Speech: Lord Ahmad Speech at the Commonwealth Youth Roundtable Event

first_imgYour Royal Highness, distinguished guests and young leaders of the Commonwealth, it is an immense pleasure for me as Minister of State for the government, to welcome you here to Lancaster House and continue the conversation many of us started in April last year on the vision of CHOGM 2018, and most importantly the focus of the youth forum.I am particularly delighted that we are joined by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex, who will speak in a moment about his work as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.Your Royal Highness, may I say how delighted we are that the Duchess of Sussex has become patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and I know she will be an energetic and inspiring champion in every sense. There is a small event happening very shortly in your lives, but I’m sure, as The Duchess of Sussex said herself during the Commonwealth Summit, she’s very much looking forward to her role within the context of the Commonwealth family.Your Royal Highness, over the last 10 months, the UK as Chair-in-Office, has been working very closely with member states, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth’s many organisations and networks to ensure that we deliver, and act, on the outcomes and abitions of the Summit and Heads of Government meeting.We have already allocated over £500 million towards projects under the four themes of the summit, and we have already made good progress.We are building, firstly, a more secure future through programmes to strengthen countries’ cyber resilience. This is a particular priority for me personally as the government’s cyber minister. We are building a prosperous future by improving employment prospects for young people through investment in training and skills development programmes. And importantly we are also investing in a fairer future through supporting the provision of 12 years of quality education for girls and boys, with a commitment from the United Kingdom of over £200m of UK funding.However, there is also an important priority which I know is close to your heart, Sir, on the issue of a sustainable future. We, together with Vanuatu, are co-leading the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance to tackle marine plastics, which now has 24 members of the Commonwealth, to many of whom we are giving technical and direct assistance. And we are also funding research to accelerate the development of new malaria treatments.The 1.4 billion young people of the Commonwealth will define the future. Indeed, you are already defining the present, as those of us in this room will testify. All of you are advocating for issues that matter to everyone; you are involved in delivering development programmes; you are creating businesses, you are creating wealth and employment; you are holding your governments to account, and most importantly your personal examples of the work you do is inspiring others across the globe.Direct engagement between governments and young leaders is not just a nice thing to do, it is the right thing to do, it is essential. We must have our young leaders working hand-in-glove with all the member states, the Secretariat, and the Commonwealth’s networks and organisations. Young people must not just be engaged, they must be directly involved and I assure you that as a minister responsible I pledge, together with our team here, to cotinue working directly with you, throughout our Chair-in-Office period and beyond, and that’s what brings us together here today.Before we kick of the discussions I would like to now invite His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex to speak to us about his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Your Royal Highness, we are again honoured you’ve joined us today, and it’s over to you.last_img

Mike Gordon To Join Phil Lesh & Friends At Terrapin Crossroads For ‘Big Bass Bash’

first_imgSan Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads has announced that Phish bassist Mike Gordon will join Phil Lesh & Friends for a special “Big Bass Bash” at the venue on Sunday, July 17th. The show will take place on the Back Porch Stage, and will see Gordon and Lesh joined by Jackie Greene, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, and John Molo.Mike Gordon Talks Prince, New Phish Album, Dead & Company And MoreTaking on support duties for the event will be The Infamous Stringdusters with Nicki Bluhm and Midnight North. Gordon will be playing on a Phish off day as the group will have just finished a three-night run at The Gorge before beginning another three-night stint at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Monday, July 18th. Gordon is no stranger to Terrapin Crossroads, as the bassist has played the venue back in 2013 and 2014.Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here.Mike Gordon w/ Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads “U.S. Blues” Live 10/26/14, courtesy of jshensa:last_img

Wolf Administration Awards $1 Million in Grants to Help Veterans Overcome Substance Use Disorder

first_img March 02, 2020 Wolf Administration Awards $1 Million in Grants to Help Veterans Overcome Substance Use Disorder SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  Veterans Governor Tom Wolf today announced $1 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant funding to programs offering supportive services to veterans suffering from opioid use disorder and their families. The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.“Pennsylvania is fortunate to have such a large and diverse veteran population,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “However, many of our great patriots have fallen on hard times and need assistance overcoming addiction and the effects of substance use disorder (SUD). These grants will fuel increased efforts from these organizations to provide additional critical help across the commonwealth. These seven grant recipients, along with many other partner organizations, will ensure our veterans have a brighter future.”“We thank Secretary Smith and the entire team from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) for their advocacy and assistance securing these grants for so many veterans who are struggling with substance use disorder,” said Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “This partnership effort with DDAP resulted in an extra $1 million of grant money this year on top of our normal Veterans Trust Fund grants. This will provide additional essential programs and services to our needy Pennsylvania veterans.”“Statistics show that veterans across the commonwealth are suffering from substance use disorder at an alarming rate,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “Because of this, we must ensure that treatment services and recovery supports are available specifically to serve this population. These grants will allow a wide variety of services to veterans and their families and give veterans the necessary tools to succeed even after treatment and into their recovery.”The seven grantees provide programs focused on treatment and recovery, homelessness, suicide prevention, and other services in support of veterans dealing with SUD.The following are the seven grant recipients:Jarett Yoder Foundation (Berks County – $50,000)This organization provides housing and other services to veterans in need. Many of the veterans who they assist are struggling with drug and alcohol issues. The grant money will be used to provide expenses for the housing, case management services, drug and alcohol testing, peer-to-peer support services, group therapy sessions, and transportation costs specific to veterans who they assist struggling with an opioid addiction.Just for Today Recovery and Veterans Support Services (Cumberland County – $333,500)This organization offers safe, structured, and compassionate housing, fellowship, and recovery resources to anyone in need. They also provide certified recovery specialist training, continuing education credits, and advocacy for the entire Central Pennsylvania recovery community. With the grant, they plan to expand their existing services as well as add new services to directly assist veterans struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, and homelessness.Robert M. Jackson Veterans Center (Dauphin County – $25,000)This organization assists homeless veterans and their families in need of services to develop a resilient, self-sufficient lifestyle. They provide community services and shelter in and around the greater Harrisburg area. With the grant funds they plan to address the opioid crisis by providing housing services as well as supportive services through a program that will assist veterans in meeting residential, social, educational, and vocational needs.Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County (Lackawanna County – $50,000)The Center provides assistance to individual participants in the various Lackawanna County Treatment/Problems Solving Courts as they seek to overcome obstacles in achieving sober, drug-free, productive lives. With the funding, this organization will provide case management, family assessments, and family service plans to veterans suffering from opioid use.Valhalla Veterans Services (Lackawanna County – $25,000)This organization provides a program that delivers the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshops to veterans at no cost. They also provide counseling services and resilience and cognitive behavioral techniques to veteran inmates in need. With the funding, they will train veterans and veteran helpers to become first responders for suicide.Veterans Multi-Service Center (Philadelphia County – $416,500)The Center offers services such as veteran employment, housing, a women veterans read more