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Year-In-Review: Working in a Bipartisan Way to Achieve Legislative Victories

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Year-In-Review: Working in a Bipartisan Way to Achieve Legislative Victories Implementing several pieces of legislation to fight the opioid and heroin crisis.Expanding unemployment compensation to nearly 50,000 middle-class workers.Enabling non-violent offenders to have their records sealed to increase employment opportunities and reduce recidivism.Finalizing new regulations on gas drillers to protect water and land.Expanding protections for domestic violence victims.Helping prevent drunk driving with stronger penalties.Change is hard to achieve, and only happens when we put partisanship aside for the greater good of our commonwealth. But Governor Wolf has shown that progress can be made if we come together and put working and middle class families first. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretarycenter_img 2016 In Review,  Government That Works,  The Blog,  Year in Review Despite historic Republican majorities in the legislature, Governor Wolf worked with the General Assembly to achieve significant victories to move Pennsylvania forward on many issues, including:Legalizing medical marijuana to help adults and children suffering from debilitating diseases.Allowing ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber statewide.Implementing the most sweeping liquor reforms since Prohibition; includingDirect shipment of wine to consumers,‘Freeing the six-pack’ at gas stations, andWine sales in grocery stores. December 16, 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW SHARE TWEETlast_img read more

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The First International Trail Race in the Protected Monument of Nature “Skakavac”

first_imgThe first international trail race will take place on October 7, in the protected monument of nature “Skakavac”. Start of the race is planned at 9 AM in front of the Mountain House “Hidrogradnja”, and a 32-kilometer race will start from Cavljak, while 18 kilometers long race will start from the settlement Uzevica at 11 AM. The goal of both races will be on the location of Josanicki Potok.“Longer trail is limited to 10 hours and shorter to 6 hours, so that everyone can participate and experience the magic of trail running and enjoy the unique beauty of Skakavac,” they said.The races will be held in the territory of three municipalities of Sarajevo: Stari Grad, Centar, and Vogosca. Besides promotion of healthy lifestyle and trail running, the organization of these races will serve to promote the natural beauty, the preservation of the environment and the improvement of the tourist offer of BiH.“What is particularly making us happy is that several embassies of our friendly countries are included in this story as well, so we will have ambassadors participating in the races and races will also be opened by ambassadors who decided to support this project,” as announced by MA Zeljeznicar.They noted that the greatest attention will be given to the safety of the participants so that the trails will be fully covered by teams that will take care of the safety and provide assistance if needed at any moment.“Our wish is to become recognizable through the organization of this race not only in BiH, but to become a real brand abroad as well and to get the trail running closer to everyone in order to promote the natural beauties of our country in a better way, and to achieve affirmation and improvement of the tourist offer of BiH,” they noted.All the information on how to participate and apply to Skakavac Trail can be found on their website and Facebook page.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith ‘pissed’ about overturned Clemson fumble, Buckeyes score

first_imgThat would have given the Buckeyes a 23-21 lead — and perhaps the win — but SEC officials overturned the call on the field, ruling Ross never had complete control of the ball. Here’s another look at the Ross fumble🤷‍♂️pic.twitter.com/tiYIK4AeBw— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 29, 2019The Buckeyes took a 23-21 lead in the fourth quarter by way of a 23-yard touchdown connection between Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and receiver Chris Olave, but Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw the game-winning score to Travis Etienne with 1:49 remaining.Smith is a former member of the College Football Playoff committee. The College Football Playoff semifinal between Ohio State and Clemson featured more than a few questionable calls, but Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was especially angry with one of them.In a text to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Smith let loose on an overturned fumble return for a touchdown in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 29-23 loss — one that could have completely changed the outcome. Just got a text from Ohio State AD Gene Smith: “Terry McAulay is 100-percent correct!!! Unreal!!” He added: “Feel free to share how pissed I am.” https://t.co/mVcsabPYFf— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 29, 2019MORE: Social media reacts to call that reversed Clemson fumble, OSU touchdownClemson’s Justyn Ross appeared to fumble after catching a pass and taking several steps. Ohio State defensive back Jordan Fuller recovered said fumble and returned it for a go-ahead touchdown with 4:45 left in the third quarter.last_img read more

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Local Roundup: McKinleyville offense erupts for 10 runs to beat Arcata for third time in three days

first_imgArcata >> The McKinleyville Panthers softball team scored 10 runs on 11 hits and took advantage of six Arcata errors to beat the Tigers 10-4 on Thursday at Arcata High School.Tied at two in the top of the third inning, McKinleyville scored three runs — highlighted by back-to-back doubles from Lily Thiesfeld and Ashley Stockwell — giving Mack a 5-2 lead.The Panthers offense didn’t stop there, as Mack scored five runs in the sixth inning, including an inside-the-park home run by Theisfeld, who …last_img

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MTBPS 2015: Nene ‘cost cutting reduces government consumption’

first_img23 October 2015Austerity measures that were introduced to reduce wastage in the public sector had led to the government reducing its spend notably, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said when tabled his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in the National Assembly on 21 October.In 2013, under the leadership of Pravin Gordhan, the Treasury announced wide- ranging measures to reduce public spending, issuing an instruction for government credit cards to be closed, and for the cost containment of consultants, travel, entertainment and eventing expenses by all government departments.Finance Min Nhlanhla #Nene delivers his Mid Term Budget Policy Statement #MTBPS [Gallery] https://t.co/GUqG2xItgN pic.twitter.com/FzXRvz5ktt— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) October 22, 2014Those measures were now starting to bear fruit, Nene said, adding that “across all national and provincial departments. a 3% decrease was achieved in spending on consultants. and a 47% decrease in catering, entertainment and events expenditure”.When they were introduced, the Treasury also announced that spend on official travel would be reduced, with only ministers and director-generals allowed business class travel allowances. Other measures to cut spending included motor vehicle bulk buys and limited hotel allowances.Nene said there was further light at the end of the tunnel as far as government spending was concerned.“Preliminary budget data indicate that there will be further reductions in these categories of spending over the medium-term expenditure framework period, contributing both to value for money and improved public service delivery.” While there was not yet full compliance with these ongoing measures, “the Treasury is currently revising the cost containment instruction to review thresholds and clarify its implementation, especially on expenditure related to conference”.Expenditure ceiling projected to rise by 2.5%The minister went on to highlight expenditure that was necessary for effective national growth, proposing that the Treasury increase spending over the long term to sustain debt levels when the economy experienced turbulent times.South Africa is experiencing a projected slow growth of 1.5% in 2015. With the economy buckling under energy constraints and other external factors, the minister warned that “the expenditure ceiling remains the primary tool to stabilise debt. No resources will be added to the spending ceiling over the next two years.“Beginning with the 2016 Budget, government will align spending limits in the outer year of the MTEF (Medium Term Expenditure Framework) with the long-term path of GDP (gross domestic product) growth, building on government’s countercyclical and sustainable approach to fiscal management.”This would link the expenditure ceiling to the long-term fiscal guideline, which would link spending to projected economic growth. That growth was expected to rise to 2.8% – on condition, Nene warned, “that government eases electricity, transport and telecommunications infrastructure constraints by 2018”.“The long-term guideline gives expression to the fiscal principles of countercyclicality and debt sustainability. It will ensure that spending grows at a stable rate over the business cycle.”A countercyclicality approach was adopted at the height of the 2008 global meltdown; it means the government increased its spending when times were hard, and slowed it to fall within GDP growth when the economy stabilised.This helped the country ride the tide, with government rolling out large capital projects, including the construction of stadiums that were used during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.An expenditure ceiling should be sufficiently flexible to accommodate large shocks and structural changes to the economy, Nene stressed. “However, where structural improvements in revenue are apparent, through tax policy changes, improved administration or economic shifts, a corresponding increase in the spending ceiling will be considered.”R200-million set aside for nuclearMedupi power station is coming to life – Download the latest issue of our insights magazine http://t.co/t4DHvDUURR pic.twitter.com/IS5WUMt76H— KPMG South Africa (@KPMG_SA) October 7, 2015In a media briefing before his speech on Wednesday, Nene emphasised the need to invest in solving energy challenges for the country. With R200-million reserved for this direction, he said South Africa had made good progress in powering the nation, over and above the nuclear option.“We’re not just looking at nuclear; we’re looking at the entire energy mix and nuclear is part of that energy mix and (the money) has been set aside to support the preparatory work that has been done.“Ultimately what the National Treasury and Department of Energy would want to see is a situation where we are able to address our energy challenge in totality.”He named the opening of the first unit of Medupi and the ongoing success of the Independent Power Producer programme, adding, though, that more still needed to be done to ensure that South Africa had an adequate and reliable supply of energy to power a modern economy.Another development was the government’s alleviating of the pressure of Eskom’s financial position with a R23-billion equity investment financed from the sale of Vodacom shares. Additionally, it was revising its integrated resource plan, which maps out the country’s future energy mix, including options for renewables, coal, gas and nuclear power.“The state has built partnerships with the private sector to address the electricity-supply gap, making additional capacity available through the renewable energy programme. This initiative is being extended to include investment in base- load coal generation plants,” Nene noted in his address to Parliament.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Martin to lead Field to Faucet program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While some would say people are the problem behind Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, Jay Martin will say they’re the solution.Martin was recently chosen to lead Field to Faucet, a water quality program launched by The Ohio State University to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector.“It became obvious, when I was working in Louisiana on a project to manage Delta land loss and salinity, that working with the people was the key to success,” Martin said. Martin did his PhD dissertation at Louisiana State University on the interdisciplinary nature of protecting coastal areas via engineering, social sciences and marine biology.Now, Martin is an ecological engineer in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. For the past 10 years, he has focused on the Lake Erie basin, again in concert with researchers from a variety of disciplines.Field to Faucet was conceived and funded by Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which put $1 million toward the effort after dangerous microcystin levels in Lake Erie shut down Toledo’s water supply for two days in August 2014. Microcystin is a toxin made by some algae.“Jay’s interdisciplinary approach in Louisiana and here in Ohio made him the ideal leader for Field to Faucet,” McPheron said. “Solving the water quality problem in Ohio will take many minds. Jay has the ability to bring people together to solve this complicated issue.”Field to Faucet involves researchers from multiple Ohio State colleges and other regional universities. Already, five projects have launched, Martin said.1. One app under development will allow farmers to record nutrient application rates and methods. Future plans include developing further apps geared toward nutrient stewardship.2. Another project will develop a geospatial data warehouse with controlled access that will allow producers and researchers to secure and share publicly available data. It is likely the project will later serve as a model approach for a national program.3. Another focus is removing phosphorus and nitrogen from manure and from anaerobic digester discharge before these materials are applied to fields. This effort would especially benefit the watershed around Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio, where there are a large number of livestock farms.4. Unmanned aerial vehicles will be used in another project to provide real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.5. The final project will develop a sensor to detect real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.Martin also will serve as the faculty leader of the university’s Global Water Initiative, an umbrella effort from the Office of Research that encompasses Field to Faucet along with Wells to Wellness, a water supply endeavor starting in Tanzania, and Coastal Resiliency, an international disaster preparedness effort.In addition, Martin will be working with Ohio Sea Grant, which is housed at Ohio State, which is managing the funding and reporting of related water quality projects recently funded by $2 million from the Ohio Board of Regents and matched by Ohio State and other universities across Ohio to address harmful algal blooms.last_img read more

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Nargö — Geocache of the Week

first_imgMulti-CacheGC2FMR0by airavs,Lodzis, reperio_LV, bizenajs If your trek takes a few days, no worries! Overnight camping on the island is allowed. To solve for the final coordinates, visit each stage then find a combination of black painted letters and numbers. Yes, math is required and you may want to bring a notebook to write out equations, but you do not need to be a mathematician to solve for “x”. Nargö, a D5/T5 Multi-Cache is at least a full-day’s adventure of Naissaar, one of Estonia’s largest islands. Covered in protected coniferous forest, Naissaar has a surprisingly long history of military activity, which can be seen in the cemeteries of British sailors from the Crimean War, Soviet bunkers, and deep-sea mine anchors.If you are brave enough to choose this journey — add a flashlight, some adventurous friends, and your survival skills to the packing list. Difficulty:5Terrain:5 Location:Naissaar, EstoniaN 59° 33.454′ E 024° 33.215′center_img Good luck!TestimonialsWe had a very nice walk on the island. While caching we had the opportunity to see some of Naissaare’s hiking trails and learned a lot about Naissaar. The cache itself was very cool and I would recommend it to even non-geocachers. We had to do two trips to the island, but that’s okay, because we love sailing! On our second trip we had a strange feeling the whole time. We saw tracks before us and when logging we discovered that we weren’t the first loggers that day. Special thanks to ademox and shadow! Without their help I wouldn’t be logging this cache now. TFTCMihkelPWonderful island, lovely weather, every step along the carpet of porcini and chanterelle mushrooms…and somewhere in the middle – an outstanding military site. Thanks to the cache owners for the excellent two day adventure!  One big Favorite Point also! FITW LeXeR and VinediVeejarozeMy dad, vadisj  already found this cache and he told me lots of things about it that I didn’t believe! Haha. But, when we were searching for the cache, I found out that everything he said about this cache is true — scary, big, old and amazing. This 2 day expedition was one of the best adventures of my life! Many thanks to the cache owner and I am really looking forward to finding all their other hard and crazy caches in Latvia! By the way, it took us about 30min to find the cache, because we didn’t read the hint ;D Found with Valdisj, palepro, Andisj and Arnis.jekabsjanContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More The fascinating ruins of the island will bring you back to Tsar times when Naissaar was established as a military stronghold for the defence of Tallinn and St. Petersburg. When you hunt for the cache, you will discover coastal batteries built more than 100 years ago as well as Soviet era fortifications.  To get there, you can board a regularly scheduled trip from June through September that takes just over an hour.  There are several different methods to conquer Nargö: HikeBikeKayakSoviet army truck (available when you book a tour) SharePrint RelatedA Guide to Geocaching in EstoniaNovember 30, 2015In “News”Death in Venice — Geocache of the WeekMarch 1, 2017In “Community”Lost – DHARMA Initiative — Geocache of the WeekMay 30, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

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Facebook’s Next Privacy Issue & How To Opt Out

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#privacy#web You will be prompted to enter your name, address and email address. Datalogix says people will be out of the program within 30 days. dave copeland In what is likely to become the next privacy controversy for Facebook, the social-media giant is working with a big-data firm to correlate off-line purchases with ad views on Facebook.And, surprise, opting out is trickier than Facebook’s typically difficult procedures. The data aggregator is Datalogix, which claims to have information about consumer transactions worth $1 trillion and about almost every U.S. household. Most of that data comes from retailer loyalty-card programs, and includes hashed email addresses and phone numbers, and purchases linked to those accounts, according to a report issued by the nonprofit privacy-advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.The EFF report didn’t make clear how long Facebook has had access to the data, which will help Facebook understand how ads on the social network impact real-world purchases. Being able to do so would make the social network more popular with advertisers.Execs at Facebook told the foundation said that Facebook is after group patterns, and isn’t tracking any individuals’ purchases. Facebook also will disregard information not linked to one of its participants, according to the foundation. We’ve asked Facebook and Datalogix for comment and will update this post as soon as we hear back from them.The foundation report says that if you’re on Facebook, you are automatically in this data-sharing arrangement. There is no mention of this program on Facebook.com. How To Opt OutOpting out requires you to go to the Datalogix privacy page, which means that even most Facebook privacy-philes won’t know about the program.At the privacy page, scroll down to the “Choice” section and click on the link in the last sentence of the paragraph that gives you the option to “opt out of all Datalogix-enabled advertising & analytic products.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more