Governor and First Lady Wolf to Host National Night Out Event At PA Governor’s Residence

first_imgGovernor and First Lady Wolf to Host National Night Out Event At PA Governor’s Residence Governor’s Residence,  Press Release,  PSA Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf will host the second annual National Night Out event at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence today, Tuesday, August 2. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and will proceed rain or shine. The Governor and First Lady will greet visitors at the event.“Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we build positive relationships between our tremendous Pennsylvania communities and those in law enforcement who work tirelessly to keep us safe,” said the Governor and First Lady. “We are excited to host the second National Night Out event at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence and hope that it can help to build these important relationships. National Night Out is a wonderful opportunity for the Governor’s Residence to serve as an open, community space for everyone to enjoy. We are thankful to the Pennsylvania State Police and Capitol Police for being a part of this event and we hope many of our neighbors and community members will be able to attend.”Visitors will have the opportunity to visit with Pennsylvania State Police Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit and explore a State Police patrol car. They will also be able to explore a full-sized Capital Area Transit bus that will be on hand for tours and a “touch and feel” station provided by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Martial Arts Master Vergara will provide martial arts demonstrations at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Office of Administration’s Next Generation Taskforce will facilitate games and  temporary tattoos for kids and additional activities and educational information will be provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, YWCA Greater Harrisburg, WITF, Capital Area Girls on the Run, American Red Cross of Central PA, and American Cancer Society.The Residence will serve light refreshments and will be open for tours of its gardens.The Governor’s Residence is located at 2035 North Front Street in Harrisburg.  Parking is available along 2nd Street and in the private lot at the corner of 2nd and Maclay Streets. Guests should enter the Residence grounds through the 2nd Street gates.  No large bags, totes or purses will be permitted, and some security measures will be in place.National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community relationships in order to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. It is held annually on the first Tuesday of August in thousands of communities across all 50 states, according to the National Association of Town Watch.For more information on the Governor’s Residence, visit residence.pa.gov. For other National Night Out events in your area, visit natw.org.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf August 02, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

EFC puts pressure on Italian EU presidency to move on foundation statute

first_imgThe European Foundation Centre (EFC) has written an open letter to the Italian EU presidency and EU governments urging the presidency to achieve results towards the enactment of a European Foundation Statute (EFS), which the EFC has advocated for several years.The letter, also signed by the Donors and Foundations Network in Europe (DAFNE), says: “We are likely at a turning point in the negotiations on the EFS, given the progress made on this file over the past six months during the Greek EU presidency.“To achieve decisive progress, however, five key questions will now need clear answers.”The EFS proposal, currently going through the EU legislative process, establishes a constitution for a pan-European foundation (FE) operating across borders, removing the requirement for foundations operating in different jurisdictions to set up separate legal entities in each country. It is supported by the industry because it would provide a single set of rules for European foundations, helping to reduce the costs and uncertainty involved in cross-border activities.It could also stimulate cross-border donations, and provide a level of transparency and accountability to individual foundations set up under its framework. 

It would not, however, replace existing national laws, but would be optional and complementary.The European foundation sector disburses €100bn annually and employs 1m people, with more than double that number working as volunteers.The final step in the process to create a regulation will be a vote by all 28 EU member states, which must be unanimously in favour for the proposal to become law.The EFS proposal has gone through a long process of refinement to maximise the chances of success at the final hurdle.The current text is the seventh version since the European Commission unveiled the original proposal in February 2012.In particular, the proposal’s tax provisions were removed after proving a major obstacle to progress.Emmanuelle Faure, European affairs senior officer at the EFC, said: “We take stock of developments and progress at the beginning of each EU presidency, as they lead the negotiations on the file.“There’s been a lot of work and engagement from the Greek EU presidency in the first half of 2014. Building on the good dynamic and concrete outcome of negotiations, the Italian EU presidency can now lead the discussion to a fruitful conclusion.”The questions the letter says must be answered include the issue of whether the EU should still require a unanimous vote of member states to pass the EFS, and whether the perceived slow uptake of previous EU company laws precludes adopting a European statute for foundations pursuing general interest purposes.A further question is whether austerity measures at the national level are a major stumbling block to a new law seen more as an administrative cost than a return on investment to society.The letter says: “This would be all the more astonishing in particular in those countries that have a highly developed charity sector, and where large sections of community services are co-run by foundations.”A question as to whether it matters that a European foundation has a starting capital of €25,000 or €50,000, when its aim is to benefit the public at large, refers to the minimum level of assets an FE must have and maintain throughout its life-span, which has become a critical issue.The final question challenges the situation that, while there is unanimous agreement within the EU for more transparency via compulsory information storage for all types of entity, registration for future European foundations is still an issue in some countries.The letter ends: “Both the EFC and DAFNE are urging member states to adopt the proposal in due course.“A solution is every bit as possible as it is necessary. It takes the shape of a simple tool that is not only about better regulation but first and foremost about being responsive to citizens and society’s needs.”last_img read more

Fatal accident investigation underway in Decatur County

first_imgDecatur County, In. — Police in Decatur County are working to identify two deceased females found in a wrecked car Thursday evening. A resident mowing a field near State Road 3 and County Road 800 South found the car and called police.Based on evidence at the scene, police believe sometime early Tuesday, September 25 the car ran off the right side of the road, went into a creek and struck a tree.An autopsy is scheduled for today.last_img