Governor Wolf Announces More Opportunities for Pet-Friendly Travel at Pennsylvania’s State Parks

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces More Opportunities for Pet-Friendly Travel at Pennsylvania’s State Parks Animal Welfare,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced increased opportunities for campers to bring their pets to some of Pennsylvania’s State Parks.“As travelers prepare for camping season in Pennsylvania, we’re thrilled to announce that state park visitors will find more campsites and cabins open to pets,” said Governor Wolf. “Travelers to 56 parks across Pennsylvania can now pursue their happiness and experience the beauty of the commonwealth with their pets at their side,” said Governor Wolf. “New state park pet camping sites have been established this season at Codorus, York County; Colonel Denning, Cumberland County; Greenwood Furnace, Huntingdon County; Shawnee, Bedford County; and Sizerville, Cameron County.Newly designated cabin sites are being offered for pet owners at Codorus State Park, as well as Cook Forest, Clarion County, and Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, where walled tents will be utilized.“Since the pilot program started, we have heard repeated calls to allow pets in more state park campgrounds and today we’re thrilled to respond to the requests,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We’ll listen closely to the responses to the expanded project to judge its effectiveness, and gauge how park campers, both with and without pets, like these changes.”Surveys, feedback to park managerial staff, and reservation information all played a key role in the department’s decision to continue expanding a pets policy that began in 2001 with nine parks.The changes affecting pet owners come as the Bureau of State Parks continues to upgrade its online camping reservation system, and provide electrical and water service at more state park campgrounds across the state.“Visitors now can search from the comfort of their home or with mobile devices for full hook-up sites or pet-friendly sites,” Dunn said. “Better campsite descriptions, enhanced maps and photos of each site give visitors a more accurate view of the site prior to arrival, ensuring they have a quality state park experience.”Pet owners at selected state park sites must comply with many program regulations. They govern leashing; barking and other noise; maximum number of pets allowed (two, when the size of a cat or larger); aggressive behavior; proper cleanup and disposal of feces; valid licensing when required; and needed vaccinations.Violations could require campers to remove their animals from park grounds. Park officials are empowered to determine whether animals meet the definitions of “pet,” which are commonly kept in household captivity, and “caged pets,” which will not be released from their cage while at the park.Visit www.dcnr.pa.gov for more information on pets and participating parks. For reservation information, visit www.visitPAparks.com. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img March 27, 2017last_img read more

Governor Wolf: New Funding to Boost Manufacturing Sector, Close Skills Gap in Western Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf: New Funding to Boost Manufacturing Sector, Close Skills Gap in Western Pennsylvania August 16, 2019 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Building on his commitment to expand job training and workforce development, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of new funding for Edinboro University Foundation and Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Foundation (NTMF), Inc. The funding will support job training programs that will provide high school students the in-demand skills needed to fill the shortage of employees in the manufacturing industry, as well as promote STEM resources and career awareness. The grants will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“Our administration is always thrilled to support initiatives designed to strengthen our workforce and our manufacturing sector,” said Governor Wolf. “With a world that is constantly changing, it is imperative that we build an innovative and flexible workforce to be able to adapt to new industries and technologies while creating opportunities for students to gain new skills, further their education and create a path to well-paying jobs.”In Erie, a $199,750 grant will support Edinboro University’s Manufacturing Training to Career for Dual Enrolled High School Students Program, a workforce education program that will include soft skill development and conflict resolution. Area high school students will complete classroom and online courses, followed by an internship through the Dual Enrollment Program. The program will enable high school students to earn 15 college credits and a Quality Assurance Certificate during their junior and senior year. The Quality Assurance Certificate Program will introduce students to the concepts and procedures involved with maintaining a consistently high level of quality in manufactured products. The college credits can be used to complete an Edinboro University degree or be applied to other higher education institutions as transfer credits. The program will include mentorship and employment placement assistance.“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to prepare young people as workers for high-priority, well-paying manufacturing jobs in the Erie region through the Manufacturing Training to Career for Dual Enrolled High School Students Program,” said Dr. Denise Ohler, dean of Edinboro University’s College of Science and Health Professions. “These students will be work-ready following an internship experience and may continue along the career ladder in the field of manufacturing should they strive for additional education.”Local manufacturing companies involved in the project include: Eriez Manufacturing, PHB Corporation, F&S Tool, GeorgeKo Industries, Matrix Tool, Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, Polymer Molding, and Executool Precision Tooling.In Pittsburgh, a $200,000 grant will support the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Foundation’s (NTMF) BotsIQ Academy, a workforce education program that will provide teachers and students access to online manufacturing training curriculum and competencies with emphasis on measurement and math, blueprint reading, and safety to enhance students’ engineering and computer-aided manufacturing skills (CAD). Partnerships with manufacturers in the region will provide participants with job shadowing opportunities, internships, technical support, and career mentoring. Participants who successfully complete BotsIQ Academy will be offered job interviews with various manufacturers as an opportunity to secure employment.“For fourteen years, the Pittsburgh Chapter NTMF and its high school manufacturing development program, BotsIQ, have provided the framework for students to gain in-demand, technical skills that connect to career pathways at local manufacturing companies,” said Michel Conklin, executive director of BotsIQ. “With this grant, we are excited to expand BotsIQ Academy and provide access to additional curriculum, competencies, and work-related experiences that lead to amazing opportunities for our students and industry partners.”Local companies partnering with BotsIQ Academy include: Aerotech Inc, DMI Companies, Elizabeth Companies, Hamill Manufacturing Company, L & S Machine Company, and Stellar Precision Companies.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.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.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

7 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgThe suspects were detained in thelockup facility of Police Station 4, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Jason Sendon and Henry Parreno yieldedthe suspected illegal drugs on Friday, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Seven sachets ofsuspected shabu valued at around P30,000 were seized in a sting operation inBarangay 27.center_img Aside from suspected shabu, a P500marked money, P500 cash and drug paraphernalia were also recovered from them,the report added.last_img

Supreme Court OKs live coverage of Maguindanao massacre ruling

first_imgThe verdict on the Maguindanao massacrewill be handed down by the Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon CityRegional Trial Court Branch 221 at the Quezon City Jail Annex at Camp BagongDiwa in Taguig City at 9 a.m. Last month, several news outfits,journalists’ organizations and government communications agencies have petitionto allow the media to cover live the release of verdict. “Because of the paramount publicinterest involved in this case, the Supreme Court, which is overseeing thematter, would like to have live television coverage of the proceedings,” Hosakasaid Other reporters, however, will be ableto see the proceedings from a screen in the media room showing live footagetaken by state media PTV4. Recording devices other than the PTV4 and the SC’scameras are prohibited inside the courtroom itself. SC spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka saidSC justices have unanimously voted for the live airing of the verdict readingat Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on Tuesday. Backed by mainstream news outlets, theNational Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the Center for Media Freedomand Responsibility, and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism saida live coverage would benefit relatives of the massacre victims who could notafford to fly to Manila. Several Ampatuans and alleged members oftheir private army were charged for conspiring to kill 58 people, 32 of whomwere journalists, on a hill in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009.center_img The promulgation of judgment on theinfamous massacre against more than a hundred defendants will be theculmination of a 10-year case at the trial court level. MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) allowed thelive media coverage of the release of the court verdict on the decade-old Maguindanaomassacre case on Dec. 19. According to Hosaka, due to spaceconstraints and security concerns, only accredited members of the media will beallowed in a designated media room inside the police camp. Andal Ampatuan Jr. (center) is the former mayor of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, charged with multiple mass murder. The Supreme Court en banc approved on Tuesday the live coverage of the promulgation of judgment of the Maguindanao massacre – considered as the worst election-related violence and attack on press freedom in the Philippines. UNTV The incident is known as thePhilippines’ worst case of election-related violence and the single deadliestattack on members of the press since detailed records were kept./PNlast_img read more

FASANOC Voice of the Athletes programme to take part in IOC Stay Strong campaign

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone Movies Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee’s (FASANOC) Voices of the Athletes (VOA) programme is set to take part in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Stay Strong campaign. The IOC Stay Strong campaign aims to help people around the world get through the pandemic together. Examples include a 24-hour digital Olympic workout which is set to be held on June 23. This will be in addition to the separate initiatives held by National Olympic Committees such as FASANOC. read also:Bach consults with IOC members on consequences of pandemic “This will be a first for Fiji and we are looking forward to the creativity of our members,” said Bhasvar. The VOA programme is funded by grants from the IOC and the Oceania National Olympic Committees and received a 2018 IOC Olympism in Action trophy in January. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The VOA programme will take inspiration from the Stay Strong campaign on June 23, originally the date for this year’s Olympic Day Run. This was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the athletes are hoping to still share Olympic values in other ways. “We are encouraging our members who have not only represented the country in sports but also are role models in their communities, to come up with ideas on how we can continue to spread these values and which platform would be the best,” said VOA coordinator Jeegar Bhasvar. “Social media like Facebook and Instagram is being used by a lot of athletes to share tips on healthy living and at home workouts so we are looking at something similar.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Ceballos hints at Arsenal stay ahead of crucial year

first_imgThe Spanish international joined the Gunners on a season long deal at the start of the 2019-20 campaign.After falling out of favour under Unai Emery, he has returned to the side following the mid season arrival of Mikel Arteta.he Basque coach is a fan of the former Real Betis star, and wants to keep him on a permanent basis, with a €40m offer reportedly already on the table from the Premier League side.Ceballos has now hinted he could stay in North London, due to the greater chances of first team football in 2020-21.“My objective for next season is to play in the European Championships and the Olympics,” he told an interview with Canal Sur, reported via Marca.“But that will depend on my performances next season, and I must be in a team where I have an important role to play.“However the future appears to be far away at the moment, and will be decided in the summer.”Real Madrid are willing to sell Ceballos in the coming months, but they could demand a higher fee from Arsenal to secure a deal.Read Also: Solskjaer makes Ronaldo Man Utd admissionArteta’s hand will be forced based on whether or not Arsenal can secure a European qualification spot in the coming weeks.His side are currently 9th in the Premier League table, three points off a Europa League position, and eight away from a Champions League place, with ten games to go. Loading… Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has indicated he could remain at Arsenal next season, ahead of a crunch year in 2020.Advertisementcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Monk urges Gomis to fill Bony void

first_img Bony’s departure to Manchester City this week has opened the way for 12-times capped France international Gomis to finally nail down a Swansea starting place. Gomis has started only nine games in all competitions since his summer move from Lyon, but he has scored four times during his limited opportunities and Monk believes he has a ready-made replacement for Bony. Monk says he will not be adding to his striking options having signed Benfica’s Nelson Oliveira on loan last month and again pledged to keep Gomis amid reports the 29-year-old could be a January target for Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Crystal Palace and Newcastle among others. “Speculation will always happen, it has happened with numerous players in the short time I have been doing this job,” Monk said. “But Bafe is looking sharp and contributing every day in training. He is fit and looking forward to this period and that’s all that matters. “He is my number one striker for this period coming up until the end of the season and when you look at the three starts he has had in the last three games I think we have seen a lot from him. “He has been fantastic and he will only get better. “Bafe is different to Bony but he has undoubted quality and he has proved in his career he is a number one striker. “It’s his shirt to lose now Wilfried has gone but I am looking forward to it.” Bony secured his big-money move to the English champions by finishing 2014 as the Barclays Premier League’s top scorer with 20 goals. Swansea manager Garry Monk has challenged Bafetimbi Gomis to fill Wilfried Bony’s scoring shoes and do something Manchester City’s £28million man could not do – score against Chelsea. The powerful 26-year-old Ivorian scored 34 goals in 70 games for Swansea following his £12million switch from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 but he did not manage one against Chelsea in three appearances against the Blues. Indeed, Chelsea were the only team who finished in the top seven of last season’s Premier League that Bony did not score against. League leaders Chelsea boast the second meanest defence in the division behind Southampton but Monk expects his side to create chances against Jose Mourinho’s side in Saturday’s encounter at the Liberty Stadium. “You have a chance in every single game to score goals,” Monk said. “We work incredibly hard to create situations and we have created numerous situations no matter how we play. “Bafe knows the league. He has been here for six months and he has seen every game and has already had minutes. “He understands how it is and I spoke to him in the first five or six games when he was on the bench and he could observe. “He knows who he is up against, the type of football we play and what is expected. “It’s better than having to bring someone else in and trying to get them up to speed. “I think it is more beneficial to have someone that has already been here working with you.” Monk admits he does not know how much of the Bony money will be made available to him for squad strengthening. The Swansea manager has targeted a full-back and a central midfielder in the January transfer window, but accepts the club has plans to increase the Liberty Stadium’s modest capacity of 21,000 and develop the new training ground at Fairwood to the west of the city. “I haven’t sat down (with the chairman) and asked how much have I got,” Monk said. “Of course we have targets but a lot of people will look at that sum of money and we might suffer because clubs think we have it to spend. “But I’m not lying when I say a big chunk will be spent on the infrastructure, and quite rightly so to make the future of this club solid. “We’re a club that has always worked to our budgets and we’re not going to spend stupid money on the whole squad. “I’m looking at all positions like I always do, but it will probably go to the deadline because every club will be trying to finalise things.” Press Associationlast_img read more

World Cup: Afghanistan, South Africa look for maiden win

first_imgCardiff: South Africa were never seen as one of the favourites to reach the last four of the ongoing World Cup largely due to their inexperienced batting line-up.And their performance so far in the tournament has been disappointing to say the least. South Africa’s best result thus far has been a ‘no result’ owing to their washed out match against the West Indies on Monday, coming on the back of a hat-trick of comprehensive defeats.Afghanistan, who face South Africa on Saturday, too have suffered a similar fate in the tournament so far, as their batting collapses have given their star-studded bowling line-up little to defend. In the three matches they have played so far, Afghanistan have managed scores of 207, 152 and 172 — totals that have been deemed chaseable decades back in ODI cricket.Add to that the uncertainty over the fitness of their star spinner Rashid Khan and the allegations levelled against the selectors by dropped keeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan indeed seem to be on a shaky ground. It means that if South Africa have any chance of getting out of the rut they currently find themselves in, it is in this match.While their batting remains an obvious weak link, South Africa’s troubles have been compounded by some loose fielding and a misfiring pace attack.While they managed to get the better of most of the mighty England batting line-up before Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes bailed the hosts out in the tournament opener, South Africa were completely outplayed in the games against Bangladesh and India.Tightening things up in the field against an already vulnerable Afghanistan batting line-up would go a long way in securing a first win in the tournament for the Proteas.Similarly, the fact that they are facing what has to be the weakest South African side to have played in a World Cup means that this is the best chance for Afghanistan to show that they belong at this level of the game.However, the weather forecast for Cardiff is not encouraging. It is expected to rain in the early parts of the day and showers could return in the afternoon.But Afghanistan are one of the few teams in the tournament which didn’t experience a washout thus far and the players would hope that their good luck continues on Saturday. IANSAlso Read: World Cup: India-Pakistan all set for big-ticket World Cup tielast_img read more

Cameron retains presidency of Kensington Cricket Club

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron, has vowed to transform Kensington Cricket Club – having been re-elected as president – into a first-world club “in the next couple of years”.Cameron, who has been at the helm for 18 years, was returned unopposed as president at the club’s Annual General Meeting held at the Kensington Clubhouse.Wavell Hinds was elected first vice-president, while David Bernard Jr is the second vice-president. Hinds has also succeeded Robert Haynes as the club’s technical director. Haynes, who is on duty as a CWI selector, was lauded for his years of service to the club.In expressing his delight at being returned to the top office, Cameron said he wanted “Kensington to be the place where a young and aspiring cricketer would want to be a part of.”He said the club will also initiate activities to identify the role cricket has played in the community, show the impact all the great cricketers have had on the community, Jamaica, the West Indies and the world, as well as help re-focus the community on how it can re-engage residents to continue the path to growth and development.Meanwhile, Major Radcliffe Daley was elected as treasurer and KelliDawn Hamilton, assistant treasurer. Former CWI communications boss Carole Beckford is the honorary secretary and Wayne Lewis the assistant secretary.Brian Blair is club captain with Jamie Hay and Jamar Symester, the player representatives. Major Marlon Kennedy and Lorna Litchmore have been made Executive Members.The club marks 140 years of existence this year. They will celebrate the milestone on the weekend of October 11-14, 2019. There will be a church service, a brunch and cricket matches featuring its past and current players.last_img read more

Sophomore Safdar draws on lifetime of lacrosse to provide leadership for Syracuse

first_imgKomal Safdar started playing tennis as a toddler just for fun. She continued playing all through her childhood, but didn’t really consider her future in the sport until she was a teen.“I didn’t really start structured lessons in tennis until I was around 10 years old,” Safdar said.Now, Safdar is an integral player for Syracuse (2-5). Her preparation and energy have won over the entire team. On a team lacking senior leadership, the sophomore has stepped into that role through her attitude toward the sport.Safdar began playing in tournaments during her teenage years, discovering she had a knack for the game. She developed a love for the sport of tennis, a love that was organic, coming from her own enthusiasm.“It was also a lot self-motivated because my parents never made me play,” Safdar said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s that enthusiasm that makes her the effective leader of a team devoid of a strong veteran presence.“She’s probably the one that I really direct a lot of the students to,” head coach Luke Jensen said, “to talk to about how to study better, how to study smarter.”Jensen has even begun using a phrase of Safdar’s. Following an unsatisfactory grade on an assignment, Safdar said she needed to “reorganize and restructure the way I study.” Now, following a bad practice or bad stretch, Jensen will tell his team the same thing Safdar told him.When describing her practice habits, Safdar epitomizes the saying, “practice how you play.” Doubles partner Amanda Rodgers notices the passion Safdar brings to practice daily.“In practice she’s really intense and she’s really pumped up so it makes me pumped up and I think it makes the whole team really intense and really wanting to get better every day,” Rodgers said.Safdar’s performance on the court is derived from the mentality she brings to the court every single day.“She thinks about it,” Jensen said. “A lot of people walk out here and they just play tennis, you know, like it’s a recreational sport, and for her it’s an approach of ‘How can I better myself every single day in my area?’”The preparation extends to off of the court as well when partners Rodgers and Safdar review their plan of action.“The night before, she’s always really focused,” Rodgers said. “We always talk about doubles the night before and what we’re going to do and how we’re going to play, and so I think it’s really important because she’s already visualizing the match the next day.Safdar’s journey led her to Syracuse, but it is far from finished. She plans on following the structure of the SU program Jensen has developed, where the end goal is a degree, as well as a future in professional tennis.But before the professional stage, Safdar can continue to build upon her successes that have gotten her this far. Safdar is just a sophomore, but has compiled a 36-19 overall record (.528).  Teaming up with Rodgers, she is undefeated in four doubles matches this season.What will always stick with Safdar is her drive to become a better tennis player, something Jensen especially takes note of.“Purpose is her theme,” Jensen said, “and when I think of her, I think of someone who is very articulate and very driven and very focused, but lives with a purpose.”Her arrival at Syracuse was a step, but the ride isn’t done yet. There are no guarantees she has a future in professional tennis, but she hasn’t known anything other than the tennis court since she started playing as a child.Said Safdar: “I can’t imagine not playing tennis after college.” Comments Related Stories Doubles team of Safdar, Rodgers continues winning streak in home victory over West VirginiaTENNIS : Harman, Safdar provide Syracuse with formidable doubles tandem Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 13, 2013 at 12:52 am Contact Danny: dacuneo@syr.edulast_img read more