Governor Wolf Declares “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania

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first_imgGovernor Wolf Declares “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania June 19, 2019 Holidays,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 9, formerly House Bill 619, which designates June 19 as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania.“While Independence Day marks the conception of a free nation, Juneteenth is a celebration of the fulfillment of this ideal through the Emancipation Proclamation,” said Gov. Wolf. “In honoring this day, I encourage all Pennsylvanians to reflect on the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers made to give us freedom, while realizing the importance of continuing to build a nation that truly reflects the self-evident truth that all people are created equal.”Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, recognizes news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching the furthest point in the south, Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Slaves were previously unaware they had been made free nearly two years earlier until Union soldiers reached them after the conclusion of the Civil War. Act 9 establishes Juneteenth as an official annual observance in Pennsylvania.“I am thrilled to see House Bill 619, Juneteenth National Freedom Day, signed by the governor, and I thank him and my colleagues in the House and Senate for their unanimous support,” said Rep. Sue Helm, who sponsored the legislation. “I hope that the annual observance of Juneteenth will lead to more knowledge and awareness of the events that unfolded in the years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and will help to tell the whole story of the abolition of slavery.”“On Juneteenth, we commemorate the day when millions of African Americans were freed from the horrors of slavery. We also celebrate the continued education and achievement of African Americans, in the face of overwhelming discrimination and hardship,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “Today should be a reminder to us – as individuals, as institutions – to recommit to liberty, justice and equality, so we can move our nation forward, providing opportunities and promoting success for all.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


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first_img“The other thing countries with high MMGPI scores do is to facilitate high levels of participation in Pillar 2 pension plans, and to create cost-effective, fiduciary oriented Pillar 2 pension intermediaries,” Ambachtsheer added.“The combination of these two features ensures broad Pillar 2 coverage, creates measurable ‘value-for-money’ for participants, and eliminates the need for high cost Pillar 3 ‘solutions’. “The most recent MMGPI saw Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia returned to the top three slots. All three companies offer either a predictable means-tested state pension, a high contributory retirement benefit, or a combination of both.Ambachtsheer then went on to criticise the colourful language employed by El-Erian, who likened pension systems across the world to the Titanic, believed unable to sink on the eve of its ill-fated maiden voyage.“Far from being Titanics,” Ambachtsheer said, “these cost-effective, fiduciary oriented Pillar 2 pension organizations are a critical ingredient of sustainable 21st Century capitalism.” Workers should not be incentivised to save into expensive third-pillar pension systems, according to Keith Ambachtsheer, who criticised a number of reform proposals put forward by former PIMCO co-CIO Mohamed El-Erian.Ambachtsheer argued it was harder to think of a “worse” policy initiative than to improve pension savings rates by nudging savers into such third-pillar options, and added the fees associated with such options could cost savers significant sums over several decades.Responding to an opinion piece by El-Erian, who remains chief economic advisor at Allianz following his departure from PIMCO, the academic also said that it was often the wealthy who believed it benefitted less affluent workers to save into third-pillar arrangements.However, in a policy paper he argued countries with high pension sustainability ratings – such as those granted under the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (MMGPI) – offered means-tested state pension arrangements, thereby removing the incentive for such third pillar savings.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Patriots head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in hopes of keeping pace in the AFC first-round bye race.New England (10-3) is in unusual territory, losers of two of the last three games behind a series of shaky offensive performances. Tom Brady has struggled recently and his team’s offense has failed to put up more than 23 points since defeating the Browns in Week 8. MORE: Watch Patriots vs. Bengals live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Opposite of New England is the league’s worst team in the Bengals. Cincinnati (1-12) is looking the part of a team that will be the first on the clock in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bengals got on the board with their first win two weeks ago against the Jets, but have dropped a handful of one-score games throughout the season.Is this finally the week Brady and the Patriots offense can get back on track? The Bengals present an opportunity for New England to build some momentum heading into the playoffs.Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Patriots vs. Bengals game on Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels and a full Week 15 NFL schedule.WEEK 15 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsWhat channel is Patriots vs. Bengals on today?TV channel (national): CBSTV channel (New England): WBZTV channel (Cincinnati): WKRCLive stream: fuboTVThe Patriots vs. Bengals matchup can be seen on CBS and live streamed on fuboTV. Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (color commentary) and Amanda Balionis (sideline reporting) will be on the call for Sunday’s matchup between the Patriots and Bengals. Patriots vs. Bengals: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Dec. 15Start time: 1 p.m. ETThe Patriots vs. Bengals game will be one of eight matchups in the early slate on Sunday. This will be New England’s first early kickoff since Week 5 against the Redskins. Cincinnati, meanwhile, has participated in 10 early matchups to this point in the season. MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 15NFL schedule Week 15You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Note: National broadcasts are listed in bold.Sunday, Dec. 15GameTimeChannelLions vs. Buccaneers1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVGiants vs. Dolphins1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRedskins vs. Eagles1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVBengals vs. Patriots1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVPanthers vs. Seahawks1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVTitans vs. Texans1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVChiefs vs. Broncos1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVPackers vs. Bears1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVVikings vs. Chargers4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVJaguars vs. Raiders4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVBrowns vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVFalcons vs. 49ers4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVRams vs. Cowboys4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVSteelers vs. Bills8:20 p.m.NBC, fuboTVMonday, Dec. 16GameTimeTVColts vs. Saints8:15 p.m.ESPNlast_img read more


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