Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Jobs That Pay, Round-Up, The Blog, Workforce Development This September, whether it’s training for a new career path, jumpstarting a small business, or committing to a major expansion, the commonwealth was there to provide the necessary resources and support to get the job done.Highlights include Governor Wolf’s recognition of PhilaPort for achieving its highest ever monthly total for cargo volume, breaking the previous record achieved earlier this year, and announcement of new partnerships to build innovative workforce training centers in Allegheny County, and expanding on Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized STEM education ecosystems. In addition, the governor announced new low-interest loan approvals to help kickstart small businesses across the commonwealth.Governor Wolf also visited northern Pennsylvania to hear directly from business leaders that for many generations have proudly call the Keystone State their home: Rynone Manufacturing Corp, a family-owned manufacturing business in Bradford County; Zippo Manufacturing, an iconic brand celebrating 85 years in Pennsylvania; and BWP Bats, a professional grade bat manufacturer in Jefferson County.Earlier this month, Governor Wolf met with local community development leaders to tour several community revitalization projects in the city of Coatesville, Chester County, toured the newly renovated Bryn Mawr Hospital, a new $200 million, state-of-the-art facility that will modernize the hospital, and joined Perdue Farms to celebrate the opening of Pennsylvania’s first large-scale, commercial soybean processing plant.This administration is committed to fostering an economic climate in the commonwealth that both sparks workforce innovation in STEM fields and provides a secure foundation for businesses to continue to proudly call Pennsylvania home for many future generations.Highlights from September 2017Wolf Administration Highlights STEM Success, Careers in the CommonwealthGovernor Wolf Celebrates Record Breaking Month at PhilaPortGovernor Wolf, Secretary Redding Celebrate Perdue Soybean Plant Opening; Tout ‘Jobs that Pay,’ Expanded Market Opportunities for PA FarmersGovernor Wolf Concludes Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania CountiesGovernor Wolf Continues Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania CountiesGovernor Wolf Continues Visits to 14 Northern Pennsylvania CountiesGovernor Wolf Kicks Off Visits to 14 Northern Pennsylvania CountiesGovernor Wolf Tours Coatesville Revitalization Projects Supported by State InvestmentGovernor Wolf Tours Bryn Mawr Hospital’s New Patient Pavilion and Neonatal Intensive Care UnitGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Five Small Business ProjectsGovernor Wolf Announces Investment in Workforce Training at the Community College of Allegheny CountyHighlight from Instagram September 25, 2017 September Jobs That Pay Update: Workforce Development, Jumpstarting Small Businesses, Proudly PA SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Brisbane’s median house price was $515,000 according to the CoreLogic April Market Trends report.“In Brisbane, where housing prices increased moderately, housing affordability improved slightly, with households needing 23.9 per cent of income for mortgage repayments in March 2017, from 24.2 per cent in March 2016.”Compare that to other eastern capitals where price rises had eaten into any benefit coming of historic low interest rates.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“Rising housing prices (6.4 per cent) outstripped the positive effects of lower interest rates (-0.35 per cent) and moderate income growth (1.6 per cent)” across Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, the report said.The national average now saw Australian households with two income earners needing 27.9 per cent of their monthly income to meet monthly mortgage repayments, up from 27.6 per cent the same time last year. Rentvestors losing thousands Best renovators on the market Sign up for The Courier-Mail’s daily real estate newsletter delivered to your inbox Moody’s vice president and senior analyst, Alena Chen, expected the situation to get worse, especially for Melbourne and Sydney.“In the near term, we expect housing affordability to continue to deteriorate because of ongoing housing price increases.”The situation was such that the Sydney market was now the most sensitive to any changes in housing prices, incomes and interest rates – with any changes in any of those factors expected to see a ripple effect in Australia’s biggest city.“Overall, we expect upward pressure on housing prices to continue in the near term in an environment of generally low interest rates. The new regulatory measures have prompted some lenders to raise interest rates on interest-only and housing investment loans, which will make such loans less affordable.“The increasing divergence between housing prices and income growth will also place further stress on housing affordability. While housing prices have increased by an average of 13.6 per cent across Australia over the last three years, income has increased by just 4.4 per cent.”Brisbane’s median house price was $515,000 according to the CoreLogic April Market Trends report, with apartments at $410,000. Brisbane has bucked fall in housing affordability nationwide, even with its housing prices increasing. Picture: Richard WalkerBRISBANE has bucked a national #housingfail where eastern capitals saw affordability drop as rising house prices stripped the benefit of low interest rates.Brisbane’s housing affordability was now better than the national average, improving at a time even historic low interest rates were not helping eastern capitals.The latest Moody’s Investors Service housing report, out today, found that Brisbane had seen a slight improvement in housing affordability even with a lift in housing prices.
Although having previously invested with NREP, the investors are new to the logistics sector.NREP is focused on logistics as well as retail and residential.Jacob Hübertz, deputy CIO at the merged DIP/JØP department, said there was opportunity in the Nordics logistics sector given the increase in e-commerce, along with the fact the sector was operated by “less sophisticated” players.He said: “It’s a new area for us but we are seeing increased demand for logistics and we think that will continue over the coming years with the rise in internet shopping.”In a press announcement, NREP communicated the first closing was held to provide capital for initial investments, with one expected to be completed imminently.NREP was not available for a comment, but it is understood the fund will follow a similar strategy to previous NREP funds, investing in prime logistics and necessity-driven retail and residential, with a typical asset size of €10m-30m.The eight-year fund will likely have its main focus on Sweden and Denmark, followed by Finland and Norway.A second closing is expected during the summer, a source said.Last month, DIP and JØP joined three other Danish pension funds in a commercial real estate loan club fund managed by AXA Real Estate.Along with AP Pension, Sampension and TDC Pension, the two pension funds will invest DKK3.6bn in property debt over the next two years. Danish pension funds DIP and JØP are among a group of investors in Nordic Real Estate Partners’ Nordic Strategies Fund, following the announcement of its first close at €148m.The closed-end fund, for which NREP is looking to raise €325m, was backed by a number of Danish institutions including Juristernes og Økonomernes Pensionskasse (JØP) and Danske civil- og akademiingeniørers Pensionskasse (DIP).Other investors – including Lægernes Pensionskasse (Denmark’s medical doctors pension fund) – were among those backing the fund.DIP and JØP last year announced they were merging their respective investment operations into a single department managing more than DKK85bn (€11.4bn).
The construction activities on an inland port at Bukasa, Uganda, on the shores of Lake Victoria are set to begin next year, the Daily Monitor reports.The official announcement was made by Mr Jochen Scherer, the Projects Director of GAUF Engineering Company, a German firm that is doing the consultancy for the construction of the Bukasa Port.He revealed this information during a stakeholder’s workshop on the draft of the final master plan for the project at Kampala Sheraton Hotel.While presenting the roadmap for the Bukasa Port construction that will be in three phases, Mr Scherer said that the company will finalize the master plan by mid-April which will be followed by the final preliminary design by July 15, 2018. This is the first phase of the project, according to the Daily Monitor.“At the moment, we are finalizing the final master plan followed by the final preliminary design that will be out on 15th July 2018. With that done, we shall embark on the dredging and surcharging of the swamps to pave way for the start of physical construction in June 2019,” Mr Scherer said.The construction works will kick-start the project’s second phase, set to be finalized in April 2022 with the infrastructure, administration unit and the shipping facilities.[mappress mapid=”24873″]
46 Views one comment NewsRegional Turks and Caicos political party leader arrested by: – January 19, 2012 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Progressive National Party leader, Clayton GreenePROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Clayton Greene, leader of the Progressive National Party (PNP) in the Turks and Caicos Islands, confirmed in a local radio interview on Wednesday morning that he had been arrested and questioned by the special investigations and prosecution team (SIPT) looking into allegations of widespread government corruption.According to Greene, his arrest and questioning related to funds he received on behalf of his cousin Quinton Hall. No formal charges are believed to have been laid in the matter.In a statement released at a press conference later on Wednesday, Greene again confirmed his arrest and explained that last December he was approached by SIPT, who wanted to interview him concerning US$1 million which Quinton Hall had received for the 2006 sale of an interest in Crown land.“I did not act for Quinton Hall in the sale; however, his proceeds of sale did come to a trust account which my firm operated at TCI Bank and from which I disbursed the funds on Quinton’s instructions,” Greene said.“The relevant funds were drawn on the account of a reputable institution in the Turks and Caicos Islands held at a commercial bank in the Turks and Caicos Islands and I had no reason to suspect that they were anything other than clean funds. When I deposited the funds into my account its source was declared to the bank and the bank did not question me further on it. I also had no reason to doubt that the transaction was anything other than legitimate,” he continued.“I believed then as I do now, that these funds were 100% legitimate and the investigators have not said anything during the interview to persuade me that as regards the transaction with which my firm was concerned that I was mistaken in that belief,” Greene added.Greene is the second PNP leader to be arrested while in office, the first being Norman Saunders, who was arrested and imprisoned in the United States on drug trafficking related charges in 1985.The Governor’s Office released a short statement late on Tuesday, simply to the effect that “A 47 year old man was arrested today, Tue, 17 Jan 12, by the Special Investigation Prosecution Team (SIPT) in relation to their ongoing investigation. He was released on police bail pending further inquires.”Amid some media speculation that the person arrested was in fact Greene, it was initially thought that, if so, his arrest may have been in relation to the sale of 2,500 acres of Crown land on the western end of Middle Caicos for an apparently greatly undervalued sale price of $6,000 per acre. Greene, an attorney at law, acted for the purchaser in the transaction.The full amount of the sale, to a now financially challenged South Florida developer, was financed by a $15 million dollar loan from the TCI branch of the Belize Bank, which holds a lien on the property for that amount. However, only half that amount — $7.5 million – was actually paid as a down payment to the government, which holds an additional lien of $7.5 million against the land. It has not yet been revealed what happened to the other $7.5 million apparently advanced by the Belize Bank.Also yet to be explained is the division of a small portion of the land into small plots, which were assigned to residents of Middle Caicos. At the time of the sale, Greene was also acting as Speaker of the House while at the same time representing the buyer, which is widely perceived locally to be a significant conflict of interest.The SIPT had promised to investigate the transaction by late 2011 but no further information has been forthcoming.By Caribbean News Now contributor
How many points did Jimmy Chitwood average in the movie Hoosiers? In an article by Nat Newell in the Indianapolis Star, Nat determined that Chitwood averaged 28.6 points per game. He watched 7 games in which Chitwood played for Hickory High. He also determined that the Huskers averaged 55.9 points per game.In the movie version, Chitwood did not play when the Husker’s season got underway. It was only after a town meeting called to get Norman Dale, the Husker’s new coach, fired that he decided to join the team. His play is what allowed the team to win the state title. This, of course, was not a Milan story line even though the movie was based on the tiny town winning the state championship.
Indianapolis, In. — Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs are now accepting applications from Indiana Main Street organizations who have inspiring and imaginative downtown revitalization projects in their community.“Indiana’s downtown spaces are the heart of the community, and by encouraging individuals to take stake in their quality of life, we will see a better outcome in the revitalization of these main streets,” Crouch said. “I look forward to seeing the finalists’ presentations and how they really took the guidelines and transformed them into ideas that will upgrade their area.”The goal of the Main Street INspire Idea! competition is to encourage the Indiana Main Street network of communities and professionals to design creative projects for the benefit of their communities. The submitted projects should:Connect to the community’s vision to create vibrant, people-centered places to live, work and invest;Support at least one of the four key points Main Street programs have been using as a guiding framework for nearly 40 years: economic vitality, effective promotion, quality design and sustainable organization; andFocus on highly visible changes, measuring progress and results that will demonstrate the revitalization effort is successful.“We are excited to provide an opportunity to our Main Street organizations to continue to further revitalize their downtowns,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “We hope this competition will produce a spark that could lead to improved commercial vitality in rural downtown districts.”Any active Indiana Main Street community is eligible for the two $5,000 minimum prizes, which will be distributed at the Great Lakes Main Street Conference. All submissions will be reviewed and five finalists will be announced on Friday, July 12, 2019. Finalists will receive two free conference registrations where they will present their projects during one of the sessions.Apply online by 4 p.m. ET, Friday, June 28, 2019. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/2956.htm.
Press Association He continued: “But I didn’t see a lot wrong in what he said. The script, as it was written down, was okay. I think by and large we are all interim. Someone is going to come and take your position at some stage. “Only Sir Alex (Ferguson) and maybe Arsene Wenger can say they are in it for the long haul, but eventually someone is going to take your job so we are all temporary managers. “We go in as a head coach or a manager and we go in for whatever period of time it is to try to help the club to move forward. Rafael Benitez was put in as manager to take the club to the end of the season and I’m sure that will happen.” Clarke reckons Benitez would have known the situation he was confronting when he replaced the sacked Roberto Di Matteo in November. He said: “If you are manager at a club like Chelsea, you know what comes with the territory. “You work with great players, you’ve always got a chance to compete in the major competitions. Everyone keeps telling me Chelsea are struggling, but they are doing okay. They are in the top four of the Premier League and the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and the last 16 of the Europa League and reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. They are doing okay. “Is the criticism unfair? It is not for me to judge. I work for West Brom. Chelsea, and what they see as their problems, that’s for Chelsea. It is not for me. I was lucky I had the chance to do that (gain respect) over 12 years as a player at Chelsea. It’s different for me. I had great times as a player and coach there. “I’ve got a fantastic relationship with Chelsea. I’m not going to say anything bad about the club. It’s a club I hold close to my heart. It’s a big part to my past.” West Brom boss Steve Clarke “didn’t see a lot wrong” with the comments made by Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez and expects the Spaniard to remain in his role for the rest of the season. Benitez, speaking after the 2-0 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, hit out at his employers for giving him the ‘interim’ title, and at the Chelsea fans for the hostility shown to him. Former Blues player and coach Clarke agreed with Benitez’s assessment that football managers are all in interim positions, with the possible exceptions of long-serving Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger at Manchester United and Arsenal. But the Scot, whose side visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday, believes everyone who takes charge at Chelsea “knows what comes with the territory”. Clarke said: “It is difficult for me to say whether it was a rant or not by Rafa because I didn’t hear the interview. I read it and seeing a transcription is different to hearing someone say something.”
Press Association In truth, few had expected Ronald Koeman’s men to come a cropper against former Saints boss Nigel Pearson, yet it had looked like out-of-form Leicester would be taking a point from this war of attrition. Last-ditch defending during an impressive, stubborn display from the Foxes looked to be enough until eventually buckling 15 minutes from time. Long, introduced just seven minutes earlier, coolly slotted home after a neat Graziano Pelle lay-off, before latching onto a fine Victor Wanyama ball to net another in the 80th minute. The 27-year-old almost completed a hat-trick in stoppage time of a match which ended in a far more entertaining fashion that it began. The first half was a miserable as the conditions, with both sides struggling to create chances of note as the rain fell at St Mary’s. Jeffrey Schlupp, one of two Leicester changes, did well to stop a fine Ryan Bertrand cross finding its intended target in a rare opening, while Saints did their best to keep Jamie Vardy quiet. Both sides’ defensive resilience, coupled with poor passing, meant the first shot of the afternoon did not arrive until 21 minutes and that Nathaniel Clyne effort was one which Kasper Schmeichel easily dealt with. Wes Morgan powered over a header four minutes later as Leicester threatened for the first time, although it was Saints on top in the driving rain. Eyebrows were raised when Saints forked out £12million to bring in the Ireland international from Hull during a well-documented summer of upheaval on the south coast. On this wet afternoon, though, Long followed in his club’s footsteps by confounding the doubters, scoring twice shortly after coming on as second-half replacement to secure Southampton a 2-0 win – their fifth successive victory in all competitions. Sadio Mane blazed over from an acute angle after an initial cross deflected back to him off Marcin Wasilewski, before just failing to latch onto a Dusan Tadic through ball. The match was becoming an increasingly physical fare as half-time approached and, soon after fellow midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin received the afternoon’s first booking, Steven Davis was forced off. The Northern Ireland captain looked to have injured his hamstring during a strong tackle by Schlupp, with the Saints midfielder’s replacement, Jack Cork, screwing wide shortly after his introduction. It took until the second half for Saints to produce the kind of link-up play that has become a hallmark this season – with Mane playing through Tadic, whose cutback was directed over the bar by Pelle. It would not take long for Schmeichel’s goal to be breached, though, as Mane directed home a Bertrand cross from close range. Unfortunately for the home celebrating home fans, offside had rightly been called. Toby Alderweireld entered referee Michael Oliver’s notebook for blocking Vardy when play swung to the other end, although Esteban Cambiasso wasted the resulting free-kick. Andy King hit the side-netting soon after but it was Saints on top, with Pelle striking wide and having a close-range header deflected wide before full-backs Clyne and Bertrand had efforts. Jose Fonte, Schneiderlin and substitute Long all had efforts blocked as Saints had a string of corners. However, just as the finish line was coming into sight, Leicester finally succumbed. A lovely clipped ball from Cork was held-up impressively by Pelle, who laid off for Long to curl a first-time, left-footed strike into the bottom corner. Things got better still on an individual and collective level just five minutes later. Wanyama, so impressive for Saints this season, sent a fine chipped pass and Long confidently slotted past Schmeichel. Substitute Chris Wood wasted a glorious chance at the other end and Pelle had a stoppage-time penalty appeal rejected, but the afternoon belonged to Long, who almost completed a hat-trick at the death, but his close range effort went wide. Shane Long brightened up a dank afternoon at St Mary’s, netting a brace after coming off the bench against Leicester to continue Southampton’s best-ever start to a top-flight season.
Press Association Press Association Sport understands the former Leicester boss has not spoken to Villa over their vacant position. Pearson was tipped as a leading contender to replace Tim Sherwood, who was sacked on Sunday following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea. Former Lyon manager Remi Garde remains the favourite for the Aston Villa job – but Nigel Pearson has not been approached. He guided Leicester to their Great Escape last season, becoming just the third club in Premier League history to survive the drop after being bottom at Christmas. They won seven of their final nine games to survive but Pearson left the club in the summer and was replaced by Claudio Ranieri after differences with the club’s board. Ex-Arsenal midfielder Garde, who held talks with Newcastle last season, is the front-runner and available after leaving Lyon in 2014 to take a break for personal reasons. He spent three years in charge at the Stade Gerland and won the Coupe de France in 2012, having previously won the Premier League in 1998 as a player with the Gunners. David Moyes, currently in charge at Real Sociedad, has also been backed but said last week he wanted to stay in Spain while ex-Villa striker Dwight Yorke has revealed his interest in the job. Sherwood was axed on Sunday after Villa’s sixth straight defeat and they fell to the bottom of the league hours after his dismissal thanks to Sunderland’s 3-0 win over Newcastle. Assistant Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady have also left. Villa’s Under-21 boss Kevin MacDonald has been placed in caretaker charge. He is expected to manage the side for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup trip to Southampton and could still possibly be in charge for Monday’s league game at Tottenham. MacDonald was previously caretaker boss in 2010 after Martin O’Neill quit and was brought back to the club by Sherwood in February after a coaching spell at Nottingham Forest.