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BLOG: Governor Wolf Prioritizes School Funding in 2016-2017 Budget

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 21, 2016 By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretarycenter_img BLOG: Governor Wolf Prioritizes School Funding in 2016-2017 Budget Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog Funding our schools has always been, and continues to be, a top priority for Governor Wolf and his entire administration. As we approach the 2016-17 budget deadline, Gov. Wolf is fighting for a $250 million increase to basic education funding, as well as $30 million for early childhood education, and $30 million for special education.If we want to put our schools on a path to succeed, we need to continue to invest in education. Though $250 million cannot fully reverse the severe education cuts made during the previous administration, it will move Pennsylvania in the right direction.Pennsylvania recently took a hugely important step when Governor Wolf signed a fair funding formula. Prior to the passing of this bill, Pennsylvania was one of only three states that did not have such a formula in place, creating massive inequities in schools and hitting the most vulnerable students the hardest.Establishing a fair funding formula is a vital step in bettering our commonwealth’s education system. But it is not a cure-all for the challenges our schools face. In order to give students the education and skills they need to excel in a 21st-century economy, we need to make significant investments in our schools.If we don’t balance our budget with sustainable revenue to fix the deficit, we will not be able to invest in our schools. Instead, we will be faced with a $1 billion cut to education that will lead to larger class sizes, teacher layoffs, program reductions, and skyrocketing property taxes.That is why Gov. Wolf is fighting to include $250 million for basic education in this year’s budget.last_img read more

Ekka winds to blow in the buyers

first_img80 Main Avenue, Bardon is a bit different to it’s neighbours, but that won’t stop the buyers.This beut little brick number sits on a flat 615sq m of land in one of our city’s hot owner-occupier addresses.Space property consultant, Michael Kleimeyer, said despite the popularity of timber homes in Bardon, this offering has garnered plenty of interest.Mr Kleimeyer said he expects a good crowd to build as the five-bedroom, two-bathroom home calls for offers.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook on Kieran Clair — journo 89 Oxlade Drive, New Farm will appeal to the prestige buyers.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThis contemporary stunner has all the makings for a glamour auction event.Located close to the river and offering four-bedroom, four-bathroom accommodation across three levels, the 416sq m home has been fitted out to the highest standard and includes a passenger lift and inground pool.Place New Farm agent, Judy Newlands, is feeling good about her auction at 45 Agnes St, Auchenflower which will call for bidders at 1.00pm as well. This Saturday’s auction offer a wide range of property sure to bring in the buyers.It feels like winter is everywhere but Queensland at the moment, although bidders should expect the Ekka breezes to kick up as auctions get underway this Saturday.CoreLogic data showed Brisbane’s auction clearance rate was 48.7 per cent last week — a slightly softer number than we’re used to.No doubt sellers will be keen to see if we can crack back up above 50 per cent mark by Sunday night.If you accidentally sleep in on Saturday, kick off by strolling over to 11 Pitt St, Annerley where, at midday, Place Annerley principal, Nick Bekker, will be looking for an opening offer. 45 Agnes Street, Auchenflower should see a decent size crowd on Saturday.Ms Newlands said the price point and location of the three-bedroom cottage have seen a large number of prospective buyers walk through its doors during the marketing campaign.Ms Newlands said the north facing upper and lower level decks have played their part in bringing in bidders too.At 2.00pm, 80 Main Ave, Bardon will be up for grabs as well. 11 Pitt Street, Annerley has been beautifully finished.The stunning five-bedroom colonial has been renovated with a black-and-white palette so the new owner can accentuate as they see fit.Annerley is one of those suburbs south of the river that’s been fielding a lot of interest, so expectations are high for a big result.Among the other hot prospects on offer is 89 Oxlade Dve, New Farm which goes on the block at 1.00pmlast_img read more

Optime Subsea Wraps Up Jette Field Campaign for Aker BP

first_imgOptime Subsea has completed a two well plug & abandonment campaign on the Jette field for Aker BP, on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).The work was completed utilizing Optime Subsea’s Subsea Controls and Intervention Light System (SCILS).Aker BP chose to demobilize the SCILS after its two well P&A campaign on the Jette field in the North Sea.In preparation for its new completions work on the Skogul field, Aker BP will perform the complete interface testing towards the Xmas tree at Optime Subsea’s workshop in Notodden, Norway.Optime Subsea’s SCILS moves the hydraulic control from topside to subsea, resulting in no need for topside container and a dramatic reduction in size of the umbilical and reel. The SCILS have a total weight of 3 – 7T, depending on the reservoir size and configuration.“Aker BP continues to search for value creation by exploring new and innovative ways to optimize its assets and operations. We decided using Optime Subsea’s SCILS because it ties well into our strategy of continuous improvement and simplification of our well access operations. Using new technology always brings some risk associated with it, but the integrated planning resulted in a successful execution,” said Mads Rodsjo, VP D&W Functional Excellence in Aker BP.“We are very proud of how well the operations and one team relationship with Aker BP developed. We have a few more technology developments up our sleeve, but for the most part, our controls and intervention systems are modular and field proven and truly cutting-edge in the industry. We look forward to grow the global supply of SCILS and similar systems” added Jan-Fredrik Carlsen, CEO of Optime Subsea.last_img read more

Szczesny keen to move on from defeat

first_img The Gunners slumped to a frustrating 2-1 defeat at arch rivals Tottenham on Sunday in a match which they dominated for long spells, but were severely punished by two lapses in defensive focus just before half-time. “Every time we lose a derby there is going to be disappointment, but we have to pick ourselves up. We have 10 days until the next game so we have to make sure we are prepared for that,” the Poland goalkeeper told the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com. Arsenal have no FA Cup quarter-final tie to look forward to this weekend after they crashed out at home to npower Championship side Blackburn, with scheduled Barclays Premier League opponents Everton still in the competition. So Arsene Wenger’s battle-weary squad will at least have some extra time to prepare for what looks an impossible mission in Germany when they will attempt to overturn a 3-1 last-16 first-leg deficit. The players were back at the club’s Hertfordshire training complex on Tuesday as the group aim to refocus for the run-in, which Wenger accepts will provide a “massive challenge” if Arsenal are to somehow force their way back into the Champions League qualification places. Szczesny added: “We have a lot of time to prepare for that game and if we manage to get a good result and hopefully qualify for the next round, that would be a massive boost to have a good run in the Champions League.” Much has been made of Arsenal’s defensive shortcomings this season, with former Gunners centre-back Steve Bould stepping up into an assistant role alongside Wenger in the dugout. German international Per Mertesacker, however, insists the team have it within themselves to rectify any tactical issues and said: “Of course there is potential, but we have to show that on the pitch. “That is what is needed over the next few weeks: to go to Munich and take our chance there, then we have to take care of the league and go for all the points.” Arsenal will use the next 10 days to alter their mindset ahead of the trip to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, according to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pardew wants big bucks for Bolasie

first_imgCrystal Palace would sell coveted winger Yannick Bolasie for “£40million to £60million”, according to manager Alan Pardew. Democratic Republic of Congo star Bolasie joined Palace for around £400,000 from Bristol City in 2012 but has risen steadily in standing ever since. Last week Pardew slapped a £20million price tag on the 25-year-old’s head with Liverpool circling – now he has casually bandied about figures three times as high. “I’ll sell Yannick, if someone wants to give me £40million to £60million, somewhere in there, that would be good,” Pardew said. “I’ll take it and we’ll build the team around that money. “Every player has a price, of course. “All these players here are undervalued, in my opinion. “This is a top-10 team at the moment, top 12, yet if you put the valuation of our squad against any of the other teams above us, and some below, it’s not right. “So I’m going to address that. Anyone who rings me up will get a proper price. Pardew claims all his players are “undervalued” as the Selhurst Park club bid to assert their Barclays Premier League clout. The former Newcastle boss is ready to fend off big-money bids for his in-demand stars like Bolasie and defender Scott Dann – but conceded “every player has a price”. “It’s only our second year in the Premier League so it’s understandable (if players are undervalued). “You need to put your credentials there every week. “I think these players are starting to do that now; Bolasie, (Jason) Puncheon, (Joel) Ward, (Damien) Delaney. “Therefore when I hear figures being talked about players, they are not even close to where I value these players. “It’s very easy to address: a manager has to ring me up and I will tell him the price, and that will be addressed.” Lyon-born Bolasie bagged a hat-trick in Palace’s 4-1 Premier League win at Sunderland on April 11, his fine form since prompting a raft of transfer speculation. Liverpool’s initial plans to offer £10million this summer have been thwarted, but boss Brendan Rodgers is weighing up offering striker Rickie Lambert as well as increasing his transfer bid. While Pardew will be at pains to hold onto all his front-line talents at Palace over the summer, the ex-Eagles midfielder conceded the club may not be able to resist an outrageous bid. Pardew said Palace could end up wise to repeat the calculated “gamble” he helped take at Newcastle when the St James’ Park club sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35million in 2011. The Selhurst Park manager believes selling one star for big money can help rejuvenate an entire squad. “I can think of a situation I had at Newcastle, the last day of the window, a team that wasn’t great, not too far away from the relegation zone and we accepted a big bid for Andy Carroll,” Pardew said. “I said to the chairman at the time that that was a gamble. “We were by no means secure; we’d only just come up from the Championship that year. “But we did it, we spent the money wisely and we ended up with a very, very good team. “So it is about the right price for the right player, and then you have to build on that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The hacks are back: DO scribes dismantle WAER in Media Cup

first_imgOh, how many stages they had sojourned for this. The Earth had thrice cycled the aubade since the last day they could simper the simper of subjugators. So when the ultimate horn echoed throughout the bulbous tarp that constitutes Daryl’s Dome, the blood and sweat of prior vanquishments became reminiscences.Tears of agony resigned to tears of joy and as Ankur Patankar dribbled out the clock and flung the leather orb toward the canvas up above, ’twas a jiffy of pure ecstasy for the long-tenured page-smith captain and the ink-slingers’ superior rank.“That moment of victory was sublime,” said the bewhiskered post presence. “Unbelievable. I could smell colors. I could see sounds. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced.”The triumverate of Patankar, Stephen Bailey and David Wilson had been sans triumph during their celebrated careers in Syracuse, but ensnared the exclusively paramount triumph with a 52-37 trituration against WAER deep into Saturday night inside the confines of the Carrier Dome.But The Daily Orange adjured the enterprise from a triune of greenhorns to claim the fugacious conquest. Unwavering second-year Jesse Dougherty superintended the blitzkreig with the deportment of Gen. MacArthur. Junior marksman Trevor Hass landed a quartet of heaves from abaft the parabolic during the concluding third of an hour. And Matt Schneidman, dollars to doughnuts the ace frosh in this stockpiled collection, led all scorers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis highlight execution, though, was one that typified the breathtaking pre-dispositional travails of the everyday Orange’s seniors. As the leather sphere caromed outside the stripes sheathing James Arthur Boeheim Court, so too did Schneidman. He vanished into an echelon of cathedra. He goggled his joint which fastens his uppermost and lowermost arm and howled, for a ribbon of scarlet trailed out and onto the pristine hardwood of James Arthur’s quadrangle.“I got flashbacks to David Propper’s performance two years ago,” said Bailey, The Daily Orange’s headmaster of roundball. “That kid is a diaper dandy for sure.”His colleagues rushed to his writhing frame. The colony of drunkards that had holed up across The D.O.’s bench respired.He recrudesced, but it he needn’t. Chris Carlson’s Boeheimian lecturing actualized an adroit attack — that which let Dougherty canter in loops around the bumbling Kevin Fitzgerald until the mouth breathers from WAER were dunderheaded enough to abscond from Hass for one of his four trifectas — which was too variegated for those fanboys who clog the Salt City’s airwaves.“He was brilliant, but it helps that we were way more talented, too,” said Wilson, who commandeered the newsmen on and off the surface.But the triumph was most saccharine for Patankar, who birthed of a Siberian Central New York summer.To do that at home and against WAER’s band of nonsensical talking heads? Oh, that was his most saccharine consummation of all.“To win on the same court as Carmelo Anthony or Mookie Jones was something I only could have dreamed of growing up,” Patankar said. “I don’t know where the Dome will be in a few years, but that moment will never leave me.”W.F. Whence is a germanificated staff sculptor for The Daily Orange, where he re-germanificated to sculpt this glistening prose. Comments Published on February 10, 2014 at 1:48 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Football: Five takeaways from week one of Badger Football

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers started their season Friday night with a statement 49–0 victory against South Florida.In peak Floridian conditions, conditions Head Coach Paul Chryst’s team will rarely play in this season, the Badgers looked like their 2017 selves and appear to have put a sub-par 2018 season behind them.Here are five takeaways from the victory, and one area where the team can improve going into week two’s bout against Central Michigan.First, arguably the main reason the Badgers struggled a year ago was their porous run defense. After allowing only 98.4 rush yards per game in 2017, Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard’s unit allowed a whopping 155.4 rush yards a year ago.Friday, 2017 form appeared to return, as the Badgers conceded only 26 yards on the ground and sacked the opposing quarterback four times including one that resulted in a fumble return for a touchdown.The leaders behind Friday’s defensive line production? Defensive ends Zach Baun and Matt Henningsen. Baun recorded a sack, a forced fumble, three total tackles and was in the backfield seemingly every play. Henningsen recovered Baun’s forced fumble for a touchdown, recorded a sack of his own and had three tackles.Football: Fresh defensive line, linebacking corps seek to return Wisconsin defense to dominanceThe date was December 27, but the Badgers’ 34–3 Pinstripe Bowl victory against the University of Miami feels like it Read…Another clear takeaway from the game is that Scott Nelson struggles in coverage. Leonhard lost team leader and ultra-productive safety D’Cota Dixon after last season to graduation. With Dixon gone, sophomore Scott Nelson became the go-to safety in Leonhard’s secondary.Nelson is a hard-hitting, ultra-athletic safety who tackles well and is valuable in the back end of Wisconsin’s defense. During Friday night’s game, however, Nelson’s coverage skills left more to be desired.Nelson finished the game with four total tackles and one pass breakup. The breakup came on a deep ball that was dropped by the USF receiver before Nelson came in and finished the job. A few other plays over the middle where a USF receiver broke free and Nelson was a few steps too slow to contest the pass happened as well. While he was never badly beaten deep, being a few steps slow against talented teams like Michigan and The Ohio State University will prove costly.Football: Meet Wisconsin’s newest defensive star, Scott NelsonAfter a demoralizing loss to the BYU Cougars, it’s easy to forget the University of Wisconsin football team still has Read…Overall, Leonhard’s secondary looked good on Friday, but they did get bailed out by several USF drops. If Nelson can improve in coverage and solidify Leonhard’s back end, the defense will become about as complete as a Wisconsin defense can be.Third, and perhaps most importantly, Jonathan Taylor is still Jonathan Taylor. This sounds like a broken record at this point but Taylor dominated the USF defense in every way imaginable.His night ended in the third quarter with 16 carries for 135 yards, an average of 8.4 yards per carry, two rushing touchdowns, two receptions for 48 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Taylor also looked impressive in backfield blocking, a valuable skill which is often overlooked by football fans.Little more can be said about Taylor aside from that he will be in the Heisman conversation as the season progresses. Despite his talent, he will have a tough time winning it with quarterbacks like Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa dominating for their respective teams.Fourth, Quintez Cephus adds a new dimension to the offense.Having Cephus back is huge for Chryst’s offense.2018 saw the Badgers struggle to connect on deep balls all season. Part of it can be attributed to Alex Hornibrook’s style at quarterback but part of it can also be attributed to Cephus not being with the team during the season.On Friday, only about a week removed from being reinstated by the university and by the team, Cephus’ presence was already felt within the offense.Cephus ended the night with three catches for 39 yards, the longest one going for 17 yards. A yards-per-catch average of 13 is what Chryst needs to stretch the defense and take pressure off Taylor. Cephus’ night also would’ve been far more impressive on the stat sheet had quarterback Jack Coan found him on two wide-open deep balls early in the game.Football: Junior Jack Coan named starting QB for 2019 seasonFollowing a long off season, Jack Coan cemented himself as the primary starting QB for the 2019 football season. While Read…Finally, new faces on the offensive line didn’t slow production. Seemingly every year, no matter who is on the offensive line for Chryst, the unit delivers in every facet of the game. Friday’s game was no exception.Though they faced a horrid South Florida defense, the unit opened wide-open holes for Taylor all night and did more than enough for Coan to be comfortable in the pocket and get the ball away.Outside of the five positive takeaways, it remained clear that Coan’s deep ball has room for improvement.Coan looked good overall in his 2019 debut. After two years of Hornibrook struggling to read defenses and make necessary plays, Coan managed the game well and helped the offense put points on the board and convert on 50% of their third and fourth down conversions.What Coan struggled to do was connect with Cephus on two wide-open deep balls that could have turned into touchdowns. Yes, it was Coan’s first start of the season, but plays like the two to Cephus need to be made when Michigan comes to Madison on September 21.last_img read more

Local GAA fixtures

first_imgThe North and West U21 Championships are still at semi final stages – with the West game fixed for today between Cashel King Cormacs and Emly Sean Treacys off until Wednesday.However, the North Under 21 A Hurling semi final between Toomevara and Kiladangan goes ahead this afternoon.Throw in in McDonagh Park, Nenagh is at 2pmThen in the West Under 21 B Hurling final – Golden Kilfeackle take on Cappawhite Gaels in Bansha at 2pmAnd finally, in local GAA this afternoon, the North Tipp Junior A Football Final takes place.It pits Portroe against Burgess, with a throw in time in Portroe of 2pm. There are three Under 21 games down for decision this afternoon.The big game is the South Under 21 A Hurling Final, which sees St Mary’s face Carrick Swans in Ardfinnan at 2.30.Holycross Ballycahill await the winners in the county semi final. Photo: Stephen Gleesonlast_img read more

Don’t kiss and tell

first_imgTrinidadian beauty denies Trump tried to kiss herFormer Trinidadian Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam denies that Donald Trump tried to kiss her on the night she won the international pageant in 1998.Fitzwilliam denied that Trump has tried to smack her on the cheek despite a claim by Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, which published a photograph of the U.S. President with his lips planted squarely on her right cheek.Trump was the franchise holder for the Miss universe pageant at the time.The paper made the claim in a November 2016 publication which has now gone viral. The headline stated: ‘No one wants to be kissed by Donald Trump – here’s the proof’The caption to the photo was: ‘Back in 1998, Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam didn’t look impressed  by Trump’s attempt at a jubilation kiss either’It was the ninth of ten photos published to support the headline.“He was just congratulating me. He said I am beautiful and smart and I’ll have a good year. At that time (pre-Apprentice and the insane celebrity that came with it), he was kind and excited by Miss Universe, like a true fan of the pageant. He liked me. He was always very respectful of me. It probably helped that his close buddies Russell Simmons and Sean Puffy Combs liked me a lot then too,” Fitzwilliam told the Trinidad Express.” It was very loud during my coronation and chaotic, so he just came in close to speak to me and the media got lots of those shots,” she added.last_img read more