Putting Coal Miners Back to Work and Improving Communities

first_imgPutting Coal Miners Back to Work and Improving Communities Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 08, 2016 Environment,  Jobs That Pay,  The Blog On August 4, 2016, I joined U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to celebrate a project in the Cambria County community of Ehrenfeld on a major project to eliminate a towering coal spoil pile that literally splits the town in two.Thanks to a new program from the U.S. Department of Interior and the innovative thinking of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Rosebud Mining, more than 40 miners will be put back to work removing the pile and changing the face of this Cambria County town.DEP has wanted to move this project along for years—but the cost was too high. Rosebud Mining approached DEP with a proposal: the company could do the job for far less that other contractors by using its own miners and heavy equipment-thus saving millions of dollars. Combining these cost savings with DOI’s new Abandoned Mine Lands pilot program allowed the project to get off the ground.Once the coal pile is removed the site will be transformed in to a recreational area that will complement the “Path of the Food Trail” that commemorates the 1889 Johnstown Flood. It will become a regional attraction.Ehrenfeld is one of 14 projects funded through the AML pilot program. Click here for a full list of projects.The pilot program is intended to demonstrate the benefits of the proposed federal RECLAIM Act. If passed, RECLAIM will direct approximately $67 million of federal AML funding per year to Pennsylvania over the next five years for reclamation projects that deliver local economic benefits similar to the projects included in the pilot.These funds will help Pennsylvania accelerate efforts to clean up abandoned mine lands, while simultaneously supporting economic development in legacy coal regions that have been hard hit by recent declines in the coal industry. Governor Wolf has been vocal in support of the RECLAIM Act, and is urging the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation to support its passage. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Patrick McDonnell, Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

Syracuse rallies to beat Boston College 3-1 despite Shemanova leaving mid-match

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Syracuse faced one of its worst fears: an injury to its star player.Late in the second set, leading scorer Polina Shemanova was forced to the sidelines with an injury and didn’t return. However, behind 20 kills from Ella Saada, 12 from Christina Oyawale and eight from Kendra Lukacs, the Orange (14-7, 10-3 Atlantic Coast) still produced on offense and dispatched Boston College (13-12, 3-10) in four sets, 3-1 in the Women’s Building.“I still played my game and tried to do my best,” Saada said of taking on a larger role in Shemanova’s absence. “All of us, Polina is a good player, she can’t play now. We all had to step up and do our job.”Head coach Leonid Yelin said Shemanova hadn’t been feeling “good” for the last few matches. Upon arriving in Louisville Saturday, she couldn’t do anything other than work out with a trainer. She recovered for the game Sunday, but Yelin believes it took a toll on her.The five-set match Sunday lasted about three hours. Shemanova played her usual large role, leading the way for SU with 19 kills.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Coming, flying back after playing three hours, flying back didn’t help,” Yelin said. “Monday we had all day off and Tuesday we didn’t use her. It’s not enough time to recover. It looks like this time it’s, I hope it’s she’ll recover and maybe just get taped a little bit more. I don’t know.”Still, the Orange played well enough to win in four sets. SU won the first set 26-24 with Shemanova, but she didn’t look herself finishing with a -.154 hitting percentage and only two kills. Upon her leaving in the second set, Syracuse finished on a strong 7-5 run to win 25-21.In the third set, however, Syracuse lost 25-22 to Boston College despite once holding a 22-21 lead. The Orange came out firing in the fourth set, however, easily putting the match away with a 25-13 win.“Third set, we got a little comfortable knowing we could take this team,” Amber Witherspoon said. “I think in the fourth set we realized how we didn’t want to be in a position where they got the lead and they could really take flight on us. The fourth set was ‘Okay, put it away. No more playing. Let’s get it done.’”Witherspoon and her seven blocks helped Syracuse dominate Boston College at the net, as the Orange finished with 15 blocks to the Eagles five. Syracuse was also able to outhit Boston College .333 to .149 and forced 32 attack errors while only committing 14.Yelin was pleased with his players who took on bigger roles.“When it’s a situation like that and we lost [Shemanova] and we don’t know how long, Ella, definitely, it’s her best match of the season she played,” Yelin said. “She definitely stepped up. And Kendra came and she’s really better than I expected with her not playing this position the whole season. We got to be happy.”The complete team performance comes in the middle of a hectic travel week for the Orange that Yelin said has left his team “extremely tired.” After coming back from a road trip this past weekend, the Orange had to play their only Wednesday game of the season. On Thursday morning it will leave for Virginia Tech who it plays Friday, followed by a trip to Georgia Tech for a game Sunday.Yelin emphasized he wants his team to try to get as much rest as possible but said: “Unfortunately we don’t have it.”Although players like Saada, Lukacs and Witherspoon were able to carry the load on Wednesday night, the Orange hope its star player will return soon.“We saw the doctor and he had some suggestions and our trainer’s working with her,” Yelin said of Shemanova. “So we’ll see how we’re going to come, how she’s going to feel and if not she will definitely see the doctor and maybe he will come up with something for her. Because we need her.” Published on October 31, 2018 at 9:04 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ratings and post budget speech outlook

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 25 February 2019 – Since Finance Minister Tito Mboweni presented the budget speech last Wednesday, media commentary has focused on several dimensions of the public response to priorities outlined therein, and interventions announced to deal with the country’s broader economic and financial outlook.Brand South Africa welcomes the 2019 budget, which, if read in conjunction with President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address, provides clear indications of government’s intention to create a conducive environment for growth, increased investor confidence, ease of doing business in South Africa, and fiscal discipline.Minister Tito Mboweni indicated in the Budget Speech that, “Our determination to regain our fiscal prudence will form the basis of our economic recovery… Restoring our finances and fixing our state-owned enterprises will take great courage.”The two themes that emerge from the 2019 Budget Speech, revolved around 1) acknowledgement of challenges, and 2) commitment to change. This was made evidently clear by the Minister’s insistence on the need to take the bitter with the sweet, and thus to engage interventions, and structural reforms, which will set the country on a path of recovery.Media reports following on the Budget Speech, for example, refer to the concerns expressed by credit ratings agency Moody’s, that focus on government’s limited fiscal flexibility, in a challenging economic environment of continued slow GDP growth.The crux of concerns raised by economic analysts, is what they see as an erosion of South Africa’s fiscal strength since the October medium-term budget. Furthermore, due to serious challenges at key SOEs, they expect government deficits to increase in the long term.Brand South Africa would like to caution against pre-emptive pronouncements on the outlook for South Africa’s credit rating prior to the final announcement by Moody’s, expected on 29 March 2019. As indicated by the Minister, steps announced in this budget pave the way for immediate and long term interventions which will not only stabilise the country’s fiscal position, but will address concerns related to SOEs.In the restructuring of ESKOM and as it reviews SOE’s, government will consider the sale of non-core assets and pursue Private-Public Partnerships. This can improve efficiency, and in the long term reduce reliance on state funding. In managing the public wage bill, the first step is to allow older public servants to retire early which is projected to save the state more than R20 billion over the next three years whilst creating employment opportunities.In his State of the Nation Address, President Ramaphosa indicated that South Africa wants to be in the top fifty nations in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index. In order to stimulate growth, Minister Mboweni mentioned “Government’s policy actions aim to end the uncertainty that has undermined confidence and constrained private sector investment. The R300billion worth of pledges made at the Investment Conference last year demonstrates that there is pent-up private sector demand if we grab hold of the opportunity.”In a statement released by Business Leadership South Africa, post the budget speech; “In BLSA’s view, the recommendation to this year’s budget was its commitment and credible action in cutting back on wasteful expenditure, reducing the public wage bill, decisively eradicating theft of public resources, and the deliberate focus on debt and debt servicing costs”“We are encouraged that our Finance Minister unambiguously declared that there are no freer lunches for SOE’s –and executives as well as individuals”, said Mohale, CEO of BLSA. He added that “SOE’s must be self-sustainable and not dependent on government handouts since support for Eskom will come with tough conditions. This must not just be for Eskom but all other SOE’s and municipalities, because there is simply no room within this fiscus to spend our way out of a growth constrained environment”.Based on both the State of the Nation, and Budget speech it is clear that government is committed to addressing the fiscal position.Yesterday, the President released a statement announcing the establishment of a Special Investigations Unit Tribunal. This Unit will be responsible for fast-tracking investigations on corruption and irregular expenditure in the private and public sectors. At least seven judges have been appointed to lead these investigations. This once again proves the commitment to root out corruption in all sectors.Brand South Africa remains confident that efforts to capacitate the economy, will ensure a turn-around in the economic performance of the country. Citizens are encouraged to unite and support the nation brand. The time to stand together is now.//ENDS// About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to promote  pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation building.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live benefits everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates, individuals, NGOs, government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

Extension to Scrapie Comment Period

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service extended the comment period for the proposed rule to amend the regulations of the National Scrapie Eradication Program through Dec. 9. The comment period for the draft revised scrapie program standards is also extended through Dec. 9.APHIS welcomes all comments on the proposed rule. The proposed rule is available at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2007-0127. Comments can also be submitted and reviewed through this link.Industry is encouraged to offer comments to this proposed rule. The American Sheep Industry Association’s detailed comments are available for review at www.sheepusa.org/IssuesPrograms_AnimalHealth_Scrapie.last_img

Bengal teenager hospitalised after playing Blue Whale Challenge

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Azam Khan booked for occupying public land

first_imgSamajwadi Party MP from Rampur Azam Khan was booked for allegedly obstructing government work and occupying public property without permission, the police said on Saturday.A First Information Report was registered at the Azimnagar police station on a complaint from Nayab tehsildar K.G. Mishra, Rampur Superintendent of Police Shiv Hari Meena told reporters. Besides Mr. Khan, Mohammad Ali Jauhar University registrar R.A Qureshi and security officer Alhe Hasan Khan were named in the FIR.Riverine land Mr. Khan is the Chancellor of the university which, according to the FIR, illegally occupied a five-hectare riverine land belonging to the Seegan Khera gram sabha and built an eight-foot-high boundary wall around it. The staff members had allegedly obstructed officials from carrying out land measurement on May 25.The FIR invoked Sections 3, 4 and 332 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984.last_img read more

Jeremy Miado out to prove quick KO no fluke in rematch vs Thai foe

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Filipino Jeremy Miado aims to prove that his quick knockout win over former ONE strawweight champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is no fluke when they meet again in ONE: Call to Greatness on Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.Miado scored a big time upset last year when he needed only 84 seconds to knock out Amnuaysirichoke.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Critics attributed Miado’s victory to sheer luck, something that the 26-year-old Manila native clearly doesn’t agree with.“Some people are saying it was a lucky shot, that I just got the timing right,” Miado said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“They are entitled to their opinions, but for me, whenever I have an upcoming match, I prepare for it to the best of my abilities to show what I can do,” he added. “That’s how I have always been—win or lose, I give my everything out there.”Miado is raring to beat Amnuaysirichoke in their rematch but knows it won’t be as easy as the first time. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “I know that Dej really wants to avenge that loss and is really preparing well for this match,” he said.“I do want to give him a chance to prove himself in the cage because it happened really fast.” Miado is not only seeking validation but he is also targeting a world title shot and he believes that a repeat over the Thai warrior would do the trick.“I am doubling the effort of my preparation now compared to the last time because I know that he won’t be the same person that I competed against,” he said. “I believe that [a world title shot] will happen if I get the win against Dej. Hopefully, I get to compete against one of the top contenders for the World Title, but right now, I’m only focused on Dej.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UAAP juniors finals: Blue Eaglets ‘outworked’ by Bullpups in Game 1 loss Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

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10 months agoPSG goalkeeper Areola: With or without Mourinho Man Utd dangerous

first_imgPSG goalkeeper Areola: With or without Mourinho Man Utd dangerousby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola says they’ll be ready for Manchester United in their Champions League round of 16 tie.However, Areola also recognises they cannot underestimate United after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He stated, “Manchester is a very big club with or without Mourinho.”They are back, they have a story, they know how to handle those moments. “We had difficulties during this group phase, we came out even bigger and we will be ready on the day.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

22 days agoBarcelona chief Cardoner warns Man Utd, PSG off Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Cardoner warns Man Utd, PSG off Dembeleby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner has warned interested clubs off Ousmane Dembele.Manchester United and PSG have been linked with Dembele this week.But Cardoner told Catalunya Ràdio: “Dembélé is a different player, surprising, when we face him, you never know where he will go. He brings a very important element to the team and in addition he is young. “We made a big effort to rejuvenate the team. We have to balance the positions. He has a very special way of playing, but aside from his injury handicap, which is sometimes cyclical, he contributes a lot. We do not plan to sell Dembélé. We want him to evolve and bring us positives.” last_img read more