Online fundraiser for separated migrant families has brought in over $19M, breaking records

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hundreds of thousands of people upset about the separation of immigrant families at the border are putting their money into the fight, and making history in the process.A Facebook fundraiser called “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” has now raised more than $19.4 million in less than a week, with more than 500,000 people contributing.Facebook spokesperson Roya Winner told ABC News it is the largest fundraiser to date created on the Facebook Fundraisers tool.Winner said it became the social platform’s largest single fundraiser in less than four days.Since it launched Sunday, June 17, the money-raising effort has regularly increased its goal as it continued meeting previous targets that have included $5 million, $8 million and $15 million.As of Saturday morning, the target was $25 million, increased from $20 million on Friday.The money is to go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, a non-profit that according to its website provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in central and south Texas.The fundraising page was launched by Silicon Valley power trio Malorie Lucich and Dave and Charlotte Willner, who were among the original employees at Facebook and now work at Pinterest, the popular image-collecting site. The Willners also work at Airbnb.Public outrage over the border separations prompted President Donald Trump to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at keeping immigrant families together.“I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” Trump said at the signing in the Oval Office.Under the executive action, the Justice Department is to start a legal process to change an existing court settlement that restricts the government to keeping children in detention with their parents for no longer than 20 days. The sought-after change would allow children to stay with their families for however long the adults are detained.The order does not do anything to affect the fate of families that have already been separated.ABC News Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: $20 millones de dólares para ayudar a las escuelas a brindar servicios a alumnos con necesidades especiales

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 20, 2020 Education,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf destina aproximadamente $20 millones de dólares para ayudar a 678 organismos de educación locales, incluidos los distritos escolares, a brindar servicios educativos a alumnos con discapacidades que pueden haber sido afectados negativamente por las medidas de mitigación de la COVID-19 y pueden enfrentar retos adicionales durante el nuevo año académico. La financiación incluye $15 millones de dólares de los Fondos de Ayuda Educativa de Emergencia del Gobernador (GEER, por sus siglas en inglés) y $5 millones de dólares de los fondos federales del Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania (PDE) a través de la Ley para la Educación de los Individuos con Discapacidades (IDEA, por sus siglas en inglés).“Si bien la COVID-19 afectó a todos los alumnos este año, fue particularmente difícil para nuestros niños con necesidades especiales, quienes a menudo requieren apoyo y servicios adicionales para ayudarlos en su aprendizaje”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Esta financiación ayudará a las escuelas a colocar estructuras para ayudar a estos alumnos mientras trabajamos para mitigar la propagación de esta pandemia”.La Ley de Ayuda, Alivio y Seguridad Económica por el Coronavirus (CARES) autoriza a los gobernadores a determinar el uso educativo de los Fondos de Ayuda Educativa de Emergencia del Gobernador (GEER).La Subvención de Mitigación del Impacto de la COVID-19 en la Educación Especial (SECIM, por sus siglas en inglés) aportará $15 millones de dólares en apoyo financiero ($10M GEER; $5M IDEA) a los organismos de educación locales (LEA, por sus siglas en inglés) para lo siguiente:Brindar instrucción sincronizada mejorada (en tiempo real) para reforzar el apoyo y los servicios remotos para los alumnos con necesidades complejas; yBrindar servicios y apoyo a los alumnos con discapacidades que sufrieron una pérdida de habilidades y del comportamiento y/o una falta de avances debido al cierre obligatorio de las escuelas.Se dispondrá de $5 millones de dólares adicionales en subvenciones de los fondos GEER para los programas de intervención temprana preescolar para prestar servicios educativos compensatorios.“Mientras los organismos de educación locales (LEA) hacen la transición para implementar los planes de reapertura para el año escolar 2020-21, continúan enfrentando retos para brindar educación pública gratuita y apropiada (FAPE, por sus siglas en inglés) y prestar servicios a los alumnos con discapacidades”, dijo el Secretario de Educación Pedro A. Rivera. “Esta financiación crucial ayudará a las escuelas a colaborar con los alumnos con necesidades especiales para reconstruir las habilidades y los comportamientos que se redujeron durante el cierre debido a la COVID-19”.Los montos de las subvenciones se calcularon utilizando una fórmula de asignación basada en el número de alumnos con necesidades complejas de educación especial dentro de cada LEA. La distribución de los fondos a los programas de intervención temprana preescolar se hará según las necesidades identificadas.Los beneficiarios de las subvenciones recibirán una comunicación directa del Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania (PDE) con las instrucciones para solicitar la eGrant.Hasta la fecha, la Administración Wolf ha otorgado $70.5 millones de dólares en fondos GEER para ayudar a mantener seguros a los alumnos y educadores, y enfrentar los retos únicos de la COVID-19. Además de los $15 millones de dólares para la educación especial, la Administración Wolf ha destinado $28 millones de dólares a instituciones de enseñanza superior y proveedores de educación básica para adultos, $14 millones de dólares a escuelas K-12 para apoyar la equidad en la continuidad de la educación, $10.5 millones de dólares a centros de educación profesional y técnica y $3 millones de dólares a programas preescolares de intervención temprana.Para obtener más información sobre las políticas y programas educativos de Pennsylvania, visite el sitio de Internet del Departamento de Educación o siga al Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania (PDE) en Facebook, Twitter o Pinterest.View this information in English.center_img Gobernador Wolf: $20 millones de dólares para ayudar a las escuelas a brindar servicios a alumnos con necesidades especialeslast_img read more

German Master KVG study predicts growth for real asset markets

first_imgAll of the 40-odd German institutional investors Telos surveys annually will be using a Master KVG structure – or centralised administrator – for at least some of their assets by 2017. In Telos’s 2014 Master KVG study, it cited the advantage of centralised and streamlined reporting, as well as the significantly increasing importance of risk reporting.Telos said more than 80% of respondents to its survey said they were already using such a service provider compared with 75% in the previous year.In 2012, roughly one-third of German institutions did not use a Master KVG. Of those respondents that have not yet hired a Master KVG, half are planning to do so this year, while the other half is aiming to do so in 2016.But potential for market growth will not end there, according to the survey, as investors are requiring more and more services from their Master KVG.For one, the number of direct investments included under the mandate in order to achieve a more holistic view of the portfolio is increasing.One-third of respondents to the survey expressed interest in including direct investments in a Master KVG mandate, while 92% of the surveyed providers are already offering it – compared with 57% the year previous.Another driver for growth is the inclusion of real estate investments, largely a niche offering for some providers.Investor interest in this service has grown from 14% in 2013 to 50% in the most recent survey.Telos said real estate holdings in insurers’ portfolios amounted to “several trillion euros”.Similarly, other real assets or alternative investments included more frequently in portfolios will have to be integrated into a Master KVG mandate.Telos noted that, to date, smaller investors have shied from certain asset classes if their Master KVG was unable to include them.Senior loans, for example, remain a problem, as it is unclear how they are to be labelled under the VAG, the law regulating the supervision of insurers and similar institutions.This, in turn, means the evaluation and reporting of these assets presents a particular challenge – but one that more and more service providers are taking on.However, all surveyed market participants agreed there was little room for new providers, as they would have to make major investments to set up the basic infrastructure existing market participants already have.Instead, existing providers will further widen their service offerings to include asset-liability studies, fiduciary management services or asset manager selection, Telos said.Less than 40% of investors – and 50% of providers – fear this expansion of services might lead to investors depending too much on the Master KVG.last_img read more

Tokyo Olympics will go ahead ‘with or without COVID-19’ – IOC’s Coates

first_imgCaption: SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) – Tokyo’s postponed Olympics will go ahead next year regardless of the novel coronavirus pandemic, International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates told AFP Tuesday, vowing they will be the “Games that conquered COVID-19”.The Olympics have never been cancelled outside of the world wars and Coates, speaking in a phone interview, was adamant that the Tokyo Games will start on their revised date.“It will take place with or without COVID. The Games will start on July 23 next year,” said Coates, who heads the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games.“The Games were going to be, their theme, the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami,” he said, referring to a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in north-eastern Japan in 2011.Now very much these will be the Games that conquered COVID the light at the end of the tunnel.”In a landmark decision, the 2020 Olympics were postponed because of the global march of the pandemic and they are now set to open on July 23, 2021.But Japan’s borders are still largely closed to foreign visitors and a vaccine is months or even years away, feeding speculation about whether the Games are feasible at all.Japanese officials have made clear they would not delay them a second time beyond 2021.There are signs that public enthusiasm in Japan is waning, after a recent poll found just one in four Japanese want them to go ahead next year, with most backing either another postponement or a cancellation.MONUMENTAL TASKCoates said the Japanese Government “haven’t dropped the baton at all” following the postponement, despite the “monumental task” of putting the event back a year.“Before COVID, (IOC president) Thomas Bach said this is the best-prepared Games we’ve ever seen, the venues were almost all finished, they are now finished, the village is amazing, all the transport arrangements, everything is fine,” he said.“Now it’s been postponed by one year, that’s presented a monumental task in terms of re-securing all the venues … something like 43 hotels we had to get out of those contracts and renegotiate for a year later.“Sponsorships had to be extended a year, broadcast rights.”With much of that work underway, or accomplished, a task force has been set up to look at the different scenarios in 2021 – from how border controls will affect the movement of athletes, to whether fans can pack venues and how to keep stadiums safe.The group, comprising Japanese and IOC officials, met for the first time last week.“Their job now is to look at all the different countermeasures that will be required for the Games to take place,” said Coates, the long-time president of the Australian Olympic Committee.“Some countries will have it (COVID-19) under control, some won’t. We’ll have athletes, therefore, coming from places where it’s under control and some where it is not.“There are 206 teams … so there’s a massive task being undertaken on the Japanese side.”Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto on Friday repeated that organisers hoped to avoid a Games without spectators – an option that has been mooted given Japan is still limiting audiences at sports events.While the country is cautiously reopening its economy, with professional baseball, football and sumo resuming in front of limited numbers of fans, the nation continues to see a steady stream of new coronavirus cases.Japan has already ploughed billions of dollars into the Olympics, with the delay only adding to the cost.Coates said IOC was doing its part, putting in “something like an extra US$800 million to support the international federations, whose income isn’t happening this year, and national Olympic committees”. IOC vice-president John Coates.center_img Photo saved: John Coateslast_img read more