Wooden Legacy Makes Venue Change for the 2017 & 2018 Events

The 2017 and 2018 Wooden Legacy– the three-day, multi-team men’s college basketball event played yearly over the Thanksgiving holiday – will be played in its entirety at California State University, Fullerton’s Titan Gym. In previous years, the final day of competition was held at the Honda Center in Anaheim after playing the opening days on Cal State Fullerton’s campus.

The 2017 Wooden Legacy will be held on Thursday, Nov. 23, Friday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 26. The field consists of Cal State Fullerton, DePaul, Georgia, Harvard, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Mary’s (Calif.), San Diego State and Washington State. The bracket – including game times and networks – will be released this summer.

  • Cal-State Fullerton makes its third appearance in the Wooden Legacy (2008 & 2013) and advanced to the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
  • DePaul will appear in the Wooden Legacy for the second time (2010)
  • Georgia and Saint Joseph’s will be making their first appearances in the Wooden Legacy
  • Harvard has appeared in the NCAA Championship four of the last six seasons
  • Saint Mary’s earned its 10th-straight postseason berth advancing to the NCAA Championship Round of 32 as a No. 7 seed
  • The 2013 Wooden Legacy champion—San Diego State—has advanced to the postseason 11 of the past 12 seasons
  • Washington State will make its second appearance in the Wooden Legacy (2011)
  • Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on TheWoodenLegacy.com

The 2018 field will be announced in conjunction with the opening day of the 2017 event. The Wooden Legacy is one of 11 college basketball events owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Frisco Bowl (Frisco, Texas); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); Texas Bowl (Houston); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s  Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (TBD); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 (Portland, Ore.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

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U.S., NATO Conclude Saber Strike 17 Exercise

ADAZI MILITARY BASE, Latvia, June 26, 2017 — About 11,000 U.S. and NATO service members from 20 countries concluded the Saber Strike 17 exercise here on June 24.

The exercise took place in various regions in the Baltics and Poland from May 28-June 24.

Saber Strike 17 is a long-standing Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed, U.S. European Command-scheduled, U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise.

Multinational Exercise

Participating nations in this year’s exercise included Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

This year’s key training objective was to exercise with NATO’s enhanced forward presence battle groups as part of a multinational division, while conducting an integrated, synchronized, deterrence-oriented field training exercise designed to improve the interoperability and readiness of participating nations’ armed forces.

“Less than one year ago, our alliance said we were going to transition from assurance to deterrence,” said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commander of U.S. Army Europe. “One of the manifestations of that transition was the creation of the eFP Battlegroups. In less than one year, these battle groups are exercising already in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. That is an amazing accomplishment for our great alliance.

Hodges added, “Deterrence means you have to have the capability to compel or defeat a potential adversary. You have to demonstrate that capability and the will to use it, and these exercises are that demonstration.”

Key Training Events

Key training events of the exercise included a convoy by Battlegroup Poland, from Orysz, Poland, to southern Lithuania; a maritime prepositioned offload of prestaged supplies and equipment in Latvia; a Marine amphibious assault in Latvia; two combined arms live-fire exercises, one each in Poland and Lithuania; an air assault by the British Royal Marines at the Polish and Lithuanian border; and a river crossing in the same area.

“If you would like to have skilled soldiers, you have to train every day,” said Latvian Army Chief of Defense Maj. Gen. Leonids Kalnins. “If you would like to be safe as a state, you have to find allies; but if you would like to be the winner and create a great future for all countries, for all society, you have to participate in such exercises as this one.”

The Saber Strike exercise series facilitates cooperation between the U.S, allied, and partner nations to improve joint operational capability in a variety of missions and prepare participating nations and units for future operations while enhancing the NATO alliance.

During the exercise, U.S. and NATO distinguished visitors attended a demonstration of the joint and combined capabilities of the U.S. and NATO here.

‘NATO Allies Working Together’

One of the visitors was Nancy Bikoff Pettit, U.S. ambassador to Latvia, who spoke about the importance of the exercise.

“I think exercises like this send a very strong message,” she said. “It’s not only the U.S. who is interested in security and defense here in the Baltic region, it’s all of our NATO allies working together.

Bikoff Pettit added, “This exercise demonstrates what happens when many NATO allies come together to cooperate and demonstrate the interoperability that we have. We are really pleased with the quality of the exercises.”

Saber Strike 17 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. The combined training opportunities that it provided greatly improve interoperability among participating NATO allies and key regional partners.

“The U.S. is here,” Hodges said. “We’re going to continue to participate in exercises; American soldiers love serving with Latvian soldiers. This is a great place to train, and we’re excited about doing that for as [long] as I can see.”

As the seventh iteration of this exercise, Saber Strike 17 continues to provide a venue for U.S. and NATO military members to train and learn from one another to form a stronger partnership.

Laser Weapons Bring Sharp Advantages to the Battlefield

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2017 — The Army and Navy are increasingly incorporating laser weapons on a limited number of platforms and training exercises, according to Matthew Ketner, branch chief of the High Energy Laser Controls and Integration Directorate at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Virginia.

Ketner spoke about these emerging laser technologies last month during Lab Day at the Pentagon.

Army-Navy Lasers

For its part, the Navy placed a 30-kilowatt laser onboard the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport dock ship, in 2014. The laser has been tested extensively and is authorized for defensive use.

The Army, meanwhile, is testing lasers to bring down unmanned aerial vehicles, according to Ketner.

In one training instance, a 10-kilowatt laser was placed on a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck and tested during a Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in April 2016. The laser successfully shot down a number of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs.

In February and March of this year, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Command shot down a number of UAVs with a 5-kilowatt laser mounted on a Stryker during the Hard Kill Challenge at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The purpose of the Hard Kill Challenge “was to assess and look at technology… to do a ‘hard-kill’ shoot down of Group 1 [UAVs] and inform decision-makers on the current state of technology and how it can deal with single and multiple targets,” said Adam Aberle, SMDC High Energy Laser Division technology development and demonstration lead.

The Army recognizes that high-energy lasers have the potential to be a low-cost, effective complement to kinetic energy, he said. Lasers have the potential to be more effective at addressing rocket, artillery, mortar, or RAM threats, as well as unmanned aircraft systems and cruise missiles.

Lasers: Silent, Invisible

On the plus side, lasers are silent and invisible to the human eye and are thus hard to detect by the enemy, Ketner said.

Also, a laser has a near-perfectly straight trajectory, unlike the arc of an artillery round, which allows the laser to be much more accurate in finding its target.

Katner also pointed out that a laser beam can also be scaled to the object in question, as he showcased a display of items that were hit by a laser. The objects included steel plating, aluminum, copper, carbon fiber and Kevlar. Other display items included a fried circuit board, a destroyed fixed-wing UAV and quadcopter, all victims of the laser beam.

The power of the beam can be adjusted for any material, he said. There’s even a non-lethal adjustment for human targets.

So far, lasers have taken out cruise missiles, mortars and other projectiles during testing, Katner said.

One downside, he noted, is that lasers take a lot of energy and have difficulty penetrating haze, dust, smoke and materials with anti-laser coatings.

But overall, Katner said, lasers remain a valuable tool in the military’s arsenal.

“Unlike a traditional gun,” he added, “lasers don’t run out of bullets.”

Training Advisory for June 23, 2017 through July 3, 2017

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, VA.

Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ) has provided military, federal, state and local organizations robust training services since 1917.

Today, 54 ranges support live-fire training for more than 40 Federal organizations, the Department of Defense, and multiple regional and local law enforcement agencies.

Residents in the vicinity of Marine Corps Base Quantico may be inconvenienced by sounds, vibrations, and/or illuminations from the following training(s):

  • Demolition: June 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Live Fire: June 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The impact of noise, vibrations, and/or illuminations experienced across the area will depend on atmospheric conditions and changes to the local sound barriers. 

All questions regarding training should be directed to the Quantico Public Affairs Office at (703) 784-2741.

 

Please distribute this information to interested parties.  Public notice regarding noise advisories for the upcoming week can also be found on Marine Corps Base Quantico’s official website at www.quantico.marines.mil  and the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OfficialMarineCorpsBaseQuantico.

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, June 26, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 21 strikes consisting of 75 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 23 engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed two ISIS oil storage tanks.

— Near Shadaddi, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS-held buildings.

— Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed six ISIS oil storage tanks, four ISIS pump jacks and two ISIS facilities.

— Near Raqqa, 12 strikes engaged 12 ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, four vehicles and a tunnel system.

Strikes in Iraq

In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of 52 engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Mosul, two strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed 20 fighting positions, four command-and-control nodes, four heavy machine guns, two supply caches, two mortar systems and an ISIS-held building; damaged two fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.

— Near Samarra, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

June 24 Strikes

Additionally, six strikes were conducted in Syria and Iraq on June 24 that closed within the last 24 hours:

— Near Abu Kamal, Syria, a June 24 strike destroyed 25 ISIS oil storage tanks and eight ISIS oil stills.

— Near Raqqa, Syria, a June 24 strike destroyed two fighting positions.

— Near Kisik, Iraq, three June 24 strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed six fighting positions, a weapons cache, a command-and-control node, a medium machine gun and a piece of inoperable equipment; and damaged a fighting position.

— Near Mosul, Iraq, a June 24 strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. 

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.

Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.

The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.

ViaSat Tripling MIDS JTRS Production Capabilities for U.S. Airborne Forces

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, has been awarded Lot 5 and Lot 5a contracts totaling $88.3 million from the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to provide Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) terminals to the U.S. Navy and Air Force. MIDS JTRS enhances battlefield communications for joint and coalition warfighters by providing the ability to communicate by voice, video and data with a line-of-sight, jam-resistant capability across ground, air and naval assets.

With the Lot 5 and Lot 5a awards, ViaSat will develop, field, and support interoperable, affordable and secure MIDS tactical data link and programmable networking technologies and capabilities for the joint, coalition and international warfighter. With these awards ViaSat remains the largest provider of MIDS JTRS terminals to the United States Military. The Lot 5 and Lot 5a awards mark a substantial increase in terminal orders and deliveries supporting both the U.S. Navy and Air Force fourth generation fighters as they begin a full transition to MIDS JTRS.

“These awards reflect our continuing commitment to provide outstanding value and timely delivery of Link 16 communications capability to the warfighter,” said Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, ViaSat. “The Lot 5 and Lot 5a awards underscore ViaSat’s position as the leading provider of state-of-the-art Link 16 airborne networking systems. The size of these awards will allow us to establish operational economies of scale that will further benefit customers in cost savings.”

The MIDS JTRS terminal is a four-channel, software defined radio that delivers Link 16 communications with concurrent multi-netting-4 and tactical air navigation, as well as three channels for future growth.

Work will be performed in Carlsbad, California, and Tempe, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by June 2019.

About ViaSat
ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access – anywhere – whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company’s innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information visit ViaSat at: www.viasat.com, or follow the Company on social media: FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about the Lot 5 and Lot 5a awards and ViaSat’s plans to develop, field, and support interoperable, affordable and secure MIDS tactical data link and programmable networking technologies and capabilities for joint, coalition and international warfighters. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the government sector generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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Prisoners in 2015

E. Ann Carson, Ph.D., Elizabeth Anderson, Bureau of Justice Statistics

December 29, 2016    NCJ 250229

Presents final counts of prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities at yearend 2015, including admissions, releases, noncitizen inmates, and inmates age 17 or younger. The report describes prisoner populations by jurisdiction, most serious offense, and demographic characteristics. Selected findings on prison capacity and prisoners held in private prisons, local jails, and the U.S. military and territories are also included. Findings are based on data from BJSs National Prisoner Statistics program, which collects data from state departments of correction and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Highlights:

  • The total number of prisoners held under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities on December 31, 2015 (1,526,800) decreased by 35,500 (down more than 2%) from yearend 2014.
  • The federal prison population decreased by 14,100 prisoners from 2014 to 2015 (down almost 7%), accounting for 40% of the total change in the U.S. prison population.
  • After increasing during the previous 2 years, the number of state and federal female prisoners decreased by 1% in 2015.
  • State and federal prisons held 1,476,800 persons sentenced to more than 1 year on December 31, 2015.
  • The imprisonment rate in the United States decreased 3%, from 471 prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents of all ages in 2014 to 458 prisoners per 100,000 in 2015.

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Successful launch of the next 10 IridiumĀ® NEXT satellites!

Second batch of 10 satellites built by Thales Alenia Space ready to join the constellation

 

Cannes, June 26th, 2017 – The second batch of Iridium® NEXT satellites built by Thales Alenia Space has been successfully launched by SpaceX from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After the perfect commissioning of the first 10 satellites launched in January, eight of which are now interconnected and operating in full compatibility with the initial Block One Constellation, with two being maneuvered to an adjacent plane, this milestone marks a new step for the fantastic Iridium® NEXT adventure.
 
Thales Alenia Space is prime contractor for the Iridium® NEXT program, in charge of engineering, integration, operations and in-orbit validation of the 81 satellites and the overall system. The first 10 satellites showed that Iridium® NEXT is perfectly compatible with the existing system. The satellites are integrated in series by Thales Alenia Space’s subcontractor Orbital ATK, at its Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Arizona while Thales Alenia Space teams are both supervising the global integration process and supporting its customer Iridium for the Launch and Early Operations (LEOP) and In Orbit Tests at the Leesburg control center.
 
“In addition to being a real feat of technological prowess, Iridium® NEXT also provides global coverage and doesn’t require local ground infrastructure due to how the satellites can communicate with one another, so it can provide vital assistance under certain circumstances (people lost in isolated areas, natural disasters, conflicts, etc.) And that’s why all of us feel so proud to have contributed to this program!” declared Denis Allard, Iridium® NEXT program Director for Thales Alenia Space. He added: “In addition to this second launch, the production of 26 other satellites has now been completed. We have also started integration of the 57th satellite. Everything is on track to meet our objective, namely to launch all 75 Iridium® NEXT orbital satellites by mid-2018”.
 
The Iridium NEXT® constellation will offer global connectivity thanks to 66 interconnected satellites at an altitude of 780 km, along with nine spares in parking orbits and six more spare satellites on the ground. This international system provides unrivaled capability for communications on the move (individuals, land vehicles, aircraft, ships), and ensures full global coverage, including the oceans.

Artistic view: © Thales Alenia Space/Master Image Programmes

About Thales Alenia Space
Thales Alenia Space brings over 40 years of experience to the design, integration, testing and operation of innovative space systems for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ “Space Alliance”, which offers a complete range of services and solutions. Thales Alenia Space has built up unrivaled expertise in dual (civil-military) missions, constellations, flexible high-throughput payloads, altimetry, meteorology, and high-resolution radar and optical observation. The company capitalizes on its strong legacy, while also making innovation a key to its strategy. By offering a continuous stream of new products and expanding its global footprint, Thales Alenia Space has established its leadership in today’s fast-evolving space sector. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of about 2.4 billion euros in 2016 and has 7,980 employees in nine countries. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

 
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Remarks at the Eid event hosted by the Bachar Houli Cup and Leadership Program

PRIME MINISTER:

Well thank you very much, good afternoon, As-Salaam-Alaikum, peace be upon all of you. 

I’m delighted to be here again at the front row, home of the Richmond Tigers and I want thank Bachar of course but Peggy O’Neal President, where’s Peggy? There she is, President O’Neal thank you very much.  And Brendon Gale CEO of the Club.  I also thank Gillon McLachlan and he spoke so well as all the speakers have.  Ali thank you very much for the work you do, the National Diversity Manager. 

Rana, what a magnificent speech. You shouldn’t have been intimidated about speaking before me I think after hearing you today anyone who speaks after you would feel they did [inaudible].  That was magnificent and it was eloquent, it was thoughtful and it was from the heart so thank you so much.  Let’s give her a round of applause. 

[Applause]

Now as you know the Swans are my team and whilst an exciting match against Richmond at the MCG last week, but great wins for us both over the weekend.  Swans by a point with the siren against Essendon and of course Richmond beat Carlton. 

Now I’m delighted to be here to announce the government’s continued support for the Bachar Houli Cup and Leadership Program. And I want to wish everyone here and all those in the wider Australian Muslim community a joyful Eid-al-Fitr. 

Eid Mubarak!

Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.  It’s a month of spiritual reflection, forgiveness and compassion.  By fasting, through acts of charity, Muslims take time in Ramadan to remember those in our community who are less fortunate.

Celebrations like this one today and all those around the nation remind us of our success as a multicultural society. 

Now let me, I want to stress this, we are the most successful multicultural society in the world. One of the important things is to turn your phone off.  We are one of the most successful, I would say the most successful multicultural society in the world.  And I’ll tell you why we are.  Because our Australian values are open to everybody.  It doesn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, what your religion is, what your ethnic background is, our values are accessible to everyone.  And so anyone, whatever their background, whatever their race, they’ve looked in the mirror and say “I look like an Australian”. 

So we do not define ourselves by reference to religion, or ethnicity or race as so many nations do.  We are a remarkable nation.  Our success as a multicultural society is built upon those values; freedom, democracy, rule of law, mutual respect.  Mutual respect is so vitally important.  It is of course connected to all the other values, the equality of men and women.  It is a fundamental element in our society.  And it’s one of the things that has made us so successful.  Now I was talking about these issues yesterday at the St Mark’s Coptic Church in Sydney, Arncliffe, in Sydney. 

The Copts you know have been attacked, persecuted by extremists, violent extremists who have, who are seeking to undermine Islam, destroy Islam from within and attack other faiths.  And they spoke there about the support they have in Egypt, their community has in Egypt from the wide community, from the government, from the army, the support that they have, the solidarity across the religious faith and the difference between faiths, the solidarity which define and defeat those who seek to divide us. 

Remember extremists seek to make us turn on each other and that is why this program and the work the AFL does and in particular that Bachar does here is so important.  To those who seek to divide us we say we unite.  To those who seek to create disunity and tension and conflict we say we come together in a strength of mutual respect and peace, as Rana said, in peace, in that harmony that makes us so successful as a multicultural society. 

And it is harder, it is very hard to think of a better example of the strength and resilience of our great nation our great multicultural society than the work that Bachar does. Bachar’s skills on the sporting field, though as Gillon said, he is human, are matched by his commitment to his community and building a stronger and more cohesive Australia.

As the AFL’s Multicultural Ambassador, Bachar has introduced young people from diverse communities to the national game through the Bachar Houli Cup – an inter-Islamic schools football competition – and the Bachar Houli Academy, established as we know, to nurture aspiring young Muslim footballers. Bachar’s mentoring program for Muslim youth demonstrates the power of sport to foster multicultural unity and develop teamwork and leadership skills.

As Rana said, in her life, being in an Indian-Muslim family, football has gone from being just something that happens in the cricket offseason, and become something that she and her friends are as passionately committed to. Or are you as to cricket? One would hope so. Anyway, equally. That’s good. Equally committed.

[Laughter]

So participants in the Bachar Houli program undertake skill development sessions in communication, decision-making, resilience, identity and community values.  They are encouraged to engage with the local community and promote cultural and social inclusion. Thirty Islamic schools and organisations and more than 11,000 players are already taking part. It includes the Bachar Houli Employment program, which has provided full-time trainee positions to ten young Muslim men and women across Australia, who come from 13 different ethnic backgrounds.

So I want to congratulate the AFL, the Richmond Football Club, Ali Fahour, and Bachar Houli for building bridges of understanding, through the AFL, this national game and serving the community in such an inspiring way.

Thank you for helping so many young people. Let’s give him a round of applause.

[Applause]

We’ll be increasing our support of the Bachar Houli Program in 2017/18 with an additional grant, $625,000, continuing our strong support. It will expand the Cup and leadership programs to include Muslim women and girls. That is of course consistent with the AFL’s great leadership, the AFLW.

The AFL is really a role model of inclusion, reaching our right across the nation to build up the breadth of its adherence. So it’s a great effort and we’re delighted to be able to provide this continuing support. The Employment Program will be strengthened to develop traineeships and job ready programs for young Muslim women.

So it’s been a pleasure to meet the young men and women here today who have participated in the Bachar Houli Program. I am confident that you will all be champions – every one of you, even the littlest ones among you – whether on or off the sporting field, helping us build a stronger and more vibrant multicultural Australia.

We can never be complacent about our success. We can only aspire to continue doing better. What we have created in Australia, all of us, 24 million Australians in our rich diversity, is a most remarkable nation. More remarkable today, perhaps than it ever has been. For around the world, there is so much more intolerance, so much more friction. That harmony is built on the values that you all embody, the peace that you’re all committed to and the light that you’re all showing for the great work of these young people. Bachar, what wonderful leadership you’re showing here at your work here at Richmond, your work right across the community.

So I’m delighted to be here, I thank you all very much and I wish you all Eid Mubarak.

[ENDS]

DOL News Releases and Briefs

DOL News Releases and BriefsUS Labor Department’s OSHA publishes proposed rule on beryllium exposureUnemployment Insurance Weekly Claims ReportUS Labor Department awards $4.1M in incremental funding to aid recovery effort after Flint water contaminationUS Department of Labor awards $43.3M in grants to provide employer-driven training, support reintegration of homeless veteransMSHA launches compliance assistance initiative to address increased injuries, fatalities among less experienced coal minersUS Labor Department awards $11.4M in grants for state workforce programsUnemployment Insurance Weekly Claims ReportExecutive order to expand apprenticeships, vocational training; remove burdensome restrictionsUS Labor Department awards $248K grant to help Native Hawaiian youth develop STEM job skillsUS Labor Department to seek public comment on rescinding ‘Persuader Rule’

https://www.dol.gov/rss/news All national news releases and briefs from the U.S. Department of Labor en https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20170623 <div class=”field field-name-field-press-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>US Labor Department’s OSHA publishes proposed rule on beryllium exposure</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-press-sub-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>Rule would modify standards for construction, shipyard sectors in January 2017 final rule</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – The U.S. Department of Labor’s <a href=”http://www.osha.gov/”>Occupational Safety and Health Administration</a> today announced a proposed rule that would modify the agency’s recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. Representatives of the shipyards and construction industries, as well as members of Congress, raised concerns that they had not had a meaningful opportunity to comment on the application of the rule to their industries when the rule was developed in 2015-16. This proposal provides a new opportunity to comment on the rule for those industries and the public. The new proposal would make changes to the rule only for the shipyard and construction sectors. The general industry standard is unaffected by the proposal.</p> <p>The proposal for shipyards and construction would maintain the requirements for exposure limits (permissible exposure limit of 0.2 μg/m<sup>3</sup> and short-term exposure limit of 2.0 μg/m<sup>3</sup>), which will continue to protect workers from a serious beryllium-related lung disease known as chronic beryllium disease. The proposal instead revises the application of ancillary provisions such as housekeeping and personal protective equipment in the January 2017 final standards for the construction and shipyard industries. OSHA has evidence that exposure in these industries is limited to a few operations and has information suggesting that requiring the ancillary provisions broadly may not improve worker protection and be redundant with overlapping protections in other standards. Accordingly, OSHA is seeking comment on, among other things, whether existing standards covering abrasive blasting in construction, abrasive blasting in shipyards, and welding in shipyards provide adequate protection for workers engaged in these operations.</p> <p>The <a href=”https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/27/2017-12871/occupational-exposure-beryllium-and-beryllium-compounds-in-construction-and-shipyard-sectors”>Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Occupational Exposure to Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds in Construction and Shipyard Sectors</a> will be published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2017. OSHA encourages the public to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments during the 60-day comment period. <a href=”http://www.osha.gov/beryllium/nprm_sectors/index.html”>Click here for information on submitting comments on the proposed rule and requesting public hearings</a>.</p> <p>On Jan. 9, 2017, OSHA issued a final rule that established new protections for workers who are exposed to beryllium in general industry, construction, and shipyards. Beryllium is a lightweight metal used primarily in specialty alloys and beryllium oxide ceramics. It is also present as a trace material in metal slags.</p> <p>OSHA also announced it will not enforce the Jan. 9, 2017, construction and shipyard standards without further notice while determining whether to amend the Jan. 9, 2017, rule.</p> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/23/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc field-type-node-reference field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Amy Louviere</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:louviere.amy@dol.gov”>louviere.amy@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-9423″>(202) 693-9423</a></div></div></div></div> </div><div class=”field-item odd”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Amanda Kraft</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:kraft.amanda.c@dol.gov”>kraft.amanda.c@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-4664″>(202) 693-4664</a></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-0658-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”US Labor Department&amp;rsquo;s OSHA publishes proposed rule on beryllium exposure – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20170623″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:29:11 +0000 rbrevard 74484 at https://www.dol.gov https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170622 <div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p>In the week ending June 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 241,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 237,000 to 238,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,750, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 243,000 to 243,250.</p> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/22/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-866-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170622″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-optional-pdf field-type-file field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”file”><img class=”file-icon” alt=”PDF icon” title=”application/pdf” src=”/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png” /> <a href=”https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/documents/newsroom/releases/eta/20170866.pdf” type=”application/pdf; length=298166″>20170866.pdf</a></span></div></div></div> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:10:28 +0000 emccarthy 74481 at https://www.dol.gov https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170622-0 <div class=”field field-name-field-press-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>US Labor Department awards $4.1M in incremental funding to aid recovery effort after Flint water contamination</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p><strong>State: </strong>Michigan</p> <p><strong>Type of Award: </strong>National Dislocated Worker Grant</p> <p><strong>Initial Amount Approved: </strong>$15 million</p> <p><strong>Incremental Amount Awarded: </strong>$4.1 million</p> <p><strong>Funding Awarded to: </strong>Michigan Strategic Fund</p> <p><strong>Number of Workers Served: </strong>Approximately 650</p> <p><strong>Use of Funds:</strong> On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor approved a <a href=”https://www.doleta.gov/DWGs/eta_default.cfm”>National Dislocated Worker Grant</a> award for up to $15 million – with $7.5 million released initially – to create temporary disaster relief jobs to assist with recovery efforts resulting from the water contamination crisis in Flint. On March 24, 2017, an additional $3.4 million in incremental funding was awarded to continue these efforts.</p> <p>With this incremental award, the Michigan Strategic Fund will receive $4.1 million to continue this effort, bringing the total funds awarded to date for this project to the fully approved amount of $15 million.</p> <p>The temporary jobs funded through this grant focus on humanitarian assistance, such as delivering water, water filters, replacement cartridges and lead-testing kits to Flint residents affected by the water contamination. The funding also provides career and training services to participants to assist them in finding permanent work.</p> <p><strong>Background</strong>: Supported by the <a href=”https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/Overview.cfm”>Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act</a> of 2014, Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events which cause significant job losses. The grants generally provide resources to states and local workforce investment boards to reemploy laid-off workers quickly by offering training to increase occupational skills.</p> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/22/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc field-type-node-reference field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Joe Versen</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:versen.joseph.h@dol.gov”>versen.joseph.h@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-4696″>(202) 693-4696</a></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-0869-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”US Labor Department awards $4.1M in incremental funding to aid recovery effort after Flint water contamination – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170622-0″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:13:16 +0000 rbrevard 74482 at https://www.dol.gov https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/vets/vets20170619 <div class=”field field-name-field-press-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>US Department of Labor awards $43.3M in grants to provide employer-driven training, support reintegration of homeless veterans </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the award of $43.3 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to provide training to an estimated 21,000 homeless veterans to help them reintegrate into the American workforce. In all, the department’s 2017 award will fund 155 grants in its <a href=”https://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/hvrp/”>Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program</a>.</p> <p>“The grants we announced today will help thousands of homeless veterans to acquire the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs and reintegrate themselves into a society whom they defended and served,” said Secretary Acosta.</p> <p>Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce development boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and faith-based and community organizations. Homeless veterans may receive occupational skills, apprenticeship opportunities, on-the-job training as well as job search and placement assistance.</p> <p>Of the 155 grant recipients, 74 are first-time recipients that will provide services to homeless veterans in 40 U.S. states. These grantees under the HVRP program will network and coordinate their efforts through various private and public social service providers.</p> <p>More information on the department’s unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at <a href=”http://www.dol.gov/vets/”>www.dol.gov/vets/</a>. For more information about VETS, visit <a href=”http://www.veterans.gov”>www.veterans.gov</a>. Follow VETS on Twitter @VETS_DOL.</p> <div class=’table-responsive’><table class=’table’ border=”1″ cellpadding=”0″ cellspacing=”0″ width=”100%”><tbody><tr><td colspan=”3″> <p><strong>Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program: </strong>2017 recipients</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><strong>Grant applicant</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>State</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Award amount</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Aletheia House, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>AL</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Pima County</p> </td> <td> <p>AZ</p> </td> <td> <p>$236,664</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$230,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America-Northern California/Northern Nevada</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$375,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America of Los Angeles, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>United States Veterans Initiative</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$400,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Able-Disabled Advocacy, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$355,050</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>The Salvation Army, a California Corporation</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$440,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$377,080</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Interfaith Community Services, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$120,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$110,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>WestCare California, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$497,850</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America-Northern California/Northern Nevada</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$375,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Berkeley Food and Housing Project</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$220,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Community Catalysts of California</p> </td> <td> <p>CA</p> </td> <td> <p>$201,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Colorado Coalition for the Homeless</p> </td> <td> <p>CO</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>City of Jacksonville – Military Affairs &amp; Veterans Dept.</p> </td> <td> <p>FL</p> </td> <td> <p>$225,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Boley Centers, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>FL</p> </td> <td> <p>$308,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Faith Hope Love Charity, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>FL</p> </td> <td> <p>$274,691</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America of Florida, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>FL</p> </td> <td> <p>$187,280</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Development Board, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>FL</p> </td> <td> <p>$270,128</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Boley Centers, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>FL</p> </td> <td> <p>$408,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Recovery Consultants of Atlanta, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>GA</p> </td> <td> <p>$310,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Mary Hall Freedom House, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>GA</p> </td> <td> <p>$340,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Catholic Charities Hawaii</p> </td> <td> <p>HI</p> </td> <td> <p>$250,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Transitional Living Services, dba TLS Veterans</p> </td> <td> <p>IL</p> </td> <td> <p>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>IL</p> </td> <td> <p>$231,312</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>IN</p> </td> <td> <p>$337,840</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>ECHO Housing Corporation</p> </td> <td> <p>IN</p> </td> <td> <p>$173,739</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>KY</p> </td> <td> <p>$190,820</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Pennyroyal Regional Mental Health – Mental Retardation Board</p> </td> <td> <p>KY</p> </td> <td> <p>$172,231</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>MA</p> </td> <td> <p>$146,895</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>MA</p> </td> <td> <p>$216,700</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA</p> </td> <td> <p>MD</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Alliance, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>MD</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>MD</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>St. James A.M.E. Zion Church – Zion House</p> </td> <td> <p>MD</p> </td> <td> <p>$285,912</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Michigan</p> </td> <td> <p>MI</p> </td> <td> <p>$499,999</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Michigan</p> </td> <td> <p>MI</p> </td> <td> <p>$256,139</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Michigan</p> </td> <td> <p>MI</p> </td> <td> <p>$256,139</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>St. Patrick Center</p> </td> <td> <p>MO</p> </td> <td> <p>$225,088</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America of the Carolinas, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>NC</p> </td> <td> <p>$298,242</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>NC</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Real House Recovery Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>NJ</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>NJ</p> </td> <td> <p>$299,394</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>United  Veterans Beacon House, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>NY</p> </td> <td> <p>$104,125</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>America Works of New York, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>NY</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easterseals New York Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>NY</p> </td> <td> <p>$299,860</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easterseals New York Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>NY</p> </td> <td> <p>$426,060</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision</p> </td> <td> <p>NY</p> </td> <td> <p>$234,041</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Services for the UnderServed, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>NY</p> </td> <td> <p>$142,020</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio</p> </td> <td> <p>OH</p> </td> <td> <p>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center</p> </td> <td> <p>OH</p> </td> <td> <p>$400,457</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio</p> </td> <td> <p>OH</p> </td> <td> <p>$350,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio</p> </td> <td> <p>OH</p> </td> <td> <p>$215,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio</p> </td> <td> <p>OH</p> </td> <td> <p>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>OR</p> </td> <td> <p>$225,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Impact Services Corporation</p> </td> <td> <p>PA</p> </td> <td> <p>$400,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Impact Services Corporation</p> </td> <td> <p>PA</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>PA</p> </td> <td> <p>$191,103</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Commission on Economic Opportunity</p> </td> <td> <p>PA</p> </td> <td> <p>$100,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>PA</p> </td> <td> <p>$220,500</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Fast Forward</p> </td> <td> <p>SC</p> </td> <td> <p>$400,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Military Community Connection of South Carolina</p> </td> <td> <p>SC</p> </td> <td> <p>$408,900</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>TX</p> </td> <td> <p>$130,070</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>The Houston Launch Pad</p> </td> <td> <p>TX</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>BakerRipley (formerly known as Neighborhood Centers Inc.)</p> </td> <td> <p>TX</p> </td> <td> <p>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>TX</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Texas</p> </td> <td> <p>TX</p> </td> <td> <p>$464,508</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>STOP Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p>VA</p> </td> <td> <p>$355,050</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Partners in Careers</p> </td> <td> <p>WA</p> </td> <td> <p>$208,960</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Snohomish County Workforce Development Council</p> </td> <td> <p>WA</p> </td> <td> <p>$277,511</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd.</p> </td> <td> <p>WI</p> </td> <td> <p>$500,000</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table></div><div class=’table-responsive’><table class=’table’ border=”1″ cellpadding=”0″ cellspacing=”0″ width=”100%”><tbody><tr><td colspan=”3″> <p><strong>Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program: </strong>First option year recipients in 2017</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><strong>Grant applicant</strong></p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”><strong>State</strong></p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”><strong>Award amount</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>St Francis House, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>AR</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$159,090</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>United States Veterans Initiative</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>AZ</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>People Assisting the Homeless</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America-Greater Los Angeles, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America-Greater Los Angeles, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Working Wardrobes</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>New Directions for Veterans</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Salvation Army-A California Corporation</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Village of San Diego</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>United States Veterans Initiative</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$175,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>US Vets, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>DC</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>America Works of Washington, D.C.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>DC</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Florida, Inc. (South Florida)</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>FL</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$308,505</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>GA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Empowerment Organization – Atlanta</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>GA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$308,621</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>US Vets Inc. Hawaii</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>HI</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$187,258</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Goodwill Industries of The Heartland</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>IA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$202,600</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>The Inner Voice, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>IL</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Healthnet, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>IN</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$262,182</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Of Indiana, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>IN</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$240,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Kentucky, Inc. (Lexington)</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>KY</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$205,929</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>LA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>LA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America of Massachusetts</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$242,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Vietnam Veterans Workshop, dba New England Center for Homeless Veterans</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$142,020</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Interseminarian Project Place Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$124,292</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easter Seals</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MD</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Way Station, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MD</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easter Seals Maine, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>ME</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Michigan</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MI</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$205,997</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MN</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Soldier On, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MS</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Northern Rockies</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MT</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easter Seals New Hampshire, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>NH</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Delaware Valley</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>NJ</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$185,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Outreach Center Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>NY</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$308,003</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easter Seals Tristate LLC</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>OH</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$103,117</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Muscogee (Creek) Nation</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>OK</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$300,157</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easter Seals Oregon – Salem</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>OR</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easter Seals Oregon – Medford</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>OR</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>St. Vincent de Paul</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>OR</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$103,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Multi-Service Center</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>PA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$262,050</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>YWCA of Greater Harrisburg</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>PA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>RI</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Telamon Corp. (South Carolina Columbia)</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>SC</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America, Dakotas</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>SD</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$121,501</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Kentucky, Inc. (Nashville)</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>TN</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$221,301</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Kentucky, Inc. (Chattanooga)</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>TN</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$205,352</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Texas</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>TX</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$308,916</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Goodwill Industries of Houston, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>TX</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Center Point, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>TX</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$180,250</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Rivercity Comprehensive Counseling Service</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>VA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$308,872</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Veterans Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>VT</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table></div><div class=’table-responsive’><table class=’table’ border=”1″ cellpadding=”0″ cellspacing=”0″ width=”100%”><tbody><tr><td colspan=”3″> <p><strong>Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program: </strong>Second option year recipients in 2017</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><strong>Grant applicant</strong></p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”><strong>State</strong></p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”><strong>Award amount</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Aletheia House, Inc. (Montgomery Rural)</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>AL</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America – Greater Los Angeles, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Vietnam Veterans of San Diego</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America – San Gabriel Valley</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>1736 Family Crisis Center</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Goodwill of Silicon Valley</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Swords to Plowshares</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>People Assisting The Homeless</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$100,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>The Workplace, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>CT</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$299,980</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>FL</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$287,604</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Goodwill Manasota</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>FL</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$236,750</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>US Vets Inc. Hawaii</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>HI</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$200,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>America Works of Illinois, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>IL</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$300,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Indiana, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>IN</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Michigan</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MI</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$180,576</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Michigan Ability Partners</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MI</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$142,030</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Hancock Resource Center</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>MS</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$205,720</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Harbor Homes, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>NH</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$206,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>U.S. Veterans Initiative – Las Vegas</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>NV</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$236,900</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Black Veterans for Social Justice, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>NY</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$261,182</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Greater Ohio, Inc.</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>OH</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America Oklahoma</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>OK</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Easter Seals Oregon Portland</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>OR</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Volunteers of America East Tennessee</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>TN</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$199,299</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Washington State Department of Veterans’ Affairs</p> </td> <td> <p align=”center”>WA</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$309,000</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table></div></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/19/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc field-type-node-reference field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Joe Versen</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:versen.joseph.h@dol.gov”>versen.joseph.h@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-4696″>(202) 693-4696</a></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-0841-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”US Department of Labor awards $43.3M in grants to provide employer-driven training, support reintegration of homeless veterans – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/vets/vets20170619″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:58:07 +0000 rbrevard 74450 at https://www.dol.gov https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/msha/msha20170619 <div class=”field field-name-field-press-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>MSHA launches compliance assistance initiative to address increased injuries, fatalities among less experienced coal miners</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p><strong>ARLINGTON, Va. </strong>– Data recently compiled between October 2015 and March 2017 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s <a href=”http://www.msha.gov/”>Mine Safety and Health Administration</a> shows that less experienced miners – both at a mine and at a specific occupation – suffer injuries at a higher rate than more experience miners. Over this 18-month period, miners with one year or less of experience at a mine suffered 903 injuries, compared to 418 for those who had worked at a mine between one and two years. Miners with one year or less job experience suffered 603 injuries, compared to 409 for those with between one and two years job experience.</p> <p>Today, MSHA launched a Training Assistance Initiative throughout the nation’s coalfields to address the causes and trends in recent coal fatalities. On June 12, 2017, the agency began informing mine operators of the initiative’s planned launch, and encouraged them to participate and provide information about miners hired within the previous 12 months, and those in their current job for 12 months or less. With this information, MSHA can better focus its resources on the greatest fatality and injury risks.</p> <p>“Of the eight coal mining fatalities so far in 2017, seven involved miners with one year or less experience at the mine, and six involved miners with one year or less experience on the job,” said Patricia W. Silvey, deputy assistant secretary of labor. “We at MSHA will be working closely with mine operators and miners to eliminate these fatalities.”</p> <p>Staff from the agency’s division of <a href=”https://www.msha.gov/about/program-areas/coal-mine-safety-and-health”>Coal Mine Safety and Health</a> and training specialists from <a href=”https://arlweb.msha.gov/epd/efsms/”>Educational Field and Small Mine Services</a> will conduct these visits to coal mines. Among their objectives are the following:</p> <ul><li>Review the approved training plan posted at the mine to ensure that all information is up to date, and the most recently approved plan is posted.</li> <li>Talk to and observe work practices of miners with one year or less experience at the mine to evaluate the effectiveness of the mine operator’s new miner and experienced miner training program.</li> <li>Talk to and observe work practices of miners with one year or less experience performing their current job to evaluate the effectiveness of the mine operator’s task training program.</li> <li>Identify deficiencies and offer suggestions in training.</li> <li>Work with mine operators to improve their training programs.</li> </ul><p>MSHA personnel may ask operators to allow miners with more experience at the mine to accompany agency personnel during interactions with miners who have less experience.</p> <p>The initiative runs through Sept. 30, 2017.</p> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/19/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc field-type-node-reference field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Amy Louviere</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:louviere.amy@dol.gov”>louviere.amy@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-9423″>(202) 693-9423</a></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-0860-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”MSHA launches compliance assistance initiative to address increased injuries, fatalities among less experienced coal miners – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/msha/msha20170619″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:17:25 +0000 rbrevard 74456 at https://www.dol.gov https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170616 <div class=”field field-name-field-press-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>US Labor Department awards $11.4M in grants for state workforce programs</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-press-sub-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>Funds will help develop, enhance state workforce databases</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $11.4 million in federal Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants. The grants are designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness of these programs.</p> <p>The department awarded six grants – each approximately $1 million – to eligible State Workforce Agencies in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Missouri for the development or enhancement of a state workforce longitudinal administrative database. These databases include information on programs that provide training and employment services and allow tracking of similar information on identical subjects at multiple points in time.</p> <p>For the first time, the department awarded two grants of $2.7 million to SWAs for the integration of their states’ case management, performance reporting, and/or fiscal reporting systems with their states’ longitudinal administrative databases. The grants are awarded to SWAs in Mississippi and Rhode Island.</p> <p>“This administration is committed to reinvigorating workforce development systems in America,” said <a href=”https://www.dol.gov/agencies/osec”>U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta</a>. “Access to high-quality data is essential to making good, evidence-based decisions. These Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants help states and local agencies improve the quality and breadth of workforce data, which will benefit businesses, workers and job seekers.”</p> <p>Grantees will be expected to use their longitudinal databases to conduct research and analysis aimed at determining the effectiveness of workforce and education programs, and to develop tools to better inform customers about the benefits of the publicly funded workforce system.</p> <p>WDQI databases include information on programs that provide training and employment services, and connect with education data. They may be linked at the individual level and are capable of generating workforce training provider performance information and outcomes, including information and outcomes relevant to <a href=”https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/”>Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act</a> performance reporting, in a standardized, easy-to-understand format to help customers select the education and training programs that best suit their needs.</p> <p>Grantees will be expected to achieve multiple objectives during the three-year grant period. Objectives include:</p> <ul><li>Developing or improving their state workforce longitudinal administrative databases.</li> <li>Connecting workforce data with education data.</li> <li>Improving the quality and breadth of the data in workforce longitudinal administrative databases.</li> <li>Using longitudinal data to provide useful information about program operations.</li> <li>Evaluating the performance of education and employment training programs.</li> <li>Providing user-friendly information to consumers to help them select the education and training programs that best suit their needs.</li> <li>Integrating performance, fiscal, and/or case management systems with the longitudinal administrative database.</li> </ul><p><a href=”http://www.doleta.gov/performance/workforcedatagrant09.cfm”>Learn more about WDQI grants</a>.</p> <div class=’table-responsive’><table class=’table’ align=”center” border=”0″ cellpadding=”0″ cellspacing=”0″ width=”100%”><tbody><tr><td> <p><strong>WDQI Grantees</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>State</strong></p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”><strong>Award </strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Alabama Department of Labor</p> </td> <td> <p>Alabama</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$1,000,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Indiana Department of Workforce Development</p> </td> <td> <p>Indiana</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$1,000,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Iowa Workforce Development</p> </td> <td> <p>Iowa</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$997,890</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Kentucky Education and Work Force Development Cabinet</p> </td> <td> <p>Kentucky</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$1,000,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development</p> </td> <td> <p>Massachusetts</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$1,000,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Mississippi Department of Employment Security</p> </td> <td> <p>Mississippi</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$2,700,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Missouri Division Workforce Development</p> </td> <td> <p>Missouri</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$1,000,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training</p> </td> <td> <p>Rhode Island</p> </td> <td> <p align=”right”>$2,700,000</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><strong>Total</strong></p> </td> <td> </td> <td> <p align=”right”><strong>$11,397,890</strong></p> </td> </tr></tbody></table></div></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/16/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc field-type-node-reference field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Egan Reich</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:reich.egan@dol.gov”>reich.egan@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-4960″>(202) 693-4960</a></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-0833-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”US Labor Department awards $11.4M in grants for state workforce programs – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170616″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:32:55 +0000 jforrester 74446 at https://www.dol.gov https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170615 <div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p>In the week ending June 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 237,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 245,000. The 4-week moving average was 243,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 242,000.</p> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/15/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-837-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170615″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-optional-pdf field-type-file field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”file”><img class=”file-icon” alt=”PDF icon” title=”application/pdf” src=”/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png” /> <a href=”https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/documents/newsroom/releases/eta/20170837.pdf” type=”application/pdf; length=275940″>20170837.pdf</a></span></div></div></div> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:03:50 +0000 emccarthy 74441 at https://www.dol.gov https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170615-0 <div class=”field field-name-field-press-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>Executive order to expand apprenticeships, vocational training; remove burdensome restrictions</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p><strong>WASHINGTON </strong>– U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today welcomed President Donald J. Trump’s bold step towards fulfilling his promises to grow the American economy with the announcement of an <a href=”https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/15/presidential-executive-order-expanding-apprenticeships-america”>executive order</a> to expand apprenticeships and vocational training, close the skills gap and reduce regulatory burdens on workforce development programs.</p> <p>“There are six million job openings in the United States,” said Secretary Acosta. “This is the highest number of job vacancies on record. American companies want to hire Americans, and Americans want to work. Apprenticeships teach the skills needed to find good jobs and to succeed in those jobs. Apprentices are a proven pathway to helping businesses find the workers they need, while helping workers launch prosperous careers without the crushing burden of student debt.”</p> <p>President Trump signed the executive order expanding apprenticeship programs and vocational training at a White House ceremony that was also attended by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; Rep. Bobby Scott; Rep. Virginia Scott; the head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon; several governors and a number of apprentices. In their remarks, the President and Secretary Acosta praised the White House Office of American Innovation and Ivanka Trump, a presidential adviser, for their leadership on this initiative.</p> <p>The executive order calls on the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with the secretaries of education and commerce, to propose regulations that promote the development of apprenticeship programs by industry and trade groups, nonprofit organizations, unions and joint labor-management organizations. It also directs the departments of Commerce and Labor to promote apprenticeships to business leaders in critical industry sectors, including manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity and health care.</p> <p>“The U.S. Department of Labor will work expeditiously to execute the president’s vision and begin to implement measures to expand the apprenticeship and vocational training programs that can help our economy thrive, while keeping good, high-paying jobs in America,” Secretary Acosta said.</p> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/15/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc field-type-node-reference field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Jennifer Hazelton</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:hazelton.jennifer@dol.gov”>hazelton.jennifer@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-4676″>(202) 693-4676</a></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-0859-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”Executive order to expand apprenticeships, vocational training; remove burdensome restrictions – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170615-0″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:38:39 +0000 jforrester 74445 at https://www.dol.gov https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170608-1 <div class=”field field-name-field-press-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>US Labor Department awards $248K grant to help Native Hawaiian youth develop STEM job skills</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $248,500 in funding to help supplement existing employment and training efforts for Native Hawaiian youth with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.</p> <p>These awards aim to increase Native Hawaiian enrollment in STEM-related certificate and degree programs, as well as provide education mentoring programs and work experience in STEM-related professions. They will focus on developing programs designed to strengthen opportunities for Native Hawaiian youth and young adults, ages 14 to 24, to develop the skills necessary for jobs in high-growth, in-demand occupations and industries.</p> <p>The grant announced today is awarded to <a href=”https://www.alulike.org/”>Alu Like, Inc.</a> in Honolulu.</p> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/08/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc field-type-node-reference field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Joe Versen</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:versen.joseph.h@dol.gov”>versen.joseph.h@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-4696″>(202) 693-4696</a></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-0810-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”US Labor Department awards $248K grant to help Native Hawaiian youth develop STEM job skills – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170608-1″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:26:14 +0000 jforrester 74434 at https://www.dol.gov https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/olms/olms20170608 <div class=”field field-name-field-press-header field-type-text field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>US Labor Department to seek public comment on rescinding ‘Persuader Rule’</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><p><strong>WASHINGTON </strong>– The U.S. Department of Labor will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to rescind a rule that would have required employers and labor-management consultants to report consultants’ indirect contact with workers during union organizing campaigns. </p> <p>The NPRM will be published in the Federal Register and open for public comment on June 12. The public may submit comments, identified by RIN 1245-AA07, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, at <a href=”https://www.regulations.gov/”>http://www.regulations.gov</a>. All comments received will be posted without change to the site. The public inspection copy of the NPRM can be viewed on the Federal Register’s website at <a href=”https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/12/2017-11983/interpretation-of-the-advice-exemption-in-the-labor-management-reporting-and-disclosure-act”>https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/12/2017-11983/interpretation-of-the-advice-exemption-in-the-labor-management-reporting-and-disclosure-act</a>.</p> <p>Commonly referred to as the “Persuader Rule,” the regulation was published in March 2016. In November of that year, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide permanent injunction against the rule. More information is available on the Office of Labor-Management Standards website, <a href=”https://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/ecr_finalrule.htm”>https://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/ecr_finalrule.htm</a>. </p> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><span class=”date-display-single”>06/08/2017</span></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc field-type-node-reference field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Jennifer Hazelton</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:hazelton.jennifer@dol.gov”>hazelton.jennifer@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-4676″>(202) 693-4676</a></div></div></div></div> </div><div class=”field-item odd”><div class=”ds-1col node node-opa-contact-card view-mode-full clearfix”> <div class=”field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Media Contact Name:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><h2>Michael Trupo</h2></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-email field-type-email field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Email:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”mailto:trupo.michael@dol.gov”>trupo.michael@dol.gov</a></div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-poc-phone field-type-telephone field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Phone Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a href=”tel:%28202%29693-6588″>(202) 693-6588</a></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-release-number field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix”><div class=”field-label”>Release Number:&nbsp;</div><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”>17-0824-NAT</div></div></div><div class=”field field-name-field-share-this field-type-addthis field-label-hidden”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item even”><a class=”addthis_button ” addthis:title=”US Labor Department to seek public comment on rescinding &amp;lsquo;Persuader Rule&amp;rsquo; – United States Department of Labor” addthis:url=”https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/olms/olms20170608″><img src=”/sites/default/files/share_this_button.png” alt=”Share page with AddThis” /> </a> </div></div></div> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:57:01 +0000 abailey 74435 at https://www.dol.gov