Reinventing the appeal

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Governor Wolf Announces $25.4 Million Investment in Clean Water Infrastructure Impacting Seven Counties

first_img October 27, 2017 Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $25.4 million in loan funding for a public/private partnership project covering seven counties in northcentral and northwestern Pennsylvania that will serve to preserve, protect and improve water quality while supporting core economic opportunities with the commonwealth’s important lumber industry.The loan funding was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) Board of Directors.“This is an example of how government and private sector interests can intersect to protect the environment, and improve water quality as we help preserve important segments of our forested areas all the while creating jobs and economic opportunities as they are managed for future generations,” said Governor Wolf.“The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry has been working closely with PENNVEST, the Department of Environmental Protection, local officials and industry leaders to help pull together this important project that will provide working conservation easements to allow sustainable forestry, protect high quality streams, and mitigate acid mine drainage,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adam Dunn.Dunn noted that a conservation easement limits certain uses or prevents subdivision and fragmentation from taking place on the land, which still remains in private hands to continue to provide economic benefits in the form of jobs and property taxes.The funding for this project comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work have been paid and receipts submitted to PENNVEST.For more information, visit www.pennvest.pa.gov or call 717-783-6798.MEDIA CONTACT:  Brion Johnson, 717-783-6798Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement Project:Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Venango Counties** Lyme Timber Company LP received a $25,450,115 loan to support the purchase of 23 large tracts of privately owned forest land, placing over 9,362 acres into working forest conservation easement, and an acid mine drainage restoration project within the Sterling Run property. This project is expected to create over 50 new forestry jobs over the next several years and leverage over $91,000,000 in private investment.* denotes projects that have Drinking Water State Revolving Funds** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State Revolving Funds SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces $25.4 Million Investment in Clean Water Infrastructure Impacting Seven Countieslast_img read more

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Kongsberg and thyssenkrupp Set Up Joint Venture

first_imgthyssenkrupp, its subsidiary Atlas Elektronik and Kongsberg have joined forces and established a 50/50 joint venture company to shape the future combat systems of conventional submarines. The company named kta naval systems will be the exclusive supplier of combat systems for submarines from thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.This was announced during an official founding ceremony in Kongsberg, Norway, in the presence of German and Norwegian government officials as well as company representatives of all three partners.Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: “The cooperation goes far beyond the production of submarines for Norway and Germany. It is the starting point for a broader cooperation between European states in the procurement of submarines. With the new joint venture and following our acquisition of Atlas Elektronik we are now in the unique position to offer the full range of services for conventional submarines including design, development, manufacture and now also the centerpiece: the combat systems.”German and the Norwegian governments had signed a government-to-government agreement at the end of June 2017 for the joint development, procurement, operation and maintenance of submarines and marine ordnance. Having received the request for proposal, thyssenkrupp and its partners are currently developing a detailed concept to offer four submarines to the Norwegian Navy and two submarines to the German Navy. It is currently planned to sign a joint contract for the new 212 Common Design (CD) submarines in 2019. Based on this, the submarines could be delivered from the mid-2020s.Eirik Lie, president of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS: “The joint venture is an important step for us and the Norwegian defence industry. We have been partnering with thyssenkrupp for the past decades and are delighted to now take our partnership to the next level. Together we will deliver the next generation of combat systems and put smart defense in Europe into action.”kta naval systems is operated through headquarters in Kongsberg, Norway and a branch office in Bremen, Germany. The newly founded joint venture company is owned 50 percent by Kongsberg and 50 percent by thyssenkrupp together with its subsidiary Atlas Elektronik. It is planned that the company will deliver the combat systems under a joint procurement program of the German and Norwegian navies for the new 212CD class as well as for upcoming thyssenkrupp Marine Systems submarines. A combat system enables the submarine crew to fully perceive their surroundings, identify objects and analyze the situation in detail. It consolidates all information to permit a rapid and reliable response.In joining forces, cooperation between the German and Norwegian navies will not only reduce maintenance and training but also logistical efforts. The submarines will be based on the class 212A and specifically tailored to the requirements of the two nations. The class 212CD will combine the low signatures of the class 212A with extended range, speed and endurance to allow worldwide operations.last_img read more

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Does High-Potency Marijuana Do More Damage To The Brain?

first_imgForbes.com 28 November 2015There’s been a long and heated debate about whether marijuana actually triggers long-term changes in a person, both neurologically and psychologically. Some research has found that pot is linked to psychotic symptoms, and it’s certainly been linked to schizophrenia across multiple studies. However, it’s a bit of a chicken-or-egg problem, since it can be difficult to tell which is the pre-existing “condition,” the pot smoking or the psychological/psychotic symptoms. Now, a new study from King’s College London finds that smoking skunk, a high-potency variety of pot, is linked to changes in the white matter connections between the two hemispheres of the brain. And this seems to be true whether a smoker experiences psychosis or not.Skunk has higher levels of the psychoactive compound Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than “regular” pot, and has become much more prevalent in recent years, as people seek out more potent versions of the drug.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.The researchers scanned the brains of 56 people who had sought treatment for a first episode of psychosis, and 43 healthy controls. The team looked at the density in the brain’s corpus callosum, the vast network of white matter tracks that extend from neurons in one hemisphere to cells in the other. Damage to the white matter connections means less efficient communication between brain cells, which itself can be linked to cognitive problems.It turned out that there some significant links between how often a person smoked and how likely they were to have changes in their white matter: People who smoked skunk more often had a greater likelihood of damage their white matter than people who smoked less frequently or who smoked lower-potency version. And using skunk was linked to white matter damage regardless of whether or not psychotic symptoms were reported.“We found that frequent use of high potency cannabis significantly affects the structure of white matter fibres in the brain, whether you have psychosis or not,” said author Paola Dazzan. “This reflects a sliding scale where the more cannabis you smoke and the higher the potency, the worse the damage will be.”http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/11/28/does-high-potency-marijuana-damage-the-brain/last_img read more

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First confirmed case of COVID-19 in IN: Risk is still low

first_imgGovernor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced today the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a Marion County resident with a recent history of travel to Boston. To ensure continued coordination, Gov. Holcomb is issuing a public health emergency declaration.A presumptive positive case means the patient has tested positive at the ISDH Laboratories. Samples will be sent to the CDC for final confirmation.State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, said the adult patient has been in self-quarantine since arriving back in Indianapolis and that the risk to the general public is low.Dr. Box stated that the individual called the Department of Health on Thursday to report that he had symptoms of the virus and was directed to go to the emergency room at Community North where a team of health care providers met him in the parking lot at took him to isolation, away from the rest of the facility.  The individual has mild symptoms and is currently under the self-quarantine outside of a hospital according to Dr. Box.  80 to 85% of all cases are mild cases according to Dr. Box.  The majority of the death in the US is due to the spread in a high-risk long term care facility according to Dr. Box.  Prevention is still the key currently.  Ripley County Medical Director Dr. David Welsh stated that Ripley County is ready to handle any issues and reminds everyone to “practice what your mom taught you such as washing your hands, covering your cough, and stay home if you are sick”.  Dr. Welsh also recommends that if you think you are showing signs of illness, please call ahead to your health care provider so that they are prepared to take care of you as best as possible.  Dr. Welsh also recommend to stay up-to-date on the latest information, check out the Ripley County Department of Health website that has great information including links to the Indiana State Department of Health and The Centers for Disease Control websites.last_img read more

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Minister endorses Olumide George’s AFN board

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Sunday Dare, has endorsed the Olumide George-led Athletic Federation of Nigeria board. Against the backdrop of the leadership tussle that has engulfed the federation in recent time, Dare backed George’s board as the authentic one to administer athletics in the country. The Minister gave this backing to the AFN via his Twitter handle: @SundayDareSD, on Friday. According to the tweet: “Acting AFN President Olamide George in December 2019 dropped by my office at Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports to share plans. “The FMYS will partner with them and not any renegade or ‘autonomous’ group. We will partner to ensure Athletes are paid their allowances once verified.” The Ibrahim Gusau-led AFN in December 2019 declared autonomy from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development over alleged interference. The federation also sacked six of its board members, appointed a new Secretary-General and relocated its headquarters. There have been lingering crisis in the athletics federation, leading to the board members splitting into factions.Tags: Athletic Federation of NigeriaOlumide GeorgeSunday Darelast_img read more

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Murray says World Cup failure a reality check for West Indies

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Former West Indies vice-captain, Deryck Murray, believes the Caribbean side read too much into their performance against England in the five-match one-day series earlier this year, and it provided a false premise for unrealistic expectations at the World Cup.West Indies held the world number ones and World Cup favourites, England, to a 2-2 draw back in March, triggering widespread hope they could mount a serious challenge at the global showpiece in England.However, the Windies flattered to deceive, managing just two wins in nine outings in the tournament, to finish ninth in the 10-team standings – only above minnows Afghanistan playing in their first World Cup.“If we are realistic, just before the tournament, Bangladesh had beaten us in a tournament with Ireland, Afghanistan had beaten us fairly regularly,” Murray told the Mason and Guest cricket radio show here.“I think there was a bright spark in the tournament that we played with England and we forgot to look at the fact that England came almost on holiday – a little winter break. They were caught very complacent.“They played bad cricket rather than we played excellent cricket, although the result was excellent, and I think that buoyed our hopes that we could compete with the top boys.”West Indies opened their World Cup on May 31 with an impressive seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in Nottingham, further reinforcing their tag as one of the tournament’s dark horses.However, they then lost six of their next seven matches to be eliminated from contention for the semi-finals, wrapping up their failed campaign with a tense victory over Afghanistan.Murray, a member the Windies World Cup-winning sides of 1975 and 1979, said the Caribbean side’s results should not have been a surprise since it merely reflected their form in recent years.West Indies have gone without a one-day series victory for five years and won just 12 of their last 28 ODIs in the lead-up to the World Cup.“At the end of the day there were so many ‘ifs’. But the problem is with the ‘ifs’ – if this happens, you will win,” Murray contended.“You can’t just keep hoping that if something [happens], if the board had gone a little further, if this person didn’t drop a catch … but it was all very predictable over the form of the West Indies team that have been representing the colours of over the past few years.“That’s been the story of the day so why should we go into the highest tournament in the world and suddenly everything goes right.”The 76-year-old Murray, a former Cricket West Indies director, said the team faced several challenges heading into the tournament, which eventually proved impediments to performance.More importantly, he said a reality check was needed regarding the West Indies side and their ability to deliver consistent results.“We all knew team selection [could have been an issue] – we weren’t sure we had the best 15 players there. That was confirmed,” Murray contended.“We weren’t sure that the players were fit enough, we weren’t sure that the players were mentally prepared, we weren’t sure we had the right leadership – the coaching staff etcetera – and they were proved all right in the analysis.“We have to accept and temper our disappointment with the fact that reality stepped in and it’s a very good opportunity for us to say ‘look this is what the reality is, we are the number nine or number 10 team in the world, we have to do things a lot differently’.“It cannot be business as usual and hope that if we execute, or if we do this or if we do that, it will be alright on the day – that’s not going to happen. We need to change.”last_img read more

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Guyanese squash team raring to go in Pan Am games

first_imgGUYANA’S squash contingent to the Pan American Games 2019 in Peru, Lima will serve into action today with doubles competition. The team of Taylor Fernandes and Ashley Khalil will play a Chilean unit that had knocked them out of the Pan American Championships last year.According to Taylor, “I’m very excited. This is my first time (at Pan Am) and I’m going to be playing against professional players and all I want to do is go out and play my best.”Head coach Ramon Chan-A-Sue“I am a bit nervous but I keep telling myself that there is nothing to lose and the only thing I can do is go out there and play my best game,” she added.Meanwhile, head coach of the team, Ramon Chan-A-Sue, told the media that in spite of the team having some issues, they are progressing well.“Our athletes are obviously accustomed to the humid conditions but Mary Fung-a-Fat was up in England training so she’s accustomed to this kind of weather and she resides in the U.S. so the girls seem to have adjusted to the court.”He added, “We are using a 17’ tin for singles which is a lot different from what we have in Guyana so that’s proving to be more of a challenge than the weather.”“We competed in the Commonwealth Games and CAC games last year and actually our team that medalled in the CAC games are going to compete here and I think we have a good chance.  We think we have a shot against them.The games began yesterday with beach volleyball and will officially open tomorrow.Guyana’s rugby team scrums into action on Saturday.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s seniors finish home career with 54-23 dismantling of Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments After Syracuse crammed years of pent up aggression from beatdowns past into a 60-minute pummeling of downtrodden Louisville, the Carrier Dome was mostly empty.The diehard fans stuck around, though. They gathered close to the railing, as close to the field as they could get. They wanted a chance to say thank you.Syracuse’s seniors filed out of the tunnel and began their final lap around the Carrier Dome, shaking hands, receiving applause and soaking in the adulation. Someone handed their baby to quarterback Eric Dungey for a picture.They, the seniors, were there to acknowledge the fans that supported them and the fans were there to acknowledge the players’ work, giving the class that lived through three years and a combined 12-24 record the praise it well deserves amidst SU’s best season in 17 years.“It was awesome,” senior Ryan Guthrie said. “Just really knowing how much they appreciate us. We really appreciate them. We like them for everything they’ve done for us, sticking by our side and believing in us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe final lap around the Carrier Dome celebrated a senior class that spent three years in football purgatory for this singular season of glory, No. 13 Syracuse’s (8-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) return to relevance and, as a footnote, a 54-23 beatdown of Louisville (2-8, 0-7) on Friday night.“It’s good that we could grow in our last season and have a winning season and give this program and the fans what they deserve,” senior Kielan Whitner said.Since joining the ACC in 2013, SU had never beaten the Cardinals. The last time the two teams played in the Carrier Dome in 2016, U of L scored three touchdowns in its first six offensive plays, including Lamar Jackson’s hurdling of Cordell Hudson. The final score was 62-28 and Jackson set an individual Syracuse record for yardage by an opposing player (610).Last year, in a downpour in Louisville, Jackson torched a toothless Syracuse defense. SU’s Zack Mahoney-led offense — Dungey spent last November watching games with a broken foot — offered little response in a 56-10 blowout in which third-string quarterback Rex Culpepper came on and led SU with 89 passing yards.The beatdowns have been so bad — in four ACC matchups, SU has been outscored 187-61 by U of L — that earlier this week, Babers wrote down the scores of the last two matchups on a whiteboard for the whole team to see.“Just kind of eye opening. We were getting smacked,” Dungey said on Tuesday of past matchups with Louisville and Babers’ whiteboard antics. “It’s embarrassing really. So you know, I wanna right some wrongs right now.”After bashing the Cardinals, it seemed justice had been done.“This felt good for us,” Dungey said. “I really wanted to win by a lot.”Walking down the tunnel pregame for the last time, Guthrie turned to senior defensive back Antwan Cordy.“I feel like we’re going to have a good one today,” Guthrie remembered saying.“I feel it too,” he remembered Cordy replying.They were right. The outcome of Friday’s mashing of the Cardinals was in doubt for the brief period U of L trimmed SU’s lead to 10-7 in the second quarter. The Orange responded with 34 unanswered points.Dungey led the charge and Moe Neal shredded the Cardinals defense for two 60-plus yard runs — he scored on his first touch of the game, a 67-yard draw. When not gashing Louisville on the ground, SU opted to pick up chunks in the air. And when Syracuse’s offense didn’t move forward, the ever-reliable penalty marker often came flying, punishing Louisville and pushing the needle closer to blowout territory.Late in the third quarter, after Louisville scored a feel-good touchdown to stop the bleeding, Dungey scrambled to his left and tried to hurdle a defender, his signature move. He flying-jump kicked the defender in the chest and facemask.A shotgun snap flew past Dungey in the fourth quarter and he ran back and fell on it in the open field. A Louisville defender hit him in the helmet after the play. The offender earned two personal fouls for his actions. Dungey popped up and celebrated the 30 yards. It was that kind of night for both teams. Every Louisville misstep matched a Syracuse success.All 42,797 fans, the largest crowd in the Carrier Dome since Leonard Fournette and LSU came in 2015 — albeit fewer by games end — cheered loudly the entire game.“We’ve been through a lot the past five years,” redshirt senior wideout Jamal Custis said. “For the fans to be happy for us like they were, it just felt like real family. It felt good to do that for them.”“Obviously we’re winning a lot more this year,” he continued. “It’s good vibes all around.”Led by the seniors, Syracuse spent the night celebrating. Whitner, an under recruited safety turned linebacker had an interception. Cordy, who missed nearly two full seasons to injuries, returned a blocked field goal deep into Louisville territory, directly setting up SU’s first touchdown. Chris Slayton, the quiet but dominant defensive tackle, wreaked havoc in the middle. And, of course, there’s Dungey.And after Dungey missed the ends of his first three seasons to injury and the group endured Scott Shafer’s firing, three-straight losing seasons and a myriad of embarrassing moments, they deserved their moment.Friday’s win marked more than a turnaround against an opponent Syracuse has historically struggled against. After years of being mired among the dregs of college football, the Orange’s emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the ACC this season, nearly pulling a second stunning upset of Clemson and defeating then-No. 22 North Carolina State at home to become bowl eligible for the first time in the Dino Babers era.The cheers Friday weren’t just for the beatdown of a 2-8 team that hasn’t won a conference game. They weren’t just for a team that is not only playing for a bowl, but a good bowl. They were to thank the group of players that spent three years working and suffering on some really bad football teams, who got to finally bask in the glory of all they have achieved, and still could, this season.So when Dungey, the ringmaster of all of this, the quarterback whose best plays are his worst, who spins out of a sack he ran himself into only to run into a big hit and pop right back up for more, checked out of the game, those remaining stood and applauded.Dungey ran off and met Tommy DeVito, his heir, near the numbers and embraced him. Leaving DeVito, Dungey stuck one arm in the air while placing the other over his heart, a silent nod to the crowd, as the fans loudly roared for Dungey. Then, Dungey walked over and hugged Babers before blending into the bench. A chant broke out as DeVito took his first snap.“Er-ic Dun-gey!” the fans repeated, over and over.“It still hasn’t hit me that this is my last game in the Dome,” Dungey said postgame. “It’s really been an honor.”After the game, underneath all the stands in bowels of the Dome, Babers got to relive his favorite Dungey moment — a forced fumble after throwing an interception against Miami last year — and players got a chance to thank the fans for coming and their teammates for supporting them.Family members of seniors snapped pictures and Dungey and Whitner teased Guthrie, their roommate, who was still being interviewed after they were finished on the podium.Then, Dungey and Whitner, like the rest of the seniors, walked out of the Carrier Dome one last time, victorious.center_img Published on November 9, 2018 at 11:10 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

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European League Round-Up: Chelsea Stunned At Home, Marseille Extend Winning Start

first_imgHuddersfield Town produced another stunning result on the day when they defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 away from home at Selhurst Park.Joel Ward put through his own goal in the 23rd minute to hand the newly promoted side a shocking lead, before record signing Mounie netted a brace to ensure Frank de Boer started his Premier League managerial career in the worst possible way.Manchester City defeated Premier League new boys Brighton and Hove 2-0 at the Amex Stadium, to ensure they avoided any unforeseen opening day drama. Sergio Aguero and an own goal from Lewis Dunk handed victory to Pep Guardiola’s men, who raced into second-place on the table. ENGLANDWatford and Liverpool battled out an exciting 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road in Saturday’s early kickoff, a game which produced a stunning six-goals, three apiece per half. The Reds would feel hard done by Miguel Britos’s added-time leveler for the Hornets, a contentious goal that denied them maximum points.Stefano Okaka put Watford ahead before Sadio Mane equalized with his first shot of the season. Abdoulaye Doucoure put Watford ahead going into the break. On resumption of the second half, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino leveled from the spot, after which club record signing Mohamed Salah put the Reds ahead for the first time on the day.Marco Silva’s blushes were saved late on when Britos scored a goal despite looking to have been in an offside position after the ball struck his arm, a strike which ensured the young Portuguese tactician’s reign at Watford wasn’t off to a losing start.Gary Cahill endured a miserable start to life as captain of Chelsea, as he was sent off in the 14th minute of a shocking 3-2 home defeat against Burnley.Chelsea, who became the second title holders to lose on the opening day of the season, finished with nine-men, after Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were both sent-off for silly challenges in each half, a real let off for the squad considering their senior player status.Sam Vokes netted a first-half brace added to Stephen Ward’s wonder-strike to ensure the visiting team went three-nil ahead into the break.Record signing Alvaro Morata pulled a goal back for Chelsea moments after coming on as a substitute before David Luiz finished with a precise left foot strike which proved too-little-too-late as the Blues find themselves in 16th-place ahead of next weekend’s London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. Activities from the Premier League and French Ligue 1 was action packed on Saturday, with the English champions Chelsea getting stunned at home by Burnley, while Marseille were lone goals winners away from home.center_img FRANCEOlympique Marseille moved into second-place thanks to a 1-0 away win over Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes. Lucas Ocampo netted the game winning strike in the 87th minute, even as OM managed to do the job on the night in the absence of star player Dimitri Payet who is side lined through injury.Bordeaux were 2-0 winners on the night at home to Metz, thanks to strikes in either half from Valentin Vada and Younousse Sankhare, condemning the away team to yet another league defeat.Goals from Enzo Crivelli and Thomas Mangani led Angers to a 2-0 away victory at new comers Amiens. It was a sweet win for Angers who flexed muscles against Amiens, and they will hope to extend this good form as the season progresses.RelatedBattling Blues Edge London Derby In Six-Goal ThrillerOctober 21, 2017In “England”Ligue 1 Review: Marseille And Monaco Share Spoils In Top 3 Fight As Lyon Suffer Shock Defeat At BordeauxJanuary 29, 2018In “Europe”Iheanacho Ressurects Leicester UCL Hopes, Vardy Hits EPL Century, Martial, Rashford Hit 20-Goal MarkJuly 4, 2020In “England”last_img read more

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