Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Electrical Apprenticeship Corporation’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), which is working to fill the steadily growing need for electricians in construction. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“This administration has been steadfast in its commitment to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce. Programs like the one the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee has presented, are just as committed,” said Governor Wolf. “Their responsiveness to the growing demand for skilled workers is what will help push PA forward and continue to boost our economy.”The grant will award $297,810 to assist the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in producing skilled electricians for current and upcoming construction projects. These projects include but are not limited to work on the Shell “Cracker Plant” in Beaver, PA; several UPMC Specialty Hospital sites; and new AHS hospital off-site facilities.With the new funding, the JATC will be able to increase enrollment to 135 first year apprentices for the 2019-2020 school year, giving them the opportunity to address Southwestern PA’s growing demand for commercial construction personnel, and providing more aspiring electricians with adequate training for life-long careers. On average, yearly first year apprenticeship enrollment ranges from 80-100 new students.The JATC provides state of the art electrical training to ensure its apprentices are fully prepared for a career as electricians. Apprentices in the program attend electrical training school over a five-year period, while taking academic courses at Community College of Allegheny County in Math, English and Physics among other subjects. After successfully completing the five-year program, an apprentice will have earned an associate degree along with a Journeyman/Wireman ticket. They’ll also receive on-the-job training with area manufactures like Alcoa, US Steel, Clarion Boards, Domtar, Wabtec, T.P Panel, Crown Castle and Range Resources.Classes are limited to 15 students per class, allowing for direct student contact, individual instruction (when necessary) and increased student interaction. The JATC covers all costs for apprentices including training school tuition, college courses, laptops, textbooks, and software.“The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Electrical Apprenticeship Corporation’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to Governor Tom Wolf for awarding our apprenticeship program a grant that will help us to continue to train skilled electricians for the Pennsylvania workforce,” said Paul Reinert, training director for the JATC. “As the director of training, I have worked hard to ensure that our program provides each apprentice with the knowledge and skills to become an asset to the electrical industry. Through this grant we will be able to continue providing materials and training on not only the basics of electrical work, but also new and ever-changing technologies.”Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative 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.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. September 24, 2019 Wolf Administration Backs Apprenticeship Program for Electricians SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Northwood at McDowallNORTHWOOD is set to become the latest townhouse development to rise in Brisbane’s booming northside suburbs.The development will be constructed in McDowall, and will consist of 34 three and four-bedroom townhomes in a bushland setting less than 12 kilometres from the CBD. Mosaic Property Group’s Silvergum development at Everton Park is under construction now. Northwood will be less than 12 kilometres from the CBD.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThere are at least two projects under construction in McDowall and six development approvals for townhouse or unit projects, according to Cordell Connect, a CoreLogic business. Four development applications are still being considered.In nearby Everton Park, Mosaic Property Group is building Silvergum, Tessa Developments is constructing Moreton Townhomes and Trend by Keystone Urban Developments is taking shape. Twenty-six developments have received approval, according to Cordell Connect. Northwood at McDowall will feature 34 three and four-bedroom townhomes.Position Property director Richard Lawrence, who is marketing the project on behalf of the developer, Blue Sky Private Real Estate, said Northwood was the latest in a string of townhome developments attracting both downsizers and young buyers to the northside.“There is no shortage of confidence in the market place when it comes to this style of development with the right design and situated in a sought-after city fringe or middle ring location,” Mr Lawrence said. “Townhome living suits many different buyers ranging from downsizers, professional couples, small families and first home buyers so it is not surprising to see this level of strong demand.” And so is Moreton Townhomes by Tessa DevelopmentsMr Lawrence said townhouse developments of 10 or 15 years ago were usually “cookie-cutter products”, with very similar designs.“Today’s buyers … know what they want and can recognise and appreciate good design and quality homes when they come along,” he said, noting affordability was a key factor.Townhomes at Northwood will start from $565,000, and take full advantage of the surrounding green spaces while providing open plan, family-sized living with abundant natural light and ventilation. Exteriors will feature cladding in cool colours, natural stone and timber batten screens. Residents will have access to exclusive outdoor dining, recreation and play spaces. “Brisbane remains very affordable in comparison with Sydney where similar-sized homes would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more,” Mr Lawrence said. “Together with the huge transformation of the inner city that is well under way, this should ensure continued demand and healthy prices for well-planned developments.”
Batesville, in. — A new report from the personal finance website WalletHub has ranked the top locations for Christmas celebrations in the United States.The report says Americans will spend more than $720 billion this year and they looked at 31 key areas when they evaluated 100 cities.A link to the full report is here.
Swansea manager Garry Monk admits he had to persuade Ki Sung-yueng to buy into his philosophy and stop him leaving the club last summer. “He’s a fantastic player with a good Premier League pedigree,” Monk said. “He scores goals and always plays on the shoulder of defenders. “I think he enjoyed his time away but I think he’s already spoken how much he missed the Premier League and we have to be wary of him.” Jack Cork could make his Swansea debut in a re-shaped midfield following the former England Under-21 international’s arrival from Southampton. Swansea’s win at Southampton last weekend took them to 33 points and within seven of the tally traditionally seen to guarantee safety in the top flight. But Monk promised Swansea’s season would not fall away if that mark was achieved sooner rather than later. “You have to be realistic and the first point of call is to get to 40 points,” Monk said. “We have a great opportunity to do that earlier than ever before, but we have an important month that starts against Sunderland. “We want to get those 40 points as quickly as possible and then re-assess our targets, but I will push for more from myself and the players.” Poyet will be without Lee Cattermole and Connor Wickham while Billy Jones, Jack Rodwell, Adam Johnson and Will Buckley are all doubts. But whichever 11 men take the field, their head coach knows they will face a tough test against a team marshalled by Monk, who celebrated a year in his job on Wednesday. Poyet said: “He’s done well. The biggest advantage is he was there as a player, he knew the way of training from three or four different managers trying to play a system. “He is not changing it, he is trying to play the same way, which I think is a little bit easier for him. But of course, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t need to keep improving and giving certain touches of what he wants or what he doesn’t like, so it’s been good.” Ki joined Sunderland on loan and played a major part in their run to the Capital One Cup final and successful battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Black Cats boss Gus Poyet wanted to make the move permanent, but Monk’s persuasive powers paid off and Ki has since signed a new four-year deal at the Welsh club. “It was important to give Ki the confidence and belief I have in him,” Monk said at his pre-match press conference. “Ki was unsure in the summer what he was going to do or how he felt about things, so I sat down with him. “We had good discussions with how I saw football, how I saw the club going forward, how I wanted the team to play and Ki bought into that. “He’s been one of our most consistent performers and before he went away he was playing well, and now it’s about him producing better football than he was earlier this season.” Monk is also wary of another player who has returned to these shores recently – former England striker Jermain Defoe, who has wasted little time settling in at Sunderland after joining from Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. Defoe scored his first Sunderland goal in last weekend’s 2-0 home victory over Burnley – the Wearsiders’ first win in six league attempts. The South Korean returns for the Swans against his former club Sunderland on Saturday after spending the last month leading his country to the runners-up spot at the Asian Cup. But Ki could just as easily have been playing for visitors at the Liberty Stadium after being deemed surplus to requirements by former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup last season. Press Association
Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently. Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote season ticket holders last week about plans to allow about 50,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, even as the state of Texas remains a national hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.Escott says having that many people in one place is a bit of a reach right now.School officials have noted the 50% limit is currently allowed under statewide rules.___The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Arizona is resuming on-campus team activities next week and will continue a phased return of programs, starting with freshmen football players on Aug. 3. The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension. Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the training facility.___Austin’s public health authority said the city was “caught a little off guard” by the recent announcement by Texas that the school planned to allow 50% stadium capacity at Longhorns football games this fall.Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke with county commissioners Tuesday, and said it’s hard to imagine allowing a crowd of any size watch a game. Texas provided its first update on testing in weeks. Del Conte said the number of athletes testing positive or being identified as possible cases through contact tracing has “dropped dramatically.” The school announced June 18 that 13 players were either positive or presumed positive.___Arizona has suspended junior offensive lineman Edgar Burrola for violating school coronavirus protocols.Burrola confirmed the suspension on Twitter and said he stopped receiving his meal plan the day he was suspended. He also said his stipend has been taken away. The announcement came after coach Dan Quinn earlier said all rookies had negative tests. Hawkins, a fourth-round pick from Cal, could have tested negative and be placed on the list after exposure to the coronavirus. Teams are not allowed to disclose if a player is in quarantine.Quinn said the coronavirus outbreak with the MLB’s Miami Marlins was a topic of discussion as veteran players arrived for training camp on Tuesday and began their testing. He said no player has discussed opting out.___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016. That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football.The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission. Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12.The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule. ___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive.___ Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list.Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie.The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19. July 29, 2020 ___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year.Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped. Associated Press The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. ___ The school said it has had no positive COVID-19 tests the past two weeks.Arizona paused the influx of additional student-athletes on July 17 as coronavirus cases rose in Arizona. The Wildcats had three positive tests in 366 test encounters among 83 football players and 28 staff members already on campus before the pause.___Texas has no active coronavirus infections on the football team or among the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball team players on campus, athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday.The football team will soon increase testing from once to twice a week and women’s soccer will begin arriving on campus this week. A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022.— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York. -Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson. Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com.The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%. The Latest: Arizona set to resume on-campus team activities ___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Burrola started six games at right tackle in 2019 and had shoulder surgery in January.“If you’re not going to pay attention to the protocol, wear a mask, all that other stuff, we can’t have you around,” coach Kevin Sumlin told the Arizona Daily Star.___The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team will launch “Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans “an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website.Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back.Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules. Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus.The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series. But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Meanwhile, the men’s team also start their Six Nations campaign this weekend – Joe Schmidt’s side begin the defence of the title against Wales on Sunday. New Zealand who Ireland beat at the last World cup are first while our first opponents in this years RBS Six Nations Wales are 10th.The Welsh vist Donnybrook this Saturday and Ireland Captain Niamh Briggs says they’re looking forward to playing at their new home even though she’ll miss their old one in Dunboyne.
Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the match, which gets underway at 3.30pm on Sunday Tipperary finished the league in a comfortable position in Division three with good wins over Clare and Offaly and several draws. The Premier County continue their preparations for this weekend’s Munster Championship opener against Waterford….they take on the Déise at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, on Sunday.Captain of the side Peter Acheson says the experience gained in Division 3 will be a huge help to the players.
After missing the final few months of the 2017/18 club season for PSG, Neymar’s fitness was a huge talking point ahead of the World Cup as he raced back from a broken metatarsal in his right foot.The 26-year-old was an instrumental figure during Brazil’s World Cup qualifying campaign, scoring six goals and adding nine assists in 14 games. However, he wasn’t able to have the same impact in the draw with Switzerland as he was constantly harassed and hounded throughout the match.The knock inflicted by Switzerland’s heavy handed approach was to his left foot.“I was hit and I was aching, but it’s nothing to worry about,” said Neymar, who managed to complete 90 minutes of the match.Neymar unfortunately saw his 2014 World Cup on home soil ended after suffering a back injury in a quarter-final win over Colombia. Without him and the equally stricken Thiago Silva, Brazil were humiliated in a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany in the very next game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was one of three Brazil players absent from training on Monday after sustaining a knock during the 1-1 Group E draw with Switzerland.Neymar failed to escape the close attentions of man marker Valon Behrami and the rest of the Swiss team during the game in Rostov-on-Don and was fouled a total of 10 times, the most any single player has been fouled in a World Cup game since 1998.According to Sky Sports, Neymar stayed inside to do gym work on Monday alongside Thiago Silva and Paulinho while the rest of the squad participated in a full outdoor session ahead of their next group stage fixture against Costa Rica on Friday.
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