Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Holds Roundtable Discussion in Northwestern Pennsylvania

first_img Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force met at Edinboro University in Erie County today to hear from northwestern Pennsylvanians about how to improve the lives of middle class workers and their families. The task force consists of leaders from business, labor, education and workforce development.“The middle class families of Pennsylvania need to be heard – from our rural communities to our largest cities – to tell us about their experiences and how we can work together to create jobs that pay and support business expansion,” said Governor Wolf. “This task force has repeatedly heard from companies that cannot find skilled workers and people who cannot find jobs. Meetings like this are starting to bridge that divide by helping industry, workers, educators and workforce development leaders come together to offer solutions and share information.“It is important the people of the northwest have a voice in this process as we develop recommendations to improve Pennsylvania’s middle class, help businesses and workers, and grow the economy.”The governor appointed a diverse panel of four chairpersons to lead the task force:Gene Barr, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO;Rick Bloomingdale, AFL-CIO President;Dr. Sue Mukherjee, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Assistant Vice Chancellor;Susie Snelick, Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Chairperson.Local job seekers and students joined the business, labor, educators, and workforce development experts from the community for an open conversation at the meeting.“Our American democracy has been one of upward mobility through hard work and, for generations, millions of Pennsylvanians have made a better life for themselves by going to college,” said Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interim Chancellor Dr. Karen M. Whitney. “Colleges and universities are drivers of economic and social mobility that play a vital role in Pennsylvania’s economy—providing employers with highly skilled, highly educated employees. By working together with business and industry, we can provide the academic programs that match both employees needs and the interests of students. It’s a win-win for students and the Commonwealth.“From our perspective, there is a compelling partnership between the 14 state universities and the Governor’s Middle Class Task Force as we all look for ways to better meet the needs of hardworking Pennsylvanians.”This is the fourth of six regional meetings the task force is holding around the commonwealth. The recommendations will be presented to the governor later this year.The Wolf administration is supporting the task force with representatives from the Departments of Community and Economic Development, Education, and Labor and Industry. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 03, 2017center_img Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Holds Roundtable Discussion in Northwestern Pennsylvanialast_img read more

Gold Coast capital gains expected to beat growth in Brisbane

first_imgThe Gold Coast’s heavy lifestyle focus was expected to deliver strong gains as southern buyers look to get into the market. Picture: Nigel HallettTHE Gold Coast could edge out Brisbane when it comes to capital gains because of its heavy lifestyle slant, according to property analysis firm CoreLogic.CoreLogic research head Tim Lawless said that signs were emerging of subtle growth in Gold Coast values.“We suspect that Gold Coast growth will likely have been stronger than Brisbane growth,” he said. “That’s probably the result of strong demand for lifestyle properties, especially among Sydney investors who have been priced out of New South Wales.”.“But the Gold Coast may not be as big a benefactor of those Sydney investors as Melbourne, which is more appealing for many of them because of the stronger economy.”According to the latest CoreLogic Home Value Index, capital growth to April 30, 2017 forBrisbane-Gold Coast was 0.6 per cent in the month, 1.1 per cent over the quarter, 1.2 per cent for the year to date and 3.4 per cent year-on-year. CoreLogic doesn’t break the Gold Coast off on its own but includes it as part of the greater Queensland capital city region.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoSun, sand, and surf may not just be a good formula for tourism but also for the Gold Coast’s real estate market as buyers priced out of southern capitals look for somewhere to sink their savings. Picture Glenn HampsonThe median price across Brisbane to the Gold Coast was $495,000 for all dwellings, with houses at $541,500 and units at $403,500.Mr Lawless expected to see historic low rates continue to support the housing market and investment demand.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index : April00:47“Affordability constraints are very much evident across Sydney, and to a lesser extent Melbourne which would be progressively impacting on housing demand. Additionally, investment related demand is likely to ease due to the changed regulatory environment and tighter lending and servicing policies from the banking sector.”The coming week is expected to be a very interesting one for the property sector with the Reserve Bank board set to meet today and keep the cash rate target at 1.5 per cent, and the Federal Government set to deliver its Budget on May 9 – with housing affordability a focus.– With Aidan Devinelast_img read more

Luxury townhomes launching today

first_imgParque on Oxford by Velocity Property GroupVelocity Property Group managing director Brendon Ansell said the three bedroom townhomes would feature large terraces, luxurious master bedroom suites, contemporary chef’s kitchens, media rooms and large, open plan living, dining and kitchen layouts. Parque on Oxford by Velocity Property GroupEleven luxury townhomes in one of Brisbane’s most sought-after suburbs will be launched to the market today.Parque on Oxford at Taringa is being developed by Velocity Property Group, with townhomes starting from $995,000. Each townhome will also include a basement wine cellar.“We have been creating luxury apartments and town homes for empty nesters and downsizers for many years and the consistent number one desire for town home living is abundant storage,” Mr Ansell said.“The Parque on Oxford town home floor plans reflect years of feedback from clients who want to use their space for the things they love – and a wine cellar is increasingly popular with many people. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“The flexibility of the design means that the space can alternatively be a large storage room for professionals or a young family.” The townhomes will feature updated fretwork and breezeblocks and will start from 200sq m.They will come in two or three storeys with the option for an internal lift.Each residence will also have a two-car private garage with visitor parking on site, and solar power systems/storage units to reduce energy costs.They are expected to be particularly popular with downsizers looking for a home without the maintenance.center_img Buyers will also have access to the developer’s move-in concierge and ongoing maintenance service.The launch of Parque on Oxford marks stage two of Velocity’s ongoing development of the Taringa site. Last year, the developer launched 41, 43 and 45 Ellerslie Crescent – three luxury, north-facing homes featuring superb views.. Stage two will see the townhomes designed in collaboration by the buyer and builder, with purchasers able to customise their home using a choice of colour palettes for finishes and fixtures.The location is also expected to be a key drawcard for buyers, with the development close to Toowong’s river walks, the University of Queensland at St Lucia, a range of public transport options, Perrin Park, and retail, cafe and dining options at Taringa, Toowong, Indooroopilly and Milton. Taringa is also just 5km from the Brisbane CBD, and is considered a high demand market. The median house sales price is $920,000, according to the latest data from CoreLogic.last_img read more

Storms rake Indiana Thursday

first_imgBatesville, In. — With what seemed like the flip of a switch, the severe weather season of 2019 began Thursday afternoon. The storms left thousands without power, toppled trees and property damage according to the Indiana State Police.A suspected tornado damaged a farm in the Brownstown area and reports of hail were received from New Salisbury in southern Indiana and the Angola area in northern Indiana.The strongest cell in the system reportedly began in Evansville and raked a path through Jackson, Bartholomew, Jennings, Ripley and Franklin Counties. Storm scientists from the National Weather Service are trying to determine if the damage was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado. Some storm spotters did report rotation.Damage reports were received from Franklin, Ripley and Jennings Counties.This is a developing story.last_img read more

Beacon FC – 35 years old today

first_imgTHIRTY-five years ago, today, distinguished National footballer of the mid 70’s to mid 80’s, Gordon ‘Ultimate Warrior’ Brathwaite established the Beacon FC.Along with lots of players from Region 3, the ‘Player/Coach began a journey that reaped rewards, winning trophies and providing players for youth and senior national teams of Guyana.In the beginning it was called YSM Beacon, but in 1992 the YSM, meaning Young Socialist Movement, was taken off.After competing in the Georgetown Football League’s division two in 1986 the team earned promotion to the Demico League division one in 1987.Undaunted by a dismal debut season in the City’s top flight football where they ended at the bottom of the table they battled their way out of the relegation and promotion competition to avoid demotion.Thereafter there was improvement season after season while garnering a reputation for an attacking and attractive brand of football.The crowning moment for Beacon was winning the Demico League in 1995 followed up by capturing the prestigious Kashif and Shanghai annual nationwude KO on New years day 1996.Among the club’s players of that era were: Claude Phillips, Mark Pollard, Rawle Prince, Dexter Cort, Ola Pedro, Andre Trotz, Wayne Dover, Julian Masdammer, Sherwayne Scott, Trilton Luke, Shawn Prince and brothers Martin and Mortimer Stewart. The year 1996 also brought honor to the club when Nigel Denny was appointed captain of the national U-19 team, a feat emulated 2 years later by son of coach Brathwaite, Kayode.Over the years the club has gone through lots of changes with migration being chief among them, while the mal or non functioning of the Georgetown Football Association is another factor. Today as they celebrate 35 years of existing as a club congratulations are in order.(Ras Wadada)last_img read more

Volleyball puts perfect season on line in Fresno

first_imgThe No. 7 USC women’s volleyball team is preparing for another busy weekend, with three matches in a span of only two days.The team will participate in the Fresno State Invitational, where it will face host Fresno State on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Cal State Bakersfield and Sacramento State on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. respectively.History is on the Women of Troy’s side this weekend; they have won all seven matches they have played against Fresno State. Although USC has never faced Cal State Bakersfield or Sacramento State, none of these teams have gotten off to a strong start, with Fresno State at 3-5, Sacramento State at 5-6 and Cal State Bakersfield at 0-11.“We’ve gotten tapes of all the opponents, so we know pretty much what they’ve been trying to do, but we’re trying to improve some things that we’re doing on our side of the net,” USC coach Mick Haley said.On paper, the Women of Troy should not have to worry about facing these opponents, considering their undefeated record and impressive wins against teams such as Hawai’i; however, Haley wants to make sure that his players stay focused rather than overlook these teams.“Every one of them does something well and our goal is to see if we can stop what they’re trying to do, so it’s a good challenge for us,” Haley said.Haley does seem concerned about fatigue. The Women of Troy will play four matches in five days, with a Tuesday night game on the road at UC Irvine following this weekend’s play. However, there is a reason for the madness.“I felt like we were going to have so many good players that I needed the opportunities for everybody to get a chance to contribute and show what they can do,” Haley said. “Hopefully they’ll be mature enough to handle all the play and not as much practice.”Haley’s confidence can be attributed to his team’s impressive depth. So far, a number of different players have had the opportunity to shine this season and Haley does not foresee this trend ending anytime soon.Another one of his six freshmen phenoms has grabbed his attention this week — outside hitter/opposite Sara Shaw“Sara Shaw has really kicked it up another notch,” Haley said. “She’s starting to break the heat now, and she’s capable of doing that.”Although the Women of Troy have experienced success so far this season, in Haley’s eyes, there is still room for improvement.“Besides trying to win the matches, we’re really trying to see if we can adjust … make adjustments, change personnel and attack what the other team’s trying to do,” Haley said.Thus far, he seems optimistic about the team’s progress.“We’ve done a lot of heavy work in the weight room, and we’ve done a lot of things to improve our side of the net this week,” Haley said. “So we’re hoping that we’re going to get better.”last_img read more

A DAY’S WORK Once lanky and awkward, Briana Day has emerged as the centerpiece of Syracuse’s frontcourt

first_img Comments Video by Kiran Ramsey and Amanda Caffey | The Daily OrangeWith a 6-foot-4 frame and some of the most untapped potential the Raleigh, North Carolina, basketball community had ever seen, Day’s high school head coach Chris East insisted that she had the potential to be a top player.“(The Day twins) were a little raw when they first came in as freshmen, but they just worked,” East said. “The best part is, both of them wanted to get better. I’ve never seen kids that have a motor like they do, these kids took it to another level.”After spending nearly two years lifting, shooting and drilling in the school’s gymnasium, the Day twins led Millbrook to a state championship appearance in 2011. The following season, surrounded by six sophomores, they led the Wildcats to a state title — a new height for the program, East said.In the spring of 2016, weeks after the Orange lost to Connecticut in the national championship game, and seven years after East had said something similar, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman told Day that he wanted to see her tap deeper into her potential. He said he especially wanted to see her improve her mid-range game in the offseason in order to be an asset to the 2016-2017 squad.“She needs to be able to step out a little bit and shoot the ball from 17 feet,” Hillsman said at the Orange’s preseason media day. “Her game has to evolve some for us to be successful this season.”She stayed in Syracuse for both academic sessions of the summer, preparing for her final go-around as a senior. Most of Hillsman’s players go home for the first session and return for the second.,It was a six-week period that Day spent almost solely playing basketball, and extra time in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center that helped her in almost every facet of their game. Bria Day said the twins were able to go back to North Carolina for a short visit, but otherwise, it was a full summer of basketball.“You could stay here all summer, and do nothing, and it wouldn’t really matter,” Hillsman said, explaining it was the time in the gym that mattered. “That’s just the way it is.”When the rest of the team returned for the second session of summer classes to begin preseason practices, there was a noticeable buzz around the program regarding the new and improved Day, teammates and coaches said at media day.Graduate assistant coach Maggie Morrison, a former Orange guard who’s spent the last three seasons with Day at Syracuse, said she immediately noticed Day was more aggressive, much more vocal on and off the court and performing as “a better all around player.”Morrison sees Day in more of a leadership role this year, and expects her final season at SU to be her best. She thinks that with the time Day spent in the weight room and gym this summer, she’s in the best shape she’s been in since arriving at SU, and poised to be one of the team’s strongest assets.With just one season remaining in her SU career, Day’s opportunity to take her game to the next level is limited. But as was the case in high school, she’s lived in the gym and made basketball her top priority. If she’s able to fully piece her game together, the Orange will thrive because of it.“Everything (with Day) is about toughness,” Hillsman said. “She’s really gotten herself to the level where she plays hard, and that’s what’s really important for her is staying aggressive. I’m hoping she’s able to do that all season and make us a better team.”To read the rest of the stories in Basketball Guide 2016, click here.,Banner photo by Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor In eighth grade, when Briana Day decided to hang up her track spikes and join her middle school basketball team, the tall center said she was “awful” compared to where she’s at now. She was too big for her body, and her coordination wasn’t nearly where it is today.Day had a lot to improve on in her first years of playing, but since she didn’t start until eighth grade, the improvement would have to come much quicker than it did for her peers if she wanted to become a target for collegiate programs.“(My sister Bria and I) weren’t always good. I’m glad nobody has footage of (us playing in eighth grade),” Day said. “It was just so bad, we wore glasses, we didn’t have contacts yet we just looked so ugly, it was bad.”But Day knew that with time in the gym, she could change that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDay has built on what she learned as a young player, living by her credo of dedicating herself to her craft even now as one of the top centers in college basketball. The starting senior center for the No. 14 Orange, Day has learned that when something doesn’t come easy, the remedy is almost always the same. It’s how she took her Millbrook (North Carolina) High School squad to back-to-back state championship appearances, and how she plans on helping to bring SU back to the national championship game.center_img Published on November 10, 2016 at 1:07 am Contact Matt:,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

U21 divisional hurling titles won in style

first_imgThurles Sarsfields won the Mid Tipp title by virtue of their 2-28 to 0-17 victory over Holycross-Ballycahill in the final.While in the West the honours went to Cappawhite/Sean Treacys – they defeated Golden Kilfeacle 4-14 to 3-6 in the competition decider.In North Tipp we’re a little closer to knowing the identity of the U21A hurling champions. Kilruane MacDonaghs beat Newport 2-17 to 0-13 in the quarter-finals to set up a last four encounter with Roscrea.That match will be played in Toomevara next Sunday.last_img read more

DCMS praises ‘constructive talks’ with FA over streaming rights

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Camelot under fire for exploiting National Lottery age limits July 20, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Share Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Ministers from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have held ‘constructive discussions’ with the Football Association (FA) regarding the ongoing debate over streaming rights.In a statement, Minister for Sport Media and Communications Nigel Adams explained that no games will be streamed exclusively through gambling operators from this year’s fourth round.He explained: “The FA have confirmed that no FA Cup matches will be exclusively streamed through gambling operators from this year’s fourth round, through to the end of its current domestic broadcast contract in 2021.“No individual will need to access a gambling account to see their team play in the FA Cup, which we welcome as a positive step in the right direction.”Earlier this week, the sporting body agreed to carry out a review of such agreements awarded to sports betting operators after the coverage of numerous FA Cup matches were broadcast on betting websites, with a review gaining the backing of GVC Holdings, bet365, Flutter Entertainment, William Hill and Kindred Group.A report carried out by the Daily Mail found that coverage of 23 of the 32 FA Cup third-round ties that took place last weekend were accessible via the bet365 website on the conditions that customers staked a bet or signed up for a new account with a £5 deposit.In 2017, the FA had previously agreed to a six-year deal with IMG which allowed the broadcasting rights to be sold to bookmakers from the start of the 2018/19 season. The agreement is not due to finish until the end of the 2023/24 campaign.last_img read more

Alpena Search and Rescue Team Holds 1st Annual Fundraiser

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s was a dogs dream land at the Alpena County Fairgrounds. The Alpena County Search and Rescue Team hosted their first annual fundraiser. K9 members along with their 4–legged friends and residents participated in a dog walk, learned K9 tricks and more.The event wasn’t just about raising money; the goal was to also inform the community about the dedication it takes to find a loved one when they go missing.Participants like Stacy McEwen wanted to make sure she paid her respect by walking in Saturday’s event, and said that the search and rescue team makes her feel at ease knowing that they are involved within the community.The funds raised at Saturday’s event will go towards new equipment, certifications and educational classes for future K9 volunteers.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Sunrise 45 Film Festival a Huge Success: Winners RevealedNext Economic and cultural impact of horses in the state of Michiganlast_img read more