First Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Roundtable on Equal Pay, Encourages Continued Action to End Gender Pay Gap in Pennsylvania

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Roundtable on Equal Pay, Encourages Continued Action to End Gender Pay Gap in Pennsylvania Economy,  Equality,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women today joined business leaders, lawmakers and advocates for a roundtable discussion at the Governor’s Residence focused on Governor Wolf’s executive action to address the gender pay gap in state government and the need to enact similar policies to protect all women in Pennsylvania from gender-based pay discrimination.“When women are paid just 79 cents on the dollar of what men are paid, we have a real problem. And the problem is even worse for women of color with African American women making just 63 cents on the dollar of what men are paid,” the First Lady Wolf said. “We have taken steps to eliminate the gender pay gap for Pennsylvania state employees, but we need to do more. Working together, I know that we can make equal pay for equal work a reality for all Pennsylvanians.”On June 6th, Governor Wolf signed Executive Order: 2018-18-03 – Equal Pay for Employees of the Commonwealth, which directs state agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to:No longer ask job applicants their salary history during the hiring processBase salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skillsClearly explain the pay range on job postingThe Executive Order, which applies to management-level positions, takes effect 90 days from the day it was signed.“The gender pay gap is wrong. It is wrong for women, it is wrong for families and it is wrong for Pennsylvania,” said Randi Teplitz, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “The Commission for Women was proud to stand with Governor Wolf when he signed his executive order banning this practice in state government, but now we must come together to ensure that no woman in Pennsylvania is paid less simply because of her gender.”The First Lady was also joined by advocates who have been strong voices to end the pay gap in the state capitol and throughout Pennsylvania, including the American Association of University Women.“Pay equity is not just a matter of fairness but the key to families making ends meet,” said AAUW-PA Public Policy Co-Chair Barbara Price. “Wage discrimination limits women’s choices and has real consequences. It impairs their ability to buy homes and pay for a college education and limits their total lifetime earnings, thereby reducing their retirement savings and benefits.”Women working full time, year-round in Pennsylvania are paid just 79 cents on the dollar of what men are paid. That gap widens among women minorities, with black women making 63 cents on the dollar, Native American women making 57 cents on the dollar, and Latina women making 54 cents on the dollar. Pennsylvania ranks 29th out of the 50 states for pay disparity, and fifth among its seven surrounding states.Tomorrow, August 7, 2018, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which signifies how long into the year it takes an African American woman to make the same amount of money a man makes for the year prior. This means that a black woman would have to work more than 200 additional days to make the same amount of money a white man makes in a year. August 06, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Being the best is never easy – Bolt

first_imgWORLD’S fastest man Usain Bolt has reiterated the fact that hard work has been the most crucial ingredient in his complete domination of the sport of track and field, even as he prepares to hang up his spikes in a few months’ time.The Jamaican’s dominance of the sprint events over the last few years has almost been unparalleled. The sprinter has not only managed eight Olympic and 11 World Championship gold medals, but also lost only a handful of races in nearly 10 years since his first major gold medal in Beijing.At times the sprinter has made defeating his numerous rivals look easy, but he has always been just as quick to insist it’s never the case.“People always say I made it look easy, but it’s not easy,” Bolt told CNN in a recent interview.“It looks easy because I put in so much work so when I get on the stage I execute very well. I tell people all the time that if I’m in good shape, then no one is going to beat me.”Bolt is eager to take a break from that work and has vowed to call time on his career following this summer’s World Championships in London. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Area product Bono lives up to high expectations in net for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 18, 2012 at 1:42 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass As Alex Bono weighed his college choices, his father asked him a simple question.He asked whether or not his son, a top recruit, wanted to go to a Top-25 school or an up-and-coming program looking to change its culture.“It’s really appealing to me to go to a team that is on the rise and is really trying to progress, and have the opportunity to be on the team that really turns the program around,” Bono said.Bono found that at Syracuse, he could play right away, and through eight games, he has led a previously struggling program to a 6-2 start while posting six shutouts. He was rated the No. 1 recruit in New York by and was listed as the sixth-best goalkeeper by ESPN Rise. The freshman goalie from Baldwinsville considered St. John’s, Northeastern, Georgetown and Villanova, but ultimately decided to stay close to home and try to improve a team that finished 3-12-1 a season ago.Bono hopes his terrific play translates to the Big East. Syracuse faces off against Seton Hall on Saturday at SU Soccer Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Ian McIntyre has been impressed by Bono’s ability to lead the team and make clutch saves as a freshman.“I think, for a young goalkeeper, he’s commanded his area very well,” McIntyre said. “He’s stopping a lot of aerial threats. Balls have been put in there and he’s got the confidence to come and claim them, and that presence for a young goalkeeper is very impressive.”Bono’s destiny as a top-notch goalie wasn’t always set in stone. He didn’t start playing soccer until the age of 8 or 9. At 6 feet 3 inches and 195 pounds, Bono always had a passion for basketball and had a tough time deciding which sport to pursue.He played basketball through his freshman year of high school, but he then realized that his future was in soccer and committed to the sport.“He really liked basketball a lot, but as time went on, he really excelled at soccer,” his father, Mark Bono, said. “At some point in time, you have to give up one, and it was basketball.”Bono’s decision to give up basketball and dedication to soccer paved the way for a spot on Empire United to play for U-16 coach Paul Valenti and U-18 coach Ben Cross.Valenti said much of Bono’s success on Empire United, and now with Syracuse, can be attributed to the size of his hands.“He’s got enormous hands,” Valenti said. “He loves to shake people’s hands or give people five. Especially other coaches, because I think he wants them to know how big his hands are as a goalie. We always bust his chops about that.”Cross said that Bono is always trying to improve and is never content with settling for anything less than his best. Mark Bono said that Alex’s drive is what makes him such a terrific goalie and that he has helped his brother become a better goalie over the years.“He hates to lose,” Mark Bono said. “He’s just that kind of kid who’s going to give 110 percent every time he steps on the field. He once told his younger brother, ‘When you step on the field, you have to play every game like it’s your last game,’ and that’s what he does.”That vocal leadership and passion has translated to the college level, as Bono has already won Big East Goalkeeper of the Week and saved 27 shots en route to six wins.Teammate Lars Muller noted Bono’s vocal leadership as a particular strength and said he has a strong voice on the team, despite being a freshman.“I think, first of all, it’s his personality on the field,” Muller said. “He always knows what he’s going to do, his shouting is really good and the way he talks is unbelievable. I think he’s got the whole package.”Syracuse defender Jordan Murrell said having Bono in net improves the play of the defense because of his constant communication and command of the team. His confidence permeates the entire SU backline.Freshman Stefanos Stamoulacatos, who played with Bono on Empire United, said Bono’s presence and poise in goal is what differentiates him from other keepers.“It’s those moments where we need it most where he makes that amazing save,” Stamoulacatos said. “There are so many things that I could name off. He’s just a great all-around keeper.” Commentslast_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ‘surprised people stayed’ for ‘odd’ Game 7

first_imgSpurs coach Gregg Popovich was “surprised people stayed” to watch the Denver Nuggets end his team’s season with a 90-86 victory in an “odd” Game 7 on Saturday.Nikola Jokic led the way with a triple-double of 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in the Western Conference first-round playoff decider. Spurs head coach Popovich thought a lack of entertainment in the first half might have led to a mass exodus at Pepsi Center.”Tonight was an odd game,” said Popovich. “I thought both teams set basketball back in the first half. I’m surprised people stayed.” Related News NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Raptors cruise to win; Nuggets outlast Spurs in Game 7 We’ll see y’all back here Monday for Round 2. #NBAPlayoffs #MileHighBasketball— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 28, 2019Popovich is in the final year of his contract and refused to be drawn on whether he will stay on.”I’m a head coach in the NBA,” Popovich said. “I don’t think about what that means in the future.” The Nuggets’ series triumph was their first in the postseason in a decade and coach Michael Malone reflected on how far they have come ahead of a semi-final battle with the Portland Trail Blazers.”You looked in the stands, it was witness protection night,” Malone said of years gone by. “There was nobody here.”Really, to see where we’ve come in four years, to be a team that won a Game 7 at home and advancing to the second round for the first time in a while, is incredible. It’s almost surreal at times.”last_img read more

Osage man faces numerous charges after high speed pursuit in Worth County

first_imgNORTHWOOD — An Osage man is under arrest after a high speed pursuit through Worth County.The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on Pheasant Avenue just south of Highway 105 just outside of Northwood on Tuesday. A pursuit then started heading south on Pheasant then east on 458th Street, south on Quince Avenue, and then east on 450th Street, with speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour. The pursuit ended with the truck being blocked in on Vine Avenue just north of 420th Street. 25-year-old Kaleb Sellers was arrested and faces numerous traffic violations including eluding, speeding and multiple counts of failing to obey a stop sign. He was transported and booked into the Worth County Jail.last_img read more