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  • Governor Wolf Announces Task Force To Maximize Job Creation in Pennsylvania Forest Products Industry

    first_img January 07, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Task Force To Maximize Job Creation in Pennsylvania Forest Products Industry Economy,  Environment,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Acting on recommendations of Governor Tom Wolf, a panel of forestry experts from private, public and academic sectors today kicked off a series of meetings to analyze current limitations to forest conservation and job growth, and to develop an action plan to address both objectives.“One of Pennsylvania’s greatest strengths is our natural resources,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Over 57 percent of Pennsylvania is forested and prioritizing conservation and job growth related to this field is vital to creating a sustainable, dynamic industry.”The Green Ribbon Task Force was called together following extended discussion between Gov. Wolf and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn on how Pennsylvania’s nearly 17 million acres of forestland could best play an active role in his call for statewide job creation.“We envision the Green Ribbon Task Force as a catalyst to create new ideas, approaches and momentum for an industry and a landscape that need additional measures of protection and assistance,” Dunn said. “This short-term infusion of multi-disciplinary expertise can help shape new directions and provide an example of government that works and jobs that pay. The temporary nature of the task force ensures that long-term growth and progress will be the product of an energized industry and conservation community.”Meeting at the Governor’s invitation at his Harrisburg residence, at least 30 participants had been selected by DCNR and the state departments of Agriculture and Community and Economic Development. They were addressed by Dunn and other key speakers, including:Daniel Devlin, state forester and director of DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry; Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture; Dr. Jim Finley, director of the Center for Private Forests and Pennsylvania Extension Forester; Paul Lyskava, executive director, Pennsylvania Forest Products Association; and Wayne Bender, acting executive director, Hardwoods Development Council.Individual workgroups then were formed, introduced and assigned study and discussion areas that included: conservation; workforce development and jobs; economic development and products. Each workgroup’s responsibilities include:Address the current state of the forest and forest products industry; define the scope of the workgroup; identify issues to address; develop recommendations to bring to the larger group; and work with other workgroups to integrate and forge recommendations into a final set.The task force will hold monthly meetings for six months; in between these meetings, the workgroups will meet to discuss issues in greater detail and formulate recommended action items. Workgroup chairs will report out on their groups’ progress to the larger task force, in order to stimulate broader discussion.Details on the Green Ribbon Task Force can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/councils/Greenribbontaskforce/index.htm.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • Sprawling family home on offer in Wamuran

    first_imgThe property is on a big block with an inground pool.The house has zoned reverse-cycle ducted airconditioning, ceiling fans and security screens throughout. Tinted windows help keep the home cool during summer and the tiled roof was fully restored 18 months ago. Outside, the entertaining area overlooks the in-ground saltwater pool.The property is fully fenced and has a powered shed, four-car carport, water tanks and side access. A variety of fruit trees are growing on the block. The home has is being marketed by Sharon Clark from RE/MAX Platinum Narangba. The home has multiple living areas.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home also has formal and informal living rooms, a dining space and a sunroom. The living room off the kitchen opens to the patio. The master bedroom is separate from the other bedrooms and has a walk-in robe, ensuite and private courtyard. The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and are close to the family bathroom, with separate bath and shower, and the laundry room. The home at 26 Newhaven Ct, Wamuran has six bedrooms.THIS six-bedroom home on a big block is new to the market in Wamuran. RE/MAX Platinum marketing agent Sharon Clark said homes of this size and presentation were “few and far between” in the Wamuran area.The property at 26 Newhaven Ct is on a 3234sq m block at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Rangeview Estate. Ms Clark said the home was designed to provide versatile living for a busy family. The home has 281sq m under roof and a variety of living areas for the family to spread out or come together.The open kitchen is at the centre of the living spaces and has stainless steel appliances and plenty of bench and cupboard space.last_img read more

  • UK roundup: PPF, Employer Covenant Working Group, WTW

    first_img“UK pension scheme assets benefited from positive equity and credit returns this month, though this was partly offset by an increase in liabilities as inflation expectations rose,” he said.“Though March was generally positive for markets as central bank action, positive economic data and rising oil prices bolstered investor sentiment, clouds remain on the horizon – most noticeably the prospect of market volatility in the event of a ‘Brexit’, which extended sterling’s weakening against the euro in March.”At the end of March, the PPF 7800 universe covered schemes with liabilities of £1.59trn, slightly down by £5.5bn compared with February.In other news, a working group founded by leading employer covenant advisers has published a list of principles to guide stakeholders during the valuation of defined benefit funds.The Employer Covenant Working Group (ECWG) said the publication of its principles was necessitated as The Pensions Regulator (TPR) “consistently raised the bar” on what was expected of trustees and employers, while individual advisers had developed their own approach to valuing covenant strength.“With this in mind,” a statement said, “the ECWG has been formed to address the need for greater consistency, recognised leading practice and improved standards in covenant advisory work.”Gary Squires, chair of the ECWG, noted that employers would not want to risk schemes becoming reliant on the PPF.“Given the scale of the challenge, it’s clear there is a need for a consistent approach to addressing funding deficits, and the members of the ECWG’s work assisting trustees, scheme sponsors and regulators in considering an employer’s ability to pay contributions into the future is vitally important to help secure the retirement of millions of people.”The principles detail a sponsor’s legal obligation, how to best value a scheme’s position and how to assess a sponsor’s ability to support a fund, among other areas.Finally, Willis Towers Watson has developed a new longevity model to improve the accuracy of assumptions by drawing on medical data, better predicting how many pension fund members will go on to develop diabetes, for example.PulseModel was designed as the consultancy was concerned mortality models failed to incorporate medical information, Matthew Edwards, head of mortality at Willis Towers Watson, said.James Brown, lecturer in ageing metabolism at the Aston Research centre for Healthy Ageing in Birmingham, said the emergence of type 2 diabetes was “one of the gravest health issues” for the coming century.“This model represents a potential step-change in our ability to accurately predict outcomes based upon the likely future trends in diabetes incidence,” he said.“More importantly, it provides quantifiable predictions of the potentially dramatic implications diabetes might have on mortality and life expectancy.” Funding among the UK’s defined benefit (DB) funds rose towards the end of the financial year, as the aggregate deficit reported by the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) fell to £302bn (€384bn).Overall funding levels stood at 81% at the end of last month, according to the PPF 7800 Index, while the deficit across the 5,945 schemes captured fell by £20bn compared with February.However, despite the improved ratio, funding remained down compared with March 2015, when it stood at 84.2%, accounting for a deficit of £244bn.Andy Tunningley, head of strategic clients at BlackRock in the UK, noted that March had been a “positive month” for the sector.last_img read more

  • Calls to revise T&T abortion laws in response to ZIKV

    first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional Calls to revise T&T abortion laws in response to ZIKV by: Caribbean Media Corporation – April 4, 2016 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT) Monday called on the government to revisit its position on abortion to ensure access to safe abortion services for women who have Zika infection and might wish to have an abortion because of fear of microcephaly.“Research has shown that unsafe abortions continue to be a major public health problem for many women in this country. The law of Trinidad and Tobago related to termination of pregnancy was inherited from Section 58 of the 1861 UK Offences against the Person Act, as it was in much of the Commonwealth.“This law has been changed in the United Kingdom and revised in many Commonwealth countries, including inter alia Barbados, Guyana and St Lucia,” the FPATT said in a statement.It said that the announcement on April 1 this year that a 23 year old pregnant woman is now affected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus “will no doubt contribute to fear in the national community and amongst other women who may be pregnant”.FPATT said it was now joining with the rest of the local public health community in responding to the Zika virus outbreak, particularly as it affects women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and pregnancy outcomes.“FPATT is calling particularly on the Ministry of Health to engage with us as well as other professional health associations to ensure that prevention and preparedness planning includes adequate sexual and reproductive health and rights responses.”It said that in Trinidad and Tobago where a significant proportion of all pregnancies are unplanned; where sexual and gender based violence is prevalent; where there are a number of myths regarding emergency contraception and where the abortion law is often misinterpreted making women doubtful about their rights, any suggestion to women to delay pregnancies will be difficult to achieve.“It is important that we protect and preserve women’s right to decide on the timing of pregnancy, independent of the status of the Zika epidemic. Asking women to avoid pregnancy without expanding access to contraception, education and safe abortion services is not sound public health policy,” FPATT said.FPATT, said like its parent body, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, it supports a comprehensive, integrated response to Zika, ranging from mosquito control to local and regional health education campaigns to improved access to contraception, safe abortion, prenatal care, and support for parents of babies should they be born with microcephaly.“We strongly recommend strengthening family planning programs and access to safe abortion services.Pregnant women and those who opt to get pregnant must be provided with the necessary support and guidance in relation to reducing their risk of Zika infection, ensuring appropriate care and management during pregnancy, and caring for babies born with microcephaly.”center_img 144 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

  • Tension as Juventus star tests positive for coronavirus

    first_img The Serie A side said they are “activating all the isolation procedures required by law”, including for those who have come into contact with Rugani. Read Also: Juventus quarantine entire U23 squadItaly has more than 12,000 confirmed cases and a death toll of 827.The Italian football federation said after a meeting on Tuesday that the Serie A season may not finish because of the coronavirus outbreak.Alternative options include staging play-offs, not having a champion for 2019-20 or declaring the current standings final.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juventus have announced that Italy centre-back Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus.Advertisement The club added that Rugani, 25, is “currently asymptomatic”.All sport in Italy is suspended until 3 April, with the country in lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.Rugani has made only seven appearances for Juventus this season and was an unused substitute in his side’s last match – a 2-0 win over Inter Milan held behind closed doors on Sunday.Inter, whose Europa League game against Getafe that was set for Thursday has been postponed, said that “all competitive activities are suspended until further notice” following Rugani’s positive test.They added: “The club is taking steps to prepare all necessary procedures.”Rugani has won four Serie A titles with Juve and played for Italy seven times, last featuring for the national team in 2018.On Sunday he posted a photograph from the dressing room as he celebrated Juve’s win over Inter with his team-mates.On Wednesday, the Italian government announced more measures, including the closure of all shops except food stores and pharmacies.center_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldHow Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TV7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular Movieslast_img read more

  • New Marion man sentenced to 14-years for drug dealing

    first_imgVersailles, In. — Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel says New Marion resident, Kenneth Cardinal, 58, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for dealing in methamphetamine.At the time of his arrest in December of 2017, Cardinal had three loaded handguns, $2,000 worth of methamphetamine, digital scales and paraphernalia.Evidence presented in court showed Cardinal sold methamphetamine on a daily basis, and he told a visitor to the Ripley County Jail that if he had it all to do over again there would have been some “gun play” on the day of his arrest.  The State told the judge those comments demonstrated his obvious danger to police and the community as a whole.Cardinal argued that he did not sell the drugs, he used them to entice women to sex with him. A forensic analysis of Cardinal’s phone revealed 20 other names and conversations about amounts and prices.Prosecutor Hertel said, “Southeastern Indiana now finds itself in the grip of a serious epidemic: crystal methamphetamine. In this case, Troopers were able to subdue one of the most dangerous and prolific poisoners of our community. We owe them our thanks.”last_img read more

  • Clark wishes Kozak well

    first_imgDefender Ciaran Clark has wished his Aston Villa team-mate Libor Kozak well in his recovery from the broken leg that resulted from his tackle on the striker in training. Press Association Czech Republic international Kozak, who joined Villa from Lazio over the summer and has scored four times for the midlands outfit so far, sustained the injury last Thursday, with his club subsequently announcing that he will be out for the rest of the season. Clark told Villa’s official website: “He’s had his treatment and hopefully he’ll come back stronger. All the lads are thinking of him. Hopefully he’ll make a full recovery. center_img “We were playing a possession game and it was a clash of legs. No-one expected it and we thought he was going to get back up. The physio came on and knew it was a bad injury. “I didn’t sense anything was wrong and I don’t think anyone did. At the time people thought it was a normal challenge. “I don’t know if it was the impact of the way his leg went but it was innocuous and no-one expected it to be as bad.” last_img read more

  • West Ham agree Obiang deal

    first_img The 23-year-old is the first player to join the Irons since the announcement of Slaven Bilic as the east London club’s new manager on Tuesday. Obiang made 35 appearances for Sampdoria last season, scoring three goals as the Blucerchiati finished seventh in Serie A to qualify for the Europa League. Obiang is confident he can make a swift transition to the hustle and bustle of top-flight English football. “We have been talking about this for a long time and now I have finally got the chance to come here,” he said on the club’s official website, www.whufc.com. “I am very excited to play in the Premier League. “It is a style of football that will help me to progress as a player and as a person, so it will be very good.” While it is likely much of the work to bring Obiang to Upton Park was done before Bilic’s confirmed arrival, the player has every confidence the new manager can mould a team capable of holding its own. “I think Bilic is a manager that can do very well here,” said Obiang, who was at Atletico Madrid as a youngster before heading to Sampdoria aged 16. “I know that he was a West Ham player and he did a very well with the Croatian national team. “He is a manager that likes to play good football and I really like that, so I am sure that we will get along very well.” West Ham have confirmed the signing of Spain Under-21 midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee. West Ham signed goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Birmingham earlier in the summer, with veteran Jussi Jaaskelainen among those named on the Premier League released list along with striker Carlton Cole and defender Guy Demel, who all follow former manager Sam Allarydce out of the Boleyn Ground. According to the press release announcing Obiang’s arrival, West Ham “are still hopeful they will be able to make several more signings before the new season gets under way”. Bilic has set his targets high for the club, who are set to move into the Olympic Stadium from the 2016/17 campaign. “The ambition is to try to be top 10, definitely and then improve on that,” he said. “Then, in the space of a few seasons, with the stadium and everything, with hype, with probably a little bit more budget, with good planning and good play, nobody can stop us dreaming of European places or if we have a brilliant season to try to break into the Champions League places. “To win a trophy, to win a cup. You have to believe in that to achieve it. “If you don’t believe in that then you’re definitely not going to do that. “It doesn’t have to be an obsession in a negative way. If you don’t believe it, who will believe it? “Where it’s going to take us I don’t know, but logically if you play well and you improve your squad, if your players are playing more compact and more fluid with the ball, it should get you up the league.” Bilic will have less time than usual to bed his new squad in, with West Ham set to kick off the first qualifying round of the Europa League on July 2, having won a place via the Fair Play table. The Irons also have pre-season fixtures scheduled against Peterborough, Southend, Colchester, and Charlton before taking on newly-promoted Norwich at Carrow Road on July 28. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Van Gaal denies need for firepower

    first_imgLouis van Gaal denied he was in urgent need of attacking reinforcements despite watching his Manchester United team record a disappointing goalless draw against Newcastle. United’s 100 per cent record fell by the wayside after a wasteful performance from Van Gaal’s team. United dominated the opening stages, making six attempts at goal in the first 20 minutes, but failed to capitalise on their dominance and left Old Trafford with one point, rather than three. “But it is also football and I have said already many times you need more equipment to help the referees and linesmen because it is not easy.” Newcastle manager Steve McClaren, making his first return to Old Trafford since coming back to English football, was impressed by how Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini kept Rooney and his team-mates quiet. “I think we did a very good job on him,” said McClaren, who was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford for two-and-a-half years. “We did a good job on (Adnan) Januzaj too. I thought the front four were excellent, we had to deal with that.” It was anticipated that Pedro would bolster United’s forward ranks this week, but instead the former Barcelona forward joined Chelsea on Thursday. One report claimed Van Gaal has now turned his attentions to Pedro’s former Barcelona team-mate Neymar. The Dutchman refused to discuss the report linking United with the Brazil star after the final whistle. He said: “I don’t enter in this discussions. You can ask about all the players in the world and you are doing that every press conference and I always say the same, I have to protect the interests of Manchester United, the players in my selection and the people in my organisation.” One of Van Gaal’s former charges Krul also played a big part in the outcome of the match. The Dutchman, who played under Van Gaal for the national side, saved from Rooney and Juan Mata before the break and at the death he pulled off a stunning save to deny substitute Javier Hernandez. McClaren was also impressed by the two centre-halves in front of his goalkeeper. “I thought Coloccini and Taylor were excellent,” the former England manager said. “You have to defend well and they were immaculate, they kept us in the game the first 20 minutes and in the last 10 minutes. “Colo was the leader out there, Taylor also.” When asked after the match whether United’s performance meant he needed to sign more forwards, the United manager said: “No, because we were three times the best team. “My worry is that we have to dominate the opponent and we did it today, we did it against Aston Villa, Tottenham and (Club) Brugge. “I am satisfied with the performance and not with the result and that is different. “We were unlucky with rewarding ourselves because we have created a lot of chances.” The only big disappointment for Van Gaal was a refereeing decision that denied Wayne Rooney his first goal in 10 matches. With just four minutes on the clock, Rooney raced on to Juan Mata’s through-ball and lifted the ball over Tim Krul, but the goal was ruled out for a very marginal offside call. Van Gaal said: “Wayne scored. Only it was not allowed. “It is doubtful and the rules are that when it is doubtful, then do not flag. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Mother says her young children were allowed to walk home from school without her permission

    first_imgA South Florida mother says her two children under the age of 10 were accidentally allowed to walk home from school despite being on the after school pick-up list.The incident occurred Wednesday at North Andrews Gardens Elementary near Oakland Park.The mother, Michelle Gibson, told reporters that she arrived at the school to find that her five-year-old daughter and her six-year-old son were nowhere to be found. After searching the school grounds, she found that her children had been escorted off the school grounds by the principal and allowed to walk home by themselves:“We started looking around the back of the school, the side of the school,” Gibson said. “We found my children four blocks away down walking through the streets towards Andrews. They were holding hands. They were walking.”While the two children were found safe, Gibson says the incident still terrifies her because anything could have happened to them:“They could have been picked up by a stranger,” Gibson said. “They could’ve gotten lost. They could’ve been hit by a car.”The district declined to comment on the specific situation due to privacy rules, however, they did report that they are looking into the matter.last_img read more