Governor Wolf Announces Investments to Bolster Pennsylvania’s Workforce Skills

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Investments to Bolster Pennsylvania’s Workforce Skills November 06, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that more than $7.8 million in training assistance funding was provided to 745 Pennsylvania companies through the commonwealth’s Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania. This year marks 20 years of partnerships and funding assistance for qualified businesses in the state, with 20,683 companies providing training for 1,238,915 existing staff members.“Continuing education and workforce training allow everyone a path to future success and is a way for employers and employees to show allegiance and good faith in each other,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s pivotal in strengthening our state’s workforce, our communities, and ultimately, our economy.”Last fiscal year, the commonwealth invested $7,896,801 in trainings and provided 30,460 employees with access to education in the areas of Essential Skills and Advanced Technology. Essential Skills training can include guidance in the areas of communication and teamwork, health and safety, business and computer operations, manufacturing fundamentals, and quality assurance. Advanced technology training can include guidance in the areas of advanced manufacturing technology, advanced software implementation, computer programming, and software engineering.“Job training helps people achieve their career goals and improve their quality of life, and workforce development is one of the strongest drivers of our economy,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “WEDnetPA isn’t just a tool to help workers further their careers; it’s a tool that has helped us attract and retain businesses and grow Pennsylvania’s economy for the past two decades, and will continue to do so for decades to come.”“While other states also offer resources to help companies close the skills gap, WEDnetPA is unique in its approach,” said Statewide Director Thomas Venditti. “By networking with 25 colleges and universities, we leverage their existing professional workforce development staff to create a highly cost-effective way to provide help with incumbent worker training.”Workforce training grants align with Governor Wolf’s PAsmart workforce development initiative. The governor launched the innovative PAsmart initiative last year and secured a $10 million increase to $40 million for the program this year. PAsmart provides $20 million for science and technology education, $10 million for apprenticeships and job training, and new this year, an additional $10 million for career and technical education.This year’s annual report is available online.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.last_img read more

Hughes: Big Ten media day notebook

first_imgCHICAGO – It may not be as popular of a nickname as “Windy City” or “Second City,” but Chicago is sometimes called the “City of the Big Shoulders.” And there are plenty of them walking around for the Big Ten football media days.After listening to the dozen of Big Ten coaches (as well as the commissioner himself) field questions from a ballroom of reporters. Here’s a little notebook of highlights from day one:Bielema denounces NCAA violatorsThe increasing amount of schools getting tied up in NCAA violations was a topic that kept reappearing all day Thursday and when it was Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema’s turn to comment on the matter, he expressed a no-tolerance policy – and an extreme distaste – for those who willingly and knowingly commit infractions.“When you consciously break an NCAA rule, to me the only way to deter that is to get rid of people, or seriously hold programs accountable,” Bielema said. “That’s probably the number one thing I would love to see happen in the world of college football.”“If someone knowingly and willingly violates a rule, I don’t see anything wrong with a substantial penalty. What that [penalty] is, I’ll let other people decide.”Although he didn’t venture a specific kind of sanction, Bielema was the most candid coach to speak on NCAA violations. I think the amount of scandals that have been revealed over the past couple years (in football and basketball) has made many college sports fans second-guess the integrity of their favorite teams. And given Bielema’s stance on the matter, however non-specific it may ultimately be, it would seem like he has nothing to hide.You don’t see many coaches of BCS schools speaking that way, so hopefully we don’t catch him hiding any emails in the future. He’ll be eating his own words if he does.Wilson update Bielema was unable to speak much about the progress of Wisconsin’s new transfer quarterback Russell Wilson, since, per NCAA rules, he has not been able to coach him yet. But after talking to wide receiver Nick Toon and safety Aaron Henry, who accompanied their head coach to Chicago, Bielema was able to report that Wilson formed a bond with Henry and that he attended summer workouts with diligence.“Everybody told me… he just showed up and went to work and worked as hard as anybody else to prove he was a valuable member of our team,” Bielema said.Bielema also remained insistent that, despite the excitement surrounding Wilson, the quarterback position is, as of this moment, entirely up for grabs.“I haven’t seen Russell Wilson compete one snap competitively in practice,” he said. “I think I might know what will happen, but until it happens, that’s where we’re at.”Delany casts a warning In reaction to the violations recently exposed at Ohio State, mixed with Michigan’s run-in with the NCAA involving unofficial practices prior to the 2009 season, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany informed the media that he held a meeting with all 12 conference coaches Thursday morning to “make clear to them what our expectations are.”Delany called the two above-mentioned violations particularly “embarrassing” for the conference. And with so much misconduct – 14 incidents, by Delany’s count – coming to light in the past year across the nation, he referenced the shadow of doubt it has placed on all other schools.“I think that the 14 struggles that have come under scrutiny in the last year raise legitimate questions in people’s minds about who is sponsoring these [athletic] programs and what do these programs stand for,” he said. “I can’t remember a period of time where we’ve had more questions about various programs, where it be on the agent side, the recruitment side, or the academic side. We’ve had two of them in this conference, and that’s two too many, as far as I’m concerned.’Delany’s stern voice made it sound pretty clear to me that he’s done with shenanigans.Fickell braces himself Where once stood The Vest now stands Luke Fickell, Ohio State’s interim head coach following the tattoo fiasco.In addressing the media, he didn’t appear nervous at the podium, just well prepared for the room of reporters to get their pecks in. Over the last few “crazy” and “emotional” months, he said he hasn’t had “a whole lot” of contact with the ousted Jim Tressel and has not received any instruction, implied or up front, about avoiding him.After facing a public relations nightmare and with the hammer of the NCAA looming above his inherited program (if only for a year), a few phrases kept popping up as Fickell answered questions. Phrases like: “stability,” “foundation,” “moving forward,” “starting from day one,” and “focusing on what we can control.”It’s about as much as you can expect from a guy in his situation.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. Are you licking your chops for the new-look Big Ten season to begin? Let him know at ehughes@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Salah retains African award to seal great day for Egypt

first_imgSalah found scoring difficult early in his professional career and was nicknamed “chancentod” (chance killer) by the Swiss media.– Off-target –Later, playing for Chelsea in a League Cup tie, the Egyptian was so off-target with a goal attempt that the ball trickled over the touchline for a throw-in.Unhappy with his two-goal return, Chelsea lent Salah to Italian outfits Fiorentina and Roma, then sold him to the latter club.Salah blossomed in Rome, averaging close to a goal every two matches, and Liverpool paid almost 37 million pounds (about $47 mn/41 mn euros) to sign him two years ago.The Egyptian had his share of setbacks last year, too, with an injury in the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid also keeping him out of a World Cup defeat by Uruguay.He returned to score against hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the Pharaohs exited their first appearance at the global showpiece in 28 years without securing even one point.Salah netted twice and missed two penalties three months later in a 6-0 Cup of Nations rout of Niger and snatched the late winner in a 3-2 victory over Tunisia in the same competition.Having defended his Player of the Year title, his next goal will be to match the four straight wins in the competition by former Manchester City and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure.The other male awards went to France-born Morocco coach Herve Renard, the Mauritania national team, and Moroccan Achraf Hakimi in the youth category.South African Chrestinah Kgatlana was voted Women’s Player of the Year and South Africa coach Desiree Ellis and the Nigeria national team were the other female winners.The Goal of the Year award also went to Kgatlana. Share on: WhatsApp Dakar, Senegal | AFP | Mohamed Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football by retaining his African Player of the Year award in Senegal Tuesday.The 26-year-old Liverpool star finished first with club-mate Senegalese Sadio Mane and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the other finalists.“I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said soon after receiving his trophy in Dakar.“My thanks go to my family, my team-mates and my fans and I dedicate this trophy to my homeland, Egypt.”It was an identical outcome to last year when Salah became only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to be voted the best footballer in Africa.Egypt crushed sole rivals South Africa 16-1 earlier on Tuesday in a CAF executive committee vote in Dakar to decide which country succeeded Cameroon as 2019 Cup of Nations hosts.Delays to preparations and concerns about security resulted in the central African nation being replaced as hosts, and they will stage the 2021 tournament instead.While the 15-vote winning margin for Egypt was unexpected, the success of Salah was anticipated as he continues to score regularly for the English Premier League leaders.Salah netted 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season — his first with the Anfield club — and has bagged 13 Premier League goals so far this season.Ironically, Aubameyang has scored one league goal more than Salah, topping the charts with Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane on 14.Salah was born in a northern Egyptian town Nagrig and used to make eight-hour return trips on buses to train with Cairo-based El Mokawloon (Arab Contractors).Spotted by scouts from Swiss club Basel, he moved there in 2012 before joining Premier League giants Chelsea two years later.last_img read more

Local Singer Goes on Racist Rant in Nail Salon, Apologizes on Instagram

first_imgAfter more profane remarks, she tells the nail salon employee:“Go back to your f-in country.”The employee replies to Monica, “I’m not even going to say anything to that.”Monica retorts: “B****. I’m smarter than y’all. As a matter of fact, b****, I’m an independent artist, recording artist, and I’m going to “f***ing blow the f**** up.”She then tells them that someday they are going to want her to have her nails done at the salon.“Check me out, Corina Monica, Stay Flossy.” “Stay Flossy” is the title of one of her songs.She concludes the encounter by saying, “I hope you f***ing lose this place and you go the f*** back to your country.”On Friday, Monica issued an apology on Instagram:Monica describes herself as an independent artist, songwriter and entertainer from Pompano Beach on reverbnation.com. She was born in Romania and moved to Florida at the age of 9.She adds that growing up in South Florida had a major influence on her style. Last Thursday, Monica posted on Twitter she was officially moving to Tampa. The nail salon where the incident occurred is located in Tampa. A Pompano Beach woman, who refers to herself as an independent recording artist, has issued an apology following a racist rant that was captured on cell phone video at a nail salon.It started when a nail technician was unable to finish doing Corina Monica’s acrylic nails.Monica begins by saying:“You took my nails off, what am I supposed to do now?”One of the employees tells her she can have her nails done by another professional.Monica fires back. “Oh, that’s real professional.”The video was posted on Twitter account Fifty Shades of Whey (WARNING: Graphic language. Viewer discretion is advised.)She then asks the woman, “Where you from?”Monica apparently is unaware she is being recorded when she says: “Why do you come to this country, work here, and don’t do what’s right for our citizens? You make money, you live in my country and you’re going to tell me you can’t do my nails b***tch?”Posted a new song: “Corina Monica – Stay Flossy (Master)” https://t.co/Ri8o6yVeri #music https://t.co/XXsZKGqtdu— Corina Monica (@CorinaLucaciu) July 14, 2020last_img read more

Goalies too much for shooters as Rebels and Leafs exchange shutout wins

first_imgThe other contest ended in a rare tie.“These are two fairly even teams,” Maida confessed. “We have a great rivalry against Castlegar and our boys really look forward to playing every time we play them.”Friday, two goals in less than two minutes was the difference as Nelson edged Castlegar 3-0.The goals, by Matthew Naka and Colton McCarthy, came early in the third period.Jacob Boyczuk scored an insurance marker into the empty net.Nelson started both contests with only five defenceman due to injury bug that has hampered the blueline — one of the rearguards being converted forward Linden Horswill.And for the second game Nelson finished the game with only four D-men.“I’m looking forward to getting healthy on the blueline and see where we’re at,” Maida said. “So far I’ve been very pleased with our how the defence and goaltending is playing.”The Leafs have a full week of practice before resuming play Friday with a home doubleheader.North Okanagan Kings open the two-game set before Grand Forks Border Bruins pay a visit to the NDCC Arena Saturday.Both puck drops are at 7 p.m.Sunday Nelson makes its first visit to Spokane to face the Braves in an afternoon tilt.Castlegar has a short week before traveling to Grand Forks Thursday.ICE CHIP: Nelson defencemen Cam Weir and Cole Arcuri watched both games and are listed as day-to-day . . .. Rookie forward Damin Devlin also is on the sidelines after serving two of his three game suspension for removing his helmet during a fight against Chase Heat, October 7. . . .KIJHL teams have been experiencing problems with league website. The site was down Saturday which made it impossible for Castlegar executive to post the game stats to the website. KIJHL webmaster Harold Hazelaar said the problem is due to an issue with the website host which the league has no control over. The Castlegar Rebels rebounded from a heart-breaking road loss in a big way, stopping the Leafs cold Saturday night at the Complex.Brenden Heinrich scored midway through the second period and goalie Jordan Gluck continued his home dominance over the West Kootenay rivals sparking the Rebels to a 1-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory in Castlegar.It was the second time in as many games Gluck has shutout the Leafs — both by 1-0 scores.The win moves the Rebels back into top spot in the Murdoch Division standings, one point ahead of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and two in front of the Leafs.Castlegar has played two more games than Beaver Valley.Kamloops Storm edged the Hawks 2-1 Saturday in Fruitvale.“I thought we out played them and out chanced them, (Rebel goalie Jordan) Gluck just made some big saves and key times,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida.“We just didn’t seem to have our puck luck tonight,” Maida added.“Thirty-seconds after they scored we hit the post then had a late power play but Gluck made some key saves for them.”The game was the second one-goal contest in the season series between the two Murdoch rivals and third time the match-up ended with a shutout.last_img read more

After Steph Curry’s broken hand, Joe Lacob won’t give in to tanking talk

first_imgJoe Lacob proclaims himself an optimist, but today he appears to be beyond that designation.Superstar Steph Curry is out, presumably for at least a month, with a broken hand sustained when Phoenix big man Aron Baynes fell on him as the Suns blew out the Warriors Wednesday night.CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile device Curry’s injury, Klay Thompson’s ACL-related yearlong absence and Kevin Durant’s departure for Brooklyn all point to one …last_img

Fort St John RCMP arrests man for gun and drug possession

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On March 18, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Fort St. John RCMP received a report to check on an unknown man who appeared to be passed out in a running white Dodge Ram pick up in a parking lot near 93rd Avenue and 93rd Street.Upon arrival, Frontline officers observed an open bottle of liquor and suspected cocaine in the vehicle.Police say they attempted to wake the driver who then appeared to try to put the truck into drive before he was assisted out of the vehicle and arrested. According to Police, the man was identified as a resident of Taylor, B.C., who is prohibited from driving and is the registered owner of vehicles that have fled from frontline officers in recent weeks.During the arrest, RCMP found a loaded handgun, a rifle, a knitted mask, multiple collapsible batons, several knives, as well as suspected cocaine, fentanyl, cannabis, mushrooms and an undisclosed amount of cash.  The truck has also been impounded.The man was arrested for Impaired Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle along with other firearm and CDSA offences.The man has since been released on conditions and a date to appear in court.last_img read more

BC Homicide Suspects may be in Northern Ontario

first_imgKAPUSKASING, O.N. – Global News is reporting that the two B.C. Homicide Suspects may have been seen in Northern Ontario.The Ontario Provincial Police says it is investigating a sighting of two “suspicious” men that the complainant believed to be B.C. murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.According to OPP, on Wednesday at around 10:30 a.m. local time, a suspicious, white vehicle was seen driving through a construction site on Highway 11 in the Northern Ontario town of Kapuskasing. Kapuskasing is located approximately 230 kilometres north of Sudbury.According to Global News, the OPP has not confirmed if this was, in fact, a sighting of the wanted men, saying only that the force is investigating a report of “two suspicious males.”According to the OPP, officers have been actively patrolling but have not located the vehicle.Earlier on Wednesday, the RCMP made the decision to scale back the search for the suspects after they were not located in the communities of Gillam and York landing, Manitoba.Schmegelsky and McLeod have been charged in connection with the death of Leonard Dyck near Dease Lake and are suspected of also killing Lucas Folwer and Chynna Deese.  The RCMP have not released details about when the pair will be officially charged in the deaths near the Liard Hot Springs of Folwer and Deese.last_img read more

Two killed many trapped in under construction building collapse at Dharwad

first_imgBengaluru: Two people were killed and several others trapped when a four-storeyed under construction building collapsed at Dharwad in north Karnataka Tuesday, police said. The building came crashing down, triggering panic among neighbours and passers-by, a police official said. “Two have died while some 30 to 40 people are trapped,” said a police officer at Dharwad police station. Police said four people have been brought out from the debris while rescue operations are in full swing. As many as 10 ambulances and five fire tenders have beenengaged to carry out rescue and relief operations. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said he was shocked to learn about the collapse of the under construction building. Kumaraswamy said he has directed the chief secretary to supervise the rescue operation and to send experienced rescue teams by special flight toDharwad.last_img read more

Parrikars sons promise to continue fathers legacy

first_imgPanaji: Late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s sons Utpal Parrikar and Abhijat Parrikar have said that they would “honour his (Parrikar’s) life by continuing his legacy of service and dedication to the State and the Nation”. The public statement comes amid speculation that the late Chief Minister’s elder son Utpal Parrikar is likely to join active politics. In a joint letter, which was released to the media via the Chief Minister’s Office, both the brothers have also said that BJP karyakartas (cadres) were much closer to Parrikar than the two brothers and the bond, the letter says, became evident when the former Defence Minister passed away on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “We will honour his life by continuing his legacy of service and dedication to the State and the Nation,” the Parrikar brothers said in their open letter of appreciation, which expresses gratitude to the Goa government, the Central government, foreign diplomatic missions, the Indian armed forces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, doctors who attended to the late Chief Minister, as well as the host of VIPs who attended Parrikar’s funeral on March 18. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “We express our gratitude to the Governemnt of Goa, Government of India, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, BJP, coalition allies and members of other political parties,” the letter stated. “Above all we express our sincere gratitude to the thousands of karyakartas for their love and affection. You have been his pillars of strength throughout. We always knew that you and the people of Goa meant much more to him than even us and this bond was evident when he passed away,” the letter said. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Utpal Parrikar, who has been tipped to take over Manohar Parrikar’s political legacy, said that he would decide about joining politics in due time.last_img read more