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Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Expand Manufacturing Training in the Berks Region

first_img May 22, 2019 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) to support the last phase of a new welding facility that will serve 16 public school districts, private schools, residents, and businesses in the Berks County area. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“This Training-to-Career grant will enable Berks Career and Technology Center to significantly expand manufacturing training and job opportunities for Berks County residents,” Governor Wolf said. “We commend BCTC’s work to help Pennsylvania build the strongest workforce in the nation and reaffirm our commitment to our commonwealth’s manufacturing industry.”The grant will provide $200,000 to BCTC for the purchase of new welding equipment, and to hire a welding instructor and an outreach coordinator. BCTC is expanding its current welding facility to bring new opportunities to train students with advanced equipment and additional learning experiences. The expansion will enable BCTC to increase the welding class size from 25 to 40 students, for both morning and afternoon instruction. The new facility is set to open in 2020.“Berks Career and Technology Center is thrilled to be a recipient of the Training-to-Career grant,” said John Reedy, director of Business Affairs and Continuing Education at BCTC. “This grant will support our goals to continue building the number of skilled manufacturing workers in the area, supporting existing manufactures in Berks County, and providing an advantage for advanced manufacturing firms to consider locating in Berks. We appreciate Governor Wolf’s support and his commitment to the manufacturing industry.”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.In the 2019-2020 Executive Budget, Governor Wolf proposed the new Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to provide workforce development opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP will expand access to early childhood education, increase investments in schools and educators, and further partner with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative. Through SWEAP and PAsmart, the governor is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.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. Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Expand Manufacturing Training in the Berks Regioncenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

IORP Directive could create ‘monster reporting system’

first_imgThe QIS results have revealed big differences in the way individual EU countries have set up their occupation pension systems, he said.He said it depended on many things, such as local agreements between employer and employee organisations, taxes and state pensions systems, as well as history.“For that reason,” Hansson said, “we do not know how the Pillar I will be set up, and it’s too early to tell the impact. Anyway, it will be hard to have one system that fits all.”If such a system is still the intention, then there needs to be a deeper understanding of the impact and the value for the beneficiaries before the directive is designed and implemented, Hansson said.“Many of the IORPs are quite small and purpose built to generate maximum efficiency to their members,” he said.“Why should the beneficiaries in an IORP accept reduced efficiency for a one-size-fits-all system?”Asked about his expectations for pillars II and II of the directive, Hansson said: “The risk is once again that a one-size-fits-all reporting system will add all individual local government requirements to a ‘monster reporting system’ that only reduces the efficiency for the members of the IORPs.”Pensions are the future income for many people, he said, adding that, as such, they have to have a secure way of delivering expected values at low cost. The head of Sweden’s Sparinstitutens Pensionskassa (SPK) pension fund has warned of dangers if the upcoming IORP Directive incorporates a one-size-fits-all set of rules for pension funds in the EU.Peter Hansson, chief executive at the SEK22bn (€2.5bn) pension fund for Swedish savings institutions, said there was a risk the directive would lead to a “monster reporting system” that would end up making pension funds less efficient for their members.Hansson said it was not known what the first pillar of the new IORP Directive would eventually look like.“Generally, the problem is that we do not know,” he said in an interview in German blog Leiter-bAV.de.last_img read more

Swedish roundup: Länsförsäkringar Liv, SEB, Swedbank Försäkring, Alecta

first_imgAssets under management decreased to SEK115bn (€13bn) from SEK123bn at the end of 2012.SEB Trygg Liv Gamla, the closed traditional product at SEB, the banking group, returned 11.3% for 2013.The average return over five years has been 9.6%, earning praise from independent advisers judging it to be one of the best providers.The results for 2013 were boosted by listed and unlisted equities, as well as hedge funds and a low allocation to fixed income.At Swedbank Försäkring, the insurance arm of the Swedish banking group, traditional products returned 8.3% for the full year 2013, compared with 5.8% for the full year 2012. Assets under management also increased to SEK118.2bn from SEK103bn the year before.Alecta Optimal Pension, the traditional pension product managed by Alecta, the pension insurance provider, returned 17.3% in 2013.The fund has SEK31bn in assets.Meanwhile, Nordea Life & Pensions, the life and pensions arm of the Nordic banking group, saw assets under management increase slightly to €58.7bn at year-end, compared with €57.2bn the year before.The solvency level increased by 6 percentage points to 173%. Traditional pension savings products that have return guarantees saw returns increase among many Swedish providers during 2013.One of the exceptions was Länsförsäkringar Liv’s Gamla Trad fund, which lost 3%, compared with a return of 6.1% in 2012.In a statement, Länsförsäkringar cited a 76% allocation to long bonds out of a 92% allocation to fixed income.The company’s newer products, with different guarantees and a broader mix of assets, returned 4.3% since start in June 2013.last_img read more

Vatican bank chief and deputy resign

first_img Tweet Share Share 106 Views   no discussions BusinessFaithLifestyle Vatican bank chief and deputy resign by: – July 1, 2013center_img Sharing is caring! Share The Vatican bank has been plagued by financial scandals for decadesThe director and deputy director of the Vatican bank have resigned following the arrest of a senior Italian cleric over corruption and fraud allegations.Paolo Cipriani and Massimo Tulli offered to step down on Monday “in the best interest of the institute and the Holy See”, the Vatican says.It comes three days after the arrest of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano.The 61-year-old and two others are suspected of trying to move 20m euros ($26m; £17m) illegally.Monsignor Scarano, a priest from southern Italy, worked for years as a senior accountant for a Vatican department known as Apsa (the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See).He has been under investigation by Italian police for a series of suspicious transactions involving the recycling through the Vatican bank of a series of cheques described as church donations.The two other men arrested on 28 July have been named as Giovanni Maria Zito, who is described as an Italian secret service agent, and Giovanni Carenzio, a financial broker. Ernst von Freyberg, the current president of the bank, will serve as its interim director, taking over from Mr Cipriani, a Vatican statement said.A new position of chief risk officer would also be created to improve compliance with financial regulations.BBC Newslast_img read more

No word yet of missing Guyana cargo vessel

first_img Sharing is caring! Robeson Benn. Photo credit: kaieteurnewsonline.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Guyana’s Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn reported on Monday that there has been no sign of the cargo vessel MV Oliver L in the territorial waters of Guyana, Trinidad, or in Venezuela.A team comprising Benn, Lt Col. Orin Porter, operations officer of the Coast Guard; Michael Tennant, river navigation officer, MARAD; harbour master, Volton Skeete; commanding officer of the Coast Guard Gary Beaton; and director of maritime safety Stephen Thomas met on Monday to study the reports that have so far come in from the search and rescue operations. Contact at the diplomatic level has also been made with both Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. The vessel registered in the name of Raymond Lord, which has been missing ostensibly, since December 25, 2011 was manned by Captain Wexton Andrews, and two seamen ratings, Ramdat Roopnarine and Clad Burnett. The Oliver L left Trinidad on December 21 destined for Port Georgetown, Guyana, and was expected to arrive in Guyana on Christmas Eve. They did not arrive. Additional time was allotted because of bad weather and a new arrival time was calculated to be latest December 26, Boxing Day. The vessel has still not arrived. Minister Benn said that local authorities have been in contact again with the both the Trinidad and Venezuelan Coast Guards with no positive results. He said, “Yesterday we did issue a search box for the mouth of the Orinoco (River) where it has been inferred by the experts, that if the vessel lost power and was adrift, it may find itself in that area. But so far there has been no success on that search, which is continuing.”Benn and other members of the Maritime Authority expressed concern about the crew of the vessel. “We are of course very concerned, not simply about the loss of the assets, but more particularly, about the captain and crew on board the vessel. And that is Captain Andrews, and the two seamen, Roopnarine and Burnett,” the minister said. “We will continue to be in contact with the owners and the representatives here for the vessel, to be able to determine more particularly, and to record the circumstances in relation to the vessel and the fact that it’s missing so far.”Work with the Venezuelan and Trinidad and Tobago coastguard will continue with the support of the local authorities, which include the Transport and Harbours Department, the Maritime Administration Department and the Guyana Coast Guard. Personnel at the lighthouse, fisher folk and coastal mariners, and all other seagoing vessels have all been alerted to be on the lookout for the MV Oliver L. Coastguard assets in the Northwest District have also been notified and have been on the watch for the vessel. “We will continue to work hard at this to bring what we hope to be a good closure to the matter,’ said minister Benn. Responding to the fear that the operation could at some time move away from a search and rescue operation and become a search and recover, Benn said, “We would have to await the outcome of the current search that is underway in the Orinoco before we determine that. There have been occasions where we have been told the vessel has been delayed on a number of occasions, and didn’t report after four or five days. This is an extended period and highly unusual.”If it is necessary, the call will be made the minister explained. However, that determination will be made based on the information received over the next few days. He added, “Of course when we would have concluded that we would have comprehensively searched all the areas along the Guyana coast and that we are satisfied too, that the help of Venezuela has been thorough, and the help of the Trinidad and Tobago coastguard too has been thorough and comprehensive, we will make the call.” There is no indication that the vessel and crew may have slipped through any port authorities and gone elsewhere, said Benn, adding that he would be surprised if they did that for any reason. “They have families. Their families are concerned about them. We are of course very concerned about them (too). We are informed that they have both cell phones and satellite phones. The vessel is also equipped with the VHF, UHF, SSP radios, so it is worrying from that point of view,” he said. On the issue of using a tracking system to locate the vessel and crew, Benn explained that they do not have instrumentation to be tracked in that manner, adding that while all the normal things are installed on the vessel such as the radios and satellite phones, the phones would have to be on to be able to track.Director of maritime safety, Stephen Thomas explained further that while the satellite telephone on the vessel is not a mandatory piece of equipment, it’s a good piece of equipment. Thomas added, “According to the owner, they have been trying to contact it but it’s not on. They did not get any response. We’ve tried the cell phone numbers given for the crew also, and we aren’t getting any response. We have done calls to the VHF and the high frequency radio, which is a long distance, and we are not getting any response either. We are hoping that maybe it’s some mechanical or electrical problem. I mean that’s our optimistic hope, and its something that can be rectified, and will be rectified.”Thomas said that they are actively pursuing all means to locate the vessel and crew through communications assets and collaboration with Guyana’s neighbours, “and all the vessels that are currently operating in our waters.”“We have contacted ships that are coming from Trinidad to Guyana to ask them to be vigilant if they notice a vessel that fits that description, so that they can inform us and we can actively engage,” he added.According to maritime records, the vessel has all the basics in the necessary communication equipment, and its inspection is up to date. “If they are anywhere, stranded anywhere on the coast, they will be seen, because our coast is relatively busy between here and the Northwest district,” Thomas said. “We are engaging our Venezuelan colleagues because between Trinidad and Venezuela, in the track that the vessel was pursuing, is a lengthy coastline with a lot of islands and islets. So we are engaging with our Venezuelan colleagues, and the Coast Guard over there to help us in that regard, because we cannot go and search in the Venezuelan waters, but we are actively scrutinizing our waters for any evidence of them. We’re hopeful that the crew is alive and well, and every effort is being made to rescue and recover them.”It is possible that the crew and vessel may have sought shelter from bad weather in the Orinoco Delta, on the leeward side of one of the islands, which is why there is so much collaboration with the Venezuelans. Meanwhile, Harbour Master Volton Skeete, said that the Georgetown lighthouse, the main coast station, is in communications with foreign vessels that would normally would frequent Guyana’s ports once they are heading to Trinidad or Venezuela. These vessels will be giving feedback to the lighthouse if anything comes up. The lighthouse is also in communication with fishing vessels that would be leaving to keep a look out. This will be ongoing as long as necessary. The search is continuing.Caribbean News Now 63 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional No word yet of missing Guyana cargo vessel by: – January 3, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

Lampard reveals how Kepa has reacted to Chelsea axing

first_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best Car Manufacturers In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Apocalyptic Scenarios That Could Happen Today Loading… Chelsea paid a world record fee for a goalkeeper, £72million in August 2018, to recruit Kepa from Athletic Bilbao. The 25-year-old has struggled for any consistency this season, with a host of rumours circulating about Chelsea looking for a replacement in the summer. Lampard proved he had no hang-ups about benching Kepa despite the price tag attached to the high-profile keeper. The former midfielder insisted he will not let player values affect his selection judgement. Asked if it is difficult to weigh up not starting Kepa given his transfer status, Lampard replied: “If it did then I’d have to pick the team on how much they cost. “All the players know it doesn’t matter how you came to the club, what part of your career you’re at. “I don’t take that into account, it’s all about how you train in the week and how you play on match day. Read Also:Kepa believes he will return as Chelsea’s No1 after Lampard talks “I deal with the players as it feels right at the time. I try to be open and straight with them. They respect that, I certainly did as a player.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Frank Lampard has hailed number one goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s reaction to being dropped at Chelsea. Spaniard Kepa has battled with patchy form this term and veteran Willy Caballero stepped in for the 2-2 Premier League draw at Leicester on February 1. Kepa could regain his starting berth for Monday’s league clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge though, with boss Lampard impressed with his conduct since missing out at Leicester. “I wouldn’t say it was a jolt, I wasn’t looking for that necessarily,” said Lampard, of Kepa missing the Leicester draw. “I think I spoke around the Leicester game, and have to pick it as I see it. It was just a selection on the day. “Obviously there’s a bit more to it with goalkeepers, but I want everyone’s reaction all the time to be spot-on. “Every player has it. I had it in my career many a time. You have to show character in those little moments. And I’ve been pleased with his reaction. “The reaction has been good as I’d expect. He’s been training hard and has had his head down. So there’s a decision for me to make.”last_img read more

Herrick hoists Lincoln County trophy

first_imgBryan Herrick was the Saturday IMCA Modified feature winner at Lincoln County Raceway.By Kelly NinasNORTH PLATTE, Neb. (June 9) – Veteran wheelman Bryan Herrick of Curtis piloted his IMCA Modified to the Saturday night feature win at Lincoln County Raceway.Herrick started on the outside of the front row, took the lead on the first lap and never looked back. Put­ting the pressure on Herrick for much of the feature was eventual runner-up Brandon Clough.Jamey Kennicutt was the winner of the Karl Chevrolet Northern Sport Modified feature as he held off all challengers during the waning laps after his big cushion was extinguished by late cautions.For the second week in a row, Casey Woken scored the victory in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Jacob Hagan rocketed to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory and Daryl Cauffman powered his way to the Mach-1 Sport win.last_img read more

Football set to open Pac-12 play

first_img“Kedon’s going out there to lead our football team, and I don’t want him looking over his shoulder,” Helton said. “He won the number two position. We had a hurt quarterback and [Kedon’s] going to walk out there and be the No. 1 quarterback.” Stanford tends to mix different personnel groups, meaning it could play several different combinations of fullbacks, tight ends and wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. The biggest challenges for USC will not only be those personnel matchups and formations, but also getting a feel for how Stanford executes its plays, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said.  USC football is getting ready to take on No. 23 Stanford at home Saturday with sophomore starting quarterback JT Daniels out for the season with a torn ACL and meniscus. All eyes will be on USC’s new starting quarterback — true freshman Kedon Slovis.  USC will not be the only team on the field starting its backup signal-caller, though. Stanford senior quarterback K.J. Costello has been ruled out after a hard hit to the chin during the Cardinal’s victory over Northwestern on Saturday. Junior Davis Mills will take the reigns in Costello’s absence. The key for Slovis, a talented player with impressive fundamentals, will be gaining experience. Saturday was his first time competing at the college level, and suddenly he’s been thrust into the role of QB1. “We’re just playing fast and playing free,” he said. “And trying to put a simple defense together, so we can go out there and execute.” Stanford plays good situational football, and its pro-style offense is different from what the Trojans faced during spring and fall camp. Beyond that, the Cardinal have a strong downfield passing game. This week, the Trojans placed an emphasis on tackling and forcing fumbles, and sophomore safety Talanoa Hufanga said physicality will be the team’s focus against Stanford. Pendergast was pleased with the effort he saw on the field Saturday against Fresno State. Stanford junior offensive tackle Walker Little sustained a leg injury last Saturday and will definitely not be on the field this weekend — or the next five games after that. Having been named first team All-Pac-12 last season as a sophomore, this is a significant loss for the Cardinal.center_img Hufanga, projected to have a big year after recovering from the broken and re-broken collarbone that cut his 2018 season and spring camp short, showed his potential with eight tackles against Fresno State and has already provided a glimpse into that physicality. Senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. will help take pressure off freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis. (Ling Luo / Daily Trojan) Having already beat out redshirt junior Matt Fink and redshirt sophomore Jack Sears for the backup job during his short time at USC, Slovis should not be taken lightly. It might be a rocky start during his first few games, but he impressed against Fresno State by remaining collected despite being thrown into a high pressure situation.  A lot is uncertain in this upcoming game against Stanford, not only in terms of quarterbacks but also how USC as a whole will play against a powerful Pac-12 team. Athletic Director Lynn Swann said USC’s goal this season is to win the Pac-12 championship. This first week of conference play should provide a sign as to whether or not the Trojans are capable of doing that. “[Stanford head coach David] Shaw is a master offensive mind, so whatever situation they’re in, they’ll have them ready,” Kauha’aha’a said. “So we have to take that approach, whether it’s the starting All-American in there or the number two, number three offensive lineman in there, we take the same approach.”  USC defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a noted Stanford recruits to its strength: its offensive line. Though Mills is not the Cardinal’s regular starter, he should not be disregarded by the Trojans. The one thing the USC defensive line needs to clean up from last week, Kauha’aha’a said, is corralling the quarterback.  “[I] was really happy with the rotation we were able to go with up front on the defensive line. I think that paid off,” he said. “It’s nice to see waves of guys go out there at one time and get productive plays out of them. I thought the back seven at times worked well together, and at times that’s an area where we need to continue to improve.” USC’s Air Raid offense is meant to be simple. With a true freshman anchoring the offense, coaches will need to maintain that simplicity. Head coach Clay Helton emphasized that the playbook is still wide open for the team as he expressed confidence in his new starting signal-caller. last_img read more

GambleAware strengthens support for Gamban

first_img Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Share Share Submit StumbleUpon GambleAware has confirmed it’s funding of Gamban to provide treatment services, following an evaluation that has been undertaken to assess gambling blocking software.It comes after the publishing of an independent review, conducted by researchers Winning Moves, which considered the technical and therapeutic benefits of three specialist gambling solutions, and a trio of more general products.Marc Etches, chief executive of GambleAware, commented: “Blocking software can be an effective tool to help those at-risk of getting into difficulties resist the ubiquitous gambling adverts and special offers that surround us these days.  “This report reinforces the point that such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual, rather than being effective in isolation.“This evaluation gives us the confidence we needed to fund the use of this software for anyone who is referred to our treatment services.”Anonymising each packed in its research, Gamban was found to be the most technically effective at blocking licensed and illegal gambling sites, however a key issue that also cropped up was the cost of the usage of such tools to the individual.Karl King, associate director of Winning Moves, added: “Based on the results of systematic testing, blocking software appears to be generally effective in restricting access to online gambling.“One gambling-specific package was found to block access to 99% of active gambling websites associated with UK Gambling Commission licences.“When gamblers experiencing gambling-related harm are not aware of blocking software it can come as a welcome surprise, particularly to those feeling that they had exhausted all other potential self-treatment methods available to them.“Blocking software was felt to work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual, rather than being effective in isolation.”GambleAware is to make the software available to clients of its national gambling treatment services, stressing a hope that by reducing cost they can potentially encourage more people who are at risk to use the app if they need it.People calling the National Gambling Helpline who are referred for treatment from GamCare, its network of regional partners, the National Problem Gambling Clinic and the Gordon Moody Association, will be given use of the software free of charge by Gamban.Jack Symons, CEO of Gamban, concluded: “Significant investment and dedication in the development of our software has got us to the point where we’re now world-leading in gambling blocking.“We’re delighted that this has been recognised by GambleAware, who will provide Gamban for free to those whose treatment they fund.” Related Articles GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020last_img read more

Local CPA gives tips to prepare for tax season

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTax season is right around the corner and now is a good time to start preparing. Bernie Lamp, Certified Public Accountant and partner at Straley, Lamp and Kraenzlein says the first thing taxpayers should do is be knowledgeable on tax laws and requirements.“I think just being aware what their situation is and aware of what the tax laws are. There are still some credits that are available especially in the area of tuition they can take advantage of.”Lamp says, since an increase in the standard deduction rate in 2018, using itemized deductions has not been as common. But for those who are close to exceeding the standard mark, $20,000 for singles and $40,000 for joint filers, now is a good time to consider the best ways to surpass the threshold. This may include paying property taxes by the end of the year, making charitable contributions, or selling investments at a loss to balance out with gains for the year. Lamp says,“Make sure you are taking advantage of some of those tax law provisions that became effective in 2018. We’re not seeing any new, significant changes in 2019. We’re going to have a presidential election in 2020 and we don’t know what’s going to happen at that point.”Lamp says now is also a good time to look over records, ensuring you have not underpaid in taxes up until this point in the year. Most importantly, familiarizing yourself with recent changes will keep you from a headache in the long run.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: cpa, Lamp, Lamp and Kraenzlein, Straley, tax, tax season, taxesContinue ReadingPrevious Geminids meteor shower to peak this weekendNext MSP vehicles outfitted with updated cameras, better sounds and visualslast_img read more