DiRe, Italy’s national network of anti-violence centers, said calls to its helplines between Mar. 2 and Apr. 5 were 75% up on the same period in 2018, the most recent comparative data available.Its Lombardy director Cristina Carelli, who is also coordinator for the CADMI anti-violence center in Milan, said some centers had lost a large portion of their funding after refusing to comply with the new official requirements.”For us it is a very great loss, because the anti-violence centers are already struggling to get all the funds we need,” said Carelli.”Because we do really a lot of work, we welcome a lot of women, and this work needs sustaining with adequate funds.”Two refuges on the outskirts of Milan that relied entirely on regional funding have had to close as a result of the decision, she said.Carelli said Lombardy was the only Italian region to introduce the tax code requirement so far, although both Umbria and Calabria had considered it.A European Council group of experts on women and domestic violence expressed concern over the practice in a January report, saying it would “undermine the relationship of trust between victims and service providers”.’Blackmail’Previously, centers in Lombardy would assign users a random alphanumeric code, sharing this anonymised data with the authorities.Silvia Piani, Lombardy’s minister for family, parenting and equal opportunities, said the region had been trialing the new system since 2014, and 90% of centers had agreed to the terms.She said regional authorities only looked at aggregated data, which would not violate individuals’ privacy.”Before, a woman came to the centers, the center would fill out a form, and the form stayed in a desk drawer,” she said, adding the new system provided data on victims’ age, employment status and family situation.When the central government ordered Lombardy into lockdown on Mar. 8, the Assistance Centre for Abused Women (CADOM) in the city of Monza that Levrero runs had to shut its doors, but it kept the phone line open.”For the first two weeks we heard almost nothing,” she said.”Then bit by bit, a large number of calls started coming in, not so much because there was an emergency, but for support, to hear a friendly voice, to know that when this was over they would be able to come back to us.”CADOM runs several refuges in Lombardy, but has had to hand over management of three of its help centers to other operators that did sign the agreement.Carelli said DiRe was talking to Italy’s Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family Elena Bonetti to try to find a way forward.Bonetti told the Thomson Reuters Foundation they were looking for solutions that reconciled the administration’s need to acquire data on how public funds were being used with victims’ right to their anonymity.”We don’t want to say to the women, we’ll help you only if you give us your tax code,” said Carelli. “It’s a way of doing things that is very present in violence, no? It’s a kind of blackmail.” When Italy announced its coronavirus lockdown in early March Anna Levrero, who runs a shelter for abused women in the worst-hit region of Lombardy, knew it would bring a spike in calls. But she was already grappling with another challenge.Centers for domestic abuse sufferers in Lombardy in northern Italy have since last year been required to give regional authorities the identities of the women they are helping to qualify for state funds.Many have refused, calling it an invasion of privacy, and as a result they say they are having to cope with a significant reduction in funding, just as their services are most needed. Regional authorities said the data was needed to formulate policy. Before the requirement to give women’s tax numbers came in, there was a risk of duplicating data when someone visited more than one center, they said.”From our point of view this is absurd, because if a woman has suffered abuse it’s not as if she enjoys going from one center to the next,” Levrero told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Many countries have reported spikes in calls to domestic abuse hotlines, even as lockdowns make it harder for services and charities to reach women isolated at home.Every three months of lockdown could result in 15 million more cases of domestic abuse than would normally be expected, according to United Nations research. Topics :
Arsenal enjoyed a late winner in the Europa League on Thursday (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal take on Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon with some pressure mounting on Unai Emery to get a result.The Gunners picked up a late win in the Europa League over Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday, but their defeat at Sheffield United on Monday was a very disappointing result for the fans in the red half of north London.The Eagles have had an impressive start to the season, given they had a turbulent summer in the transfer market, and go into the match seventh in the Premier League.Palace won this fixture 3-2 last season, thanks to goals from Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and James MacArthur.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhat time is Arsenal vs Crystal Palace?The match kicks-off at 4.30pm on Sunday 27 October at the Emirates.Is Arsenal vs Crystal Palace on TV and is there a live stream?Unfortunately the match is not being shown on TV in the UK, with Sky Sports showing Liverpool vs Spurs which is on at the same time.There is also no live stream available, but highlights will be shown on Match of the Day 2 on BBC 2 at 10.30pm.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsArsenal have recovered from their early-season injury worries and only have Reiss Nelson missing for this contest.Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham are out for Palace, while Vicente Guaita and Martin Kelly face late fitness tests.Arsenal vs Crystal Palace oddsArsenal 1.53 (8/15)Draw 4.8 (4/1)Crystal Palace 7 (6/1)Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Oct 2019 4:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link812Shares Head-to-head in last five meetings 21 Apr 2019 – Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace – Premier League28 Oct 2018 – Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal – Premier League20 Jan 2018 – Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League28 Dec 2017 – Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal – Premier League10 Apr 2017 – Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal – Premier League Advertisement Advertisement MORE: Owen Hargreaves calls on Arsenal to be open with the club’s supporters over Mesut Ozil situationMORE: Darren Bent claims Arsenal could try and sign Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen next summer Is Arsenal vs Crystal Palace on TV? kick-off time, live stream, team news, odds and head-to-head Comment
Lampard won the league three times as a player (Picture: Getty Images)The English coach guided Chelsea to a fourth-placed finish in his first season and has been heavily backed by the west London club this summer who have spent almost £250 million on new players.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal boss Arteta, meanwhile, has the least managerial experience out of the three after taking over from Unai Emery last December at the Emirates.The Spaniard managed to win the FA Cup in his first season, beating Lampard’s Chelsea in the final, but the Gunners finished in eighth place last campaign.Solskjaer became Manchester United’s caretaker manager in place of Jose Mourinho in December 2018, and was given the job on a full-time basis in March of the following year.The Norwegian has promoted promising academy talent to the first-team squad and guided United to third place last season, but he also lost three semi-finals last year and is yet to add a trophy to his cabinet as Red Devils boss.Lebouef believes that with the squad at his disposal, Lampard is best placed to win the Premier League next season, while he gives Arteta the next best chance, followed by Solskjaer.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Arteta has less tools right now than Lampard and Solskjaer and so he has less chance to win the Premier league with the club he is at right now, but maybe in the future,’ the French World Cup winner told ESPN FC.‘Lampard has a big chance, not maybe this year because they still have City and Liverpool but he has a big chance to grow quickly.‘It’s up to him to find the right formula when all players come back [from injury] to become bigger this season and have the ambition next season to challenge the two others and maybe win the league, so, I would put Lampard first.‘Solsjkaer I don’t give too much chance to stay too long at United.‘I would put Arteta second and Solskjaer third.’Who will win the Premier League first?Arteta0%Lampard0%Solskjaer0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Chelsea offer two players to West Ham in bid to sign Declan Rice before transfer window closesMORE: Manchester United respond to rumours they are signing Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-NilesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Lebouef backs Lampard to win the league first out of the three managers (Picture: Getty Images)Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has backed Frank Lampard to win the Premier League before fellow young coaches Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Blues legend stepped up to the role after a year of experience at Championship side Derby, leading the Rams to the play-off finals in 2019.Lampard arrived in the midst of a tough period for his former side after being handed a two-window transfer ban and losing their best player, Eden Hazard. Comment Mikel Arteta, Frank Lampard or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Frank Leboeuf picks which manager will win the Premier League first Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 4:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Advertisement Advertisement
Environment, Press Release DEP awards will go to 145 projects to help prevent hunger and food wasteThe Wolf Administration will be awarding more than $9 million to non-profit entities for projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste. The awards come from the expanded Food Recovery Infrastructure grant program announced in April.Grants will allow food banks, shelters and soup kitchens to cover the costs of equipment purchases necessary to prepare, transport and store food acquired from retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and cooperatives. Examples of eligible equipment that will be funded include refrigerated or non-refrigerated box trucks, industrial-sized refrigerators, pallet jacks and/or dollies. Installation and shipping costs were also eligible for support.Increased demand on the charitable food system related to COVID-19 has demonstrated an immediate need for resources to support additional cold storage space, and more flexibility and changes to this grant program. The changes made in April encouraged partnerships between nonprofit organizations such as food banks and farms, processors and cooperatives that continue to experience challenges within the food supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.“Many people across the state are feeling the strain of losing jobs or other income related to the COVID-19 crisis, and this will help provide a safety net to ensure that our fellow Pennsylvanians are not going hungry,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This program also helps ensure that our farmers are not in a position where they have to waste the food and dairy products grown on their farms because of market upheavals.”“Our goal when expanding the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant was to quickly get money to the people that could do the most to help, and the charitable organizations of Pennsylvania responded,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These grants will help guarantee food security to our residents that need it.”“These grantees have demonstrated their commitment to feeding Pennsylvanians and simultaneously supporting agriculture,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This grant program is our trifecta, a win-win-win for our commonwealth: allowing food banks to keep fresh produce and dairy stocked and provide it to those in need, eliminating food waste, and preventing losses for our hardworking farmers who have had to deal with so much uncertainty.”The recipients of the 145 awards include food banks, soup kitchens and churches from across the commonwealth.The full list of recipients is here.Based on the most recent survey in early May, Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks are reporting an average increase in demand of 55 percent over what they were seeing one year ago today. Unused or unsold food ends up in landfills, where it can biodegrade and release greenhouse gases like methane. The EPA estimates that in 2015 (the last year when information was available), more than 30 million tons of food waste went into landfills nationwide.Funding for the grant was made available for Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for grant assistance for the proper management and operation of food waste reduction pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988, Act 101.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Awards $9.6 million in Grants to Help the Charitable Food System May 21, 2020
Cody Burke was the $1,000 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature winner on Saturday, opening night of the Nationals special at Santa Maria Raceway. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)SANTA MARIA, Calif. (May 28-29) – Their 2-1/2 hour holiday weekend trips south on Highway 101 saw Salinas drivers Cody Burke and Bobby Hogge IV in victory lane at Santa Maria Raceway.Burke topped the Saturday Budweiser Spring Nationals main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds while Hogge paced the Sunday show.Both events paid $1,000 to win. The opening night checkers were the first of 2016 for Burke, who hoped the victory would help jump start an otherwise challenging early season, while Hogge scored IMCA win number seven on the year.After drawing the outside pole start on Saturday, Burke made the most of the lower line and led all 25 laps. He was catching up with the back of the field when the only caution of the contest waved on lap 17, then pulled away from Randy Brown following the restart.“I’d never won this race before. I think my best finishes were fourth and fifth last year,” said Burke, new to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, “and I wasn’t sure if I had the car to do it. We’ve been trying some new things and the track kind of came to how we’ve been setting the car up.”A regular at Santa Maria despite the distance from home, Burke has battled mechanical gremlins much of the season and looks to get back on track with that first W under his belt.“It seems like if something could go wrong this year, it’s happened,” he said. “I really needed that win. It’s been a rough year so far.”Brad Pounds, Kellen Chadwick and Hogge ran third through fifth, respectively.Hogge brought his family along for the weekend and may add daughter Haleigh to his regular crew after she drew the number one pill for his Sunday start.He matched Burke’s opening night performance in leading all 25 circuits. Second starting Josh Vogt closed in as Hogge negotiated lapped cars but once clear he was able to rebuild that advantage.“We’d come from 12th to fifth and didn’t change much other than other than the tires from Saturday,” Hogge said. “I was obviously happy with the starting spot and tried to establish the lead right away. I’d watched Josh in his heat and knew he’d be fast.”There were just two cautions in the main event and the frontrunners were in lapped traffic as the race wound down. Ricky Childress Jr., Pounds and Brett Bennett were next across the stripe.“We used to race here more often in a late model. Now we come here once a year,” said Hogge. “We usually have pretty good luck at Santa Maria. I wish it was closer to home. We were happy with the weekend for sure.”Levi Kiefer repeated as the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner on Sunday, ahead of Brylon Holder and Matt Hagio. Lee Jensen and Chris McKellar completed the top five.May 28 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Cody Burke; 2. Randy Brown; 3. Brad Pounds; 4. Kellen Chadwick; 5. Bobby Hogge IV; 6. Logan Drake; 7. Ethan Dotson; 8. Cody Laney; 9. Ricky Childress Jr.; 10. Matt Crafton; 11. Josh Vogt; 12. Troy Morris Jr.; 13. Alex Stanford; 14. Kevin Irwin; 15. Roger Holder; 16. Robby Sawyer; 17. Aaron Rodarte; 18. Justin Crockett; 19. Carla Laney; 20. Paul Terrones; 21. Scott Pounds; 22. Austin Burke; 23. Chett Reeves; 24. Ryan Daves.May 29 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Hogge; 2. Vogt; 3. Childress; 4. Brad Pounds; 5. Brett Bennett; 6. Clay Daly; 7. Drake; 8. Dotson; 9. Chadwick; 10. Crockett; 11. Brown; 12. John Piker; 13. Stanford; 14. Billy Wormsbecker; 15. Cody Burke; 16. Holder; 17. Scott Pounds; 18. Austin Burke; 19. Chris Crompe Jr.; 20. Sawyer; 21. Daylan Coffey; 22. Laney; 23. Irwin; 24. Danny Lauer.Northern SportMods – 1. Levi Kiefer; 2. Brylon Holder; 3. Matt Hagio; 4. Lee Jensen; 5. Chris McKellar; 6. Dennis Simunovich; 7. Nick Spainhoward; 8. Austin Frye; 9. Jason Nation; 10. Gary Dutton; 11. Michael Black; 12. Garrett Jernagan; 13. Billy Simkins; 14. Anthony Guilani; 15. Brenda Kirby; 16. Brendon Frye; 17. Kirk Morgan; 18. Matthew Lewis; 19. Austin Manzella; 20. Al Johnson; 21. Shane DeVolder; 22. Austin Ruskauff; 23. Wayne Dotson; 24. Michael Johnson.
Chris Abelson was the winner of Wednesday’s second IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifying feature for Modifieds. (Photo by Bruce Badgley) Chris Abelson was the winner of Wednesday’s second IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifying feature for Modifieds. (Photo by Bruce Badgley)
Batesville traveled to Madison to close out the regular competition season against the Cubs of Madison Consolidated High School.The girls closed out the season with a victory over host Madison while the boys dropped their final meet of the season.Team Scores: Women: BHS – 87 / Madison – 61. Men: Madison – 102 / BHS 66.Event winners included: W 200 Free: Allison Storms, W 200 IM: Maria Lopez, W 100 Free: Sonja Gaulin, W 500 Free: Kate Poltrack, W 100 Back: Maria Lopez, W 100 Breaststroke: Halle Renck, M 100 Breaststroke: Ben Moster, W 400 Free Relay: Storms, Poltrack, Gwen Martin, Gaulin, M 400 Free Relay: Derek VanSickle, Quinn Rasnick, Kyler Daulton, JJ Kuisel.Batesville will close out the season in the IHSAA Sectional meet at Columbus North. The women will compete in the prelim session on Thursday, January 31 at 5:30 pm. Finals will be on Saturday, February 2 at 1:00 pm. The men will compete on February 14 and 16, at the same times.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.
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Police are investigating after five Palm Beach County schools were placed on a code red lockdown due to “non-credible” threats.Cardinal Newman High School and four other local schools received threats over the phone that led to the lockdown.The threats appear to be linked to a robocall that has been sent out throughout the state of Florida, CBS12 reports.The FBI is also investigating, according to CBS12.Police said all the threats were non-credible students or faculty were never in danger.The lockdowns at all five schools were lifted after deemed the threats “non-credible.”It remains unclear at this time what the threats entailed.Anyone with information about any of the threats is urged to call the West Palm Beach Police Department at 561-822-1900.Several South Florida schools were also put on lockdown due to “non-credible threats.”One person was arrested Thursday following a hoax bomb threat at Miami high school.No other information is available at this time.
Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Bio Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. firstname.lastname@example.org Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) John Hassett of the George Stevens Academy Eagles holds a big lead en route to his Penobscot Valley Conferencechampionship win on Saturday. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENBUCKSPORT — A pair of Hancock County runners turned in winning performances at Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference cross-country championships.Just a week after claiming county titles, sophomore John Hassett of the George Stevens Academy Eagles and senior Caroline Driscoll of the Mount Desert Island Trojans were first across the finish line over Bucksport’s five-kilometer course.Hassett, still only a sophomore, was the front runner in a GSA contingent that finished second to Orono in the boys’ team competition.“I wanted to go out strong and then let the race unfold,” said Hassett.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAnd he did just that, taking the lead in the early going and finishing 46 seconds in front of runner-up senior Josh Zaspsky of Hermon with his winning time of 17 minutes and 15.07 seconds.Driscoll, who is closing out her running career with the Trojans as one of Eastern Maine’s top runners, led the MDI girls to the large schools team championship on Saturday.MDI finished with just 19 points, followed by Caribou 51, Ellsworth 96, John Bapst 101, Presque Isle 138, Old Town 149, Hermon 172 and Washington Academy 210.Driscoll held off sophomore Hannah Steelman of Orono by about four seconds with her winning time of 19:54.51, with three of her teammates also turning in top 10 finishes.Senior Waylon Henggeler was fifth in 20:38.99, sophomore Lydia DaCorte was seventh in 20:51.55 and junior Sakura Sunagawa was 10th n 21:24.69.Behind them for the Trojans were sophomore Emma Strong, 12th in 21:38.59; freshman India Janes, 24th in 22:33.43; and senior Sydney Wright, 38th in 23:42.57.For third place Ellsworth, senior Haley Lawrence was fourth overall in 20:26.06, senior Mariah Brown was 28th in 23:04.20, senior Olivia Lounder was 37th in 23:42.43, freshman Katelynn Bagley was 41st in 24:02.65, junior Julia Zavaleta was 55th in 25:21.04, senior Emine Mutlu laws 79th in 29:27.53 and senior Bailey Neale was 87th in 32:27.05.In the girls’ small schools team competition, Orono finished with 21 points, followed by GSA 43, Mattanawcook Academy 76 and Lee Academy 95.Freshman Eliza Broughton led GSA’s Eagles, finishing ninth in 21:22.63. She was followed by freshman Zeya Lorio, 17th in 21:59.06; junior Hanna Gutow, 20th n 22:07.92; freshman Mary Richardson, 23rd in 22:27.01; sophomore Emma Larson-Whittaker, 33rd in 23:23.43; junior Rachel DesFosses, 34th in 23:25.78; and sophomore Bella Cimeno, 45th in 24:16.47.For the Bucksport Golden Bucks, junior Natalie Coleman was 21st in 22:18.02 and sophomore Natasha Clement was 56th in 25:22.27In the boys’ competition, Orono’s Red Riots won the small schools boys’ team title with 26 points, followed closely by GSA with 32, Lee Academy with 77 and Central with 91.Finishing behind Hassett for GSA’s Eagles were junior Devlin Valle, seventh in 18:34.55; senior Tate Yoder, 18th in 19:05.60; junior Oliver Broughton, 28th in 19:36.71; junior Aylen Wolf, 33rd in 19:53.54; junior Frank Schweizer, 65th in 21:05.46; and freshman Dylan DesFosses, 92nd in 24:00.48.For the Bucksport Golden Bucks, junior Skyler Fraga led the way, placing 40th in 20:07.72. Behind him were freshman Ramon Perez, 61st in 20:54.82; senior Amaziah Jones, 63rd in 21:03.94; and senior Michael Soteres, 73rd in 21:34.76.In the boys’ large schools competition, the tight pack of Caribou was enough to give the Vikings first place with 39 points.All seven Caribou runners finished in a seven-second span from eighth to 17th place.Senior Ralph Magnani finished fifth overall to lead the MDI Trojans to second place among large schools with 48 points.Behind them came Foxcroft Academy 107, Old Town 118, John Bapst 132, Presque Isle 152, Ellsworth 195, Hermon 207 and Washington Academy 209.Magnani completed the 5K course in 18:31.60 for MDI. He was followed by senior Jordan Harris, 11th in 18:45.68; junior Peter Philbrook, 12th in 18:45.68; senior Ethan Craigo, 19th in 19:05.75; junior Dylan Harris, 30th in 19:38.99; senior David Anderson, 34th in 19:54.62; and sophomore Josh Bloom, 36th in 20:02.49.For Ellsworth, junior Noah Robidoux was 44th in 20:15.37, freshman Matt Frost was 45th in 20:19.05, freshman Austin Baron was 76th in 22:05.41, senior Derek Look was 85th in 22:41.20, junior Conrad Svec was 86th in 22.45.71 and junior Tim Curts was 96th in 26:57.18.In the girls’ junior varsity competition, GSA sophomore Hanna Jordan was first in 23:31.45 and senior teammate Cedar Slagle was runner-up in 23:34.27.All of the PVC runners and more will be competing on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Eastern Maine championships at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.The Class C boys’ race will kick things off at 11 a.m., followed by the Class C girls’ race at 11:35.The Class B boys’ race will be at 1:20 p.m., followed by the Class B girls’ race at 1:55.