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BLOG: Governor Wolf Previews Two Paths For Education

first_imgRead more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 03, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog Governor Wolf announced a $200 million increase to basic education funding as part of his 2016-17 budget proposal. He emphasized the importance of this critical funding during a visit Tuesday to 10th and Green Elementary School in the Reading School District. Watch the video of Governor Wolf’s announcement.This K-12 investment represents a 3.3 percent increase, and will be distributed using the Fair Funding Formula created and unanimously adopted by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission in June 2015.The governor continues to advocate for increased funding for Pennsylvania schools to deliver high-quality education to every student across the state, regardless of zip code.That is especially important in the Reading School District, where 93 percent of the student body is economically disadvantaged, 18 percent of students are English Language Learners, and 16 percent receive special education services.This 2016-17 investment, however, is contingent upon lawmakers passing the bipartisan budget compromise bill that proved elusive last December. The upcoming budget provides a spending plan for 2016-17 that builds upon that agreement. It invests in our schools, meets critical human service needs, fully funds our pension and debt obligations, and eliminates the structural budget deficit that has plagued us since the Great Recession of 2008.Failing to enact this compromise will put us on yet another path that abandons all bipartisanship, causing our schools to lose an additional $1 billion that would double the amount cut from education under the previous administration.This budget, by contrast, assumes we will take the path of bipartisan budget agreement and invest in our schools and our future. It provides a clear and responsible path forward to support schools that teach, jobs that pay, and a government that works.center_img BLOG: Governor Wolf Previews Two Paths For Education By: Sarah Galbally, Deputy Secretary of Policy & Planninglast_img read more

Stradbroke Island hideaway sells to interstate buyers

first_img12 Casuarina Drive, South Stradbroke Island has changed hands.A COUPLE from Sydney cancelled all of their house inspections as soon as they stepped into a Gold Coast island hideaway, completely blown away by what it offered.The property, on South Stradbroke Island and only accessible by boat, was designed to incorporate a “tropical Queensland style with a resort feel”.It changed hands for $1.875 million with the deal settling last week. MORE NEWS: Gold Coast real estate in the spotlight Relax on your deck overlooking the water.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Impressive at every turn. No expense was spared in the design and build with natural elements including hardwood timber, stonework, marble, granite and copper used throughout the house.The outdoor area overlooking the water is a sight to behold — complete with coconut palms imported all the way from Far North Queensland.The heated pool and spa feature glass mosaic tiles and a hand-sculpted feature wall with sandstone and granite sourced from Mount Warning.There is a separate “pod” at one end of the home with its own staircase while a large self contained suite is at the other end — also with private staircase.Other features include a fireplace, cinema, library, study, wine cellar and cold room.The property first hit the market in May, 2018. Stylish pendants add to the island vibe.Colleen Brunt of Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents handled the sale and said it was love at first sight.“Apparently they were looking for quite some time and hadn’t committed to move to Queensland yet,” she said.“They specifically came out to look at 12 Casuarina Court and the moment they walked through the doors they cancelled all of their other inspections.”She said they loved the feel and what South Stradbroke Island had to offer.“They are big boaties and will really enjoy the lifestyle here,” she said.“South Stradbroke Island offers an island lifestyle but you are still 15 minutes away from everything.center_img What a view! There’s plenty of space to entertain.Sellers Kathryn and Trevor Coomber bought the land 11 years ago after falling in love with the island.“The agent we bought our land from had long discovered the hidden secrets of the island and took us to spend time at his home here,” Mrs Coomber told the Gold Coast Bulletin when the property hit the market.“We piled into his 4WD and headed through a gorgeous rainforest for mere minutes, opening out to 22km of uninhabited pristine beach. After all this time I still pinch myself at the sights, sounds and sheer joy of it.”When designing their house, they enlisted their friend and renowned Noosa designer Paul Clout to incorporate tropical Queensland style. MORE NEWS: Avo dream to own a farm?last_img read more

Japanese Utility Buys Into Formosa I Offshore Wind Farm

first_imgJapanese utility JERA has entered into an agreement with Macquarie Capital and Swancor to acquire a combined 32.5% equity interest in the Formosa I offshore wind power project located off the north-western coast of Taiwan. The transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals.The 128MW Formosa I project represents Taiwan’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm. The first phase of 8MW has been operating for over 18 months, with the additional 120MW under construction and expected to start operations in late 2019.The project has secured the support of Taiwan Power Company under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement based on the Feed-in-Tariff scheme.Following the regulatory approvals, the project will be owned by Ørsted (35%), JERA (32.5%), Macquarie Capital (25%), and Swancor (7.5%).Through its participation in the Formosa I project, JERA expects to gain knowledge and experience in the construction and operation of the offshore wind farms and leverage this to move forward with projects in Japan and abroad.Associated with this participation, within FY2018, JERA will establish a new operations base in Taiwan to expand its business activity.last_img read more

ISP captain graduates from FBI national academy

first_imgVersailles, IN—This past Friday, Indiana State Police Captain Anthony Scott graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.Captain Scott said, “The FBI National Academy was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best minds in law enforcement.”As a graduate, Captain Scott enters into a select group made up of less than one percent of the country’s law enforcement officers.Scott began his law enforcement career in 1996 and patrolled Decatur County until he was promoted to Detective in 2004. In 2011, he was promoted to First Sergeant to serve as the District Investigative Commander at the Versailles District and in 2014 he was promoted to Lieutenant to serve as Commander of the Versailles Post. In November of 2014, Scott was promoted to Captain where he has served as the Commander of Area IV of the Indiana State Police which includes the Versailles and Sellersburg Districts.Scott is a native of Rush County and currently resides in Decatur County with his wife and two children.last_img read more

Laudrup rues lack of end product

first_img The visitors had more than 70 per cent of the possession at Villa Park but only came away with a 1-1 draw. Gabriel Agbonlahor exploited some poor defending to put the hosts ahead after seven minutes but Swansea deservedly drew level eight minutes before the break through Roland Lamah having created several good chances. Their dominance increased in the second half but they were unable to turn that into clear-cut openings, with Brad Guzan’s only real save coming from a Jonathan De Guzman free-kick. Striker Wilfried Bony has not scored since November 10 and never threatened to end that run while Alvaro Vazquez, who was a late substitute, has yet to score for the club. Laudrup said: “We could have done more. It’s good to see some of our attacking players getting their confidence. “Pablo (Hernandez) is coming back and I think he played a very good game. Roland Lamah scored his first goal, which was important. “Now Bony and Alvaro, they just need to score one or two goals to give them that confidence. Unfortunately forwards live and are mostly judged by the goals they score or don’t score. “That’s what we all have to help them with because I think the rest is working. My team is playing the passing game with a lot of confidence, good movement, but the last thing is to create and then to score.” The form of Bony and Vazquez is doubly important because Michu underwent an ankle operation on Saturday and will be sidelined for six weeks. “Sometimes when you don’t win then the ones who aren’t playing are always the best,” said Laudrup. “Michu scored more than 20 goals last season so we will always miss him but we have to take care of the players who are available and help them, because we need everybody.” The result meant Swansea finished the first half of the season in the bottom half of the table on 21 points from 19 games, five clear of the relegation zone. Laudrup led Swansea to a ninth-placed finish in his first season in charge and won the Capital One Cup, and he had hoped to do slightly better over the first months of this campaign. The Dane said: “In my book we’re a couple of points short. I think after the first six or seven games with very difficult fixtures, I thought we could turn with 23 points. “But there are many teams down there from 10th to 20th and it’s more or less what I expected. We’ve played 10 away and nine home games so the second half of the season will be the other way around. “I still think if we can get a few more points in the second half of the season, we could end up more or less with the same points as last year, which would for me be a success.” The draw brought to an end Villa’s run of four straight defeats but there was little comfort for manager Paul Lambert as his players again left the pitch to boos. The Scot hopes key pair Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar will be fit for the trip to Sunderland on Wednesday but gave little hope that his young side would be boosted by experienced signings in January. Lambert said: “If we can get one or two back then we can only get stronger. “Experienced players cost a lot of money on fees and a lot of money on salaries. Never say never but I knew we had to build the club a certain way and that’s what we’ve done. The young lads have given me everything they’ve got and that’s all you can ever ask.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admits his side are missing one key piece of the jigsaw after a sixth successive game without a victory against Aston Villa. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tennis News Leander Paes To Return To India Davis Cup Squad After One Year For Pakistan Clash

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Leander Paes is set to return to the Indian Davis Cup squad since April 2018 after making himself available for the upcoming tie against Pakistan when country’s top players and non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi have refused to travel to the neighbouring nation, citing security concerns. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) recently began the visa process for its players even as they are insistent on a neutral venue. While the national federation is awaiting a final response from the world governing body ITF on the venue for the November 29-30 tie, it has already sent names of the players and support staff members for securing visa.  AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI that Paes has confirmed his availability for the tie in Islamabad. “ITF wanted us to start the visa process, so we sent a few names, including Leander’s. The tie will be played on grass and Leander, on grass, is very formidable. We will select a final team soon, nothing is finalised as yet,” Chatterjee said.  Asked if Paes can be made playing captain, Chatterjee said, “It’s too early to comment on that but definitely he will not go as non-playing captain. He has not retired, he is still playing so we can’t send him as non-playing captain. First we have to select a team, then the committee will decide on captain as well.”  Paes has not been considered by AITA for selection after he won the history-creating doubles match during the tie against China in April 2018. Paes became the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup when he and Rohan Bopanna defeated Ze Zhang and Mao-Xin Gong. It was Paes’ 43rd victory which took him past Italian Nicola Pietrangeli (42). Non-playing captain Bhupathi, top doubles player Bopanna and top singles players like Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sumit Nagal, Sasi Kumar Mukund have all said they are not comfortable travelling to Islamabad.  Country’s best-ranked singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran and doubles exponent Divij Sharan have also said they are not available for the tie. “We have exempted Prajnesh because he is getting married on the first day of the tie. Divij told us  he is taking a two-week break after his wedding reception on November 23. The families of Mahesh, Rohan, Ramkumar are not comfortable with their travelling to Pakistan,” Chatterjee said.  Also Read | Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza must work together for betterment of Indian Tennis: Boris BeckerPlayers making themselves available are Saketh Myneni, Arjun Kadhe, Vijay Sundar Prashanth, N Sriram Balaji, Siddharth Rawat and Manish Suresh Kumar. Also making himself available is coach Zeeshan Ali, physio Anand Kumar while MSLTA secretary Sunder Iter will go as team manager. last_img read more

India beat Australia to end home season in style

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyDHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) – India opener Lokesh Rahul’s elegant fifty and stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s quick-fire 38 not out secured a series-clinching eight-wicket romp in the fourth and final Test against Australia yesterday.Wrapping up the win appeared a formality for India when their openers walked out at the picturesque venue nestled in the shadows of the Himalayas needing just 87 runs to seal the series 2-1 with all 10 second innings wickets intact.While the miracle that Australia desperately needed did not materialise, paceman Pat Cummins injected brief excitement into the contest in his second over of the morning.Murali Vijay, survivor of back-to-back lbw appeals from Josh Hazlewood, had looked a walking wicket all morning and the opener edged the first ball of that Cummins over to be caught behind for eight.Five balls later, Cheteshwar Pujara belied his reputation as a good judge of singles and was run-out without scoring when Glenn Maxwell, from point, threw down the middle stump at the non-striker’s end.Australia did not get another chance to celebrate as Rahul and Rahane combined to complete India’s comprehensive victory with more than five sessions to spare.Rahul made 51 not out, completing his sixth 50 in seven innings when he scored the winning runs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium marking its debut as a Test arena.Leading the side in the absence of injured skipper Virat Kohli, Rahane smashed a rapid unbeaten 38 off 27 balls, an innings of uncharacteristic aggression that included back-to-back sixes off Cummins.India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who claimed 25 wickets to go with his couple of fifties, won the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards.SEVENTH HEAVENThe victory sealed India’s seventh series win in a row, dating back to their triumph in Sri Lanka in August 2015.The victory also brought a successful end to India’s 13-Test home season, in which they won 10, drew two and had the lone loss to Australia in the opener in Pune.Kohli, who missed the final match with a shoulder injury, has already set his sight on rectifying India’s image as poor travellers.“We are very happy with the number one ranking in the world but our main challenge begins now,” the 28-year-old said.“If we can conquer the overseas season, that’s when you will see a broader smile on my face when I sit down for the press conference.”Australia captain Steve Smith said his team gave a good account of themselves even if they could not win the series.“I’m proud of the way we’ve been able to turn things around and really compete in these conditions. I know coming over here, I said it a few times, we’re being written off, we’d lose 4-0 and all that kind of stuff,” Smith said.“But the way we’ve been out here competing in each and every Test match, it’s been great to be part of a fantastic series.”The series is likely to be remembered equally for the top quality cricket it served and the acrimony that surrounded it.Kohli took the post-match news conference by surprise when he announced that his off-the-field friendship with the Australian cricketers was over.Smith, on the other hand, apologised for mouthing abuse after India’s Murali Vijay failed to catch Josh Hazlewood cleanly but still appealed.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 300 (S. Smith 111, M. Wade 57, D. Warner 56; K. Yadav 4-68) INDIA 1st innings 332 (R. Jadeja 63, L. Rahul 60, C. Pujara 57; N. Lyon 5-92) AUSTRALIA 2nd innings 137 INDIA 2nd innings (overnight 19-0; target: 106 runs)L. Rahul not out 51M. Vijay c Wade b Cummins 8C. Pujara run-out (Maxwell) 0A. Rahane not out 38Extras: (b-4, lb-5) 9Total: (for 2 wickets, 23.5 overs) 106Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-46.Bowling: P. Cummins 8-2-42-1, J. Hazlewood 6-2-14-0, S. O’Keefe 4.5-1-22-0, N. Lyon 5-0-19-0.last_img read more

Saint Pius Sports Complex play unbeaten to NSC circle tennis title

first_imgTHE SAINT Pius Sports Complex Circle Tennis Club played unbeaten to capture the National Sports Commission, Al Sport and Tour Promotions, Guyana Circle Tennis Association’s 53rd Independence Circle Tennis title.In the four-team competition, played at the National Cultural Centre tarmac, Region Three Flying Stars United placed second, Banks Circle Tennis Club finished third and Region Six Visionary Youth Club, fourth.Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, said he was very impressed with the turnout to witness Guyana’s native game. After praising the officials and organisers, Jones pledged that the NSC will continue to support the sport and indicated that players can expect a bigger event in the future.Against the Region Six team, the eventual champions batted first and scored 142-2. Shane Allicock hit 42 and Seyon Thomas 21. In reply, Visionary Youth Club were restricted to 128-3 in their 50 balls. Donald Gibson led the attack with 52 (8×6).Saint Pius batted first against Banks CTC. The eventual winners, led by 79 unbeaten runs (10×6) from Orin Parris, 31 from Keith Brandt, 29 from Phillip Fraser and 27 from Abiola Shepherd, raced to 212-2 off their allotted deliveries.Banks CTC replied with 132-4. M. McLennon led the attack with 38, while Marlon Griffith added 19.Against the Flying Stars United, Saint Pius raced to 204 with Orin Paris hitting 12 sixes before he was run-out for 99. Allicock supported with 40 and Mario Haywood 28. The Region Three side replied with 138-6. David Durant struck an even 50 (5x6s).Along with the team trophies, 13-year-old Kareena Nalim from Flying Stars United was adjudged Player-of-the-Tournament, while the Spirit-of-the-Tournament trophy went to Visionary Youth Club.Meanwhile the Sports Officer with responsibility for Circle Tennis in the NSC, Allister Munroe, thanked Guyana Circle Tennis Association, the Management and Staff of the National Cultural Centre, and all the teams who competed for making “our first event for 2019 a wonderful one”.last_img read more

3-star defensive back Prater verbally commits to Syracuse

first_img Published on January 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse After his official visit this weekend, three-star defensive back Treevon Prater verbally committed to Syracuse on Sunday. Prater is a native of East Saint Louis, Ill., and attends East. Saint Louis Senior High School. At 6 feet, 2 inches and 180 pounds, he is listed by Scout.com as a wide receiver, cornerback and safety, and by Rivals.com as an athlete. Prater initially verbally committed to Western Michigan as a wide receiver, but recently reopened his commitment to consider offers from Syracuse, Kansas, Illinois State and Indiana State. If the Orange plans to use him as a defensive back — which seems likely — he is the second safety and third cornerback in the Orange’s incoming class. He’ll join safety Rodney Williams and cornerbacks Cordell Hudson and Lamar Dawson. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Long, Wilson inspire confidence in flashes, ultimately fall short in loss to Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Austin Wilson started, AJ Long prolonged plays, but neither quarterback could finish.At least not well enough for Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) to beat No. 1 Florida State (6-0, 4-0) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Making his debut, the true freshman Long stretched the Seminoles defense and displayed a maturity in the zone-read offense that pleasantly surprised SU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester.Before leaving the game and getting treatment for an upper-body injury, the sophomore Wilson started for the first time in his collegiate career and showcased a strong arm that could beat the FSU defense on one play and give it the ball on anotherBoth he and Long were as quick to excite the Carrier Dome crowd as they were re-depress it. They delivered performances that allowed SU to improve and lose respectably, 38-20. But their play also reflected a team that lacks a clear answer to its struggles with continuing and completing drives as much as it is missing a clear starting quarterback.“It went about how I wanted to,” SU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said. Lester also added that he hasn’t settled on a starter moving forward and that Long took more reps because of the type of defense FSU plays.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWilson led the Orange to the very edge of the red zone on Syracuse’s first drive of the game, hitting four different receivers on his first four passes. But on third-and-11 at the Seminoles 20-yard line, he rolled to his left and threw across his body into the hands of FSU free safety Jalien Ramsey.SU was set for a tie game. Instead, it trailed 10-0 with 1:23 left in the first quarter.It was the score Long inherited and the lead he threatened as he entered his first SU game. He finished with two touchdowns, two interceptions and 16-of-27 throwing for 167 yards. And the undersized signal caller who’s still breaking a habit of sidearming passes hit Steve Ishmael on a 36-yard pass to the Florida State 7-yard line.“You couldn’t write a script any better for a true freshman that everybody thought runs his mouth before, to come out and play the No. 1 team in the country and play a decent game,” Long said.Lester’s combination of pocket presence in Wilson and backyard playmaking ability in Long, kept Syracuse in the game against FSU. The young quarterbacks kept Orange fans in the Carrier Dome much longer than Terrel Hunt or anyone else did last weekend, when SU fell to Louisville.Still, he and Wilson failed to be better than OK. Long’s bomb to Ishmael ultimately yielded just three points as he and the offense couldn’t finish the drive with a touchdown. And as the game progressed the hope for each quarterback and the game continued to rise but just as consistently fall to long-term optimism and consolation for SU.After FSU’s Jesus Wilson fumbled a punt to the Orange at the Seminoles’ 21-yard line, Long’s tried to throw the ball away on the next play, but his pass fell short of the sideline and into free safety Nate Andrews’ hands.“We got to take care of the ball better,” Lester said. “… We didn’t throw it right to a linebacker like you see freshman do quite often where they misread something and throw it right to the wrong guy. So they were going to the right place most of the time.”Long played more and better than Wilson, who went 5-of-9 in the pass game for 89 yards an an interception. The true freshman’s two touchdown passes — both to Ishmael — are as many as any Orange players has thrown all season.Yet he also threw two interceptions. The first was underthrown and entirely his fault. The second was the product of a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage with about five minutes left in the game — Long had made the correct read but was hit as he threw.The ball popped up in the air and to the other team. It was only then that Syracuse fans left en masse.“I like the way we fought and all that but I’m really not all that into those type of victories, those moral victories,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “Moral victories don’t count at the end of the season.” Commentslast_img read more