Governor Wolf Honors 49 State Employees for Excellence in Public Service

first_img September 30, 2020 Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today praised the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence for 2019 and thanked all state employees for their dedication to public service.“Today, we are recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of commonwealth employees in service to their fellow Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Wolf. “They have demonstrated innovation, work ethic, self-sacrifice, and compassion for others at the highest levels. The positive impacts of their efforts will be felt for many years to come.”“The Governor’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best among us as state employees,” said Secretary of Administration Michael Newsome. “I want to congratulate all of our nominees for their exceptional contributions.”Twenty-one state agencies submitted a total of 124 nominations prepared by their employees, with five individual and six group nominations selected as winners for this year’s awards.Corporal Adam Kirk – Pennsylvania State PoliceFor extraordinary bravery and sacrifice in the line of duty. Corporal Kirk was shot in the chest while conducting a welfare check at a residence in Tioga County in December 2019. Despite being severely wounded, Corporal Kirk and two Troopers maintained a perimeter outside the residence until back up and medical assistance arrived, preventing the assailant from fleeing and possibly harming others.Troop A Community Enforcement Team – Pennsylvania State PoliceTrooper Anthony Arbaczewski, Corporal John Isoldi, and Trooper Zachary Del SordoFor conceiving and developing new tactics to combat the opioid crisis and keep illegal guns and weapons out of communities. By proactively cultivating investigative leads and building relationships with other law enforcement agencies, the team has been instrumental in multiple homicide investigations, fugitive apprehensions, and heroin/fentanyl seizures.Greene County Fire Recovery Team – PennDOTWilliam Baird, William Gipe, Christopher Inman, Tamie Kiger, Timothy Mankey, Ryan Medvitz, Terrence Pearsall, Jack Rice, Tammy Tedesco, and Leslie WynnAfter a fire destroyed their offices and maintenance garage, the team mobilized to quickly resume operations from alternate locations and plan for the construction of a new facility, all while continuing to serve the traveling public.Sarah Baker – PennDOTFor leading the effort to make REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and photo ID cards available to Pennsylvanians. She made sure PennDOT’s program complied with applicable laws and regulations, coordinated the construction of five new driver’s license centers, contributed to the design of IT infrastructure to support the program, and conducted extensive research to provide an optimal customer experience.Unemployment Compensation Chat Service Team – Department of Labor and IndustryCharles Ballard, Geoffrey Lanning, Garrett Malick, Ryan Miscavige, Jerrie Lee Moyer, Wendy Peters, Richard Plesnarski, Jennifer Poorman, and Shawn PriceFor developing, testing, and implementing a live chat feature to serve Pennsylvanians contacting unemployment compensation service centers, allowing staff to provide better customer service to claimants, expedite claims processing, and reduce call volumes. Since its launch in July 2019, the chat feature has hosted more than 300,000 UC Live Chats with claimants.Community HealthChoices Team – Department of Human ServicesWilmarie Gonzalez, Jennifer Hale, Michael Hale, Randolph Nolen, Daniel Sharar, Jill Vovakes, and Kristen WiermanFor leading the largest phase of implementation of Community HealthChoices, a program for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities. Their carefully planned coordination and communication with participants, stakeholders, advocates, local officials, and managed care organizations, as well as health care, home care, and long-term care providers, resulted in a successful roll out with no disruptions in care or services.Patient Advocacy Program Team – Department of Health and Office of AdministrationCraig Costigan, Colleen DiVittore, John Krahel, Stanley Murzynski (OA), Tamara Seiler, Jared Shinabery, and Carrie Thomas GoetzFor establishing the Patient Advocacy Program within the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to assist patients who lose access to care due to the arrest of a provider, surrender of a DEA license, or closure of a clinic. They have provided rapid response for 11 events affecting large patient populations and direct outreach to over 1,060 individuals. They also disseminate alerts to counties when there is an unusually high numbers of drug overdoses.Adam Overmiller – Department of HealthFor developing an innovative geographic information system mapping tool that captures and shares data on the languages people speak. The tool can target communications tailored to populations that lack proficiency in English, allowing agencies to improve their outreach and achieve better outcomes for all Pennsylvanians.Ruffed Grouse Preservation Team – Pennsylvania Game CommissionScott Bearer, Robert Blystone, Jeremy Diehl, David Gustafson, Clayton Lutz, Timothy Hoppe, Daniel Jones, and Lisa WilliamsFor pioneering new strategies to restore habitats essential to the reversal of declining populations of Pennsylvania’s state bird, which has been devastated by the West Nile Virus. By identifying areas capable of supporting ruffed grouse that are also at low risk for the virus, the commission is better able to target its habitat restoration efforts where they are most likely to be successful.Daniel McIntyre – Department of CorrectionsFor implementing multiple innovations in corrections, parole, and reentry. They include using virtual reality technology to help juvenile offenders reentering society after lengthy sentences, working with mentally ill and hospice inmates, and training staff. He also led the use of GPS for low-level drug offenders as an alternative to incarceration or community corrections centers (CCCs) and created job placement and transportation services for reentrants residing at CCCs.Tyler Banas – Department of AgricultureFor stepping in to assist when a non-profit responsible for providing food access to 1.3 million low income Pennsylvanians in Southeastern Pennsylvania suddenly went out of business. Tyler helped the new provider get up to speed with its responsibilities as a distributor, as well as the proper handling of perishable items, all while fulfilling his regular job duties. Governor Wolf Honors 49 State Employees for Excellence in Public Servicecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Holiday at home in your very own suburban resort

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow online real estate auctions work01:54This extraordinary suburban estate, set over three blocks, offers all of the luxury features you’d expect to find in a first-class resort. Lush tropical gardens surround the sprawling 2372 sqm Sorrento site, which was inspired by Caribbean island living. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Take your tastebuds on tour with international wines and champagne.Leaving home may not even be necessary with an office, library, media room, wine cellar, fireplace and gym.“You can actually walk into the wine cellar and enjoy a drink,” Mr Guo. No longer able to use the residence, Mr Guo said the Chinese owners had priced the property, at 13-17 Binda Place, to sell at $4.75 million.“It is very good value, especially being three blocks and in such a central location,” he said. “It’s a very rare property.” RELATED: Melbourne couple splashes record $12.5m on mega mansion New suburb joins Gold Coast million-dollar club Relax post-match in the alfresco area.“It’s a great house for entertaining,” said Ray White’s Sam Guo. “You can jump in the pool after a game of tennis.”Previous owners renovated the grounds and residence, which has five generous bedrooms and nine bathrooms, including an outdoor shower and toilet. Plenty of space to play at 13-17 Binda Place, Sorrento.That holiday vibe kicks off with not one, but two pools — an 18m heated lap pool for exercise and a large leisure pool just for fun. The floodlit tennis court is of championship proportions while dual boat ramps, two boat sheds and a serviced pontoon capitalise on 57m water frontage. MORE: Iconic Sizzler restaurant space listed for leaselast_img read more

TOP Ships Agrees 3-Year Charter with Clearlake

first_imgGreek shipowner TOP Ships has agreed to enter into a time charter deal with Singapore-based Clearlake Shipping for one of its product/chemical tankers.The company informed that the 39,208 dwt, 2015-built Eco Fleet would be employed for a firm period of 36 months plus two additional 12 month periods, at the charterer’s option.The revenue backlog expected to be generated by this fixture, assuming all options are exercised, is about USD 25 million.“We are happy to have concluded a new fixture with a high quality charterer which, in line with our strategy, further extends our charter coverage,” Evangelos Pistiolis, the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, said.“Following this fixture, total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of operating vessels, from June 30, 2018, stands at about USD 211 million, increasing to about USD 225 million when adding the 50% of our joint venture vessels.”Separately, the company informed that it is offering an aggregate of 2 million of its common shares and warrants to purchase up to 3.5 million of common shares. The warrants will have an exercise price of USD 1.50 per share, TOP Ships said, adding that the warrants will be exercisable for four months from the date of issuance.last_img read more

Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development, say scientists

first_img“It has been well-studied that increased television time decreases a child’s development of language and social skills. Mobile media use similarly replaces the amount of time spent engaging in direct human-human interaction.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11382711/Using-iPads-to-pacify-children-may-harm-their-development-say-scientists.html The Telegraph 1 February 2015It might be tempting to hand over an iPad to a screaming child when all else has failed to calm them down.But child psychologists say it may be stunting youngsters’ emotional development, because they do not learn how to control their emotions. Dr Jenny Radesky, clinical instructor in Developmental-Behavioural Pediatrics at Boston University, said: “Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behaviour of children is still relatively unknown.center_img Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine in the US found that children need to find ways of self-regulating their feelings rather than masking them with distracting programmes or games.last_img read more

Senegalese peanut farmers eagerly await upcoming harvest

first_imgBountiful harvest makes Zimbabwe self-sufficient Peanut producers in Senegal are benefiting from a surge in demand from Chinese buyers, and most local growers are reaping the rewards of significantly higher prices. However, local peanut oil producers now say their supplies have been affected.https://youtu.be/06FjsH4jWcARelated Nigerian farmers seek more incentivescenter_img Tunisian Residents Divided over Upcoming Pollslast_img

Joshua happy to come home with Pulev fight in London

first_imgAnthony Joshua said he felt “honoured” to be topping the bill in the first professional boxing event at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after it was announced he would defend his world heavyweight titles at the north London football ground against Kubrat Pulev on June 20.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons You Have Trouble Getting Things Done12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… Joshua, 30, regained the WBA, IBF and WBO titles with a unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December.That victory saw the Londoner avenge the first defeat of his professional career, in New York last June.“On June 20, I am defending my heavyweight world titles,” said Joshua in a statement posted on Tottenham’s website on Monday.“I’m back in my home city after some time away. A spectacular stadium has been built in North London and I’m honoured to bring the boxing community from all over the world to witness us make history with the stadium’s first heavyweight world title fight.”“The belts go back up in the air and nothing will stop me from being victorious,” added Joshua ahead of his first bout in the UK since he defeated Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in September, 2018.The prospects for a much-anticipated all-British “superfight” between Joshua and Tyson Fury suffered a setback when American Deontay Wilder said he would trigger a clause in his contract for a third meeting with Fury, the new WBC heavyweight champion.– ‘Must-win fight’ –But Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, talked up the Pulev clash by saying: “I’m so excited to see Anthony Joshua return to the capital, 70,000 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is going to be very special.“As we go into what I believe will be the biggest year of ‘AJ’s’ career so far, all our attention turns to Kubrat Pulev in an absolute must-win fight.”Bulgarian boxer Pulev has won 28 of 29 bouts, with his only loss coming in a world title defeat by Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014.“Pulev is undefeated in six years and his team and especially Bob Arum really fancy this,” said Hearn. “I think you are going to see something special from ‘AJ’ on June 20 – a destructive performance on the road to undisputed.”Pulev, who is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title, pulled out of a scheduled meeting with the Briton in 2017 due to injury.But in a Facebook post on Monday, the 38-year-old Pulev said: “I am happy that I will be able to show the world how strong I really am.” Read Also: Anthony Joshua to defend heavyweight titles in London on June 20Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their heavyweight title rematch in Las Vegas last week – the American’s first defeat of his career – after a draw between the two boxers in 2018.Hearn responded by saying Joshua’s camp would do “everything we can” to bring about a fight with Fury.The 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium could stage a Joshua-Fury bout but it might yet take place overseas for financial reasons, with Saudi Arabia reported to be a potential venue.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Anthony Joshua spotted hanging out with Mahrez’s ex-wife

first_imgAnthony Joshua has been spotted hanging out with the estranged wife of Man City’s Alegerian star Riyad Mahrez, The UK Sun revealed today. Heavyweight champion Joshua, 30, and 26-year-old Rita have been seen together twice in the past few weeks at a shisha bar and also at a party at a mutual pal’s pad. The pair first met last December when Joshua invited Rita to join him and pals at their table in a VIP section of the Tape nightclub in London’s Mayfair. Joshua is said to have “backed away” when he realised she was footballer Riyad’s missus. Recently, Joshua and Rita have been seen with friends at The Hart Lounge shisha bar in Southgate, North London. And on Friday night a source said: “Rita’s mad keen on AJ. She thinks they can be a couple. “She’s in touch with him via his circle of friends and loves going out with them, although she really only has eyes for AJ. Loading… Read Also: Lionel Messi reveals date for Barcelona training return He told The Sun in May that finding love now would be tricky as it would mean having to change his ways. He said: “I don’t know how easy that would be.” A spokesman for Joshua said: “Anthony doesn’t personally know Mrs Mahrez and has no wish to, now or in future. He’s disappointed that she or people around her have tried to use his name to generate publicity.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “She’s been telling people about him, although he has held her at arm’s length.”center_img Another source said: “AJ has been on nights out where Rita is there. He’s ultra-cautious about her. He fears she’s targeted him for publicity as she’s trying to launch a music career.” Rita, living in a £2million mansion in Buckinghamshire, separated from Algerian star Riyad, 29, with whom she has two children, last year. Watford-born Joshua is single. He split from dancer Nicole Osbourne in 2016 and they have a son, JJ, four. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youlast_img read more

42,000 lbs of ground beef recalled for possible e. coli

first_imgLakeside Refrigerated Services, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 42,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.The raw ground beef items were produced on June 1, 2020 and are labeled from either Marketside butcher organic grass-fed beef in patties and ground beef or Thomas Farms grass-fed ground beef or patties. The problem was discovered during routine FSIS testing. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Lakeside Processing Center Call Center at (856) 832-3881.last_img read more

Murray hopes to be fit enough by next year to play Federer, Nadal

first_imgRelatedPosts Nadal stunned by Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals, Djokovic survives Koepfer Federer pays surprise visit to rooftop tennis girls Murray says players need assurance on quarantine issues before US Open Former world number one, Andy Murray, said he still needs four or five months to play top-level tennis, so that he can again take on old rivals Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal after career-saving hip surgery earlier this year. The 32-year-old is regaining his fitness after a hip resurfacing procedure in January, and late last month recorded the first two victories of his singles comeback at the Rafa Nadal Open Challenger tournament in Mallorca before making a third-round exit. Briton Murray, who has dropped to 415 in the world rankings, will next compete in Zhuhai, Beijing and Shanghai in the Asian swing of the ATP tour this year. But the three-time major winner thinks that it will be 2020 before he is “maybe” able to face the challenge of playing Federer or Nadal. “For years… I competed against them, although I haven’t won every time. I’ve lost more than I’ve won, but I always went out onto court feeling I could win,” Murray told Sky Sports. He added: “I don’t know if I’d enjoy going out on court against them knowing I’m going to lose or feeling like I had no chance. That would probably be psychologically challenging… I need to be patient and not expect too much too soon. “But maybe in four or five months, I can get there. In terms of how I’m hitting the ball in practice… the skill is still there. I physically need to get a little better and hopefully over time I get a little bit faster… I think I will.” Murray is hopeful of being picked in Britain’s Davis Cup team for the November 18-24 Finals in Madrid, adding he would be happy playing only doubles if necessary. “If I’m selected I’ll play. I don’t want to play or be selected just because four years ago I played really well,” Murray, who guided Britain to the title in 2015, added. He added: “I’d like to help and be in the team and play singles, but if I was asked to play doubles I’d probably do that.”Tags: Andy MurrayRafa NadalRoger Federerlast_img read more

Lekki Feeder emerges victorious at Eko Disco tennis championship

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Lekki Feeder has emerged winners of Eko Disco Open, the tennis competition sponsored by Eko Electricity Distribution Company at the prestigious Ikoyi Club 1938. The championship, which started on October 4, came to a close on October 11. The tournament played host to tennis professionals and enthusiasts at the club. The winners treated the audience to a great display of passion, resilience and skill to defeat their opponents, Ijora 33KA feeder, in the finals after their skill was put to test on the day. The teams were named after the 33KVA feeders of the event sponsors, EKEDC. In attendance at the finals were the Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938, Yomi Orenuga; Vice Chairman of the club, Tafa Zibiri-Aliu; Chairman of Tennis section, Abimbola Okubena; wife of the Chairman, Board of Directors of Eko Disco, Sharon Momoh; Chief Legal Officer of Eko Disco, Wola Joseph; General Manager, Corporate Communications of Eko Disco, Godwin Idemudia; other management and staff of the company; and tennis lovers. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC, Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi, who was represented by the Chief Finance Officer of the company, Joseph Esenwa, thanked the audience and players for taking out time to enjoy the beautiful game. Fadebiyi said: “The tournament was borne out of our love and support for sports and recreation. “At EKEDC we support sports development and recreation as they help in the work-life balance. “We are delighted that the maiden edition is successful and we look forward to having more of this.”Reacting to the sponsors of the tournament, Orenuga showed his delight at the company’s initiative to sponsor the championship. He mentioned that the club will always be ready to receive the company and suggested that the staff of the company should participate in the next edition of the championship. The tournament came to a great close as the guests who had been treated to a great display of tennis roared as Lekki Feeder, the winners, were presented their trophies and certificates. Ijora 33KVA feeder, who came second, was also presented their trophies. Tags: Eko Disco Tennis Championshiplast_img read more