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Governor Wolf’s Second Year: Progress on Schools, Jobs, and Reform

first_img 2016 In Review,  Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Results,  Schools That Teach,  Year in Review Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf ends his second year in office with a slew of accomplishments on his key priorities, including funding our schools, creating middle-class jobs, fighting the opioid epidemic, reforming state government and working with the legislature to move Pennsylvania forward. The Governor’s laser focus on investing in Pennsylvania families and taking on the status quo has paid-off, but there is more work to do.Map of Governor Wolf’s Schools That Teach, Jobs That Pay, and Opioid Discussion Events in 2016.Fixing SchoolsPrior to taking office, Pennsylvania’s poorest schools endured the worst of state budget cuts, so Governor Wolf prioritized restoring funding and enacting a fair funding formula. Working with the legislature, the governor has secured historic increases in his first two years: $465 million more for classrooms to ensure our children have the resources they need to learn, $74.6 million more for early childhood education and intervention, and nearly $100 million more for state-funded universities and community colleges. Governor Wolf also announced the launch of It’s On Us PA – the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses.Creating JobsIn 2016, the Wolf Administration secured commitments for creating and retaining more than 200,000 full-time jobs and the investment of nearly $1.1 billion in Pennsylvania’s economy. Shell will create 6,000 full-time construction jobs and 600 permanent positions, Governor Wolf’s investment in the Philadelphia port will create thousands of jobs and Amazon’s expansion will mean 5,000 new, full-time jobs. Governor Wolf also worked to increase employment opportunities for workers and high school students with disabilities. In early 2016, Pennsylvania finally completed the phase-out of our unfair, double taxation of businesses.Fighting the Opioid CrisisThroughout 2016, Governor Wolf traveled to every corner of Pennsylvania to learn how the opioid and heroin crisis was affecting families and communities. He then worked with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the 2016-17 budget to fund treatment for 45 Centers of Excellence for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder. In addition, Governor Wolf worked with the legislature to pass and enact five key bills to decrease opioid abuse, announced more than 1,000 opioid overdoses were reversed with Naloxone, and launched Pennsylvania’s prescription drug monitoring program.Changing HarrisburgGovernor Wolf’s continued his efforts to make state government more efficient, innovative, responsive, and accountable. GO-TIME announced first year savings of $156 million and a new goal of $500 million by 2020. Governor Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid gave health insurance to 700,000 Pennsylvanians and he fought to save health insurance for 180,000 seniors and 3,600 kids. Department of Human Services reduced the SNAP error rate to save $35 million. Online voter registration reached nearly one million users, PennDOT launched new innovations to improve DMV customer service, DMVA helped find housing for nearly 2,500 homeless veterans and Pennsylvania launched an extensive review of the state’s criminal justice system.Legislative VictoriesDespite historic Republican majorities in the legislature, Governor Wolf worked with the General Assembly to achieve significant victories to move Pennsylvania forward on many issues, including: legalizing medical marijuana and ride-sharing, implementing the most sweeping liquor reforms since Prohibition (including direct shipment of wine, ‘freeing the six-pack’ and wine in grocery stores), expanding unemployment compensation to nearly 50,000 middle-class workers, enabling non-violent offenders to have their records sealed to increase employment opportunities, finalizing new regulations on gas drillers to protect water and land, expanding protections for domestic violence victims, and helping prevent drunk driving with stronger penalties.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf’s Second Year: Progress on Schools, Jobs, and Reform SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 29, 2016last_img read more

Global Marine Group Orders New Osbit Plough

first_imgOffshore technology and engineering company Osbit Limited has secured a contract with Global Marine Group to supply a multi-function pre-lay and backfill subsea plough –  Scion 240.The Scion 240 plough is being designed and built in North-East England and will be delivered from Osbit’s Blyth works at the end of May 2019. Osbit will support Global Marine Group and their customer with sea trials and be available to assist Scion 240 as it commences work on its first project later in the summer.The Scion 240 is said to reduce the cost of offshore wind by minimising the operational risk and the time required to install subsea cables.According to Osbit, the system delivers boulder clearance and pre-trenching up to 1.7m in a single run, leaving a boulder cleared swathe and a ‘backfill-ready’ open trench with segregated spoil.Martyn Drye, Director of Engineering at Global Marine Group, said: “The Scion 240 Plough is an exciting new subsea tool for our business; offering boulder clearance and pre-trenching in a single pass is an industry-first. Our team of in-house engineers, working closely with Osbit, developed this solution, which delivers not only for our significant inaugural project, but also for the long-term, meeting the needs of our customers in multiple sectors. We’re excited to receive the Plough in Q2, 2019, and begin work towards the summer, later this year.”The system is said to be fully subsea adjustable and features a surveillance suite for accurate route tracking and effective trenching. This functionality is provided through Osbit’s control technology which consists of an open source modular system incorporating Osbit Integrated Logistics Support (OILS) asset monitoring, packaged in an ergonomic control cabin.The Scion 240 can also be reconfigured into backfill mode, which uses the same control and surveillance suite to monitor the cable and trench profile.Osbit Director Robbie Blakeman said: “This project is a great case study showcasing our unique working practices. We collaborated with the Global Marine Group team and its customer to develop an appropriately engineered solution that is both operationally and commercially effective. Our team is also working closely with our fantastic supply chain, which is predominantly based in the North East.”last_img read more

Bengals Scratch Out Victory Against Jaguars

first_imgRookie rusher Jeremy Hill ran for 154 yards Sunday. (Image: Cincinnati Bengals/ NFL.com)CINCINNATI – It wasn’t the cleanest game in Bengals history but they were still able to pull out a victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-23.Cincinnati’s offense was led by running back Jeremy Hill who rushed for 154 yards. The Jaguars were within three points when the rookie ran a 60-yard touchdown in the final quarter.Quarterback Andy Dalton passed for two touchdowns and two interceptions. The defense was able to seal the game with an interception late in the fourth quarter.The Bengals stay atop the AFC North with a 5-2-1 record. Jacksonville falls to 1-8.Cincinnati hosts the Cleveland Browns (5-3) at Paul Brown Stadium at 8:25 p.m. Thursday.last_img

Trojans Sweep Knights In Volleyball Play

first_imgEC VB defeated South Dearborn at all 3 levels last night. Varsity won 25-11, 25-12, and 25-18.EC vs SD Varsity VB (9-11) ECVB vs South Dearborn Varsity VB (9-10)‘We gave some younger players a chance to play and show us what they can contribute to the game. They did a great job at stepping up tonight and held their own when they were on the court.’  Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.Next game: All three levels play Batesville on Monday at EC at 5pm.last_img

Norwich oust Burnley to reach FA Cup fifth round

first_imgRelatedPosts Manchester City end EPL campaign with battering of Norwich City + final table EPL: Burnley seek history against Brighton EPL: Burnley beat Norwich to keep Euro bid alive Second-half goals from Grant Hanley and Josip Drmic sent Norwich into the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in eight years with a 2-1 win at Burnley. Hanley nodded home the Canaries’ opener from a Mario Vrancic free-kick in the 53rd minute and Drmic struck the second four minutes later after Joe Hart palmed Lukas Rupp’s attempted lob into his path. Erik Pieters gave Burnley hope with a 72nd minute drive but there was to be no grandstand finish from Sean Dyche’s men as the hangover from their midweek win at Manchester United began to kick in. Norwich had clattered the hosts with good chances in a lively first period which included a golden opportunity for Drmic to mark his full debut with a goal after just seven seconds. Drmic was played clean through straight from kick-off only to drag his shot wide of target, setting the tone for a remarkably lively first period in which each side could count at least five clear-cut chances. Canaries keeper Ralf Fahrmann blocked a Jay Rodriguez effort after five minutes as the hosts, featuring five changes from their midweek win at Manchester United, shrugged off their early scare. Fahrmann had to be alert again in the 13th minute to tip a Robbie Brady effort round the post, but two minutes later the action swung back to the other end where Sam Byram’s strike was blocked on the line by James Tarkowski. Oriel Hernandez blasted a long-range effort which was well saved by Hart, while the immense Tarkowski rescued his side again in the 23rd minute with a goal-saving challenge on Vrancic as he shaped to shoot. As an attractively open affair continued to develop, Hart saved another long-range drive from Rupp, before Tarkowski headed against the bar from a Burnley corner. Brady found space in the box but pulled his low shot wide, before the energetic Drmic fittingly had the final chance of the half when he dragged his effort across the face of goal. Norwich finally converted one of their many chances eight minutes into the second half when Hanley nodded in a Vrancic free-kick from point-blank range. And the Canaries doubled their lead four minutes later when Hart palmed an attempted lob from Rupp into the path of Drmic, who could hardly miss from six yards. Norwich could have extended their lead through Marco Stiepermann before Pieters’ 72nd minute drive gave the home side renewed hope of salvaging at least a replay. But no more clear-cut chances were to fall the hosts’ way and instead it was Teemu Pukki, on as a second half substitute, who almost put the gloss on his side’s ticket to the fifth round.Tags: Grant HanleyJosip DrmicMario VrancicNorwich CitySean Dychelast_img read more

Points mean prizes for Pellegrini

first_img They have carried the momentum into the new term with back-to-back 3-0 demolitions of West Brom and champions Chelsea. Pellegrini did oversee eight successive league wins during the 2013-14 title-winning season but not since 1912, also across two seasons, have City bettered such a sequence. Equalling it would be a notable achievement – and City could then set a new record against Watford the following week – but Pellegrini is focused only on the bigger picture. The 61-year-old said: “It matters to have three more points in the table and it is very important to continue in the same way we played the first two games, because we must be a consistent team during the whole season. “But if that is a new record, that is a thing for me that is not important.” Pellegrini acknowledges the task ahead of his side could also be a tricky one. Everton have also made an unbeaten start and were impressive as they beat Southampton 3-0 last weekend with two goals from Romelu Lukaku. Prior to Pellegrini’s appointment they lost just twice in 12 meetings with City and their statistics remain strong despite four games without a win. The Merseysiders have lost just one of their last six home league matches against City, who have only won three times in their last 18 trips to Goodison. Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is interested in points, not records, as he bids to maintain his side’s superb start to the season. City can equal a 103-year-old club record of nine successive top-flight wins if they beat Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. Pellegrini’s men won their final six Barclays Premier League games last season to put some gloss on a generally frustrating campaign. Their 1-1 draw in January also put a dent in City’s doomed title defence. Pellegrini said: “It is a difficult challenge. They are always a difficult team, they play very good football. “In the first game maybe they didn’t play very well against Watford but they scored two goals. In the second game they played very well and scored three goals. “They have Lukaku in a good moment and they have players coming back from a lot of injuries. We must concentrate very much and play with a lot of intensity if we want to win there.” City are unlikely to give a full debut to their new £32million signing Nicolas Otamendi this weekend with Pellegrini set to keep faith with captain Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala in central defence. But midfielder Fabian Delph, controversially signed from Aston Villa for £8million in the summer, is in contention to play having overcome his pre-season hamstring injury. last_img read more

Morgan Breslin named finalist for Hendricks Award

first_imgJunior defensive end Morgan Breslin was named one of six finalists for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year award, the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced Thursday.Breslin, who is in his first year at USC after transferring from Diablo Valley College, is tied for most sacks in the Pac-12 with 12 and tied for third in tackles for loss in the Pac-12 with 18 this season.His tackles for loss and sacks is the most by a Trojan since 2003 and have accounted for 172 yards lost by opposing offenses.Breslin, who made the 2012 All-Pac-12 second team, also has 53 total tackles, four pass deflections and a fumble recovery for the year.After leading all California junior college players in sacks and tackles for loss in two straight seasons, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Breslin joined the Trojans in the spring and USC coach Lane Kiffin praised him as one of the team’s biggest surprises this season.Nick Perry, who Breslin replaced in the USC starting lineup and now plays for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL, was a Hendricks finalist last season.The other finalists include Florida State’s Cornelius Carradine and Bjoern Werner, LSU’s Sam Montgomery, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney and Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore.The award is named after Ted Hendricks, a three-time All-American at the University of Miami and NFL Hall of Famer.The winner will be announced on Dec. 5 and honored at the Hendricks Award Dinner in spring 2013 in Miami.last_img read more

Keith Earls to attend hearing following red card

first_imgJohnny Sexton has declared himself 100 percent fit for the November internationals.The out half was taken off at half time in Leinster’s bonus point to defeat to Montpellier last Sunday but says he knew his time in that match would be limited due to hamstring injury.Ireland face the All Blacks in Chicago on November 5th before hosting them in Dublin along with Canada and Australia next month. Munster and Ireland’s Keith Earls will attend a hearing in London today following his red card in Saturday’s win over Glasgow.The 29 year old will hope to avoid a lengthy suspension.Earls was sent off by referee, Jerome Garces, for an alleged dangerous tackle on Fraser Brown.last_img

SBC & Racing Post agree strategic event partnership for 2017

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share Andrew McCarron (SBC), Eugene Delaney (Racing Post)SBC and the Racing Post have joined forces after agreeing to a strategic event partnership for 2017.The deal will see the Racing Post take a prominent position in SBC’s two flagship conferences this year, Betting on Football (3-5 May) and Betting on Sports (13-15 September). Both events will feature the Racing Post Networking Cafe, allowing delegates to catch up with the latest developments from Racing Post B2B in a relaxing environment within a busy conference and exhibition.Racing Post will also join the list of SBC Ambassadors for the two conferences and the SBC Awards in December, which will see the company taking an active role in building up SBC’s global sports betting operator audience and conference content.Eugene Delaney, Head of B2B at Racing Post, commented: “This partnership makes so much sense to both the Racing Post and SBC. We are frequently speaking to the same audience and by working together we can bring greater opportunities to our readers and customers.“SBC’s previous conferences have been high quality networking and business events so we are delighted to be more closely associated with them this year.”Andrew McCarron, Managing Director of SBC, added: “It feels like a great endorsement of the work we have been doing here at SBC over the past few years to be able to welcome a partner as well respected and storied as the Racing Post. The two businesses complement each other well, so we’re looking forward to a successful year together.”…………For more information about the partnership, please contact Andrew McCarron, Managing Director of SBC at andy@sbcnews.co.ukEugene Delaney, Head of B2B at Racing Post at eugene.delaney@racingpost.comFor more information about SBC Events 2017, please visit www.sbcevents.co.uk Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Joc Pederson, Carlos Frias lead Dodgers to 8-0 victory over Arizona Diamondbacks

first_imgThe Dodgers also got home runs from Andre Ethier and Justin Turner before the announced crowd of 50,164 at Dodger Stadium. The home runs, and Pederson, have been constants as the calendar flipped from April to May.“It’s fun seeing someone who’s always smiling no matter what,” Ethier said of Pederson. “We’re always trying to give him that smile.”Unbeknownst to the 23-year-old outfielder, a couple of teammates provided the Dodger Stadium DJ with new walk-up music Friday. The songs by “boy bands” Hanson, One Direction and New Kids On The Block were a departure from Pederson’s usual choice of hip-hop.“I’m sure if things didn’t go the way they did,” he said, “I would’ve been pretty upset.”Pederson arrived in the major leagues with plenty of hype. To some, his preternatural combination of power and a .463 on-base percentage is no surprise. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In the midst of Joc Pederson’s superlative spring training back in March, Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire remarked that we could be watching “the potential of a superstar in the making.”So far, so good. Pederson hit his fifth home run of the regular season Friday in the Dodgers’ 8-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. This one was a grand slam — the first of his career and the first by any Dodger player since Yasiel Puig hit one early in his magical summer of 2013.Pederson is working on a magical season of his own. He’s been the leadoff hitter for exactly two games, but it’s quickly become difficult to envision him moving out of the role. Pederson’s predecessor, Jimmy Rollins, has only six hits in his last 51 at-bats after an 0-for-3 performance Friday.center_img But what to make of the potential of Carlos Frias? The lanky right-hander spent parts of seven seasons in the minor leagues before he finally debuted with the Dodgers last year. In his first start of 2015, Frias threw 5 1/3 shutout innings against the Diamondbacks.Friday marked Frias’ third start at any level this season; he’s also made three relief appearances between the majors and Triple-A.Manager Don Mattingly said earlier this week that Frias had the potential to start every fifth day. But considering his last major league start, the potential seemed minimal.Frias (2-0) last started Sept. 17, 2014 against the Colorado Rockies. He didn’t make it through the first inning. In fact, he became the only pitcher in the modern era to allow 10 hits while getting fewer than three outs. The Dodgers lost the game 16-2.Frias could not have looked more different Friday.“I have more experience this year,” he said. “I’ve been preparing my mind, myself, for when I get the opportunity to pitch.”Using a steady diet of fastballs that reached 98 mph, to go along with a cutter and not much else, Frias allowed only four singles and walked one batter. He was pulled with runners on first and second base and one out in the sixth inning.Pedro Baez then mowed down the heart of the Arizona lineup — Paul Goldschmidt, Mark Trumbo and David Peralta — to preserve the shutout.Ethier (2 for 3) had two of the Dodgers’ six hits. Arizona pitchers issued six bases on balls — three by starter Rubby De La Rosa, who was once a Dodgers prospect in the same signing class as Frias.De La Rosa allowed five runs, all on the home runs by Pederson, Turner and Ethier in the second inning. The two starting pitchers talked at the stadium prior to the game. They were meeting at an interesting time: De La Rosa, the former top-flight prospect with a faded triple-digit fastball, crossing paths with a less-heralded teammate in Frias, who is just now finding his place in the majors at age 25.Their conversation probably wasn’t too profound.“We didn’t talk about baseball,” Frias said. “He knew we were pitching against each other today.”last_img read more