First Lady Frances Wolf, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today joined local elected officials for the grand opening celebration of the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK). The 20,000 square foot facility is PCK’s first location in its 20-year history not shared with another entity.“In a year that has contained a great deal of hardship, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate a new beginning,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nothing could be more appropriate than celebrating with the Philabundance community. Philabundance has remained a steadfast partner in my administration’s commitment to ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to plentiful, nutritious food.”PCK is a 16-week culinary training and life skills program, providing opportunities to adults with no- to low income who need not just a job, but a second chance at life. PCK promotes the self-sufficiency of its students by preparing them for and connecting them to work in the food service industry and allows them to give back by preparing meals for those in need.The proceeds of PCKatering, PCK’s social enterprise, benefit students, graduates and neighbors facing hunger.At its height during COVID, PCK was providing up to 4,500 additional meals per week. These meals are distributed to a range of community agencies, including outreach meals for Project Home, the City of Philadelphia, a temporary shelter in Kensington, the Woodstock Shelter in North Philadelphia, the Hub of Hope and Federation Housing.The Wolf Administration has lodged a concerted, multi-agency effort to help those in need of food during this pandemic. Many Pennsylvanians who never required food assistance found themselves in need during these unprecedented times. Food pantries, food banks, and organizations across the state sought help to make food available and accessible.Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 1.53 million Pennsylvanians experienced chronic hunger every day, including about 437,000 children.According to new projections from Feeding America, the pandemic has helped push that number to more than 2 million Pennsylvanians, including nearly 630,000 children.Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks have reported significant increases in the need for food assistance in their communities, with an average 65 percent increase in demand.“We know that emergency feeding efforts are just one part of a comprehensive food security strategy, and proactive, empowering programs such as PCK truly help attack the issue of hunger right at its roots, with results stretching across generations,” First Lady Frances Wolf said. “We are thrilled to celebrate the program’s monumental growth and the possibility that it represents.”Philabundance received $2 million in RACP funds to construct the 19,960 square foot, free-standing facility that includes 10,000 square feet of space for production and a training kitchen – both USDA certified; office and classroom space; locker rooms; ample storage and refrigeration; and flexible community space.As the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, Philabundance plays an essential role in helping Pennsylvanians weather the COVID-19 crisis.“We are still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still trying to keep our case numbers down, still waiting for a vaccine,” Gov. Wolf said. “But in the past several months we have also reopened the commonwealth. We have begun to explore a new way of living life in Pennsylvania.“And so, it is a great pleasure for me and Frances to join in celebrating the grand opening of the Philabundance Community Kitchen’s new facility. PCK is a place that understands new beginnings and second chances.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 22, 2020 Gov. Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Philabundance for Grand Opening Event
This year, the coalition of investors has been bolstered by the support of European institutions including APG, Hermes EOS, MN, Amundi, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, and HSBC Global Asset Management.The UN Climate Conference in Paris in 2015 committed world leaders to holding the rise in global temperatures well below 2°C. The shareholder proposal – to be put to the board at its annual meeting in May – asks ExxonMobil to publish an assessment of how its portfolio would be affected by a 2°C target through, and beyond, 2040.The proposal said the assessment should include an analysis of the impacts of a 2°C scenario on the company’s oil and gas reserves and resources, assuming a reduction in demand resulting from carbon restrictions.The Church Commissioners said that Exxon had acknowledged that regulatory frameworks already adopted and others under consideration could reduce demand for its products, make them more expensive, and delay the implementation of its projects. Last week, price falls forced the company to write off 3.5bn barrels of oil from a tar sands project in Canada as it became uneconomical to extract, although future price rises could reverse this decision.The Commissioners also said that since last year’s annual meeting, there had been extensive engagement with Exxon regarding the shareholder proposal.But Edward Mason, head of responsible investment for the Church Commissioners for England, said: “While our discussions have been positive, Exxon has not committed to provide the 2°C scenario analysis investors expect from the oil and gas majors, and we have therefore again co-filed New York State’s resolution. We believe Exxon’s board can and should support our reasonable disclosure request.”APG told IPE in a statement: “In Paris an agreement was reached to limit global warming to less than 2°C. We and our clients – pension funds ABP, BpfBOUW, SPW, and PPF APG – fully support this goal and we ask from the companies that we invest in, including large oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil, that they at least stress-test their portfolios and investment decisions for scenarios that lead to this 2°C limit.”APG added: “Last year we voted in favour of a resolution that asked for this type of stress-testing at the ExxonMobil annual shareholder meeting. This year we decided to co-file the resolution, since it explicitly asks the company not only to look at the impact of potential climate policies, but also at technological developments like cost and performance improvements for electric vehicles.” The manager of the Church of England’s £7bn (€8.2bn) endowment fund has co-filed a shareholders’ resolution asking ExxonMobil to disclose the impact of climate change on its business – its second attempt to obtain such disclosure.The Church Commissioners for England want the oil and gas giant to give more detail as to how it will ensure its business will remain resilient as global efforts to mitigate climate change proceed.The resolution has also been filed by the New York State Common Retirement Fund, along with a coalition of institutional investors with US$4trn under management, including CalPERS, the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office, and a number of US church organisations.A similar proposal was filed for Exxon’s 2016 annual general meeting. Exxon asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for permission to strike off the resolution, but this was declined. However, the resolution was defeated at the meeting, despite the support of 38.2% of voting shareholders – a record for a climate change resolution at the company.
THE 12th edition of the National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) bounced off over the weekend with a series of games at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).The opening game saw Marian Academy girls beat the New Amsterdam Multilateral 19-9 with Jada Mohan leading the charge for the city side.She scored 11 points, three assists, seven rebounds and six steals while Kellian Sauers pitched in with four points and Renuka Ramcharran added two points and three steals for Marian.Tashika Arthur was the lead person for the ladies from Berbice, with a team-high 5 points to go along with 6 rebounds.Meanwhile Under-14 defending champions Mackenzie High School (MHS) sent an early warning to the rest of the group, making light work of President’s College 29 to 21 points.Damarcus Adams top-scored with 10 points and five rebounds while Cy Walker added four points and seven rebounds while Joshua Bacchus chipped in with seven rebounds.Gabriel Lin was the high man for PC with nine points and four rebounds while Joshua Butts had five points.It was not all smooth sailing for other teams as the Georgetown/East Coast Under-16 Regional champions St Rose’s were edged by a motivated Bishops’ High School 37-36.Royden Glasgow led for BHS with nine points and six rebounds while Tarik Robinson and Stefan Hamilton added eight and seven points respectively.In their loss, Kwesi Roberts added 12 points and 14 rebounds while Anthony Yansen scored 11 points and 14 rebounds.In the night’s U-19 fixture, Mackenzie High overwhelmed New Amsterdam Multilateral 41-24 with Veshon Trim adding six points with Yannick Tappin and Shemar Henry contributing five points each.Garfield Benjamin was led New Amsterdam with nine points.In the final game for the evening, Georgetown/East Coast Regional champions Marian Academy proved too strong for the School of the Nations, producing a 72-8 blow-out.Timothy Thompson had a big game with 35 points, 18 rebounds, 4 steals. Jahleel Young added 12 points, 14 rebounds, and Josiah Daniels 9 points, 5 rebounds for Marian.Kareem Boyle and Corey Graham scored 5 and 3 points respectively.The Championships tipped off after remarks and the symbolic jump ball by the Director of Sport Christopher Jones.Jones, in his remarks, congratulated YBG for its work in the field and encouraged the participating teams to keep improving since they have other levels of competition on the horizon, such as the Inter-Guiana Games which will be played in Suriname this year.The Festival (National Championships) is sponsored by the Edward B. Beharry Group of Companies Ltd, National Sports Commission, John Fernandes Ltd and Sterling Product Ltd.Games will continue throughout this week starting from 15:30hrs every day, with the finals in all divisions set for this Sunday.
… Tournament to kick off tomorrow TWENTY-FOUR Futsal teams will compete in this year’s Magnum Mash Cup, which will kick off tomorrow at the National Gymnasium and conclude on February 22. Seven hundred thousand dollars ($700 000) will be awarded to the winning of tournament, which is in its third year, while $400 000 will go to the team finishing second. Third- and fourth-place teams will go home with $200 000 and $100 000 respectively.Group-A will bring together Back Circle, Sparta Boss, Ansa McAl All-Stars and Bad-A-Yard; Group B comprises Rio All-Stars, Leopold Street, Spartacus and Melanie, while Group C features Future Stars, Alex Village, Spot-7 and Mocha. In Group D, Bent Street will do battle with Showstoppers, North East La Penitence and Avocado Ballers meet, and in Group E, Sophia will face-off with Broad Street, Kingston challenge Island All-Stars.Gold is Money, Albouystown, Stabroek Ballers and Belfield were drawn in Group FFollowing opening day’s action, matches will be played on Tuesday January 28, Thursday January 30, Saturday February 1, Tuesday February 4, Thursday February 6 (Round-of-16), Saturday February 8 (Quarterfinals), Saturday February 15 (Semi-Finals) and Saturday February 22, 2020 (Final).According to the organisers, the event will be coordinated in accordance with the established International Football Federation (FIFA) and Guyana Football Federation (GFF) rules.Last year, Sparta Boss edged Back Circle in a dramatic penalty shootout to be crowned Champions. (Rawle Toney)