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Governor Wolf Pushes ‘Strongest Workforce in the Nation’ Plans

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined the opening celebration today of the Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) Commercial HVAC Pathways Vocational Lab. The North Philadelphia facility in the Energy Coordinating Agency’s (ECA) Knight Green Jobs Training Center will prepare high school students, reentrants and underemployed workers for good heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) careers in the growing clean energy economy.The Department of Education provided a $277,500 grant through the Job Training and Education Program to support the new lab.“Pennsylvania is investing in training more people to get the skills and qualifications for good careers,” said Governor Wolf. “We have a shortage of skilled apprentices and workers for jobs like this. By partnering with industry, educators, and government, we can provide the job training for more people to find a path to good-paying jobs, strengthen the middle class and make Pennsylvania a hub of high-growth industries.”Governor Wolf has launched an ambitious and bold strategy for Pennsylvania to have the strongest workforce in the nation. The governor’s initiatives include:• Creating PAsmart, a new innovative $30 million investment in STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and job training that prioritizes partnerships among schools, employers and communities. The governor is proposing an additional $10 million for PAsmart to expand job training to more adult workers.• Proposing the Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) in the 2019-20 budget. SWEAP builds on the success of PAsmart to provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The plan expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector.• Establishing the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center that brings together commonwealth agencies and the private sector address the skills gap, worker shortages, and other workforce challenges.• Launching the Apprenticeship and Training Office resulting in 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, increasing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,866 statewide.• Starting the Manufacturing PA Initiative to support critical training in the important sector of that economy.• Joining the Skillful State Network, a nonprofit initiative of the Markle Foundation to emphasize the importance of skills so workers, particularly those without four-year college degrees, can get good jobs in the changing economy.The lab will provide both residential and commercial building maintenance and HVAC training through a collaboration between the JCI Learning Institute and ECA. According to ECA, students who complete the first 600 hours of instruction are qualified for entry level HVAC jobs ranging from $30,000-$40,000 annually. The lab will offer additional credentials that significantly increase a graduate’s earning potential.HVAC technicians are expected to be in high demand over the next few years. The need for workers will also be driven by the Philadelphia Energy Campaign’s $1 billion investment in energy efficiency and clean energy over the next 10 years.During the ceremony and ribbon cutting Governor Wolf joined Mayor Jim Kenney; Councilman Derek Green; Pat Clancy, CEO of Philadelphia Works; Sen. Christine Tartaglione; Michelle Armstrong, Executive Director of the Office of Career and Technical Education, School District of Philadelphia; and Emily Schapira, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Energy Authority.Johnson Controls International is a multi-national building technology conglomerate. It has three manufacturing plants and 1,900 employees in Pennsylvania. The Energy Coordinating Agency helps people conserve energy and promotes a sustainable and socially equitable energy future for all. Governor Wolf Pushes ‘Strongest Workforce in the Nation’ Plans SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 25, 2019last_img read more

Latest: Hull City 1 QPR 1 – Youngsters trying to haul Rangers towards valuable point

first_imgCharlie Austin equalised for 10-man QPR at the KC Stadium seven minutes after Joey Barton was sent off.Nikica Jelavic punished some all-too familiar half-hearted Rangers defending by volleying Hull ahead in the 16th minute.The visitors failed to deal with Tom Huddlestone’s free-kick and Jelavic pounced after Steven Caulker’s weak header to fire into the bottom corner.Full-back Darnell Furlong, making his senior debut, almost equalised with a header that was tipped away by keeper Allan McGregor.Furlong, son of former QPR striker Paul Furlong, is playing because Nedum Onuoha and Mauricio Isla are both injured.Rangers are also without the likes of Richard Dunne and Leroy Fer, but Austin was passed fit to return following a foot problem.Barton, yellow-carded in his previous seven matches, was shown the red card shortly after the half-hour mark for lashing out at Huddlestone.But Rangers levelled when Austin headed home Matt Phillips’ right-wing cross – the striker’s 14th goal of the season.Austin celebrated by mockingly pretending to have a sore knee. Following a medical, Hull pulled out of a deal to sign him from Burnley prior to his move to QPR.Early in the second half, Michael Dawson headed wide from Huddlestone’s corner before Hull boss Steve Bruce made an attacking change to try to take advantage of his team’s numerical advantage.He replaced his son, defender Alex Bruce, with midfielder Gaston Ramirez. R’s boss Chris Ramsey responded by bringing youngster Michael Doughty on for Bobby Zamora. QPR: Green, Furlong, Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun, Phillips, Barton, Henry, Kranjcar, Zamora (Doughty 64), Austin Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Vargas, Zarate.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Coastal saltwater season set to take off

first_imgTuesday marks day one of our ocean sport fishing season on the North Coast as both rockfish and halibut will finally open, bringing with it tons of excitement, optimism and relief. Following a year in which we had a limited abalone season and total closures of both salmon and razor clams, we could all use a little saltwater therapy. As anglers take to the ocean on Tuesday — weather and conditions permitting – the hope is all the bad news will slowly fade into the horizon, leaving only happy …last_img read more

Should metropolitan Toledo and Cleveland be designated CSO Watersheds in Distress?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThere is no question that nutrient contributions from agriculture are a piece of the water quality puzzle in Lake Erie. But, it is also a certainty that agriculture is not the only contributor.Earlier this year, www.sciencedaily.com reported research clearly linking harmful algal blooms in Florida’s St. Lucie Estuary and human waste. In a yearlong study, water samples provided multiple lines of evidence that human wastewater from septic led to high nitrogen concentrations in the estuary and the awful algal blooms. (Note, for the salt water in the estuary, nitrogen is the key nutrient for harmful algal blooms. In freshwater, the key nutrient is phosphorus). Human manure has significant quantities of both nutrients, to the tune of about 10 pounds of nitrogen and more than a pound of phosphorus per person per year.From www.sciencedaily.com: “It has long been thought that the algal blooms found in Lake Okeechobee, which are caused by pollution such as runoffs from farms, were solely responsible for driving the blooms and their toxins in the St. Lucie Estuary,” said Brian E. Lapointe, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a research professor at Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch, who recently presented these findings at the ninth U.S. National Harmful Algal Bloom Conference. “We wanted to investigate the role of on-site septic systems, which have previously been overlooked.”Big rain events directly cause agricultural nutrient losses, but also continue to overwhelm connected stormwater and sewage systems and lead to overflows of diluted raw, unregulated, untreated sewage flowing into the rivers, streams and Lake Erie from urban centers. For example, on Aug. 7, 2018 Cleveland 19 News reported on Cleveland19.com: Tuesday night’s torrential rainfall caused an overflow of raw sewage and stormwater into Lake Erie.The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District posted a public advisory urging swimmers, especially children, the elderly, and those with health conditions, to avoid entering the water at Edgewater Beach.Raw sewage began overflowing at the beach just before midnight on Monday and was confirmed by sewer district officials before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.“Our region has experienced many strong storms in recent years, an ongoing trend that we will see more of in the future,” said Frank Greenland, Director of Watershed Programs with the NEORSD. “CSOs, along with flooding and streambank erosion, all impact water quality throughout our region. Fortunately, the Sewer District is developing a regional solution to manage these sizeable issues and protect our region’s greatest natural resource: Lake Erie.”The NEORD says the volume of sewage and stormwater overflows into Lake Erie has decreased from 9 billion gallons to 4.5 billion gallons. The sewer department’s improvements to Northeast Ohio’s infrastructure have helped with the combined sewer overflow discharges.As of September of 2017, Ohio had approximately 1,138 permitted Combined Sewer Overflows in 72 remaining communities ranging from small, rural villages to large metropolitan areas (including Cleveland and Toledo), according to the Ohio EPA. In many cases, efforts are underway to address the costly (and super gross) issue of diluted raw sewage dumping into the Lake Erie Watershed. The Toledo Waterways Initiative program, for example, is in the process of working on 45 separate projects over the course of 18 years at a total estimated cost of $527 million to eliminate 650 million gallons of untreated sewage from entering waterways per year by 2020. This is an 80% reduction from before the program started.This is great progress, but at time when a group called Toledoans for Safe Water has secured enough signatures to get a proposal on the 2018 fall election ballot that would give citizen groups legal standing to sue major polluters on behalf of Lake Erie, I wonder if these proactive, voluntary efforts are really enough. After all, we need clean water in Lake Erie NOW!To get an immediate improvement, maybe we should look into more regulations for the urban dwellers of Toledo, Cleveland and other CSO communities in the Lake Erie watershed. There are folks out there pushing for “Watershed in Distress” designations for agricultural areas, so maybe in serious situations (such as in Toledo in Cleveland) residents could be required to comply with the following:No outdoor human or pet nutrient applications between Dec. 15 and March 1 without prior agency approval; before and after these dates, applications of human or pet nutrients on frozen ground or ground covered in more than 1-inch of snow may occur only if removed, injected into the ground or incorporated within 24 hours of surface application.No toilet flushing if the local weather forecast shows more than a 50% chance that precipitation would exceed one-half inch of rain in the 24 hours after the nutrient application (if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown put the lid down).In case of a long stretch of inclement weather, any property owners must ensure a minimum of 120 days of manure storage and keep records of manure storage volumes.Any single entity producing more than 350 tons or 150,000 gallons of nutrients per year must have an approved Nutrient Management Plan that addresses the methods, amount, form, and timing of all nutrient applications.Of course, this set of regulations will not be easy to pass through the legislature, so I suggest that Gov. Kasich put together an executive order to make it happen before the November elections. After all, he is the Governor and he can do whatever he wants. Plus, these measures will be a HUGE political victory, as they will undoubtedly eliminate harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie by 2019. The Kasich Administration executive order could really solve a number of problems from our urban CSO watershed neighbors. Imagine the implications for a Kasich presidential run with a clean Lake Erie!On second thought, this all seems very costly and onerous to actually enact (imagine the paperwork). Maybe, instead, we could give the proactive efforts like the Toledo Waterways Initiative and other wastewater handling projects in the Lake Erie Watershed a little time to work before we pursue such aggressive regulatory measures. It seems this monumental challenge may require a bit more patience.I guess the only question that remains is: if that Toledo ballot initiative passes this fall, will Toledoans for Safe Water be able to sue themselves?last_img read more

Why The “New” iPad Should Never Have Been Released

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The question was immediately asked: would Steve Jobs have approved? I do not like putting words in a dead man’s mouth, but the new iPad did seeme to lack a certain polish that had been present in the first two iterations. Maybe Apple felt the same way. Here we are, a little more than six months later and the third generation is being replaced by a fourth. It is the same thickness as the third generation (0.37 inch) and is equipped with a new processor (A6X with quad core graphics) that is more powerful than that of the A6 in iPhone 5. The Wi-Fi and LTE receptors have been improved as have the camera sensors.Why Did Apple Do A Refresh?It is not a huge upgrade, really. The dimensions are almost exactly the same, the Retina display is exactly the same and the price is exactly the same. So, why bother with the refresh? The third-generation iPad was a perfectly acceptable device. Right?There are two theories here. The first and most pertinent is that Apple knows how much it relies on the holiday shopping season for its profit. Apple does well every financial quarter in past years, but the revenue from the holiday quarter is staggering. It behooves Apple to refresh the iPad, call it a brand new product and sell the hell out of it to holiday shoppers. “The new iPad is even newer!” Apple touted during Tuesday’s event that the iPad outsold all competitors in the laptop market in Q2 this year. So, a spring launch of the iPad also made sense, even if the particular device may not have been up to Apple’s standards.Technology vs. MarketingThese are all marketing concerns. Apple deftly plays the timing of its device launches – every launch is timed for maximum impact. From a technology perspective though, if Apple figured it would refresh the iPad later in 2012 anyway, why bother releasing the third-generation in the first place?Apple has made consumers wait before. There was a 15-month period between the launch of the iPhone 4 and the 4S. If Apple had not released the “new” iPad in the spring and waited until today, it would have gone 19 months between iPad updates. Speculation would have been rampant and consumer expectation ready to explode. Would that have led to higher overall sales? Maybe, but not likely. Samsung has proved that releasing multiple versions of a product in a short term can be very beneficial to its bottom line. The fourth-generation iPad is not so substantially different from the third that Apple needed to do anything at all. Today’s announcement is Apple implying that it made a mistake with the “new” iPad in March, that it could have (and probably should have) waited the extra months to polish the innards. The fact that the third-generation iPad is being discontinued speaks to that notion. Instead of discontinuing the iPad 2 and lowering the price of the third-generation, the iPad 2 is still on the market. The bottom line for Apple in this particular snafu is… well, its bottom line. The third and fourth generation iPads are almost exactly the same product except for some performance improvements. By releasing new iPads twice in the same year, Apple gets to drum up more excitement for its tablet and sell more units.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Related Posts Tags:#Apple#iPad Apple did something Tuesday it has not been able to pull off for a couple of years: It surprised the smack out of us. Sure, we all expected the iPad Mini and what Apple produced was right in line with our expectations. The kick in the head? Apple’s brand new fourth-generation iPad. Looking at timing and specifications, one has to wonder: Why did the third-generation “new” iPad released in March ever exist in the first place.How Good Was The New iPad?The “new” iPad (never, ever the iPad 3, of course) was released in March. It was supposed to be a marvel of modern engineering, mostly because it incorporated Apple’s Retina Display and came equipped with a better processor than the iPad 2. Yet, the third-generation was not without its warts. It was thicker than the iPad 2 and many people noted that it “ran hot” when using screen-intensive functions like video or games. When I first got my hands on the third-generation iPad, I was a little surprised at how thick it was. Since the launch of the original iPhone in 2007, Apple had never released a new product in its iOS line that was thicker than the previous iteration. Being thin is as much a part of Apple innovative design as are those vaunted bezels. But the new iPad was thicker and, despite the Retina Display and smoothness of its iOS iteration, it felt a bit clunky. This was not what I was expecting and at the time I saw no reason to pony up the money to upgrade from my iPad 2 (which is still a respectable device).  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Sea Shepherd Stops Pursuit of Japanese Whalers

first_imgzoom The marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd will not be sending ships to fight the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean this year, the organization said.The decision was made on the back Japan’s move to employ military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite in order to avoid the organization’s vessels.“During Operation Nemesis, the Sea Shepherd ships did get close and our helicopter even managed to get evidence of their illegal whaling operations but we could not physically close the gap. We cannot compete with their military grade technology,” Sea Shepherd said.Additionally, Japanese authorities escalated their resistance this year with the passing of new anti-terrorism laws, and might even send their military to defend their illegal whaling activities for the first time ever.“The decision we have had to face is: do we spend our limited resources on another campaign to the Southern Ocean that will have little chance of a successful intervention or do we regroup with different strategies and tactics?,” Sea Shepherd explained.Despite this move, the organization informed it is not abandoning the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.“We need to cultivate the resources, the tactics and the ability to significantly shut down the illegal whaling operations of the Japanese whaling fleet. In the meantime, it’s time for the Australian government to live up to their promises.”In 2005, Sea Shepherd set out to tackle the whaling fleet, which targeted 1,035 whales a year including a yearly quota of 50 endangered Humpbacks and 50 endangered Fin whales.Over the last 12 years, Sea Shepherd has exposed the Japanese whalers and denied them “thousands of lives that we have spared from their deadly harpoons.”In 2015, Japan announced plans to send its whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean under its new scaled-down scientific “whale research program” to catch up to 333 minke whales on an annual basis over a period of 12 years.last_img read more