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

CAFCC: Kotoko qualification in jeopardy after draw with Al Hilal

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko’s quest to qualify to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederation Cup has hit a snag following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Sudanese Champions Al Hilal.After Nkana FC beat fellow Zambians Zesco United 3-0 in the other group game, a straight win for the Porcupine Warriors would have guaranteed them passage into the last 8.But Waleed Bikhet’s first half strike put the Sudanese ahead before a late equalizer from Songne Yacouba left Kotoko needing to beat Zesco away in the last group game to secure qualification.Al Hilal had the first chance of the game through a corner but Omer Abdalla could only put his header wide.Mohammed Musa Eldai then clashed with Felix Annan and the Kotoko keeper appeared injured in the process but after treatment, he was good to continue.A minute later, Wahab Adams rose highest to plant a header to the far post from a Daniel Darkwa corner kick at the other end. The former Aduana Stars captain injured himself in the process and played the rest of the game with a cotton wool in his nostril.Emmanuel Gyamfi, who had made a quick recovery from injury to start the game, played in Abdul Fatawu Safiu; the latter’s sweeping ball across the face of the Hilal goal was inviting but no Kotoko player was there to connect.Hilal were dangerous every time they went forward. Atahir El Tahir and and Musa El Dai combined beautifully before the former sent his effort into the side net, much to the relief of the 30,000 partisan crowd inside the Baba Yara.The first 30 mins proved difficult for CK Akonnor’s men who struggled to break down a very well organised Al Hilal side.  Kotoko’s attackers, Songne Yacouba and Abdul Fatawu were starved of service as Al Hilal overpowered the midfield.The wingers, Emmanuel Gyamfi and Martin Antwi combined for just one crosses into the Hilal box in the first half as Hilal doubled up on them every time they had possession.Tactically, Hilal were superior. Having held Zesco United to a 1-1 draw a week prior with 10 men, the tactical intelligence of the Sudanese champions wasn’t exactly surprising.Just after the half hour mark, the Sudanese were ahead after a moment of brilliant play. And you can’t say they did not deserve it. Captain Abdel Latif Saeed’s delightful cross from the left hand side found Waleed Bikhet unmarked in the box and he guided his header past Felix Annan.Bikhet, who also scored the winner against Kotoko in the teams’ first encounter, showed great movement in the box to find himself free.Songne Yacouba collects the ball after scoring Kotoko’s equalizerOn 40th minute, Kotoko had their clearest chance to equalize. After Martin Antwi’s cross was spilled by Hilal’s keeper Salim Magoola, the ball fell to Emmanuel Gyamfi but the former Wa All Stars speedster sent his effort over the bar from 5 yards out.Akonnor had his head in his hands in disbelief, and so did everyone else in the stadium.That was to be Antwi’s last contribution of the game. Akonnor, who had been frustrated with his play all afternoon and remonstrated accordingly, brought in Obed Owusu to replace the former WAFA captain as the first half came to an end.Kotoko started the second half with more intensity but it took them 15 minutes to come close to scoring. Abdul Fatawu’s free-kick from 45 yards out bounced off the top of the crossbar with Magoola beaten.Moments later, Abdul Fatawu hit the upright from another free-kick, this time from the right hand side.It was now becoming evident that Kotoko were most dangerous on the set pieces.Emmanuel Gyamfi’s decision making was then questioned when he opted for a wayward cross from inside the box when a sumptuous cut-in from the right had set him up for a shot instead.As Kotoko went desperately in search of the equalizer, Hilal broke free on the counter and Bikhet found himself one on one with Annan. But his powerful drive was tipped over the bar by the Kotoko shot-stopper.Akonnor brought on the experienced Daniel Nii Adjei for the ineffective Kwame Bonsu and Stephen Nyarko replaced Daniel Darkwa as Kotoko looked to seize control of the midfield.On 84 minute, Kotoko felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Gyamfi went down in the area following a challenge. But referee Tessema Weyesa waved play on, much to the dismay of a cross section of the Kotoko fans who started to hurl missiles onto the pitch.Asante Kotoko vs Al HilalThe security rushed to calm the situation.When play resumed, Kotoko got their equalizer; Gyamfi finding Yacouba at the far post to nod in his header. There was a hint of offside but the Hilal players’ protests went to deaf ears. Kotoko were level as the Baba Yara crowd erupted.The Porcupine Warriors pushed men forward in search of the winner, but it was too late and Hilal held on for their second away point in the group, the only team to do so in this group.Kotoko with 7 points, will now need to beat already eliminated Zesco United to secure qualification while a draw at home to Nkana could be enough to give Hilal qualification.–Fentuo Tahiru/ read more

Four honoured with Tip O’Neill Diaspora Awards at gala ceremony – Pic Special

first_imgThere was a packed house in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night as four notable members of the diaspora were honoured with the 2019 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards at a gala ceremony hosted by Donegal County Council. RTÉ presenter Sean O’Rourke performed the Master of Ceremonies as a playwright and author Frank McGuinness, developer Pat Doherty, lawyer Patrick Dunican and businessman Daniel Hilferty were honoured for their outstanding achievements in their chosen fields.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan said: “These awards were founded as a way to pay tribute to the great deeds of Tip O’Neill, to honour his family connection to this part of the world and to celebrate, not only the outstanding achievements of Tip himself, but to recognize, to acknowledge and to honour the millions of Irish people or people of Irish descent across the globe who through hard work and dedication have excelled in their chosen fields and who through their own generosity of spirit continue to champion and support our diaspora in every corner of the globe”. Extending a warm welcome to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula Cllr Martin McDermott, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD acknowledged the importance of reaching out to our diaspora and of showcasing the stunning offer that Inishowen and indeed Donegal has a place to visit, to live in and to do business in.Paying homage to this year’s recipients Tom O’Neill, son of the late Tip O’Neill, described Patrick Dunican as a “real Irish leader” and described how he “created a national powerhouse of a legal firm situated along the East Coast of the United States.“His Irishness is recognised and appreciated for the leadership he gives all Americans but especially the Irish American community,” O’Neill added.He also acknowledged his contribution to diversity in the legal profession and in particular in supporting the progression of women not only in his practice but in the law practice. He spoke of Dan Hilferty’s achievements in the Healthcare sector and how since 2010 he has by 3 times built the size of his company adding that “he is really known for the public health policy element that he brings to the job.  A true Irish man and a great leader in Healthcare”.Tom O’Neill believes that Frank McGuinness “captures the very soul and spirit of what it is to be Irish.  What it is to be an Irish man, what it is to be an Irish woman,” adding that “he has been read and witnessed by tens of thousands of people here and abroad and he carries with him the impact of what it means to be a true Irish man.”“Pat Doherty worked for his Dad for four years in Donegal before he left to go to London where he began to make his fortune in development,” said Tom O’Neill.  “But more importantly and this is what diaspora is, don’t ever forget where it is you are from, don’t ever forget what Gods gift has given you so you take that gift and give back,” he explained.“What he did to the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, what he has done in the last 10 years back here in Donegal, taking €100 million and investing it and employing hundreds of people doing nothing else but good.”Upon accepting the award each recipient expressed their heartfelt gratitude. Patrick Dunican spoke of his strong Irish ancestry saying: “I am Irish, I am American, I am Irish American,” and promised going forward that he would talk about Donegal and encourage tourism and travel to the county.Daniel Hilferty also spoke emotionally about his Donegal connections and said: “I leave here tonight a very proud son of Donegal.“I am very excited to be part of the fabric of this community and I promise you that I will be back and that I will spread the word to all the diaspora that there is no place like this beautiful place called Donegal.”Describing Tip O’Neill as “a complex and high achieving benevolent man” and a man of “great eloquence,” Frank McGuinness said that he believed that “kindness was at the root of all that Tip O’Neill did, it was also at the root of the greatest Irish man of my generation and as far as I am concerned of the 20th century John Hume. “In his glorious, unending, courageous, rough, terrifying fight to obtain justice for all in society not just for the few, I think John was inspired by the actions and behaviour and dreams of the greatest man of the 20th Century Martin Luther King.“I thank John, I thank Martin Luther King, I thank Tip O’Neill for passing on to me and to other generations that necessity to dream, to believe we can create a better world, a happier world and a world with more light.  So all of those men were creatures of light and the three men that stand with me tonight to receive this award are gentlemen of light”.Frank McGuinness concluded by thanking his beloved family and friends and his beloved county for its constant inspiration.Patrick Dunican receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway HotelFrank McGuinness receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway HotelDaniel Hilferty receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway HotelSean O’Rourke hosting the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday nightMcNulty sisters Caroline, Joanne and Geraldine from Letterkenny at the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Cllr Rena Donaghey at the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Recipients of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award with Tom O’Neill (son of the late Tip O’Neill) and his wife Shelley O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD Cllr. Martin McDermott, Cllr Rena Donaghey, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely with members of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Committee at the Awards Ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night. Recipients include Daniel Hilferty, Frank McGuinness, Pat Doherty and Patrick Dunican.Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council speaking at the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Tom O’Neill speaking at the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday night.Four honoured with Tip O’Neill Diaspora Awards at gala ceremony – Pic Special was last modified: September 28th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors Three Things: Golden State gets gaudy win in Milwaukee

first_imgWarriors held the Bucks to 39.1 percent shooting and 17.9 percent from three-point range. Milwaukee scored a season-low 95 points, as Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney each took turns guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo.Golden State’s defense has been a renewed … After beating two of the Eastern Conference’s worst teams, the Warriors got one of their biggest road wins of the season, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 105-95.Here are the biggest takeaways from the game:Defenselast_img

South African manufacturing improves

first_img5 March 2013The seasonally adjusted Kagiso purchasing managers’ index (PMI), a leading indicator of activity in South Africa’s manufacturing sector, increased for the second month running in February, while rising above the key 50-point mark for the first time since August 2012.In February, the index increased by 4.5 index points to reach 53.6, Kagiso Asset Management research head Abdul Davids said in a statement on Friday.The headline PMI was largely driven by improvements in the new sales orders (+9.3 points) and business activity (+2.6 points) indices.“The significant improvement in new sales orders may reflect a turnaround in demand for locally manufactured goods,” Davids said.“Tentative indications of an improvement in the European Union and United States economies at the start of this year may have contributed to the increased demand for manufactured goods and a sustained recovery in demand will require improved GDP growth in these regions.”Davids said the weaker rand exchange rate since the start of the year could have also improved local producers’ short-term price competitiveness on international markets.The employment sub-index gained 3.4 points to reach 45.7. While this was the first index increase since November 2012, the index still remained significantly below its pre-crisis peak of 60.6.The PMI leading indicator rose above 1 (1.08) for the first time since March 2012, suggesting improved business conditions in future.The price index was the only sub-index to disappoint, Davids said.Mounting input cost pressures saw the index gaining four points to reach 86, its highest level since March 2011.Sustained rand weakness and the high oil price were the key drivers of higher input costs.However, on a positive note, electricity price increases would be much lower than initially expected following the National Energy Regulator of SA’s decision to grant Eskom electricity tariff hikes of eight percent, and not 16 percent, over the next five years.“Electricity is a significant input in the manufacturing process and Eskom’s sustained programme of substantial electricity price hikes over the last few years has adversely impacted the local manufacturing sector’s competitiveness.“The lower than expected tariff increases are therefore welcomed and should assist in improving the sector’s global competitiveness,” Davids said.Sapalast_img read more

West Rand hub aims to boost township economy

first_img22 April 2014The R26.2-million Mohlakeng Enterprise Hub was opened on Johannesburg’s West Rand by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane last week in an effort to boost entrepreneurship, revitalise the township’s economy, foster skills development and reduce unemployment.The Mohlakeng Enterprise Hub will offer support to small, medium and micro businesses and co-operatives in carpentry, sewing and embroidery, construction and steel works, upholstery, baking and confectionaries.“This hub demonstrates our commitment to fighting poverty, unemployment and inequality; we are here to create a better life where people live. We can only fight poverty and unemployment when we work together with our people,” Mokonyane said at the launch.The first hub – the Winterveldt Enterprise Hub – was opened in February to build skills among unemployed young people to help them start their own businesses in the automotive industry.Private sector supportMokonyane said the Gauteng provincial government had invested R19-million in the Mohlakeng Enterprise Hub. A further R7.2-million would be spent over the next three years to maintain it, she said.The provincial government has, with the support of the private sector, provided machinery and equipment to the co-operatives operating in the hub as well as allowed them free use of the premises.The co-operatives were identified through the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller. They have signed a three-year agreement with the provincial government.Mokonyane told Engineering News that the provincial government planned to establish similar hubs across the province.“Ideally, in the long term, we would want every established township to have this kind of facility,” she said. The next hub to be opened will be in Camdor, also on Johannesburg’s West Rand.Alena Morapedi, a beneficiary of the hub, said she joined a co-operative in 2001 but they did not have funds to continue. “We were very grateful when the government offered us assistance. We were given equipment and training in the form of learnerships with Westcol”, a public FET college on the West Rand.Economic Development MEC Mxolisi Xayiya, who also attended the launch, said the provincial government would continue to develop tailor-made support to help small businesses grow and create jobs.SAinfo reporter and Gauteng Provincial Governmentlast_img read more

Tonsee® Baby Girls Big Bow Child Headband Infant Hair Accessory Grils Elastic Hairband, perfect for my little girl

first_imgLovely bows from this seller. Wonderful bows from this vendor. I procured for my five 7 days aged but they are way too big at the moment’ will retain them for when she is older. Cant fault nearly anything about my expertise they are beautifully designed and the provider has been amazing.Fantastic good quality, i adore them. . Ordered it in yet another colour way too. Matches my three month old and my six thirty day period previous neice.I like this product outstanding top quality. This product was precisely as described i could not be happier with my acquire i typically come across that when i purchase objects like this they never continue to be on my daughters head but can honestly say this product is of exceptional top quality also the stitching is of superb good quality i will certainly get from this seller in long run.Key specs for Tonsee® Baby Girls Big Bow Child Headband Infant Hair Accessory Grils Elastic Hairband (Black):Material: ClothYou baby can wearing when take pictures, Super cute and lovely baby girls’ headbandMaterial is very soft and comfortableWill made your princess more adorable,Best choice for birthday, party and photo!Comments from buyers“I love this item brilliant quality, Beautiful bows from this seller, perfect for my little girl, Good for the price, Good quality, I love them.”Sweet but bigger than envisioned.Gentle material and seems particularly like the image. Ignore the makeup on the image it is not true just a snapchat app filter.Really adorable and nice soft and stretchy material but some of the stitching is a bit tough about the bow. Superb for the price while.last_img read more

Day One Highlights

first_imgHighlights from some of the stadium games on day one of the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships have been uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube Channel. To be directed to the channel, please click on the link below or click on the game links to be taken to specific games. NSWCHS v TNZ 15’s (18’s Girls) QSST v TNZ 15’s (18’s Girls) NSWCCC v TNZ 17’s (18’s Boys) SA v ACT (18’s Girls) NSWCCC v NT (18’s Boys) Plays of the Day – Wednesday Be sure to vote for your favourite Play of the Day by voting on the TFA Facebook page – Related LinksDay One Highlightslast_img read more

Consumers Urged to Beware of Cybercrime

first_img “Ransomware is where software is installed on the user’s computer and it will encrypt all the critical data on the user’s device and prevent them from accessing their own data. Following that, the user is contacted and told they will have to pay a ransom fee to regain access to their device,” he explained. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising individuals and businesses to exercise due diligence to reduce the likelihood of being affected by cybercrime. Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, CAC, Information Technology Manager, Andrew Evelyn, explained that ransomware is one element of cybercrime that impacts local consumers. Story Highlights The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising individuals and businesses to exercise due diligence to reduce the likelihood of being affected by cybercrime.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, CAC, Information Technology Manager, Andrew Evelyn, explained that ransomware is one element of cybercrime that impacts local consumers.“Ransomware is where software is installed on the user’s computer and it will encrypt all the critical data on the user’s device and prevent them from accessing their own data. Following that, the user is contacted and told they will have to pay a ransom fee to regain access to their device,” he explained.The issue of fraud support was also highlighted as a cybercrime that has affected local consumers.“Fraud support is where you go on a site and you get a pop-up alerting you that your computer needs immediate attention and that you can access free online support by calling a number or sharing your contact. This is an attempt to install ransomware or malware on your device and gain control over your device,” he disclosed.Mr Evelyn recommended that users contact a local information technology specialist if they encounter incidents of fraud support while using their device.“We also advise consumers to back up their data in a cloud or a third-party device such as USB, memory device or external hard drive because it is very critical to not have all your data in one place,” he added.Mr Evelyn indicated that there were eight reports of ransomware to the Jamaica Constabulary Force between 2015 and 2017.last_img read more