Governor Wolf Hosts Seniors Financial Protection Panel Discussion in Scranton

first_img Press Release,  Seniors Scranton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Department of Banking and Securities Secretary Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss measures the Wolf Administration has taken to help protect senior citizens from financial scams and fraud. Thursday, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.“One of the most important jobs of government is protecting older Pennsylvanians from becoming the victim of financial crime,” Governor Wolf said. “Unfortunately, seniors become the target of scams and predatory financial abuse entirely too often. In our country, one in five citizens over the age of 65 will be victimized by a financial crime. That’s why my administration decided to pull together and collaborate across all our agencies to work to protect older Pennsylvanians from this kind of abuse.”“Elder financial abuse is one of the most significant financial crimes of the 21st century, and it is estimated to cost older Americans $36 billion each year,” said Secretary Wiessmann. “In order to help protect our seniors from financial fraud and abuse, we are developing and providing education programs for front-line professionals who have close contact with older Pennsylvanians. Through these programs, accountants, doctors, lawyers, and investment professionals are learning to identify signs of elder financial abuse, as well as how to report it and prevent this crime.”During a panel discussion at the South Side Senior Center in Scranton, Governor Wolf pointed specifically to “PA $AFE,” an information exchange and clearinghouse created as part of the governor’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, which involves over 20 Pennsylvania state government agencies engaged in financial education and consumer protection activities.“As an example of how PA $AFE operates, leaders from 14 agencies with consumer hotlines are trained to work to ensure their staff members know the appropriate places to refer calls that are not typically handled by their agencies,” Governor Wolf explained. “They are also making certain that the financial information they share with consumers is up-to-date and consistent across agencies.”In November 2015, Governor Wolf announced the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative “in order to educate the public about financial protection and best practices in a concise, efficient way.” Among the goals he laid out for this initiative are:To establish a state government interagency financial education exchange for consumers.To help professionals who work with senior citizens identify signs of elder financial abuse and prevent this crime.“There are many types of financial fraud scams that target seniors,” said Secretary Osborne. “The Wolf Administration recognizes that financial fraud education is critical. Protection means involvement, and in order to prevent older Pennsylvanians from becoming victims of financial fraud, we must educate those around us on what these scams are, how they work, and where to call for help.”Senior citizens, the caregivers, or family members with questions about financial transactions can call the Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-PA-BANKS. The department also maintains an online library of resources to help consumers learn to protect themselves. Governor Wolf Hosts Seniors Financial Protection Panel Discussion in Scranton June 14, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Wisconsin holds off Oral Roberts for 6th-straight win

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team improved to 6-0 on Saturday for just the second time in the head coach Bo Ryan era, but Oral Roberts didn’t make it easy.Wisconsin (6-0) jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first half, but Oral Roberts (2-3) clawed its way back into the game on the back of senior forward Shawn Glover who led all scorers with 24 before falling to the Badgers 76-67.“They’re just a good team. I give them some credit,” redshirt junior guard Josh Gasser said. “Glover hit some tough shots and made some big plays for them. A guy like that is hard to stop when he’s feeling it.”After coming into the game against Oral Roberts shooting 48.5 percent beyond the three-point line — good for 6th in the nation — Wisconsin was human from long range Saturday night going 7-23 (30.4 percent).With the deep ball proving ineffective, the Badgers went inside, scoring 34 points in the paint and shooting 60 percent from inside the three-point arc.“They call averages, averages for a reason … the percentage we were shooting from three, you know there’s going to be some games where that’s not going to happen,” Ryan said. “We shot enough threes and boy, a couple of them were half way down. We talk about it all the time: Some nights they’re not there so you have to find ways to manufacture points.”Wisconsin went to its hot hand in junior forward Frank Kaminsky to get the offense going. Kaminsky, for the third time in four games, led the team in scoring with 21 points.“Our shots are going to fall every game, so it’s nice to have a guy like Frank inside who you can get the ball to and can almost score at will,” Gasser said. “Sometimes when the shots aren’t falling, we’ll call a play to get him the ball in the post and make plays that way.”Kaminsky sparked Wisconsin offense early, scoring 10 of the Badgers first 16 points and is growing more confident by the game after four straight solid outings.“I’m go into game trying to start the game off with a bang every single time and try keep it going throughout the entire game,” Kaminsky said. “It’s been working for me recently, so I’m going to keep doing that.”Gasser and Brust chipped in for 15 and 12 points respectively, and the Badgers had five players in double figures for the third time this season.Though Wisconsin was balanced offensively, defense was yet again a concern when the clock hit zero, allowing Oral Roberts to 55.1 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from deep — even without its best offensive player in Obi Emegano who injured his knee in a game with St. Louis on Thursday.“A lot has been put on this week in terms of three games in five days, but at the end of the day there’s no excuses in terms of our defense,” junior guard Traevon Jackson said. “We know what we are capable of doing. We’re playing against teams once conference comes around and these upcoming nonconference games that we have to stop the ball regardless of how much we score. And that’s what we have to hang our hats on if we want to accomplish the goals that we want to accomplish as a team.”In the final 10 minutes of the game, Oral Roberts shot 47 percent from the floor and cut the lead to within four, but in the end there just wasn’t enough time left for the Golden Eagles to complete the upset.“Fortunately, we held on long enough that the clock ran out and we were ahead,” Ryan said.last_img read more

Men’s basketball preps for road challenge after loss to Cal

first_imgAfter their gut-wrenching loss to Cal, USC men’s basketball travels to the Pac-12 mountain schools to play Utah on Thursday night and Colorado on Sunday.The Utes (11-4, 2-1) are 8-1 this season at the Huntsman Center, taking their only loss to the University of San Francisco on Dec. 22. Despite the loss of incumbent Pac-12 Player of the Year Jakob Poeltl, who was selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors, Utah returns an immensely deep roster. Head coach Larry Krystkowiak’s arsenal includes nine players earning at least seven minutes per game, including six players averaging double digits on the season.Yet again, Utah is led by experienced forwards. Junior Kyle Kuzma averages 14.8 points and leads the team with 9.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Six-foot-10-inch junior David Collette starts in the frontcourt alongside Kuzma. The Utah State transfer debuted as a Ute less than a month ago and scored in double figures in every game this season. He leads the Utes offense in scoring (15.4 points per game) and shooting percentage (.662).In the past, Krystkowiak’s teams have been known for their half-court prowess but slow pace of play. This year, however, the Utes average as many possessions per 40 minutes as the Trojans. This is one reason why the Utes average 80 points per game. Another is that they shoot 58.3 percent from inside the arc — the sixth best in the nation. The Trojans must protect the rim or else Kuzma, Collette and company will have a field day. With sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright out until at least February with a knee sprain, USC will continue to expect large contributions from the forwards — freshman Nick Rakocevic and redshirt senior Charles Buggs. Both alternate in and out of the rotation whenever the other picks up a foul, and each has struggled enormously with foul trouble. Rakocevic averages 6.75 fouls per 40 minutes and Buggs an even worse 7.3. Utah’s bigs will undoubtedly challenge the duo, and they cannot afford to foul cheaply. Sunday’s challenger Colorado (10-6, 0-3) also defends its home court well, going 7-1 thus far this season. The Buffaloes play their Pac-12 home opener Thursday night against UCLA. Colorado plays slower than Utah, and they average six fewer points. The team features a talented backcourt but one that has a meager 1:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Senior guard Derrick White leads the team in scoring with 15.8 and with 4.1 assists, but he also turns the ball over 2.8 times per game. Fellow senior Xavier Johnson averages 14.7 points per game, and he lit up Arizona’s defense with 26 points on Saturday. Like Utah, Colorado fields a deep roster. Coach Tad Boyle rotates five bench players, and he starts five upperclassmen, including four seniors. USC is a much younger team and will have to play smarter than the experienced Buffs and win the turnover battle.Junior guard Jordan McLaughlin looks forward to the challenge of achieving bounceback victories. “We will prepare like we did this week for the Bay games,” McLaughlin said. “Since the Oregon loss, we’ve had some of our hardest practices of the year. Next week should be fun.”last_img read more