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Governor Wolf Commends Task Force to Maximize Job Creation in Pennsylvania Forest Products Industry

first_img October 25, 2016 Environment,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded the work of a panel of forestry experts from private, public and academic sectors that has been meeting regularly since January to analyze current limitations to forest conservation and job growth, and to develop an action plan to address both objectives.“Prioritizing conservation and job growth related to this field is vital to creating a sustainable, dynamic industry in this state where almost 60 percent is forested,” Governor Wolf said. “One of Pennsylvania’s greatest strengths is our natural resources, and this group’s strength is the expertise and commitment you folks have demonstrated the past nine months.”The Green Ribbon Task Force was called together following extended discussion between Gov. Wolf and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn on how Pennsylvania’s nearly 17 million acres of forestland could best play an active role in his call for statewide job creation.The governor commended the panel for looking at ways to spur job growth while improving and conserving the state’s forest base. Addressed specifically were:A new conservation easement program for working forests that would keep forests as forest but provide increased opportunities for sustainable harvest of wood products;Legislation to give loggers, on whose shoulders the entire forest products industry rests, more incentives and advantages to get into the logging business and to be able to make a good living, including better worker’s compensation options, more training, and more opportunities for worker recruitment;Sustainable support for the Hardwoods Development Council to conduct research, marketing, training, and many other opportunities through a public-private partnership between the industry and state government;Support and promotion of more maker’s spaces across Pennsylvania cities, where small manufacturing, wood crafters, artisans and others can share resources, networks and bring jobs back to forested Pennsylvania;Raising the profile of forest-based jobs through forest tours, job mentoring, early recruitment, apprenticeships and similar workforce efforts.”The panel’s report represents eight months of hard work by the 35 task force members and many agency staff and experts,” Dunn said. “It represents dozens of hours in all-day meetings, work group calls, field trips to see first-hand our forest products industry, lumber yards, manufacturing plants, our forests, and more. This collaborative effort among agencies and different stakeholder groups has taught us about each other’s work, problems, lives, and passions.“It has also produced better and more workable recommendations. We have learned from each other, and are making plans to keep working together to address the many issues we’ve raised and to put our recommendations into action.”Meeting at the governor’s invitation at his Harrisburg residence, at least 30 participants had been selected by DCNR and the state departments of Agriculture and Community and Economic Development. Today they were addressed by Gov. Wolf, Dunn and other key speakers, including:Daniel Devlin, state forester and director of DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry; Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture; Dr. Jim Finley, director of the Center for Private Forests and Pennsylvania Extension Forester;  Paul Lyskava, executive director, Pennsylvania Forest Products Association; and Wayne Bender, acting executive director, Hardwoods Development Council.Individual workgroups had been formed, introduced and assigned study and discussion areas that included: conservation; workforce development and jobs; economic development and products. Each workgroup’s responsibilities include:Address the current state of the forest and forest products industry; define the scope of the workgroup; identify issues to address; develop recommendations to bring to the larger group; and work with other workgroups to integrate and forge recommendations into a final set.Since its formation Jan. 7, the task force has held monthly meetings, and individual work groups also met to discuss issues in greater detail and formulate recommended action items. Workgroup chairs then reported out on their groups’ progress to the larger task force, in order to stimulate broader discussion.Details on the Green Ribbon Task Force can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/councils/Greenribbontaskforce/index.htm.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Commends Task Force to Maximize Job Creation in Pennsylvania Forest Products Industrylast_img read more

Galloper OWF Generates First Power. Turbines Tweaked to Add 17MW More

first_imgInnogy announced three pretty big news about its Galloper offshore wind project today, 7 November. The wind farm generated the first power on 5 November, 38 wind turbines are now installed at the site, and the project’s capacity has increased by 17MW.Namely, Siemens Gamesa – the supplier of fifty-six 6MW turbines – has improved the turbines and increased the output from 6MW to 6.3MW for each turbine, which totals to almost 17MW across the entire wind farm. With this boost, Galloper can supply over 40,000 more homes a year and the project can now provide clean electricity to over 380,000 households.On the project generating its first power, innogy pointed out that this milestone signals the beginning of the process to bring all 56 wind turbines online, expected to be completed in early 2018.Project Director Toby Edmonds said: “We have generated in record time having built the offshore part of the project in a single year which is a fantastic achievement. It has been a superb team effort that has been made possible by everyone involved from the innogy project team to our contractors and partners.”The Galloper offshore wind project is owned by innogy SE, Macquarie Capital, Siemens Financial Services, and a consortium managed by Green Investment Group and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, with innogy leading the project construction on behalf of its partners. The financial close for Galloper was reached in November 2015.last_img read more

Rising Sun Rodeo 2017 set for Sunday

first_imgTHE Rising Sun Rodeo Committee will stage the West Berbice Rodeo on Sunday at the Rising Sun Turf Club, Arima Park, West Coast Berbice.The event, which by now has become a house hold name on the sporting calendar, is expected to be bigger this year with a number of feature events on the day’s card.The activity is expected to kick off at 12:00 hrs with some 12 events listed on the day’s programme.Among the expected events are steer roping, bare back bronco, male and female barrel race, wild cow milking, calf roping, wild bull riding, saddle bronco, the Rodeo King competition and the popular Tug-o-War events. The clowns will be back again to treat the crowd with their stunts.Once again, Vaqueros (cow boys) are expected from Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela, to match skills with their Guyanese counterparts.Locals competitors from interior locations including Lethem and the Rupununi Savannahs are slated to grace the event with their presence and test the skills of the cowboys from the West Coast Berbice, the Corentyne and the Berbice River who will again be in action.A number of new stunts are expected to be performed with the weather being in excellent condition, so far.Meanwhile, renovation and upgrades have been completed at the venue and fans are expected to be in for a grand time.last_img read more

‘Overtime:’ Michael Jackson was and still is ‘The King of Pop!’

first_imgIn this May 31, 1997 file photo, U.S. Popstar Michael Jackson performs during the opening concert of his “HIStory Tour Part II” across Germany and Europe at the Weserstadion in Bremen, North Germany. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, file):10 ~    Ok, so you do know Michael . . . “The King of Pop” Jackson is dead . . . right? So I guess you also know he, well kinda he, has the #1 song in the land, but somehow you can’t understand why he was and still is “The King”! Even you haters gotta love that!:09 ~    And while I have you haters’ attention, let me put you on Front Street. If you’re over        “50”, don’t act like you didn’t do the robot to “Dancin Machine”. Don’t pretend like you         didn’t want to know who “Billie Jean” was, and for goodness sake, don’t even think about trying to tell me you didn’t sing “I Want You Back” after your girl walked out on you for      the fifth time. Yeah, you cried over “Ben” the rat . . . we all did. You marveled at the  dance routine of “Smooth Criminal”. You thought “Remember the Time” was super cool.  You ran to the dance floor the first moment you heard “You Rock My World”. And if  you open your mouth to try and convince me that you have never done the entire       “Thriller” dance at a wedding reception at least five times, I’ll smack all the taste out your    mouth! (Go ahead, put the C.D. in . . . nobody’s watching).Bill Neal:08 ~    So this bears repeating. I’ve never had a drop of alcohol, a cigarette, or a drug in my life. Anybody that really knows me will confirm that. Now, that being said, that moral value   statement and five bucks will get you a Big Mac meal. Point being, I am no saint and I  am not looking for a pat on the back. So yes, Bell and Blunt (get it “Blunt”?) should be      held accountable and punished to the fullest extent of the Mike Tomlin and Rooney family and NFL law. But if you want to believe that with all the people and cars and trucks and fumes on McKnight Road that the police officer pulled them over because he smelled weed and not because they were “driving while Black” wwweeelll, have I got  a bridge to sell you. C’mon man!:07 ~    See, it’s like I told you before. Right now you give less than a damn about soccer.:06 ~    You could write a book on Alvin Byrd, literally. But let me say this. Nicest guy in the  world. mooth as silk . . . all the time. A leader – trend setter – talented – highly  intelligent man – and as you all know, wrote the book on G.Q. Rest in Peace “Byrd”.  You were, in fact, The Man!:05 ~    I don’t know what you’re getting all upset about. The Pirates have “35” more games to play. Watch what happens when everybody gets healthy. As my good Brother Jerome   Flint would say, “Don’t worry. Don’t worry”.:04 ~    Yes boys and girls, “The Steelers have problems and they are many.” Quote the emperor   Chuck Noll.:03 ~    By the time you read this, Kevin Love will be a Cleveland Cav. Then I guess he and King James are going to cure cancer and save the world from destruction. Cleveland . . .   Miami . . . Cleveland. I just don’t like LeBron. Sorry Zik!:02 ~    Football season is here. No more lonely days. No more lonely nights. And you won’t  say it out loud, but now you don’t care what your women say or do till February.:01 ~    So you know how when you pass by the Giant Eagle in East Hills and you’re going down   Verona Road past the Dairy Queen, then you go a little further, well, right next to Bonus Tire is “The Lounge on Verona”. Well, that’s where the Par-tay is on Saturday,  August 30th – 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. – free parking – cash kitchen and the best fried  chicken in town – cash bar – 50/50 and The Legend Sly Jock breaking you down. We’re   gonna be Dancin . . . Eatin . . . and Drinking with or without you. ($10 to get in . . . the    good times are free!!!)last_img read more

Chelsea FC: Five priorities for the Blues in the transfer market this summer

first_imgThere may not have been any big deals into the club this summer, but Chelsea have certainly been busy in the transfer market this summer.The Blues have snapped up young starlets like Ethan Ampadu, while also adding Willy Caballero to their ranks as backup to Thibaut Courtois.These moves follow allowing the likes of Tammy Abraham and Kasey Palmer to leave the club on loan, while Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic, Bertrand Traore, and Juan Cuadrado have completed permanent switches away from the club.This has brought around £70million into the club’s coffers, which is set to be spent sooner rather than later.But what are Chelsea’s transfer priorities right now? Click the right arrow above to find out… 5. A defensive midfielder to add depth – if Nathaniel Chalobah isn’t give the role – Nemanja Matic appears set to rejoin former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the park alongside N’Golo Kante. Monaco man Tiemoue Bakayoko seems set to swap Ligue 1 for the Premier League but, unless the Blues do finally use Nathaniel Chalobah for a whole season they will need another body in the middle of the park to help them compete in four competitions. 1. A right wing-back to, at the very least, challenge Victor Moses – This might also depend on the long-term positional future for Cesar Azpilicueta, but the Blues certainly need someone to challenge Victor Moses. The Nigerian was superb for Antonio Conte in the position, despite previously spending most of his time used as a winger by Chelsea, and his loan clubs, but he could come a cropper when they play in the Champions League against elite attackers. If contain still has faith in Moses, expect a backup to join, but don’t be shocked if a top-level player is signed. 5 5 4. A versatile wide man to strengthen their options in the forward line – The Blues currently have a good stock, with Eden Hazard, Pedro, and Willian available, while next up is likely to be starlet Charly Musonda, who has impressed out on loan. If Conte decides Musonda needs another spell away from the club to get first-team football, it’s vital they add a body to replace him. One injury to any of their three stars would leave them down to the bare bones, and that won’t be good as they attempt to challenge in the Champions League. 5 5 2. An elite centre forward, if Diego Costa is to leave – After a text message exchange earlier this summer, it seems Costa is unwanted at Stamford Bridge. A switch to Atletico Madrid has been kicked into the long grass by the Spanish side’s transfer ban, so it’s all up in the air. It’s likely, by hook or by crook, Costa will leave still, and in that case then a top quality replacement will be needed, with Romelu Lukaku first choice to battle Michy Batshuayi for a starting role in west London. The Belgian, though, appears to be Old Trafford-bound. 3. Left-sided centre-back – Gary Cahill, overall, did well for the Blues last season but is the weakest link in the backline. It would be a shock if Chelsea weren’t looking into this situation, and, while Antonio Rudiger is seemingly being brought in to add depth the defence, he doesn’t often play in a left-sided role. He’s usually on the right side, or at right-back, which makes us wonder if another centre-back could come in. 5last_img read more