Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited one of Fulton County’s largest employers, JLG Industries, to highlight the administration’s continuing efforts to make Pennsylvania the best place for manufacturers to do business.“Since day one I have been committed to strengthening Pennsylvania manufacturing, and today’s tour helps reinforce the fact that we’re on the right path for manufacturing prosperity in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m proud that Pennsylvania is home to manufacturers like this that are committed to investing in their employees and their local communities.”In 2017 Governor Wolf launched the Manufacturing PA initiative, which supports Pennsylvania’s manufacturing community through strategic partnerships while emphasizing job training to career pathways. Since the launch, the initiative has awarded $8.6 million in funding to Industrial Resource Centers, educational institutions, and other manufacturing partners cross the commonwealth. This includes a total of more than $1 million awarded to nine organizations across the commonwealth to develop new, innovative training programs to help more than 350 unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to get the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Governor Wolf Visits JLG Industries in Fulton County August 06, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
April 22, 2019 Economy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for MANTEC, a manufacturing consulting firm in York County, to support an eight-week career readiness program that will address the needs of manufacturers in southcentral Pennsylvania and create a job-ready workforce in the greater York County area. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“Our administration continues to look for ways to upskill and reskill Pennsylvania’s current and future workers to become a leader in the 21st century,” Governor Wolf said. “Through MANTEC’s job training initiative we will be able to provide all our residents with opportunities to compete for family-sustaining, well-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry.”The grant will provide $200,000 to MANTEC, which will partner with HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College; the York County Economic Alliance, SCPA Works, Crispus Attucks and York County Veterans Affairs to offer manufacturing job training opportunities for youth, veterans and other unemployed or underemployed populations.During the first four weeks of the program, participants will attend HACC’s STEP Academy at HACC’s York Campus to learn the essential skills needed to perform today’s jobs including communication skills, teamwork and collaboration, adaptability, problem solving, critical observation and conflict resolution. The second part of the program consists of classwork towards the Manufacturing Skills and Safety Council Certified Production Technician program, where participants will have the opportunity to earn three more nationally-recognized credentials.MANTEC will also assist participants with employment placement by partnering with area manufacturers including Johnson Controls, Klinge Corp., York Container; APX/York Sheet Metal, L2 Brands, Elsner Engineering and UTZ.“The number one issue MANTEC hears from the manufacturers we serve is the lack of talent to meet their customer demand,” said John Lloyd, president and CEO of MANTEC. “This grant from the commonwealth will enable MANTEC and our partners to address the workforce shortage by elevating the skills of new workers about to embark on a career in manufacturing.”The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers.The Training-to-Career grant is part of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.In the 2019-2020 Executive Budget, Governor Wolf proposed the new Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to provide workforce development opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP will expand access to early childhood education, increase investments in schools and educators, and further partner with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative. Through SWEAP and PAsmart, the governor is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Support Job Training and Close Manufacturing Workforce Gap in South Central Pa. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
4 Garrick Street Coolangatta Qld 4225The standout example was the outdoor entertainment zone with custom made barbecue that has a soaring two storey ceiling, walled in on three sides for privacy and open towards the swimming pool area. The perimeter fence consists of solid walls and louvres of varying levels. 4 Garrick Street Coolangatta Qld 4225A COOLANGATTA home with apartment buildings for neighbours is a masterclass in the use of privacy filters.Designed by Paul Uhlmann Architects, the triple storey property at 4 Garrick Street, Coolangatta was billed as “an exemplary lifestyle sanctuary”. 4 Garrick Street Coolangatta Qld 4225Floor-to-ceiling glass “frames serene park and oceanic vistas”, but the design throws in the use of automated screens, panels, curtains, decks and manicured gardens to create personal space. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago4 Garrick Street Coolangatta Qld 4225Metres from the beach and restaurants, the layout uses design elements to boost privacy while still making the most of the water views. 4 Garrick Street Coolangatta Qld 4225Agents Chris and Kelly Holt of McGrath Coolangatta/Tweed Heads have just put the property under contract. 4 Garrick Street Coolangatta Qld 4225
FRSs used in the UK will become known as UK-adopted International Accounting StandardsEffectively, all of the powers currently exercised by EU institutions to endorse accounting standards for use in the bloc will be repatriated back to the UK.Those powers will then be exercised by a new endorsement board which will be hosted by the Financial Reporting Council.Documents obtained recently by IPE using the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the UK business department has held talks with representatives of the IFRS Foundation to licence those standards for use in the UK.IAS 1 is arguably more important than any other international standard because it is effectively the gateway through which entities pass when they first adopt IFRSs.Among the elements of the IFRS accounting model that it regulates are the minimum format and content of financial statements and important concepts such as accruals accounting and the going concern.The issue of whether the concept of going concern and the way it is audited is sufficiently robust has caught the attention of politicians in the UK following recent high-profile corporate collapses such as Carillion and Thomas Cook.The LAPFF complained that the IAS 1 going concern assessment is flawed because it “confuses management intent with the de facto position of the company”.This, the forum goes on to argue, creates a situation where, for example, auditors could, contrary to UK law, avoid liability for fraud leaving shareholders with inadequate redress.Concerns about fraud and the role of auditors in relation to capital maintenance have arisen in at least one recent high-profile UK corporate collapse, the 2019 AssetCo High Court ruling, as well as during ongoing UK parliamentary hearings.Sources familiar with the issues have told IPE they believe it is this collision of Brexit, increased political scrutiny of accounting matters and the repatriation of laws from Brussels that LAPFF has sought to tap into.The IASB has extended the comment period on the exposure draft from 30 June 2020 to 30 September 2020.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The LAPFF also said is it necessary for proposals to satisfy UK political and parliamentary scrutiny.Sparking this latest row over the compatibility of IFRSs with UK law is the board’s Primary Financial Statements project.The board launched the effort in 2017 with the broad ambition of improving how information is communicated through an entity’s financial statements.The board’s proposals center on the income statement, although they also make limited changes to the balance sheet and the cashflow statement.They will eventually require the board to replace IAS 1 with a new standard that sets out:new requirements for presentation and disclosure; andlimited conforming amendments to IAS 1.Once the UK has formally left all of the EU’s structures, it will continue to apply international standards. However, IFRSs used in the UK will become known as UK-adopted International Accounting Standards. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has warned that proposals from the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to amend its lynchpin accounting standard could fail to satisfy the UK’s endorsement criteria following the country’s departure from European Union institutions on 31 December.In a sharply worded comment letter on proposals to amend International Accounting Standard 1, Presentation of Financial Statements, the forum warned that without “further substantial changes” the new IFRS “as it stands is un-endorseable”.LAPFF chair Doug McMurdo told IPE: “The IFRS system doesn’t stand up to legislative scrutiny. The model has been engineered to avoid dealing with going concern, capital and profits.“Each depends on the other, but the IFRS system doesn’t deal with any of them properly and/or effectively.”
Bombora’s mWave device (Image: Bombora Wave Power) Bombora Wave Power Europe is looking to appoint a contractor to perform extreme wave and current testing in support of the company’s demonstration wave energy device.According to the tender published on Welsh government’s procurement portal Sell2Wales, the European subsidiary of Australian-based Bombora wants to determine the hydrodynamic loads that its demo device will experience from exposure to extreme waves and currents at a defined location.Therefore, the company is looking to hire a contractor that would deliver the full design of testing activities, and of a test model required to achieve the test objectives, while also specifying all components required for try-outs.Additionally, the contractor is to produce a report detailing the results of the testing to support the development of Bombora’s fully-submerged membrane-style wave energy converter dubbed mWave.The deadline to apply to the tender – set up as a two-stage procedure – has been set for October 2, 2018.To remind, Bombora Wave Power Europe recently secured £10.3 million of EU funding to support the design and testing of its mWave device.Bombora’s mWave device features a series of air-inflated rubber membranes mounted to a concrete structure on the sea floor.As waves pass over the mWave, the air inside the membranes is squeezed into a duct and through a turbine. The turbine spins a generator to produce electricity. The air is then recycled to re-inflate the membranes to prepare them for the next wave.
The electricity consumed by growing pot in Ontario is forecast to grow by 1,000 per cent over five yearsThe Star 24 November 2019Family First Comment: “the energy munched by the fledgling cannabis-growing business is expected to rise by 1,250 per cent in Ontario over the next five years..”And of course, all the other factors harmful to the environment – energy, water, pesticides, harm to the landscapeRead more: saynopetodope.org.nz/not-so-green/The pot industry will not be a mellow new player on the province’s power grid.Indeed, the energy munched by the fledgling cannabis-growing business is expected to rise by 1,250 per cent in Ontario over the next five years, according to a recent study by the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator.“We’re seeing absolutely a significant increase in electricity demand because of the greenhouse growth in Ontario,” says Terry Young, vice-president of policy, engagement and innovation at the IESO.“If you forecast out five years, what we’re seeing is over a thousand per cent growth in electricity to a sector,” says Young, whose Crown corporation released a study on electrical use by cannabis growers in October.At a projected 1.258 terawatt-hour (TWh) consumption by 2024, pot producers will suck up far more energy than the 0.8 TWh the province’s auto sector used in 2018.Last year, cannabis production in Ontario — which has the country’s largest capacity — consumed just 0.09 TWh. (Recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018.)But in the Leamington area alone, Young says cannabis and other greenhouse production will increase overall electricity demand by 200 per cent by 2026 — a surge that would require a new transmission line be built.Total electricity usage in the province is 140 TWh a year, with the mining industry, at 5.06 TWh usage, being by far the largest consumer.READ MORE: https://www.thestar.com/business/2019/11/24/ontario-cannabis-industrys-electricity-use-forecast-to-grow-by-1000-per-cent-over-five-years.html
NZ Herald 9 September 2020Family First Comment: Superbly written….“I want to see this Bill spark a fire of compassion in our nation. Let us engage more with the dying. Let us create true personal dignity for the dying – not by abandoning them, not by killing them prematurely – but by simply journeying with them day after day until the end; sustaining their mana… [T]o change the law to license medical professionals to kill is a fundamental ground shift in the profession, a radical change in medical ethos that is both unnecessary and deplorable. People of New Zealand, do not place this burden on our doctors. Instead get out there and do the mahi – the hard slog of being human and extending love and human encounter to our most vulnerable in their last days. Compassion is not delivered by proxy of legislation. Compassion is personal. Compassion is up to you and me.”Yes!The upcoming referendum on the End of Life Choice Act 2019 is by far the most important decision we as a nation will make in the October elections. Much has been written and much stated before the select committee – more than 90 per cent of submissions in opposition to the Bill. I am one of those opponents.The most recent contribution to this very complex issue is an opinion piece by Matt Vickers (former husband of Lucretia Seales). Not surprisingly he supports the Bill. I can understand his stance but sadly it is expressed in terms that are both simplistic and false.It is grossly false to suggest that only supporters of the Bill are compassionate and those against are not. It is false to imply that it is only supporters of the Bill who are truthful. Indeed, in his opening sentence he states that “the End of Life Choice Act was passed into law”. That is not true. It has yet to receive Royal Assent and that remains dependent on the referendum.Like all issues in public discourse, assisted dying is complex. There are reasons for and reasons against. Inevitably there is a distribution of opinion – let’s call it a bell-shaped curve, a so-called normal distribution. So, the first point is that viewpoints on either side are valid in principle and we are duty bound on either side to respect that. But I have been to many public meetings on this issue where attacks on opponents to the Bill have been vociferous and venomous.It needs to be recognised that a significant part of the attack on opponents has been an odd confusion between the issue at hand and religion. And the hatred of religion in some quarters has always spilled over in these meetings. Vickers comes very close to holding hands with these anti-religionists in his sweeping generalisations about “church-backed doctors and lawyers”.To state my position clearly, I happen to be a scientist and a Christian but I doubt any considered person would refer to me as a “church-backed scientist”. For one thing, which church? Churches, too, have a distribution of opinion.I will float a very non-scientific guess here (but its worth undertaking a proper survey). I am thinking that more opponents to the Bill have sat through the long hours and days with a dying friend, relative or stranger than proponents. Sat there holding a hand, talking quietly and lovingly often to an unresponsive patient, perhaps singing soothingly; human contact which might seem one-way only, but inevitably is mutual; savouring the sacred moments as life fades. Who knows? But I say this with passion: “opponents of this Bill are deeply compassionate” and to claim otherwise is the grossest of falsehoods.• Dr Jeff Tallon is a physicist. The views expressed here are personal and not to be associated in any way with his employer.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12363459Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
When you watch a baseball game today, it takes as much as a half hour longer because of all of the delays to let the re-call umpires in New York decide a play. There are so many cameras either on the field or in television booths that can produce slow-motion pictures of what is going on. The human eye does not have slow motion, so the umpire must make that quick call. Even the best ones miss one or two.The umpire pool is also more diluted today because of the increased number of teams. Therefore, the percentage of mediocre officials is going up. The umpires are also very conscious of the fact that they are being watched, and this might lead to quick decisions that end up as missed calls.The fact that the home plate umpire positions himself to one side or the other of the catcher means he sees one side of the plate better than he does the other. That makes it harder to see the far side of home plate. The final thought is that stars get preferential calls–even though the umpires deny this to their grave. Ask Joe Morgan and Greg Mattox about this.
https://www.haskellandmorrison.com/memorials/jerry-smith/3954584/index.phpMr. Jerry Smith, age 71, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on June 1, 1948 in Madison, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late, Robert Pierce “Bob” and Mary Frances (Littrell) Smith. He was raised in Vevay, Indiana and was a 1966 graduate of Vevay High School. Jerry was inducted into the United States Army on May 7, 1968, in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Campaign Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, 2 Overseas Service Bars, Army Commendation Medal, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar (M-14) and Marksman Badge (M-16). Jerry was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant on May 6, 1970 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Jerry was united in marriage on November 1, 1969 at Fredonia Baptist Church on Tapp’s Ridge to Darlena “Kay” Lock. This happy union was blessed with two sons, Keith and Kevin. Jerry and Kay shared nearly 48 years of marriage together until she passed away on April 23, 2017. He was later united in marriage to Gloria (Johns) Artus at Fredonia Baptist Church on September 30, 2018. Jerry farmed for several years in Switzerland County, Indiana. He was employed as a stocker for Madison Tool & Die in Madison, Indiana for 8 years. He also co-owned and co-operated Bakes Insurance in Vevay, Indiana with his father, Bob for 25 years. Jerry was later employed as an insurance agent for Cole Bakes Insurance in Vevay, Indiana, retiring after 5 years of service. He was a member of the Fredonia Baptist Church and the American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396. Jerry had resided in the Madison community 2006 – 2017 and later moved back to the Vevay community in 2017. Jerry enjoyed bowling and will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Jerry passed away at 10:47 p.m., Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.Jerry will be missed by his wife, Gloria (Johns) Artus Smith of Vevay, IN; his sons, Keith Smith and his wife: Rebecca of Vevay, IN and Kevin Smith and his wife: Valerie of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren, Huxley, Sam and Ben Smith; his step-grandchildren, Zach, Kaylen and Kinsey and his brother-in-law, Terry Lock of Vevay, IN.He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Pierce “Bob” Smith, died November 24, 1997 and Mary Frances (Littrell) Smith, died November 9, 1992; his 1st wife, Darlena “Kay” (Lock) Smith, died April 23, 2017; his step-mother, Doris Nell (Kemker) Smith, died November 7, 2001; his twin brother, Larry Smith, died September 3, 1951 and his sister, Emma Frances Smith, died June 14, 1944.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Rev. Wayne Daugherty, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredonia Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
Jol was happy with the performance of his side, bar the late lapse in concentration which led to the Baggies levelling matters. “If you soak up pressure in the last 10, 15 minutes, it is always possible to concede a goal,” Jol added. “It is always the same in football. If you score one goal and they smell blood, you have to score another one. “I haven’t experienced three offside goals in one match before, especially the one from Berbatov. I thought that probably was not offside. “The third one with Bryan Ruiz, he should have scored. He was six or seven yards out and he hit the bar.” Ruiz will undergo a scan to determine the extent of his injury while Berbatov went off with a hamstring problem. If it felt like a defeat for Fulham and Jol, West Brom boss Steve Clarke was content. McAuley has now scored in three successive games after twice netting for Northern Ireland on international duty. “He’s had a good goalscoring run and for us a really important goal,” Clarke said. “I thought we played well. Certainly better than our last performance at home (a 2-0 loss to Swansea). “I thought second half we were good, we played good football. We created some really good chances that on another day, when your confidence is a bit higher, become goals. “The belief of the players, the character of the players to keep chasing the game and to get the goal in injury time was great. “It shows you the character of the group of players I’ve got.” Victor Anichebe and Morgan Amalfitano made their Baggies debuts and showed some potential, but another deadline day arrival was absent. Clarke hopes issues over Stephane Sessegnon’s paperwork can be resolved in time for next week’s clash with Sunderland. “When you transfer from one club to another you have to reapply for your work permit,” added the Albion boss, who is optimistic Shane Long’s knee injury is not too serious. “There was a little glitch in the process yesterday that delayed it and unfortunately for us he wasn’t available. “Hopefully it will be resolved over the weekend, or Monday at the latest, and he’ll be available to face his old club next Saturday.” Gareth McAuley scored West Brom’s first goal of the Premier League season in stoppage time to cancel out Steve Sidwell’s strike and extend Fulham’s winless streak at Craven Cottage to six games, since the April 1 defeat of QPR. Dimitar Berbatov had twice netted when offside and Bryan Ruiz, who went off on a stretcher with an ankle injury, hit the crossbar before McAuley met Chris Brunt’s corner with an emphatic header. Press Association The draw prompted a vocal minority of Fulham fans to call for Jol to be relieved of his duties at the final whistle. “If we would have been bottom of the league I would have understood it,” Jol said. “But we are 12th in the league now ad we were a bit unfortunate. “We should have had six points, so that is a bit disappointing that people boo. “I always say to the players as well, it is very hard to fight expectations and expectations can make you very unhappy. “It is the same with women as well. If you expect too much of them, you could wake up in the morning with a big shock. “If you don’t expect a lot of things… I think we are 12th in the league so for me it is not a big problem. “It is a bit disappointing that there are people that probably think we should be (doing a lot better).” Fulham boss Martin Jol believes the displeasure which greeted his side’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at home to West Brom was a result of unrealistic expectations from the home fans.