On “Jobs that Pay” Tour in Scranton, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s Economy

first_imgOn “Jobs that Pay” Tour in Scranton, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s Economy SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 08, 2017center_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Scranton, PA – Governor Wolf today toured Signallamp Health, LLC in Scranton and hosted a roundtable discussion with Signallamp employees and local leaders focused on budget initiatives that will support a new way for Pennsylvania’s economy and job creation. Signallamp is a healthcare technology startup that provides chronic care management services, and recently established a facility in downtown Scranton that will 69 new jobs over three years with the help of state funding through the Governor’s Action Team.“When Signallamp and the Governor’s Action Team first started discussing this project, one of the key factors that attracted us to this company was their dedication to expanding and creating jobs right here in downtown Scranton,” Governor Wolf said. “That dedication was extremely important to us, because one of my highest priorities is making sure that we are investing in companies, and areas, that are bringing jobs back to the areas that need them.”In March 2016, Signallamp Health received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $75,000 Pennsylvania First program grant and $54,650 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of NEPA, the Lackawanna County Office of Planning and Economic Development and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.The way we finance healthcare is increasing the burden on physicians to simultaneously control costs and produce better outcomes. To help meet this obvious challenge, Signallamp partners with providers to bring additional clinical capacity, preventative care and IT to allow physicians to address the needs of a larger number of their patients outside of the office setting,” said Signallamp Health co-founder and CEO Drew Kearney. “Signallamp is grateful for the economic development programs available in Pennsylvania. Partnerships with the Governor’s Action Team and Lackawanna County and investments from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, has allowed us to more aggressively hire and train our workforce — creating family sustaining jobs here in Northeast PA.”Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.Governor Wolf plans on investing in job creation by:Partnering with the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.Signallamp Health is serving physicians across northeast Pennsylvania, including The Wright Center for Primary Care — a thought leader in primary care delivery and innovation — by providing telephonic Chronic Care Management (CCM) services via experienced Registered Nurses to Medicare beneficiaries on behalf of their primary care physicians.For more information on Signallamp Health, visit www.signallamphealth.com.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newPA.com.last_img read more

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PKA, Danica referred to fraud squad over suspected competition breach

first_imgTwo of Denmark’s main pension providers are being investigated by the country’s fraud squad for suspected breaches of competition law related to a joint bid for the occupational pensions business of retailer Salling Group.Danica Pension – the country’s second-largest commercial pension provider at DKK427bn (€57.2bn) – and the DKK275bn PKA made a joint offer to provide pension benefits to a potential new company customer earlier this year. IPE understands the client in question was Salling Group, Denmark’s biggest retailer.In a statement published yesterday, Danica said that, following an internal review, it had found the offer did not comply with its own guidelines, because it probably violated Denmark’s Competition Act.The firm then informed the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen), and the case was handed over to the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime (SØIK), also known as the fraud squad. Danica Pension said it expected to be charged in relation to the case, but since it had informed the authorities itself, expected to avoid punishment.Tomas Frydenberg, PKA’s director for members, said in a separate statement: “As soon as we became aware that the authorities were interested in the case, we ourselves made contact with the authorities and were completely open about the… co-operation with Danica.”“If we have violated the competition rules, this was in no way a deliberate act… it was our opinion that it was perfectly legal to make a joint bid.”Tomas Frydenberg, PKAPKA said its main motive in entering into partnership with Danica for the bid had been that the link-up and possible addition of new members could benefit its existing members.In the offer made to Salling Group – which changed its name from Dansk Supermarked earlier this year – PKA said it had only offered a contract to the pension scheme of HK, Denmark’s largest union for salaried employees, while Danica had offered a management pension scheme for the company.PKA was unable to offer a pension scheme for management, it said, as it was necessary to be able to offer advanced bank-like products – something PKA did not have.Frydenberg said: “Of course, we are very annoyed about this case. If we have violated the competition rules, this was in no way a deliberate act.“On the contrary, from the outset, it was our opinion that it was perfectly legal to make a joint bid.”Danica Pension chairman Jacob Aarup-Andersen said his firm wanted as much competition as possible in the pensions market.“So it is highly regrettable that there has been insufficient attention paid to the competition law framework in the preparation of this specific offer,” he said.He added that Danica Pension had tightened its internal procedures to ensure that the issue did not happen again.IPE understands the problem came to light at Danica Pension during work undertaken in connection with its proposed takeover of the Danish activities of Sweden’s SEB Pension.The competition authority and the SØIK made no public comment on the case.PKA has been engaged in an effort to expand its business by winning private-sector pension contracts since 2016.In April, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority published new guidelines on how to assess joint bidding under competition law.In the introduction to the English version of the guidelines, the authority states that as a general rule, consortium agreements in tenders for public and private contracts “will typically be legal if the parties to a consortium agreement are not competitors as regards the contract that the consortium is to carry out”.last_img read more

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Indiana Snowstorm Money Over $1M And Growing

first_img(File Photo)INDIANAPOLIS – More than a million dollars in federal aid has been provided to the state to assist local and state government and public service organizations recover from the January snowstorm.“Dollars are beginning to flow to replenish local and state government,” said Governor Mike Pence. “While it will take months for the federal accounting process to be complete and provide funds to the 30 counties that qualified for assistance, this year that started with a rough winter is looking a bit brighter today.”There are no Southeastern Indiana counties that have received support but state officials say more money will be distributed as applications are processed.  In all, 30 counties were granted federal public assistance and/or snow assistance.Public Assistance will pay 75 percent of eligible expenses for damage to roads, bridges, utilities, debris removal, buildings’ contents and equipment, water control facilities, parks and recreational facilities, and others, as well as emergency protective measures like traffic control and rescue operations. Snow Assistance will cover all eligible costs associated with snow removal for the 48-hour or 72-hour period with the highest costs.last_img read more

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Baraza angles Sofapaka hammer at K’Ogalo

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza all smiles during a training session at the club’s base in Eastleigh on February 15, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Five wins in six matches and 2009 Kenyan Premier League champions Sofapaka have created the belief that a second title cannot be yonder than the 2018-19 campaign. Emphatic victory against table topping Mathare United last Tuesday hoisted John Baraza’s men to third in the standings with a two-point deficit from the leaders and another victory against holders Gor Mahia on Sunday will all but surely put them firmly in the race. Baraza who has engineered a turnaround for the side since taking charge says his side is focused on harvesting all three from Gor and believes they are in the right mentality to do so.“It is very important to win because Gor just like Mathare, Tusker and Bandari are firm title contenders, same to us. We have to make sure we get points out of them and this will improve our position on the table,” Baraza told Capital Sport.Sofapaka’s Titus Achesa (right) leads teammates in celebrating his goal against mathare United during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on February 12, 2019. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYATuesday’s four-star performance against Mathare has further fueled Batoto ba Mungu’s belief that they can go the full length and compete for the table.“Mathare is a top team and getting a win over them was important for our motivation as a team. If we keep winning against such teams then, we are heading somewhere,” he noted.The youthful tactician who won the league with the club as a player in 2009 took charge with results being hard to come by and the side willowing in the bottom half of the table with only one win in seven games.However, he has brought back belief to the side and he attributes this to giving the players more freedom to express themselves.One of the players who has hugely flourished under Baraza is defender Faina Jacoms whose prowess in the defensive pairing with Burundian international Mousa Omar has been phenomenal.Faina arrived with former head coach Melis Medo from Mount Kenya United but was on the fringes for most of the games, only starting twice and playing at right back.Sofapaka FC defender Faina Jacobs contends for the ball with teammate Umaru Kassumba during a training session at the club’s base in Eastleigh on February 15, 2019However, when Baraza took charge, he swung him into central defense and has flourished with the side conceding only three goals in six games, two of them coming off set pieces.“He is a player that I knew from long ago because when I was playing and he was at Muhoroni, he was a tough defender to take on. When I took over, I knew immediately where to place him and the results have been evident. He has been one of our best players,” Baraza added.Sofapaka has only won thrice against Gor Mahia in 20 league meetings. Last season, the first leg ended 3-3 in a dramatic game in Machakos. Gor were leading 2-0 before Sofapaka fought back to lead 3-2, but then conceded a late equalizer.The second leg was a one-way swing for Gor ho comfortably won 3-0. The last time Sofapaka beat Gor is in June 2017 when they won 2-0.Baraza’s men will hope to capitalize on Gor Mahia’s fatigue as they will have only two days to rest after playing a tough game away in Angola in the CAF Confederations Cup.AFC Leopards head coach Cassa Mbungo greets forward Brian Marita during his first match in charge against Mount Kenya United at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, under pressure AFC Leopards will be out to leave the doldrums of relegation when they take on a struggling Ulinzi Stars in Machakos on Sunday.Ingwe are second from bottom in the standings, only one point off the bottom having lost all their last four games. New boss Cassa Mbungo will have his work cut out as he looks to lift Ingwe off the bottom.Ulinzi on their side are struggling as well, the military side failing to win any of their last five games with four draws and a loss.KPL weekend matches:Saturday: Kariobangi Sharks v Bandari (Kasarani), Nzoia Sugar v Chemelil Sugar (Sudi, Bungoma), Tusker FC v Kakamega Homeboyz (Ruaraka).Sunday: KCB v Sony Sugar, AFC Leopards v Ulinzi Stars (Machakos), Zoo Kericho v Mathare United (Kericho), Western Stima v Mount Kenya United (Kisumu), Vihiga United v Posta Rangers (Kakamega).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Highway 503 to resume twoway travel Friday evening

first_imgYALE — Lewis River Road, state Highway 503, near Speelyai Bay Road will resume two-lane travel Friday evening.The Washington State Department of Transportation announced its contractor will reopen both highway lanes of the roadway east of Woodland, where hillside recovery work has been ongoing.The highway closed in March 2017 when a portion of an adjacent hillside slid onto the roadway and a 20-million-pound rock slab precariously hung from the hill above.So far, more than 1,600 truckloads of material were removed from the area.The $3.5 million emergency repair project still requires some work.Travelers should expect some rough road conditions around the slide area. This summer, crews will repave the roadway and landscape adjacent areas.last_img

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