leads to, if criminals are smart then disguise yourselves as criminals and you will be able to catch them!1 They will never be able to eliminate those delinquents because its a mob associated with the police and high-rank officials, so you need to start with the upper level in order to eliminate some of those delinquent mooches. It’s an unfortunate fact If we change its name, it’s identical to what goes on in Venezuela. Only God can change things, a civil servant will not put away a blackmailer because he cannot do it. If he does, he or his family gets killed, so he would rather play ignorant. This corruption occurs because the governments are accomplices as well and are not interested in doing anything, since there are policemen and politicians involved. It is necessary to perform a deep reform of the judicial laws of that country. THE SECURITY SITUATION IN HONDURAS IS LIKE A STRAIGHT JACKET. ON ONE HAND, ORGANIZED CRIME IS EITHER EXTORTING THE PEOPLE OR KILLING THEM, AND ON THE OTHER HAND, THE WAR TAX AGAINST THE CITIZENS WHO DON’T EVEN HAVE MONEY TO EAT, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE PRICES OF THE BASIC FOOD BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THE HIGH TAXES, TO THE POINT WHERE MUNICIPALITIES HAVE INCREASED TAXES 80 TIMES WITH NO JOBS AND WITHOUT ADDING THE SECURITY RATE. WE ARE CORNERED LIKE IN THE BATTLE BETWEEN HITLER AND THE JEWS…THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE US. It’s a shame what Honduras is going through. Be strong and don’t give in to this abuse and may God protect you from this evil. I wish people were patient, since the police forces will be improved. Yes…congrats to the government for taking immediate action to eliminate the delinquency that has been taking over in almost all countries of the world. I hope it serves as example for all governments worldwide. If the state and its institutions fulfilled their responsibilities, there would be no charges or theft!! I don’t understand why you publish this article discrediting Honduras. Just like all countries we have security issues but there are more good people than bad. I love Honduras and would never leave. It shows the level of social decomposition that the people of Latin America are experiencing.last_img read more

Argentine Armed Forces Join the Fight Against Coronavirus

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz / Diálogo April 02, 2020 The Argentine Armed Forces have joined national prevention efforts against coronavirus to confront a potential infection peak. The Ministry of Defense ordered the creation of 14 Joint Emergency Zone Commands and 10 task forces nationwide.Service members will provide logistics support to security forces, conduct humanitarian assistance activities, distribute food, and provide health care to the population.“We have the entire capacity of the Armed Forces and their 90,000 men ready to take part, in different ways, in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic,” Argentine Minister of Defense Agustín Rossi told the press.On March 24, Rossi ordered all 15 military hospitals in the country to be ready to deal with a possible health emergency. Retired personnel up to 60 years old who are not in an at-risk group may be called to serve, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.Air Force and Army helicopters patrol the Buenos Aires metropolitan area, where 70 percent of the cases are concentrated, to alert security forces about violations of the mandatory quarantine the government decreed. While the majority of the population has complied with the president’s orders to stay home, many citizens have violated the order – a crime punishable by imprisonment.Army deploys hospitalThe Argentine Army set up a Mobile Military Hospital (HMR, in Spanish) in the town of Campo de Mayo, in Buenos Aires province, to increase health care services. The HMR has tents and units that provide first aid, surgery, and hospitalization. The Air Force will also deploy its HMR, which was fundamental with support efforts following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.Argentine Navy personnel distribute food in the town of Ushuaia to ensure compliance with the government’s social distancing decree. (Photo: Argentine Navy)The Military Tailoring department, which usually makes uniforms, began to produce masks (which are scarce in pharmacies) and sheets for surgical centers. In addition, the Armed Forces Joint Pharmaceutical Lab doubled its production of alcohol-based gel, another scarce item, to 660 gallons a week.Since the pandemic was declared, service members have also been cooperating to bring home the nearly 30,000 Argentines that remain stranded abroad. On March 21, two Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft flew to Peru to repatriate 140 Argentine citizens and return 140 Peruvian nationals that were in Argentina.Navy delivers foodPersonnel of the Southern Naval Area delivered food to Ushuaia residents, on the southernmost tip of Argentina, in an operation organized by the 14th Emergency Zone Command. The military distributed 800 bags of food in community kitchens and houses to ensure social distancing, the Navy said in a statement.As a preventive measure against COVID-19, the ARA Islas Malvinas ship has anchored prior to entering Puerto Belgrano Naval Base. The crew, which just finished the Combined Naval Antarctic Patrol with the Chilean Navy, wants to make sure they are not a source of infection.Border areasThe Armed Forces are also providing logistics support to the Gendarmerie, which patrols border areas. The governor of Salta province, Gustavo Sáenz, urged President Alberto Fernández to also authorize service members to participate in monitoring the “nearly 30 illegal border crossings” on the Bolivian border to prevent the virus from entering.“The Gendarmerie does not have enough human resources due to the border’s length,” said Sáenz in a YouTube video. “Mr. President, we need the Army in the streets. We need the Army on the borders to ensure that no one enters the country.”last_img read more

COVID-19: National Police chief issues edict forbidding mass gatherings

first_imgNational Police chief Gen. Idham Azis has issued an edict announcing that the police will take strict action against people who conduct mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the edict, dated March 19, Idham urged the public to refrain from organizing mass gatherings in public places or private properties. Several examples of mass gatherings prohibited by the edict include social meetings, workshops, music festivals, carnivals, sports events, fairs, mass protests and family receptions.  Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a 14-day state of emergency in the capital city on Saturday in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.He urged all stakeholders – including corporations, social organizations and religious groups – to take drastic action to prevent the spread of the disease during the state of emergency.”Officers from the Jakarta Police, the Jakarta Military Command and provincial administrations will be out in the field on Monday to make sure everybody obeys the policy.”Indonesia reported 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide with 48 deaths as of Sunday afternoon.center_img “If the situation is pressing and cannot be avoided, mass gatherings should be conducted with participants maintaining a safe distance from each other and they must follow the government’s COVID-19 prevention procedures,” he said. He also warned the public to refrain from stockpiling food and other basic necessities. “Police officers are required to take the necessary police action according to prevailing laws and regulations should they find any party violating this edict,” Idham said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently called on the public to work, study and worship from home to prevent a nationwide outbreak, but he stressed that the government was “not leaning toward issuing a lockdown policy”.last_img read more

Afghanistan arrests regional Islamic State leader

first_imgOn Monday, there were four roadside blasts in the capital which wounded four civilians, including a child, according to Kabul’s police. No group immediately claimed responsibility.Clashes in eastern Laghman province between security forces and the Taliban killed six security force members and wounded five, according to Haroon Yousufzai, a local military spokesman. The ministry of defense said the Taliban also suffered heavy casualties.The Afghan government and foreign powers including the United States have been calling on the group to reduce violence, saying it is hindering progress on moving towards formal peace talks. Afghan security forces arrested three senior South Asia Islamic State members including the group’s regional leader, the government said on Monday.The militant group’s head of South Asia, Abu Omar Khorasani, was arrested in Kabul alongside the group’s spy chief and public relations officer, the General Directorate of National Security (NDS) and Interior Ministry said in a statement.”NDS will continue its comprehensive and targeted operations to hunt down senior leaders of regional terrorist groups and destroy the joint hubs of these terrorist networks,” the statement said. South Asia Islamic State is mainly focused on a small presence in Afghanistan, largely in the north, though it has waged high profile attacks further south in the capital.Afghan security forces arrested eight members of a network grouping Islamic State and Haqqani militants responsible for bloody attacks in the capital including on Sikh worshippers, the country’s security agency said last Wednesday.The ongoing violence underscored the challenges to securing lasting peace in Afghanistan even after the United States signed a troop withdrawal agreement with the militant Taliban in February.The Taliban, which says it opposes the Islamic State and has fought the group, has since held off on large-scale attacks on foreign forces or in major centers, though it has continued attacking Afghan security forces throughout the provinces.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Beijing can screen almost 1 million people daily for coronavirus: Official

first_imgThe Chinese capital is capable of screening almost 1 million people a day for the coronavirus, an official said on Sunday, as testing continued across the city to try to contain the spread of a fresh outbreak.Beijing has been expanding testing in the city of 20 million since a cluster of infections linked to a food wholesale market erupted over a week ago.The outbreak, the first in Beijing in months, has now surpassed previous peak numbers in the city in early February. Testing was initially focused on people who worked or shopped at the Xinfadi market or lived nearby but it has been expanded to include residents in many other parts of the city as well as food and parcel delivery workers.Since the new outbreak, capacity has more than doubled to more than 230,000 tests daily at 124 institutions, Gao Xiaojun, spokesman for the Beijing Health Commission, told a press briefing.The tests are done on samples collected from multiple people in one test tube, meaning the city can get results from almost 1 million people daily, he added.The same pooling of samples was also carried out in Wuhan last month to quickly ramp up daily testing capacity after a cluster of new cases there raised worries about a second wave of infections.Gao also said that provinces including Hubei and Liaoning had sent about 200 people to Beijing to boost staff in laboratories, further helping to increase testing capacity. Topics :last_img read more

Dani Ceballos squares up to Arsenal teammate during heated pre-match warm up

first_imgThe two Gunners stars had to be separated after a clash in the warm up (Picture: BT Sport)Dani Ceballos was involved in a heated clash with teammate Eddie Nketiah in Arsenal’s pre-match warm up before facing Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.Both players were named on the bench for the opening game of the Premier League season and were taking part in a rondo with the rest of the substitutes.But the drill was ended early when Ceballos went in hard on Nketiah, with the forward taking umbrage with the challenge only for the Spanish midfielder to start a shoving match. ‘And it carries on there – I guess this is passion right Rio, is this what you want to see?’Ferdinand replied: ‘Yeah of course, this is part of it. I think at the end of the day sometimes it gets heated. You’d see that probably once or twice a week at the training ground. It’s just we happen to be here, we’ve seen it. I’m sure Arteta won’t be too disappointed to see that.’Peter Crouch added: ‘That’s good passion I think.’MORE: Emiliano Martinez’s agent explains why the Arsenal star is looking to leaveMORE: Arsenal make improved verbal offer for Odsonne Edouard as Alexandre Lacazette seeks moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Nketiah pushed Ceballos away after he squared up to him (Picture: BT Sport)That little flair up appeared to have died down, but just seconds later Ceballos went in hard a second time on Nketiah before squaring up to the youngster.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNketiah stood his ground, with the two teammates going eye-to-eye, before finally a member of the coaching team intervened and dragged the furious striker away from his teammate.Former Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand played down the scuffle, though, and says it happens all the time in training.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey brought attention to the incident, saying: ‘We’ve just noticed something happening out on the pitch.‘Just take a look at the bottom of your screen there, small sided game, and you can see Dani Ceballos looked like he went in a little a bit hard there on Eddie Nketiah. Dani Ceballos squares up to Arsenal teammate Eddie Nketiah during heated pre-match warm up Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 12:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares Comment Advertisement You don’t see this every day 👀Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah got into a heated exchange during a pre-match training routine 👜 pic.twitter.com/u1qMPuZ8Ux— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 12, 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more

The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: What Do I Need to Know?

first_img July 20, 2016 By: Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Tourism, Marketing and Film SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: What Do I Need to Know? Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEET DNC,  The Blog Whoever coined the saying, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue your happiness. You have to catch it yourself,” didn’t say there was anything wrong with providing a few friendly suggestions on where it might be found.With the 2016 Democratic National Convention just around the corner (July 25–28), I am thrilled to share some resources to make your visit — or a future visit! — even happier.Getting to PhiladelphiaDriving to the City of Brotherly Love? We have a road trip for you!Regardless of where your journey begins, we want you to follow wherever joy leads you. Check out our website for unique and unexpected things to see and do during your time in Pennsylvania.Is Amtrak more your speed?Visit PA Trips by Train for special packages and deals.Events and Activities During the DNC and Throughout the SummerPhilly FeastKicking off the DNC, this food truck festival includes local food, live music, and a slate of Philly-centric retail vendors will bring together convention attendees, volunteers, and Philadelphia residents for the tastiest party in town.PoliticalfestPoliticalFest is a multi-location exhibition celebrating American history, government, and the road to the White House.Donkeys Around TownDonkeys Around Town is a citywide public installation of 57 fiberglass donkeys representing the 50 states, five United States territories, Washington D.C., and Democrats Abroad.#DNCDealsLooking for unique and exclusive deals or specials that Philadelphia-area businesses are offering during the DNC? Just search for the hashtag #DNCDeals on social media.DiningPhiladelphia was recently ranked among the top food cities in the country by Travel + Leisure. Explore the city’s diverse and flavorful restaurants and dining option.Things to DoPhiladelphia was recently named the first World Heritage City in the United States. With so much to see and do, use the resources below to help you explore this one-of-a-kind city:50 Must-See AttractionsShoppingMuseumsTop PicksSafety and HealthBefore you travel into the city, check out the road closures and any city service updates that might be happening before the event and/or the day of the DNC.Also, stay up-to-date on changing traffic conditions and information about street closures and restrictions by checking out www.511pa.com/DNC. The site is linked both to PennDOT’s 511PA site and the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s travelers’ information site.Pennsylvania’s Presidential HistoryAll roads lead to history! From our iconic buildings and battlefields to museums and memorials, Pennsylvania is the perfect place to delve into our nation’s past and learn more about our presidential ties.Be sure to share your selfies with us via #PAHappySnaps for a chance to be featured on our website.In Pennsylvania, happiness is our keystone. Whether you find it in the rugged beauty of our wilderness, the artistic spaces of our cultural centers, the hallowed grounds of our historical sites, or the welcoming small towns tucked away in our rural countryside, we invite you to Pursue your Happiness!To stay-up-to-date with the DNC coverage and learn more about the great places to travel in PA, visit our website and follow along on our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.last_img read more

Finnish premier expects retirement age to increase by 2015

first_imgKatainen expects the retirement age to go up by two years from 2017 but noted the finer details of the reform will be known by autumn next year. “Rather than focusing on the additional years in working life, it is more important to tie retirement age to life expectancy. As we live longer now, it is common sense also to work longer,” he added.Finns currently retire at 60.9 years on average, although the official retirement age for a national pension is 65 years and between 63 and 68 for an earnings-related pension. The life expectancy of a 60-year-old Finn is forecast to increase by five years over the coming forty years, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK).Jukka Rantala, managing director of ETK, agreed that the most pressing reason for an increase in retirement age is the strong growth in life expectancy.“It is possible to guarantee a sufficient level of pensions only if years in working life increase hand-in-hand with life expectancy. The retirement age should depend on the birth year of the employee. The increase should not be too great in the first instance and the starting point for the reform should be known by citizens well in advance,” Rantala told IPE.There is consensus that labour market organisations will present pension reform proposals by autumn 2014. Parliament will receive a list of the necessary legislative changes after the general election of April 2015, and the reform will come into force by 2017. The retirement age in Finland is likely to increase by two years from 2015, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said last week. Speaking on the current affairs television programme A-Studio, Katainen said Finland’s ageing population structure is one of the main reasons for the reform.“The crucial thing that has changed in Finland is that we have fewer working-age people paying taxes and more elderly people who deserve proper care and services. Expenditure no longer matches funds so further cuts will have to be made,” Katainen said.In the last week of November, Finland introduced a budget saving programme for 2014, which included cuts and tax increases worth €5.5bn. Services to feel the cuts include libraries and care for the elderly.“We will have to introduce further cuts in important areas to make savings. Another alternative would be to ignore the situation and let Finland’s debt grow, which would lead to uncontrollable chaos,” Katainen said.last_img read more