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Vulfpeck, Kamasi Washington, & KNOWER To Play Red Rocks

first_imgVulfpeck has seen a quick rise to the top over the last two years, hitting some of the country’s most exciting music festivals and stages despite avoiding a traditional approach to touring. The Ann Arbor-bred funk quartet experienced the majority of their early fame on the Internet in response to their clever music videos and unusual digital marketing. Since breaking into the international live music scene, the band–comprised of multi-instrumentalist Jack Stratton, bassist Joe Dart, keyboardist Woody Goss, and drummer/guitarist/vocalist Theo Katzman–has sold out headlining concerts worldwide, including all their North American stops in 2017 plus shows in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, London, and Dublin. To call Vulfpeck a phenomenon is a huge understatement, as they’ve captured the respect and attention of most living funk lords today.On Friday, April 27, Vulfpeck will make their headlining debut at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The bill is brilliantly completed by saxophonist Kamasi Washington and KNOWER as supporting acts. Without a doubt, this night will be musical.The upcoming show will mark Vulfpeck’s third performance at the beloved venue, following their opening set for Trey Anastasio Band in the summer of 2017 and with The Motet the previous year. During last summer’s performance, two worlds collided when Phish frontman Trey Anastasio sat in with the funk group for a ripping version of “Rango”, which led into an impromptu Michael Jackson jam of “Will You Be There” (famously from the movie Free Willy). While Vulfpeck’s billing with Trey Anastasio Band seemed uncharacteristic to some, this year’s direction will presumably appeal to the greater Vulfpack audience.Modern jazz torch-bearer Kamasi Washington is currently riding the wave of his recent release, Harmony of Difference, and has quickly become one of the most respected musicians in the game. As he’s broken out of Los Angeles and into the great big world beyond it, Kamasi Washington has worked with a dizzying array of artists from the furthest opposing corners of the music world. From St. Vincent to Run The Jewels, Soulive and Thundercat to Herbie Hancock, from jamming on festival main stages with The String Cheese Incident to composing orchestrations for Kendrick Lamar‘s revered 2015 studio album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Kamasi Washington has become a staple addition to any eclectic lineup and will *hopefully* lend the saxophone part to some of Vulfpeck’s greatest compositions (“Outro”).Kamasi Washington – “The Rhythm Changes” – Pitchfork Music Festival 2016It’s time to get on the KNOWER train if you aren’t already on it. The Los Angeles-based group led by Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi is currently spear-heading a new musical movement and is known for their use of hard-hitting funk, cool chords, and deep melodies. Another career started on the Internet, specifically YouTube, the “indietronica” duo was featured on Snarky Puppy‘s Family Dinner Vol. 2 in 2015, expanded to a five-person live act in 2016, and opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in four major European cities in 2017. Positioned for enormous success in 2018, KNOWER is a band/sound/feeling that can’t be stopped. Members of Vulfpeck and KNOWER have a reliable history of collaboration, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed to see it happen again on the big stage.Knower – “Time Traveler” (Live Band Sesh) – 2017Tickets for Vulfpeck with Kamasi Washington and KNOWER are currently on-sale here. Head to the event’s Facebook page to stay up to date with show details here. Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets Below!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Town Hall addresses on campus construction

first_imgAt Monday’s fall 2014 town hall meeting, University President Fr. John Jenkins congratulated staff and faculty on glowing reaccreditation feedback and highlighted the mission of the recently announced Keough School of Global Affairs, while Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves asked for patience in the face of the inconveniences the Campus Crossroads project will soon bring to campus.“I want to start out just by reminding you of why we’re doing this, because there seems to be a lot of confusion,” Affleck-Graves said. “LaFortune [Student Center] is just not big enough to accommodate all the things we need for students.”After analyzing where students spend the majority of their time, it became apparent that “that area around the stadium is the real heart of our academic enterprise, and around that we have our residential zone,” Affleck-Graves said.“Most schools have come to this conclusion, and taken down the stadium and moved it off campus — but I wasn’t brave enough to suggest that,” Affleck-Graves said. “So why don’t we put [the student center] next to the stadium?” Caroline Genco | The Observer Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves speaks at the fall town hall meeting in Washington Hall on Monday.Affleck-Graves summarized the different facilities that will be housed in the new setup, emphasizing their potential to further increase the University’s academic mission and overall excellence. But until they’re completed, construction will restrict access to that area of campus.“For three years, we’re going to have a very tough, tough construction zone on the south side of campus, and it’s going to impact all of us,” Affleck-Graves said. “We will start work on the east and the west building — the student center and the anthropology building, immediately after the Louisville game this year.“Unfortunately, we have to take the trees down for the construction project, but we can save over 100 of them, so we will move them to places where we have lost trees in storms this past summer and last winter.”Affleck-Graves showed a diagram with temporary fences immediately surrounding the southern half of the stadium.“We’re going to put up a temporary fence so that we can do some tree removal and shoring up of the foundation,” he said. “This is going to be fairly restrictive. And then, unfortunately, after the Louisville game it’s going to get even worse.”Affleck-Graves showed another diagram, in which a much larger fenced-off area stretched from the Joyce Center to Mendoza.“We’ll have [this situation] for three years,” Affleck-Graves said. “… This will be permanently fenced off. If you want to go north on campus, you can walk through Mendoza [College of Business], or DeBartolo [Hall]. … There won’t be any pathways outside on that side. The same thing on [the Joyce side] … [although] you can see we have constructed a walkway.“I really apologize … but there is nothing we can do.”Jenkins concluded the meeting by commenting on the implications of the plans Affleck-Graves discussed.“I want to acknowledge … [that] all these things are inconvenient for you, and I know that,” Jenkins said. “It is disruptive, … [but] keep in mind: this is what a university looks like when it’s growing, when it’s active, when it’s vibrant. A university that just stays the same is sort of dying.”“I really do think people will look back and think, ‘[this] was a really important moment in Notre Dame history,’” he said.Affleck-Graves said the University will re-stripe the D Bulla Lot, due to numerous complaints about small parking spaces. In response to questions from the audience, he also confirmed that after 2018, current on-campus graduate residences will close, and in the near future an on-campus parking structure seems unlikely due to the cost of construction and maintenance.Jenkins, who opened the meeting, praised the staff, faculty and students of Notre Dame for a reaccreditation report “that was uniformly, enthusiastically positive.”While “there was really no question that the University would be reaccredited, it couldn’t have been better,” Jenkins said.Quoting the report, which was compiled by the Higher Learning Commission, Jenkins said, “Simply walking on campus at Notre Dame, one witnesses the goodwill extended to friends and strangers alike. A pervasive decency and generalized kindness lives on this campus … undergrads recognize their privileged place.”After briefly mentioning the University’s commitment to maximizing financial efficiency, Jenkins focused on the mission of the recently-announced Keough School of Global Affairs.“What this school will focus on is not simply what international schools regularly focus on, state-to-state relationships … but really go beyond that, to look at a holistic picture of peoples’ lives,” Jenkins said. “We will be able to focus on, say, religion, [which] plays such an important current role in the world.”“Our lives aren’t simply about politics and economics, but about religion, spirituality,” he said. “… What we hope to do in this school is bring that broader picture … [from] conflicts, civil wars, peace-building, means to combat crushing poverty … [to] dealing with the effects of global warming.”Jenkins concluded his portion of the town hall meeting by discussing staff diversity and inclusion, and encouraging any staff or faculty to report issues of misconduct.Tags: Bulla lot, Campus Crossroads, Campus Crossroads Project, D Bulla, Keough School of Global Affairs, Notre Dame, Notre Dame Stadium, town halllast_img read more

Sarah Silverman Wants to Bring Bedwetting to Broadway

first_img As Silverman first revealed to Rolling Stone earlier this year, Cry-Baby composer Schlesinger first approached her with the idea of adapting the bestseller for the stage. Since the musical will follow her life from age six to 19, Silverman won’t actually appear in the show, but is co-writing the book. Silverman appeared off-Broadway for a limited run of Jesus is Magic at 45 Bleecker in 2002, but has never appeared on the Broadway stage. She was, however, featured as Alexi Darling in the 2005 film adaptation of Rent, appeared in the 2011 L.A. Actors Fund concert production of Funny Girl and previously took part in New York’s 24 Hour Plays benefit. Sarah Silverman is hoping to air out her wet sheets on the Broadway stage. The actress and comedian told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show on September 23 that the musical version of her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee is moving forward, and that composer Adam Schlesinger has already written “like five killer songs” for the brewing project. After asking if there would be actual urinating onstage (spoiler: there won’t), Stern gave the project the thumbs up: “I think this is the most original idea I’ve ever heard.”center_img The Bedwetter chronicles Silverman’s life from her upbringing in New Hampshire (including her misfortune as a bedwetter until the age of 16) to her career as comic, including her all-too-brief Saturday Night Live stint, her stand-up film Jesus is Magic to Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program. The memoir includes a forward by herself and an afterword by God. View Commentslast_img read more


first_imgHandwashing is one healthy habit that can have an immediate impact on your child’s health — preventing seasonal colds and the flu, keeping food safe and minimizing days out from school. “Singing a handwashing song twice or singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice should take about 20 seconds, the amount of time you should spend washing your hands,” Harrison said. (Sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)Wash, wash, wash your pawsWet themAdd the soapRub themScrub themRinse them wellGerms will have no hope! Character soap dispensers for entertainment or a reward system for consistent handwashing can further enforce the habit, Harrison said.Children should be taught to wash their hands after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, after handling animals and before touching food. Even without soap and a sink, there are products that can be used to eliminate some of the germs present on hands. “Handwashing is the best defense, but if you don’t have access to soap and water, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used,” Harrison said. The CDC suggests using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent of alcohol. Because not everyone keeps their hands clean, it is important to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, Harrison said. Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throwing away the tissue and washing hands can also reduce the spread of germs. Even with handwashing, students will still be exposed to flu viruses during flu season. “One of the best ways to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated,” Harrison said. Also, parents and students should also stay home if they are sick and avoid contact with people for at least 24 hours after fever subsides without the help of a fever-reducing medicine, Harrison said. The program has helped teach students the importance of thorough handwashing, reaching more than 10,000 students in classrooms and at club meetings. Outside of classroom lessons, more than 10,000 posters have been distributed throughout the state to spread the word.Handwashing technique is important, Harrison said, and the CDC and the National Sanitation Foundation recommend a six-step process:Step 1: Wet hands with warm waterStep 2: Apply soap to handsStep 3: Rub hands together, cleaning between fingers for at least 20 secondsStep 4: Pay special attention to cleaning around fingernailsStep 5: Rinse the germs awayStep 6: Dry hands on a paper towel or using a hot air dryer, if one is availableHandwashing songs can make the process more enjoyable for children and help enforce proper technique. Wash Your Paws, Georgia! is a handwashing education program developed by the UGA Extension. The program teaches proper technique and helps educate families, educators and children. UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents and Georgia 4-H Agents have implemented the program across the state. center_img Parents should encourage regular handwashing at home and school should to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16 percent and reduce deaths from diarrheal disease by up to 50 percent. “Proper handwashing is one of the best ways to fight infectious diseases such as the flu as well as foodborne illnesses,” said Judy Harrison, a University of Georgia Extension Specialist with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. last_img read more

CECL plan must change to avoid harm to economy: CUNA

first_imgWithout simple, straightforward, but significant amendments, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) current expected credit loss model (CECL) will amplify risks and could result in significant economic suffering, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) told FASB in a letter sent Thursday. CUNA and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) sent the letter to urge FASB to take into account the proposal’s impact on community financial institutions.“Dramatic increases in loan loss allowances with no credible evidence of heightened risk and forceful adoption of modeling techniques is a sure path to stunt economic growth as community financial institutions are forced to severely limit or curtail a multitude of lending opportunities that promote economic growth,” the letter reads. “The end result is a significant reduction in credit extended, fewer homes being purchased, fewer small businesses being cultivated, fewer families being able to send a child to college, and overall economic malaise.”“The effects are more greatly felt in rural and underserved communities, where local financial institutions are a pillar of strength when it comes to providing and expanding economic opportunity,” the letter adds.The CECL proposal would utilize a single “expected loss” measurement for the recognition of credit losses, which would replace the multiple existing impairment models in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles that generally use an “incurred loss” approach. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Democrats’ Bad Map

first_imgBy Alec MacGillis, ProPublicaEven as Hillary Clinton appears poised to win easily against a highly erratic candidate with a campaign in meltdown, a sobering reality awaits Democrats on Nov. 9. It seems likely that they will eke out at most a narrow majority in the Senate, but will fail to pick up the 30 seats they need to reclaim the House. If they do manage to win a Senate majority, it will be exceedingly difficult to hold it past 2018, when 25 of the party’s seats must be defended, compared with eight Republican ones.The Republican Party may seem in historic disarray, but it will most likely be able to continue to stymie the Democrats’ legislative agenda, perpetuating Washington’s gridlock for years to come.Liberals have a simple explanation for this state of affairs: Republican-led gerrymandering, which has put Democrats at a disadvantage in the House and in many state legislatures. But this overlooks an even bigger problem for their party. More than ever, Democrats are sorting themselves into geographic clusters where many of their votes have been rendered all but superfluous, especially in elections for the Senate, House and state government.This has long been a problem for the party, but it has grown worse in recent years. The clustering has economic and demographic roots, but also a basic cultural element: Democrats just don’t want to live where they’d need to live to turn more of the map blue.Americans’ tendency toward political self-segregation has been underway for a while now — it’s been eight years since Bill Bishop identified the dynamic in “The Big Sort.” This helps explain why red-blue maps of so many states consist of dark-blue islands in the cities surrounded by red exurbs and rural areas, a distribution that is also driven by urban concentrations of racial minorities and by the decades-long shift in allegiance from Democratic to Republican among working-class white voters.That hyper-concentration of Democratic votes has long hurt the party in the House and state legislatures. In Ohio, for instance, Republicans won 75 percent of the United States House seats in 2012 despite winning only 51 percent of the total votes for the House. That imbalance can be explained partly by Republican gerrymandering. But even if district lines were drawn in rational, nonpartisan ways, a disproportionate share of Democratic votes would still be clustered in urban districts, giving Republicans a larger share of seats than their share of the overall vote. Winning back control of state legislatures in Pennsylvania and Michigan could help Democrats in redistricting in 2020. But it would help more if their voters were not so concentrated in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Detroit and Ann Arbor.“It would be awfully difficult to construct a map that wasn’t leaning Republican,” said the University of Michigan political scientist Jowei Chen. “Geography is just very unfortunate from the perspective of the Democrats.”More recently, a confluence of several trends has conspired to make the sorting disadvantageous for Democrats on an even broader scale — increasing the party’s difficulties in House races while also affecting Senate elections and, potentially, future races for the presidency.First, geographic mobility in the United States has become very class-dependent. Once upon a time, lower-income people were willing to pull up stakes and move to places with greater opportunity — think of the people who fled the Dust Bowl for California in the 1930s, or those who took the “Hillbilly Highway” out of Appalachia to work in Midwestern factories, or Southern blacks on the Great Migration. In recent decades, though, internal migration has slowed sharply, and the people who are most likely to move for better opportunities are the highly educated.Second, higher levels of education are increasingly correlated with voting Democratic. This has been most starkly on display in the 2016 election, as polls suggest that Donald J. Trump may be the first Republican in 60 years to not win a majority of white voters with college degrees, even as he holds his own among white voters without degrees. But the trend of increasing Democratic identification among college graduates, and increasing Republican identification among non-graduates, was underway before Trump arrived on the scene. Today, Democrats hold a 12-point edge in party identification among those with a college degree or more. In 2004, the parties were even on that score.Finally, in the United States the economic gap between the wealthiest cities and the rest of the country has grown considerably. The internet was supposed to allow wealth to spread out, since we could be connected anywhere — but the opposite has happened. Per capita income in the District of Columbia has gone from 29 percent above the United States average in 1980 to 68 percent in 2013; in the Bay Area, from 50 percent above to 88 percent; in New York City, from 80 percent above to 172 percent. Cities like New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Boston, exert a strong pull on mobile, highly educated, Democratic-leaning voters, while at the same time stirring resentment in the less prosperous areas those voters leave behind. And these economically dominant cities tend to be in deep-blue states.How extreme is Democratic clustering? If you compare President Obama’s 2012 performance with Al Gore’s in 2000, you can see a huge increase in the Democratic percentage of the vote in the 68 largest metro areas. But it barely budged everywhere else. Some of that increase was caused by voters already in those cities flipping from Republican to Democratic. But it was also the gravitational effect.This clustering of Democrats helps explain why Trump has been keeping it close in Ohio and Iowa, both states where some 72 percent of white residents over 24 lack college degrees, the highest share among the 13 most competitive states.It works the other way in presidential elections, too. Democrats have gained in some other swing states with high levels of college-educated voters, like Virginia and Colorado, and they do at least reap a benefit in the Electoral College for having a lock on big states such as New York and California.But it’s another story in the Senate, where this dynamic helps explain why the Democrats are perpetually struggling to hold a majority. The Democrats have long been at a disadvantage in the Senate, where the populous, urbanized states where Democrats prevail get the same two seats as the rural states where Republicans are stronger. The 20 states where Republicans hold both Senate seats have, on average, 5.2 million people each; the 16 states where the Democrats hold both seats average 7.9 million people. Put another way, winning Senate elections in states with a total of 126 million people has netted the Democrats eight fewer seats than the Republicans get from winning states with 104 million people.Clustering is part of the problem. All those Democrats gravitating to blue strongholds like New York and California get the party no more Senate seats than Republicans get from Idaho and from Wyoming, a state with a population of about 580,000, slightly more than Fresno, Calif. If the Democrats are going to gain a lasting hold on the Senate, they have to win seats in swing states. But that gets harder the more that Democratic-leaning voters flock to big, blue states, abandoning swing states like Ohio, where the Republican Rob Portman is gliding to re-election, or smaller red states where Democrats might still have a shot at holding Senate seats, like Montana, Indiana or North Dakota.Jenn Topper has thought about this dynamic a lot, because she’s a clear example of it. Topper, 31, grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, a city that has lost nearly half its population since 1960. She left for college at Florida State, then for a public relations job in New York, then for a political communications job in Washington.“When you grow up in Ohio, there’s a bigger world out there, and if you know about it, you just want to go to it,” she said.A couple years ago, Topper and some colleagues who were also from Ohio were excited to meet “their” Democratic senator, Sherrod Brown, at an event. He asked them where they lived in Ohio. But they don’t live in Ohio — and won’t be able to vote for him in what is sure to be a tough race in 2018.Topper’s high school classmate Brett Stelter, 31, left Dayton after attending Ohio University. His father was a district parts manager for Honda, which has a plant near Dayton, and Stelter himself did part-time work at the plant. But his dream was to be an actor, and so he ended up in Los Angeles.“There’s just nothing to do in Ohio,” he said. “The jobs are limited, but it’s not just the jobs and the industries that are in Ohio, it’s the mind-set that I didn’t gravitate to.”Stelter, who voted twice for Obama, is disappointed that his vote is superfluous in California, and tries to make up for it by engaging on social media with people back home — people like his father, who is leaning toward Trump. “Part of me wishes I could be there to personally talk to people instead of trolling them on the internet,” he said. But his political irrelevance is not enough to make him consider moving back. “Going back to Ohio to be able to vote every four years is not enough for me.”This clustering is happening even as many smaller cities and outlying regions are experiencing mini-cultural renaissances. For one thing, a foodie or beer snob now has much less to complain about when contemplating dining outside a big coastal city. And most of these places are much more affordable than Brooklyn or Los Angeles. But they can’t seem to compare with the profusion of cool elsewhere.Even cities making comebacks, with restored downtown buildings and plenty of locally brewed I.P.A., have the memory problem. If a city was on the ropes when young people left it, it’s frozen in that form in their image of it. “You’re competing with memory,” Topper said. “People look back and remember what it was like when they were there. You don’t often hear about how things are moving or growing or new things are happening. That picture of when you have left is all you have.”Of course, some people do go back. Brittney Vosters, 30, who went to high school and college in Dayton, left for several years, living in Chicago and enrolling in graduate school in public administration at Rutgers in New Jersey. She recently moved back to Cincinnati so her husband could go to graduate school in northern Kentucky. It has struck her how much her former Dayton classmates have sorted out politically. “It’s noticeable that the people who left are more liberal-minded and the people who stayed are more Republican,” she said.And this sorting out is self-perpetuating, too. The fewer people you encounter of the opposite political persuasion, the more they become an unfathomable other, easily caricatured and impossible to find even occasional common ground with. By segregating themselves in narrow slices of the country, Democrats have also made it harder to make their own case. They are forever preaching to the converted, while their social distance also leaves them unprepared for what’s coming from the other end of the spectrum. Changing that would mean adopting a broader notion of what it means to live in a happening place, and also exposing themselves to discomforts that most people naturally avoid, given the human tendency to seek out our own kind.Vosters, for one, appreciates that her vote counts a lot more now in Ohio than it did when she was in New Jersey and Illinois. But she has no doubt where she’d like to end up for good. For her next move, she said, “I’d look at the political map and go toward the blue, because it’s more comfortable to be around people who are like you.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Plymouth 4 – 2 Swindon

first_imgA minute later skipper Joe Edwards exchanged passes with striker Ryan Hardie before sweeping Plymouth into a 2-0 lead.Hallam Hope hauled Swindon back into the game with a close-range strike from Dion Donohue’s cut-back after 10 minutes.Swindon – whose manager Richie Wellens was not present – restored parity after 23 minutes as skipper Anthony Grant’s powerful downward header ended up in the roof of the net off Pauntche Camara’s outstretched leg.- Advertisement – It only took Plymouth two minutes to regain the lead as Hardie won the ball from Jon Grounds in the visitors’ half before drawing keeper Matej Kovar and teeing up Jephcott to sweep home.Town were reduced to 10 men when Jonny Smith received his second caution in first-half stoppage time.Camara’s thumping rising strike from the edge of the box then smashed off the upright after 54 minutes.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – But substitute Conor Grant scored the goal of the game, sending a 25-yard free-kick over the outstretched Kovar and into the top corner in the 89th minute to settle matters. Wales Under-21 striker Luke Jephcott scored twice as Plymouth beat 10-man Swindon 4-2 to make it five home League One wins from six since winning promotion.Jephcott headed Argyle ahead after six minutes after superb work down the left by playmaker Danny Mayor was followed by Byron Moore’s near-post cross.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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: 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/ – 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