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December 18, 2017 Education, Human Services, National Issues, Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With thousands of people fleeing the aftermath of natural disasters earlier this year in the southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the release of a new resource guide from the departments of Education, Health and Human Services to help school districts and communities welcome and assist those who have been displaced.“After hurricanes devastated portions of the southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico, communities across Pennsylvania have been opening their arms to help those who have lost everything,” said Governor Wolf. “That spirit of compassion is part of the fabric of our commonwealth and this new resource guide gives schools and local organizations the information they need to help the evacuees to get back on their feet.”Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, electricity is still out in some areas and thousands of businesses are closed, forcing tens of thousands of people to leave the U.S. territory, including thousands of students sheltering in Pennsylvania.“Many of the people fleeing Puerto Rico and other devastated areas are children who have lost everything,” said Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera. “Those children need and deserve a good education and schools across the state are up to the challenge. This guide provides a one-stop-shop of information about resources to help those school districts as well as the students and their families.”The Department of Education created the School Resource Guide for Disaster Evacuees in collaboration with the departments of Human Services and Health. The guide provides information for students from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary education on a wide range of topics from the Homeless Education Assistance and Pre-K Counts programs to nutrient, health care and the state university system.“This guide is a perfect example of the Wolf administration coming together to help individuals in need – a true testament to a government that works,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “As more displaced individuals enter the commonwealth, we must ensure that they have access to high-quality services and supports during this stressful transition.”“Pennsylvania stands ready to help families of evacuees,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said, “Pennsylvania has resources through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs, as well as through our State Health Centers to make sure evacuees stay healthy.”The School Resource Guide for Disaster Evacuees is available online and has distributed to local education agencies across the commonwealth. The guide is available in both English and Spanish, and includes pamphlets that may be distributed to students and their parents.A second toolkit, which will include information from additional state agencies and will support Pennsylvanians outside of the school system, is forthcoming. That toolkit will include information on enrolling children in school, finding disaster assistance, feeding programs, or health information, as well as other community and state supports. Governor Wolf Announces Resource Guide to Help Evacuees from Puerto Rico and Other Devastated Areas SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Source: ChemoursA Chemours plant in Altamira, MexicoThe intention at Nationale-Nederlanden is to grant a one-off catch-up indexation payment from 1 January 2020, plus a guaranteed annual indexation from thereon. The scheme does not want to state the size of the intended payments yet as the board has yet to communicate the information to its members.At the end of May the fund had a coverage ratio of 123%.All transfers are planned for 1 October this year. Chemours is a chemical plant that split off from DuPont in 2015. In the Netherlands the company is a major producer of Teflon. “Deferred members and pensioners have fallen considerably behind in indexation,” chairman Frans van Dorsten told Dutch industry publication Pensioen Pro in April. “Active members are hardly affected. When relocating all liabilities to an insurer, you can take direct action to do something about this.” The pension scheme of Dutch chemical company Chemours is to transfer the liabilities of its deferred members to insurer Nationale-Nederlanden in a deal worth €820m.According to a press release from the insurance group, the number of participants concerned is around 3,000. The pension rights of approximately 400 active members, amounting to around €300m, are not included in the transfer. They will be relocated to a general pension fund (APF). Which APF has yet to be revealed – Chemours has so far only signed a letter of intent. Earlier this year, the pension scheme explained its reasons for splitting its active and deferred members.