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$450M in US Labor Department grants available to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers

Grant solicitation is the final installment under four-year, nearly $2B initiative

04/16/2014 dol.gov

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of the final $450 million in grants under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative. Over the last three years, these unprecedented investments have helped expand the capacity of the American community college system to provide accessible training programs that connect people to available jobs in growing industries in their communities. These grants are an important part of the Obama administration’s job-driven skills agenda and are being implemented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education.

“Through the first three rounds of grants more than 800 colleges across the country are helping to build strong ladders of opportunity that allow people to secure a foothold in the middle class, while also supporting businesses to compete and grow,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This final round will help scale what works, strengthen career pathways and improve the way employment and education data are used in assessing programs throughout the country.”

Previous grantees have leveraged strong partnerships between community colleges, the workforce system, employers and industry groups to transform the way they design and deliver courses through accelerated learning strategies; redesigned curricula; distance learning; work-based training, such as Registered Apprenticeships; and innovative uses of technology to enhance learning activities. This solicitation continues to promote these strategies.

“Community colleges play a vital role in equipping our nation’s students with the skills they need to meet the demands of today’s careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “This program is not about tinkering — it’s about transformation. This is not about getting more students to enroll — it’s about getting more students to graduation day and into good jobs.”

The program is designed to ensure that an eligible institution in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico receive dedicated funding of at least $2.25 million. Single institutions may apply for grants of up to $2.5 million and consortia of institutions within the same state or among institutions that share an economic region may apply for grants up to $15 million.

This round of funding strengthens employer engagement throughout the grant process. Successful applicants will design programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of multiple employers within an industry sector by working closely with regional and national employers and industry groups. These employer and industry partners will help identify and map necessary skills and competencies, as well as assist in designing curricula, programs, assessments or credentials that will help quickly connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

The final round of grants will place a priority on three additional goals by making additional funding available to those applicants who propose to:

  • develop partnerships with national industry groups or employers to scale strategies across the country;
  • engage employers, educators, Registered Apprenticeships and the workforce system to support the development or expansion of state career pathways systems; or
  • improve the integration of state employment and education data.

In an effort to scale promising practices from previous grants and sustain meaningful improvements to the community college system, additional preference will be given to collaborations that include:

  • in-depth employer partnerships, such as work-based learning and commitments to hire;
  • partnership with the workforce system and the network of nearly 2,500 American Job Centers to help support program implementation; or
  • partnerships with Registered Apprenticeship sponsors in their local and regional areas, particularly in occupations and industries with expected workforce shortages.

Those interested in applying for the newly available funding should visit http://www.grants.gov. The deadline to apply is July 7, 2014.

Eligible applicants include community colleges and other public, proprietary or nonprofit educational institutions that offer programs that can be completed in two years and are accredited by an agency or association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20140644.htm

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Transforming Apprenticeships for the 21st Century

by ERIC SELEZNOW on APRIL 17, 2014 · dol.gov

On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Pennsylvania to announce new actions to enhance job-driven training across America. A key focus of the president’s remarks was how apprenticeships are one of the clearest paths to good, high-paying jobs. As he mentioned, 9 out of 10 apprentices get hired for full-time jobs after completing their program, and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is more than $50,000. Expanding apprenticeship opportunities will give more Americans a chance to secure a foothold in the middle class.

Several new efforts will help double the number of apprenticeships over the next five years, a goal the president laid out in his State of the Union address. For the first time, the Labor Department is making $100 million available help more workers participate in apprenticeships. The grant competition will launch this fall and will be funded by fees employers pay through the H-1B visa program to hire temporary high-skilled foreign workers.

Using these existing funds, the new American Apprenticeship Grants competition will focus on partnerships between employers, labor organizations, training providers, community colleges, local and state governments, the workforce system, nonprofits and faith-based organizations. These partnerships will help expand tried-and-true apprenticeship models to newer, high-growth fields like information technology, health care and advanced manufacturing; making sure apprenticeships are a launch pad for further learning and career advancement; and scaling up those apprenticeship models that have been effective.

The president also announced new partnerships on the federal side as well. The Labor Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs are teaming up to increase veterans’ access to apprenticeships. We are collaborating to make it easier for employers to provide a fast track for their veteran employees to access GI Bill benefits for registered apprenticeship programs. This will help make sure more than 9,000 veterans in apprenticeship programs – like Erick Valera – receive the benefits they have earned.

For more: http://social.dol.gov/blog/transforming-apprenticeships-for-the-21st-century/

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April 16, 2014

FACT SHEET – American Job Training Investments: Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class

American Job Training Investments:

Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class

To create new opportunities for all hard-working Americans to get ahead, the President has asked the Vice President to lead an initiative to help individuals get trained with skills businesses need now and then placed in good, middle class jobs. Training America’s workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families feel more secure in their jobs and help American businesses grow our economy. But too many businesses can’t find skilled workers for jobs they want to fill, while too many people looking for a job may be ready to learn new skills but may not be certain that there’s a job waiting for them on the other end. Community colleges are one of the best ways to train workers with the skills they need for a job, and hands-on apprenticeships are one of the clearest paths to a good, secure middle class job. In fact, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is over $50,000.

Today, as part of this effort, the President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. Employers, unions, and foundations are joining these efforts with new commitments to support job-driven training. These steps are part of President Obama’s commitment to make 2014 a year of action, acting with Congress when possible but also using his pen and his phone – calling on businesses, philanthropy, non-profits, states, and local communities to act.

American Job Training Executive Actions

Partnering Local Businesses with Community Colleges to Put Americans Back to Work Through a Nearly $500 Million Job Training Competition. Today, the Department of Labor is releasing the application for partnerships of community colleges, employers and industry to develop training programs that are job-driven – that is – designed to respond to the demands of employers so people get placed in jobs. As part of a nearly $500 million competition, all grantees will be required to identify sectors with open jobs to fill, partner with the public workforce system and employers in that sector to address the skills needed for these open jobs, and create pathways from entry level positions to more advanced positions to ensure room for growth for employees with even the lowest starting skills levels. This program is a part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College and Career Training (TAA-CCCT) competitive grant program that has, over the last three years, supported community colleges preparing dislocated workers and other adults for jobs available in their regional economies. For the first time, this year’s funding will prioritize three key goals by providing larger grants to applicants who propose to address them:

* Scale In-Demand Job Training Across the Country through National Industry Partnerships
* Advance Education & Training to Ensure a Seamless Progression from One Stepping Stone to Another
* Improve Statewide Employment and Education Data Integration and Use

Expanding Apprenticeships for Good Middle Class Jobs

* Launch apprenticeship models in new, high-growth fields
* Align apprenticeships to pathways for further learning and career advancement
* Scale apprenticeship models that work

Making Apprenticeships Work for More Americans

* Streamlining GI Bill benefits for apprentices
* Connecting apprentices with college credit.

Business and Philanthropic Investments in Job-Driven Training

* The President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) is developing scalable apprenticeship models in high need advanced manufacturing
* The United Auto Workers, in partnership with employers such as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, John Deere and many others, plans to add nearly 2,000 apprentices
* UPS will add 2,000 new apprentices, including drivers and apprentices in new programs like IT, operations, and automotive repair
* The SEIU Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership (Training Partnership), in partnership with its employers ResCare, Addus, Chesterfield, the State of Washington, and others, is expanding its novel apprenticeship program for home care aides to train 3,000 apprentices a year
* North America’s Building Trades Unions pledge to add 25,000 new apprentices over the next five years

Philanthropic and Non-Profit Support to Generate Stronger Community College-Industry Partnerships

* Philanthropic Support for Potential Applicants and Grantees
* Best Practices Website for Community Colleges and Employers to Develop Job-Driven Training Partnerships

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/16/fact-sheet-american-job-training-investments-skills-and-jobs-build-stron

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 Long-Term Unemployed Make for Just as Strong Hires: Study

Partnering With CEOs to Put the Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

President Obama asks every business leader in America to help the long-term unemployed get into jobs because we are stronger when America fields a team at full strength.

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CEOs Pledge Help to White House for Long-Term Unemployed

Jan 31, 2014 9:29 AM PT By Roger Runningen and Mike Dorning – bloomberg

President Barack Obama met today with chief executive officers of companies from Bank of America Corp. (BAC) to EBay Inc. who have committed to giving the long-term unemployed a better chance in the hiring process.

More than 300 companies, including retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and automaker Ford Motor Co., have signed a pledge to develop initiatives for hiring and recruiting job-seekers who have been out of work for an extended period, according to the White House.

Twenty-three corporate or small business leaders joined Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss better job training and helping people who have been jobless for years to re-enter the workforce. Among today’s participants were Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan, EBay’s John Donahoe, Boeing Co. CEO James McNerney, James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley (MS), and Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International Inc.

“Folks who’ve been unemployed the longest often have the toughest time getting back to work,” Obama said in remarks to the group in the East Room of the White House. “It’s a cruel Catch-22: The longer you’re unemployed, the more unemployable you may seem.”

The president also signed an order directing federal agencies to end hiring practices that put the long-term unemployed at a disadvantage.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-31/ceos-pledge-help-to-white-house-for-long-term-unemployed.html

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A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed

Secretary Tom Perez, Gene Sperling February 21, 2014

As part of his plan to build an economy where everybody who is willing to work hard and take responsibility can get ahead, President Obama is focused on doing everything we can to create new jobs here in America – while also connecting more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

That’s why this week the administration announced the availability of applications for $150 million in “Ready to Work Partnership” grants designed to help those facing long-term unemployment upgrade their skills and build bridges to jobs in growing areas like information technology and advanced manufacturing. These competitive grants will support partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America’s public workforce system that not only continue building the pipeline of skilled workers, but do so by helping the long-term unemployed overcome some of the barriers they face in finding jobs.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/02/21/down-payment-expanding-opportunity-america-s-long-term-unemployed

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$150M available to states to implement or expand
job-driven training programs for laid-off workers

4/28/14 dol.gov

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $150 million in funding through a new Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program to train workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.

These investments will help create or expand employer partnerships that provide opportunities for on-the-job training, Registered Apprenticeships or other occupational training that results in an industry-recognized credential. Funding will also be used to provide services, such as coaching, counseling and direct job placement, that help connect laid-off workers, including the long-term unemployed, with available jobs. Focusing funding on proven, job-driven training strategies is a key component of the Obama administration’s agenda to connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

“Helping workers acquire the skills that employers say they need is a key way the Labor Department fulfills the president’s vision of opportunity for all,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants will provide states with critical funding to implement and expand proven strategies so that workers can secure a foothold in the middle class and businesses can grow.”

In addition to expanding work-based learning strategies — which recent studies show increase employment and earnings outcomes — grantees will also develop strong partnerships between workforce and industry organizations and align services with other federal, state or local programs, such as Unemployment InsuranceWorkforce Investment Act, and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs. Funds may also be used to implement innovative approaches, such as:

  • job coaching, navigation and job-matching models that help dislocated workers, particularly the long-term unemployed, receive the specialized services they need to rapidly re-enter the workforce;
  • using technology and social media to recruit participants, improve job search tools, provide distance learning opportunities, and effectively collect and disseminate labor market information;
  • specialized services for laid-off workers, such as financial counseling and one-on-one coaching; and
  • developing employer outcome measures to track employer satisfaction and success.

Up to $150 million in grants ranging from $500,000 to $6 million are being made available to states, territories and federally-recognized tribes through the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker National Reserve fund. Applications must be received by May 27 to be considered.

For more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20140714.htm

 

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    American Job Training

    $450M in US Labor Department grants available to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers

    Grant solicitation is the final installment under four-year, nearly $2B initiative

    04/16/2014 dol.gov

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of the final $450 million in grants under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative. Over the last three years, these unprecedented investments have helped expand the capacity of the American community college system to provide accessible training programs that connect people to available jobs in growing industries in their communities. These grants are an important part of the Obama administration’s job-driven skills agenda and are being implemented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education.

    “Through the first three rounds of grants more than 800 colleges across the country are helping to build strong ladders of opportunity that allow people to secure a foothold in the middle class, while also supporting businesses to compete and grow,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This final round will help scale what works, strengthen career pathways and improve the way employment and education data are used in assessing programs throughout the country.”

    Previous grantees have leveraged strong partnerships between community colleges, the workforce system, employers and industry groups to transform the way they design and deliver courses through accelerated learning strategies; redesigned curricula; distance learning; work-based training, such as Registered Apprenticeships; and innovative uses of technology to enhance learning activities. This solicitation continues to promote these strategies.

    “Community colleges play a vital role in equipping our nation’s students with the skills they need to meet the demands of today’s careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “This program is not about tinkering — it’s about transformation. This is not about getting more students to enroll — it’s about getting more students to graduation day and into good jobs.”

    The program is designed to ensure that an eligible institution in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico receive dedicated funding of at least $2.25 million. Single institutions may apply for grants of up to $2.5 million and consortia of institutions within the same state or among institutions that share an economic region may apply for grants up to $15 million.

    This round of funding strengthens employer engagement throughout the grant process. Successful applicants will design programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of multiple employers within an industry sector by working closely with regional and national employers and industry groups. These employer and industry partners will help identify and map necessary skills and competencies, as well as assist in designing curricula, programs, assessments or credentials that will help quickly connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

    The final round of grants will place a priority on three additional goals by making additional funding available to those applicants who propose to:

    develop partnerships with national industry groups or employers to scale strategies across the country;
    engage employers, educators, Registered Apprenticeships and the workforce system to support the development or expansion of state career pathways systems; or improve the integration of state employment and education data.

    In an effort to scale promising practices from previous grants and sustain meaningful improvements to the community college system, additional preference will be given to collaborations that include:

    * in-depth employer partnerships, such as work-based learning and commitments to hire;
    * partnership with the workforce system and the network of nearly 2,500 American Job Centers to help support program implementation; or
    * partnerships with Registered Apprenticeship sponsors in their local and regional areas, particularly in occupations and industries with expected workforce shortages.

    Those interested in applying for the newly available funding should visit http://www.grants.gov. The deadline to apply is July 7, 2014.

    Eligible applicants include community colleges and other public, proprietary or nonprofit educational institutions that offer programs that can be completed in two years and are accredited by an agency or association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    For more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20140644.htm

    • CR says:

      Transforming Apprenticeships for the 21st Century

      by ERIC SELEZNOW on APRIL 17, 2014 · dol.gov

      On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Pennsylvania to announce new actions to enhance job-driven training across America. A key focus of the president’s remarks was how apprenticeships are one of the clearest paths to good, high-paying jobs. As he mentioned, 9 out of 10 apprentices get hired for full-time jobs after completing their program, and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is more than $50,000. Expanding apprenticeship opportunities will give more Americans a chance to secure a foothold in the middle class.

      Several new efforts will help double the number of apprenticeships over the next five years, a goal the president laid out in his State of the Union address. For the first time, the Labor Department is making $100 million available help more workers participate in apprenticeships. The grant competition will launch this fall and will be funded by fees employers pay through the H-1B visa program to hire temporary high-skilled foreign workers.

      Using these existing funds, the new American Apprenticeship Grants competition will focus on partnerships between employers, labor organizations, training providers, community colleges, local and state governments, the workforce system, nonprofits and faith-based organizations. These partnerships will help expand tried-and-true apprenticeship models to newer, high-growth fields like information technology, health care and advanced manufacturing; making sure apprenticeships are a launch pad for further learning and career advancement; and scaling up those apprenticeship models that have been effective.

      The president also announced new partnerships on the federal side as well. The Labor Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs are teaming up to increase veterans’ access to apprenticeships. We are collaborating to make it easier for employers to provide a fast track for their veteran employees to access GI Bill benefits for registered apprenticeship programs. This will help make sure more than 9,000 veterans in apprenticeship programs – like Erick Valera – receive the benefits they have earned.

      For more: http://social.dol.gov/blog/transforming-apprenticeships-for-the-21st-century/

    • CR says:

      $150M available to states to implement or expand
      job-driven training programs for laid-off workers

      4/28/14 dol.gov

      WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $150 million in funding through a new Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program to train workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.

      These investments will help create or expand employer partnerships that provide opportunities for on-the-job training, Registered Apprenticeships or other occupational training that results in an industry-recognized credential. Funding will also be used to provide services, such as coaching, counseling and direct job placement, that help connect laid-off workers, including the long-term unemployed, with available jobs. Focusing funding on proven, job-driven training strategies is a key component of the Obama administration’s agenda to connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

      “Helping workers acquire the skills that employers say they need is a key way the Labor Department fulfills the president’s vision of opportunity for all,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants will provide states with critical funding to implement and expand proven strategies so that workers can secure a foothold in the middle class and businesses can grow.”

      In addition to expanding work-based learning strategies — which recent studies show increase employment and earnings outcomes — grantees will also develop strong partnerships between workforce and industry organizations and align services with other federal, state or local programs, such as Unemployment Insurance, Workforce Investment Act, and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs. Funds may also be used to implement innovative approaches, such as:

      * ob coaching, navigation and job-matching models that help dislocated workers, particularly the long-term unemployed, receive the specialized services they need to rapidly re-enter the workforce;

      * using technology and social media to recruit participants, improve job search tools, provide distance learning opportunities, and effectively collect and disseminate labor market information;

      * specialized services for laid-off workers, such as financial counseling and one-on-one coaching; and

      * developing employer outcome measures to track employer satisfaction and success.

      Up to $150 million in grants ranging from $500,000 to $6 million are being made available to states, territories and federally-recognized tribes through the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker National Reserve fund. Applications must be received by May 27 to be considered.

      For more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20140714.htm

  3. CR says:

    President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

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    Philippines

    April 28

    President Obama travels to the Philippines

    President Obama arrives in the Philippines

    President Obama participates in the official arrival ceremony held by President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines
    Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama participates in the guestbook signing with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines
    Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama participates in a restricted bilateral meeting with Philippines President Akino
    Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama participates in a expanded bilateral meeting with Philippines President Akino
    Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama and Philippines President Akino hold a joint press conference
    Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama meets and greets with Embassy personnel
    Hotel Sofitel, Manila, Philippines

    Philippines President Akino hosts a state dinner for President Obama
    Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama overnights in the Philippines

    • CR says:

      April 28, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama and President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines in Joint Press Conference

      Malacañang Palace
      Manila, Philippines

      3:40 P.M. PHT

      PRESIDENT AQUINO: The honorable President of the United States Barack Obama and his official delegation, members of the Cabinet present, members of the press, ladies and gentlemen: good afternoon.

      Today, the Philippines welcomes President Obama and his delegation on his first state visit to the Philippines. The United States is a key ally, a strategic partner, and a reliable friend of the Philippines.

      With this visit, we reaffirm the deep partnership between our countries, one founded on democratic values, mutual interest in our shared history and aspirations, and one that will definitely give us the momentum to propel our peoples to even greater heights.

      We witnessed the most recent and tangible manifestations of this in the immediate outpouring of assistance from the government of the United States and the American people in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, and your nation’s clear expression of solidarity with the typhoon survivors.

      Mr. President, in your State of the Union address earlier this year, you spoke of how American volunteers and troops were greeted with gratitude in the affected areas. Today, I reiterate formally the Filipino people will never forget such kindness and compassion. On behalf of my countrymen, I thank the United States of America once more for being a true friend to our people.

      The friendship and partnership between our countries, however, are evident not only in times of crisis and immediate need, but also in other aspects of our relations. Our defense alliance has been a cornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region for more than 60 years. And our strategic partnership spans a broad range of areas of cooperation, contributing to the growth and prosperity of both our nations, and fostering closer bonds between our peoples.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/28/remarks-president-obama-and-president-benigno-aquino-iii-philippines-joi

    • CR says:

      April 28, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama and President Aquino III of the Philippines at State Dinner

      Malacanang Palace
      Manila, Philippines

      7:24 P.M. PHT

      PRESIDENT AQUINO: President Obama; Vice President Jejomar Binay; Former President Fidel Valdez Ramos; President Joseph Ejército Estrada; Senate President Franklin Drilo;, members of the Senate present; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and now members of the House present; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the Justices of the Supreme Court; Secretary Albert de Rosario; Secretary Paquito Ochoa; members of the Cabinet; Ambassador Joey Cuisia; Ambassador Philip Goldberg; Ambassador Susan Rice; Ambassador Michael Froman; Mr. Rob Nabors; Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps; distinguished members of the U.S. delegation; honored guests; ladies and gentlemen: Good evening.

      Mr. President, on behalf of the Filipino people, I welcome you and your delegation to the Philippines. Though your stay here in our country may be short, I hope that it will allow you to see and experience for yourself how, indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines and that, undoubtedly, the Philippines works.

      Mr. President, the historic friendship between our peoples has been punctuated by visits from your predecessors. Your visit, the eighth by a U.S. President, has been a long time coming and it marks yet another important chapter in our relations. Your presence here today reaffirms the strong bond between our nations. As a friend and partner of the Filipino people, Mr. President, you have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the growth and development of our nation.

      It is only fitting, therefore, that your efforts be recognized with the conferment of the Order of Sikatuna. Since 1953, the highest recognition of diplomatic merit of the Republic of the Philippines has been the Order of Sikatuna. It has been conferred on those who have fostered and elevated the bilateral partnership of our country with other nations.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/28/remarks-president-obama-and-president-aquino-iii-philippines-state-dinne

  4. vitaminlover says:

    This is a good initiative.

  5. CR says:

    Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Rise Most Since 2011

    Apr 28, 2014 7:21 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes climbed in March by the most in almost three years, showing residential real estate was starting to stabilize entering the spring selling season.

    The pending home sales index rose 3.4 percent, the most since May 2011 and the first gain in nine months, after a 0.5 percent drop in February that was smaller than initially reported, the National Association of Realtors said today in Washington. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 1 percent increase. The gauge is 7.4 percent below a year earlier.

    Housing demand has weakened since the middle of last year as rising prices and borrowing costs put ownership out of reach for some prospective buyers. An improving employment outlook and easier access to credit would help entice more house hunters to sign purchase contracts.

    “The backdrop in general for housing remains reasonably positive,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics Ltd. in Valhalla, New York, who projected a 2.5 percent gain. “The labor market is improving, confidence generally has been edging up and mortgage rates are still pretty low.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-28/pending-sales-of-u-s-existing-homes-rise-most-since-may-2011.html

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    1:30 PM ET
    White House Research Conference on Girls
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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    2:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks on Budget and Economic Policy
    Washington, DC

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?319047-1/vice-president-biden-economy

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    President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

    http://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/usa-phillipine-flags1.png?w=450

    Philippines

    April 29

    President Obama views the Comet, a new electric vehicle
    Manila, Philippines

    President Obama delivers remarks to US and Filipino service members and veterans
    Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers
    American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama departs the Philippines for the White House

    • CR says:

      President Obama views the Comet, a new electric vehicle
      Manila, Philippines

    • CR says:

      10:15 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks to US and Filipino service memebers and veterans
      Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Phillipines

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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        April 28, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama to Filipino and U.S. Armed Forces at Fort Bonifacio

        Fort Bonifacio
        Manila, The Philippines

        9:56 A.M. PHT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody! Please, have a seat. Kumusta kayo. It is great to be here at Fort Bonifacio. Vice President Binay, distinguished guests: It’s an honor to be here with our outstanding allies — the leaders and members of the armed forces of the Philippines. And we’re joined by men and women who stand tall and proud to wear the uniform of the United States of America. And let me also welcome all our Filipino friends.

        Now, I’m not going to give a long speech, because it’s hot and people are in uniform. I hope you don’t mind me not wearing my jacket. And I also want to make sure that I have some time to shake some hands.

        But I’m here in the Philippines to reaffirm the enduring alliance between our two countries. I thank President Aquino for his partnership and the deeper ties that we forged yesterday. I’m especially proud to be here as we remember one of the defining moments of our shared history — the 70th anniversary of the battle of Leyte during World War II and the beginning of the liberation of the Philippines.

        Right after this, I’ll pay my respects at the American cemetery here in Manila — the final resting place of so many Americans and Filipinos who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of this country in that war. These Americans and Filipinos rest in peace as they stood in war — side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder — balikatan.

        Together, Filipinos and Americans put up a heroic defense, at Bataan and Corregidor. Together, they endured the agony of the death marches and the horror of the prisoner of war camps. Many never made it out. In those years of occupation, Filipino resistance fighters kept up the struggle. And hundreds of thousands of Filipinos fought under the American flag.

        And sadly, the proud service of many of these Filipino veterans was never fully recognized by the United States. Many were denied the compensation they had been promised. It was an injustice. So in recent years, my administration, working with Congress and others, have worked to right this wrong. We passed a law, reviewed the records, processed claims, and nearly 20,000 Filipino veterans from World War II and their families finally received the compensation they had earned. And it was the right thing to do. (Applause.)

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/28/remarks-president-obama-filipino-and-us-armed-forces-fort-bonifacio

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      President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers
      American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

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    WH

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    7:30 AM
    Vice President Bice and Secretary of State Kerry meet for breakfast
    Naval Observatory

    7:50 AM
    President Obama departs Elmendorf Air Force Base en route Washington, DC
    Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:25 AM
    President Obama arrives in Anchorage, Alaska and Air Force One refuels
    Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia
    White House

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at an Event Releasing the First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
    South Court Auditorium, The White House

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:45 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    6:00 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

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    Federal transparency bill headed to White House

    April 28, 2014, 05:01 pmBy Cristina Marcos – TheHill

    The House on Monday passed legislation expanding transparency standards so that taxpayers can see how federal funds are spent.

    Passed by voice vote, the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act would direct federal agencies to establish government-wide financial data standards available on USASpending.gov. The data would include agency expenditures as well as federal contract, loan and grant spending.

    The Senate passed the measure by unanimous consent the week before the recess. It now heads to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

    The measure also calls for the head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish a two-year pilot program to develop recommendations for federal reporting standards and find ways to avoid duplication in such reporting. It would further instruct the OMB director to review the reporting requirements for recipients of federal funding.

    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said the measure would help Congress and taxpayers monitor how federal funds are spent.

    “The DATA Act is but a first shot of a technological revolution that will transform the way we govern,” Issa said. “The American people deserve to know if their taxpayer dollars are being wasted or if they’re being spent wisely.”

    Democrats also said that it would make the workings of the federal government more transparent.

    “This will improve the quality of data that agencies make available about their spending,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

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    Why this might be 2014′s most pivotal week for financial releases

    4/28/14 Market Realist By Phalguni Soni

    Why this might be 2014’s most pivotal week for financial releases (Part 1 of 7)

    A pivotal week

    Financial markets will train their sights on the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) meeting, slated for April 29–30, in what may be one of the year’s most pivotal weeks. While the FOMC should produce little in the way of data surprises, the GDP and employment data releases as well as the forward guidance from the FOMC statement should provide market watchers something to mull over in the coming weeks.

    Brace for an interesting April 30: It’s Super Wednesday
    Wednesday, April 30, is expected to pull quite a punch with both the FOMC meeting announcement and advance gross domestic product (or GDP) estimates for the first quarter of 2014 slated for release. The Fed is widely expected to cut its asset purchases at the current “measured pace” by $10 billion per month to $45 billion per month.

    The GDP estimate should prove more interesting, with both stock (VOO) and bond (BND) markets divided as to the exact impact of an unusually severe winter on the nation’s economic activity. The first quarter GDP number should provide more clarity.

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-might-2014-most-pivotal-161723246.html;_ylt=AwrBJR5akl9TBhQAN6fQtDMD

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    1:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden meets with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia
    South Court Auditorium, White House

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      April 29, 2014

      Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia

      Vice President Biden met today with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma in the White House. The Vice President underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of our NATO Allies under Article 5. Prime Minister Straujuma thanked the United States for its tangible commitments to Latvia’s security, including the augmentation of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission and the deployment of paratroopers from the U.S. Army Europe’s 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team to conduct exercises in Latvia. The two leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine and agreed on the need for the United States and Europe to remain united in confronting Russia’s destabilizing actions in eastern Ukraine and its illegal occupation of Crimea. The two leaders discussed the critical importance of bolstering Europe’s energy security through coordinated actions among European states. The Vice President and Prime Minister Straujuma also agreed on the pivotal role the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would play in creating jobs and supporting economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    2:30 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at an Event Releasing the First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
    The White House

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      Remarks to follow

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      April 29, 2014

      FACT SHEET: Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault

      One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year. In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened. And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.

      The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.

      Today, the Task Force is announcing a series of actions to: (1) identify the scope of the problem on college campuses, (2) help prevent campus sexual assault, (3) help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted, and (4) improve, and make more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts. We will continue to pursue additional executive or legislative actions in the future.

      These steps build on the Administration’s previous work to combat sexual assault. The Task Force formulated its recommendations after a 90-day review period during which it heard from thousands of people from across the country — via 27 online and in-person listening sessions and written comments from a wide variety of stakeholders.

      Helping Schools Identify the Problem: Climate Surveys
      As we know, campus sexual assault is chronically underreported – so victim reports don’t provide a fair measure of the problem. A campus climate survey, however, can. So, today:

      * We are providing schools with a toolkit for developing and conducting a climate survey.
      * We will explore legislative or administrative options to require colleges and universities to conduct an evidence-based survey in 2016

      Preventing Sexual Assault – and Bringing in the Bystander
      * The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a systematic review of primary prevention strategies for reducing sexual violence, and is releasing an advance summary of its findings.
      * The CDC and the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women will pilot and evaluate prevention strategies on college campuses.
      * Getting Bystanders to Step In and Help Is a Promising Practice.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/29/fact-sheet-not-alone-protecting-students-sexual-assault

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      April 29, 2014

      1 is 2 Many Campaign Releases New Public Service Announcement on Sexual Assault

      Today, Vice President Biden launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) encouraging men to speak up and step in if they see someone in danger of being sexually assaulted. The PSA is being launched in coordination with the 1 is 2 Many campaign and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Because while anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, some are more at risk than others: 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, and young women, ages 16 to 24, experience the highest rates of sexual violence at the hands of someone they know. The PSA, produced by the White House, features several film and television actors, President Obama, and Vice President Biden. It encourages men to be part of the solution by delivering a simple message: “If she doesn’t consent – or can’t consent — it’s a crime . . . and if you see sexual assault happening, help her — don’t blame her —and speak up.”

      The PSA will air in select Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark movie theaters, over NCM Media Networks’ Lobby Entertainment Network (LEN), and in movie theaters on military installations and ships underway worldwide starting in May. Joining the President and the Vice President in the PSA are Daniel Craig, Seth Meyers, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell and Dulé Hill.

      Click here to watch the 60-second PSA.

      Click here to watch the 30-second PSA.

      Click here for more information about the Administration’s efforts to combat sexual assault.

      Quotes from participating actors:

      Benicio Del Toro
      “This PSA is about reaching out to people and letting them know that there is an epidemic of sexual assaults. Those who commit sexual assaults will be condemned, whoever they are. The PSA also encourages any witness to such acts to speak up, do the right thing, and be a hero. It is about protecting and respecting our loved ones–our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and girlfriends.”

      Dulé Hill
      “One sexual assault is one too many. My desire for this PSA is that it will heighten awareness and in turn be a catalyst for more prevention.”

      Daniel Craig
      “I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project. The message is clear and simple; everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses. Please watch it and pass it on.”

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