RICS: revamped with a new look to embrace the 21st century

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March Jobs That Pay Update: A Brighter Future for Pennsylvania

first_img Economy,  Education,  Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Minimum Wage,  PAsmart,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog Winter is nearly over and with that comes the promise of spring. Governor Tom Wolf and his administration are taking advantage of the warmer weather by continuing to tour the state and meet with Pennsylvanians on a variety of issues. From Schuylkill County to Pitcairn, Governor Wolf has been busy highlighting the impact the Restore Pennsylvania plan could have on blight, flood protection, broadband access, and modernizing Pennsylvania. He continues to push for this aggressive plan while fighting for a minimum wage hike and ongoing job creation.Restoring PAGovernor Wolf is hoping to pave the way for a better future with the Restore Pennsylvania plan. He recently visited Bridgeville, Allegheny County, and Williamsport, Lycoming County, to talk to local leaders about the state playing a larger role in flood prevention and recovery. He also visited Greene County to talk about how expanding broadband access would help schools and young learners.Wolf also revisited one of the inspirations for the Restore Pennsylvania initiative: Tremont, Schuylkill County. Tremont was hit with devastating flooding last summer so the plan’s aggressive approach to improve flood protection and Pennsylvania’s aging infrastructure was highlighted in his tour.Raising WagesMaking sure every Pennsylvanian is making a liveable wage is a priority for Governor Wolf and experts agree. The governor’s proposal raises the wage to $12 an hour on July 1, 2019, with gradual 50 cent increases until reaching $15 an hour in 2025. All of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have raised their minimum wage beyond the federal minimum, and more than 1.75 million Pennsylvanians make less than $15 per hour, even as the cost of living continues to increase.Creating JobsAs always, job creation is a major tenant for the governor. This month, he announced more than $5 million in grants toward college and career readiness and manufacturing technologies.Wolf announced $4.4 million for local summer internship programs to provide at least 1,000 young Pennsylvanians with paid work experiences to help them succeed.He also announced $1 million in grants through the Manufacturing PA initiative. Manufacturing PA embeds the commonwealth’s best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. The 17 projects receiving the funding will spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.Highlights from February – March 2019Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Deist Industries and Creation of New Jobs in Crawford CountyGovernor Wolf: 1,000 Students to Get On-the Job Experience at Local EmployersNew State Funding Will Support 43 Restoration, Façade, and Housing Projects Throughout PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Bridgeville Families, Businesses Hurt by FloodingGovernor Wolf Makes Case for Statewide Broadband to Support EducationGovernor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Lycoming County with Flood ProtectionNew Funding to Support Development of Mobile Game to Help Pennsylvanians Land Manufacturing JobsICYMI: Restore PA plan would boost local infrastructure and tackle blight, broadband, floodingReport: 1.75 Million Pennsylvania Workers Make $15 or Less Per HourGovernor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Can Address Vital Infrastructure Needs in Carnegie BoroughNew Low-Interest Financing from Wolf Administration to Support Small Business Expansion, Building AcquisitionGovernor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA Initiative Funds 17 Projects to Spur Innovation in ManufacturingGovernor Wolf Outlines Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan to Fix Homes and Businesses in PitcairnGovernor Wolf Highlights Restore Pennsylvania Plan to Help Columbia County with Flood ProtectionGovernor Wolf: Tremont Flooding Helped Inspire Aggressive Restore Pennsylvania Plan38 Pennsylvania Economists Support a $15 Minimum Wage by 2025Highlights from Twitter:?30 years after the creation of the World Wide Web, more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians still don’t have access to high-speed internet.Tell your legislator to support Restore Pennsylvania, our bold opportunity to finally close the digital divide in PA. https://t.co/Q3IG2sTCWq pic.twitter.com/GP2Qu0HjEU— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 13, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 15, 2019 Working full time at the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour means living in poverty.29 states have taken action to change that by raising their minimum wage.It’s time for Pennsylvania to do the same. Tell your legislator: Pennsylvanians deserve a raise. #RaiseTheWage pic.twitter.com/FbDtYfCEKC— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 13, 2019 March Jobs That Pay Update: A Brighter Future for Pennsylvanialast_img read more

Impact investing ‘same game’ as other investments – PGGM

first_imgImpact investments should not be viewed as a separate asset class but rather as an approach, and therefore not incur higher than usual management fees, pension investors PGGM and KLP have argued.Speaking at the Global Impact Investing Network Investor Forum in London, PGGM corporate strategy and innovations manager Wouter Koelewijn repeatedly argued that the strategy – housed by the Dutch pension manager within its targeted environmental, social and governance (ESG) portfolio – should not be viewed as separate from other asset classes.Asked about the level of fees he would expect to pay for impact investments, Koelewijn told attendees: “The only difference for a targeted ESG investment is that I want to know what is your impact strategy and how are you going to reach those goals. What problems are you solving?”His view was shared by Heidi Finskas, adviser for responsible investments at KLP, which manages the pensions of local government employees in Norway. KLP has so far only committed $25m (€18.5m) to a micro-finance project, as well as committed to a NOK1bn (€123m) renewable energy joint venture with government-backed development vehicle Norfund.Finskas was adamant impact investing should be viewed as part of a regular investment, attracting the same fees.“The one reason we teamed up with Norfund instead of picking from fund managers is exactly the asset management fees – they were too high for us,” she said.Explaining KLP’s decision to focus on renewable energy, she said: “We saw that developing countries, they are in great need of energy.“Coal, for instance, is a very cheap option, but we would like to contribute that there are cleaner options available.”She also noted that all investments had a societal benefit, as capital was invested in regions otherwise lacking such funding, stimulating the labour market.PGGM’s Koelewijn added that impact investing should always be seen as part of the “same game” as other investments, but that the impact should always be monitored.He said to qualify as an impact or ESG-friendly investment, one had to set “clear” goals.“Since we have diversified and have a large portfolio, we take a broad approach,” he said, noting that PGGM had committed €500m each year to invest in targeted ESG projects.last_img read more

Intecsea in Barossa subsea pipelines FEED

first_imgIntecsea has confirmed securing a contract by ConocoPhillips Australia to provide subsea Front End Engineering Design (FEED) services for subsea scopes of their Barossa development.Barossa is an offshore gas and light condensate field located offshore North Australia, approximately 300km north-northwest of Darwin.Intecsea will provide the FEED engineering for infield rigid flowline system, the gas export pipeline between Barossa and the existing Bayu Undan pipeline, associated dynamic risers and umbilicals, flowline and pipeline end termination structures and subsea tie-in spools.The contract will mainly be executed from Intecsea’s Perth office, with support being provided from other offices including Houston, London, and Delft.The Barossa development concept includes a floating production storage and offloading facility (FPSO), six subsea production wells to be drilled in the initial phase, subsea production system, supporting in-field subsea infrastructure and a gas pipeline to Darwin, all located in Australian Commonwealth waters.A final investment decision is targeted towards the end of 2019 for the field located 300 kilometers north of Darwin.The Barossa joint venturers are ConocoPhillips Australia Barossa Pty Ltd (operator, 37.5%), SK E&S Australia Pty Ltd (37.5%) and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd (25.0%).last_img read more

Top news, November 19 – 25, 2018

first_imgMarineEnergy.biz has compiled the top news from marine energy industry from November 19 – 25, 2018.Developers submit grid expansion plans for Nautilus tidalUK-based marine renewable energy developer SBS has submitted a preliminary grid extension feasibility study to Indonesia’s state-owned electrical utility as part of Nautilus tidal energy project development.The preliminary feasibility study, which explored the options to expand the grid on Lombok Island to accommodate the electricity that will be fed by the Nautilus tidal energy array, is now being internally reviewed by the utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).SBS has agreed exclusive ocean energy resource site-development rights with PLN for the project whose first phase will see the installation of eight 1.5MW turbines on behalf of independent power producer, SBS Energi Kelautan.The turbines for the first phase, expected to be completed in 30 months, will be supplied by Edinburgh-based tidal energy developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy.SIMEC Atlantis takes helm of Raz Blanchard tidal power questSIMEC Atlantis Energy has agreed terms for the collaboration with the French region of Normandy under a joint venture that will work to deliver a phased large-scale tidal power project in the Raz Blanchard strait.The collaboration, which spawned the creation of Normandie Hydrolienne joint venture between SIMEC Atlantis, Development Agency for Normandy, and regional investment fund Normandie Participations, was formalized with the agreement signing ceremony between the parties on November 20, 2018.As well as fostering the marine industry and local supply chain in Normandy region more generally, Normandie Hydrolienne will be specifically tasked with developing a multi hundred-megawatt tidal stream project in Raz Blanchard, according to the agreement.Blue Shark inks Djibouti tidal power dealFrench developer Blue Shark Power System has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Republic of Djibouti to supply its tidal turbines for a 120MW tidal energy project.The agreement covers the preliminary studies for the project, and the the sale of 495 tidal turbines, each rated at 240kW, according to Blue Shark Power.Blue Shark Power will deliver the project with the support from Weco Weco, a renewable energy project developer in the French-speaking African countries.EEL Energy adapts turbine to river flowsFrench tidal energy developer EEL Energy has presented the river version of its prototype tidal turbine.The solution, said to be requested by some market players, will complete the marine turbine solution also under development by EEL Energy.The river variant, patented this month, has integrated the lessons from the tests conducted in recent months in the laboratory and at sea, according to EEL Energy.The improvements and simplifications made on this version, in the concept and in its components, have allowed to drastically reduce component costs, EEL Energy said.HydroWing tidal tech launches in CornwallCornish tidal energy start-up Inyanga-Tech has launched a tidal energy project called HydroWing, which is based on a full-systems approach targeted at subsea tidal energy arrays.Inyanga-Tech’s patent-pending HydroWing technology has received grant support from Marine-i program, as well as from the project’s lead partner, University of Exeter, which is undertaking research looking at operations, maintenance, reliability and yield analysis.According to Inyanga-Tech’s Managing Director Richard Parkinson, the aim of Inyanga-Tech is to ‘rapidly’ develop the technology towards a first demonstrator deployment in 2020.last_img read more

‘United Nation’s weapons seized on Kenyan coast not illegal’

first_imgIllegal cargo seized by the Kenya security last week at Mombasa Port on a cargo ship has been claimed by the United Nations. The UN has stated that the weapons found were legal and being transported to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the peace mission in the country. The UN has rejected knowledge of the drugs found on board.Kenyan authorities and ship with Norwegian origins have said the weapons were not declared. The Kenyan police is still running drug tests on a substance found around some of the UN armored vehicles being transported by the ship.United Nations has expressed displeasure over Kenyan Police breaking procedure by inspecting cargo without a UN representative present.The ship has been held at the port for eight days now. 20 crew members aboard the MV Hoegh transporter are currently being detained in Mombasa.Previous post of initial news http://cctv-africa.com/2015/09/23/kenya-nabs-an-illegal-shipment/last_img read more

Ojo sends emotional message to Rangers fans

first_img The 22-year-old has enjoyed huge popularity from the Gers supporters since teaming up with the side temporarily last summer from the Premier League leaders. Ojo made most of the opportunity afforded him by manager Steven Gerrard and ignited his career after struggling during his loan move to French outfit Reims last term. The Anglo-Nigerian put smiles on the faces of the fans with goals, assists and other dazzling displays. He found the back of the net five times and set up seven others. The 22-year-old was a consistent performer for the Gers during his temporary stay, featuring in 34 games across all competitions. Ojo helped the Ibrox Stadium outfit finish second in the Scottish Premiership after the league was ended abruptly due to the outbreak of coronavirus. With the forward set to return to his parent club Liverpool after the expiration of his loan deal, he has taken to the social media to thank Rangers fans, who have been there for him all through the season and captured his best moments for the club. “Best fans in the world no doubt. You guys gave me love & some moments in my life I’ll never forget. Thank you Rangers,” Ojo tweeted. Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Gadgets & Inventions That Could Save Our PlanetThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana Jones2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Ojo joined the Liverpool academy in 2011 from Milton Keynes Dons and after impressing in the youth set-up he was promoted to the first team but has only made eight Premier League appearances for the side. The forward has mostly spent time away from the Reds on loan, featuring for Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham, Reins and Rangers. The Anglo-Nigerian will hope to fight for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s team on his return to Anfield by delivering stunning performances during pre-season games. Ojo has featured for England U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams but he still eligible to play for the Super Eagles as he is yet to turn out for the Three Lions. A number of former England youth players are currently excelling with the African giants like Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina while former internationals Victor Moses, who won the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria and Shola Ameobi have also played for the English youth team in the past. Chuba Akpom and Ademola Lookman, who indicated their interests to play for the three-time African champions, have completed their paperwork to switch to Nigeria. read also:Sheyi Ojo to Rohr: I want to play for Eagles The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have failed in the past to persuade Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to play for the Super Eagles, however, should Ojo decide to team up with Gernot Rohr’s side, he will have his friends to make him feel at home. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… On-loan Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has sent an emotional message to Rangers fans as his departure draws near.last_img read more

Fast start key for three-time Deery champion Kay

first_img“We had to pass a lot of cars that night. It didn’t look good for us at the beginning of the race but we kept at it and won.” said Kay, who had started 24th after cutting a tire in his heat and then restarted at the back after changing a flat midway through the 50-lap main event.  “There were a couple other nights when we might have had the car to win with but we stayed smart and raced for points,” he added. “We got to race at some new tracks this year and that was fun.”  Kay opened the IMCA Late Model tour with victories at Cedar County Raceway, Maquoketa Speedway and Quad City Speedway. He collected half a dozen top five’s, clinching the title by starting the Sept. 21 finale at Davenport Speedway. He’s now tied for third on the all-time Deery Series list with 27 wins. “After I crashed and bent the car up pretty good, Al is the one who got it back in one piece,” he said. “Without guys like that around, racing is hard to do.”  HIS CREW: Parents and car owners Ricky and Brenda Kay, Scott Fitzpatrick, Tyler Madigan, Wyatt Pewe, Zach Frields and Al Dlouhy. Justin Kay started the IMCA Late Model tour with three straight main event wins and ended 2018 with his career third Deery Brothers Summer Series championship. IMCA President Brett Root is at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photog­raphy) WHEATLAND, Iowa – His fast start and a typically consistent string of top five finishes the rest of the way took Justin Kay to his career third Deery Brothers Summer Series championship. Kay picked up a few Modified dates with Matt Ryan and credited Al Dlouhy with helping him get the Late Model back on track again.  “We got off to a really good start and just kept trying to do our best the rest of the way,” said the Wheatland, Iowa, driver, also champion of the 2014 and 2015 series. Wins-3                    Top Five Finishes-9           Starts-11 Also the winner of the last Deery event in 2017, he matched the series record of four straight victories shared by Gary Webb, Rob Toland and Brian Harris with the May 6 checkers at East Moline. HIS SPONSORS: Kay Farms and Elevator, JMR S & J Motorsports, Petersen Insurance, Wheatland Auto Body, JR’s Place Bar & Grill and HeineeJo’s Bar & Grill, all of Wheatland; Nutrien of Wyoming; Hoker Trucking of Dixon; Doug Nigh’s RPMS of Maquoketa; Allstar Performance of Watervliet, Mich.; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls; ML Suspension of Mooresville, N.C.; Sweet Manufacturing of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Wilwood of Camarillo, Calif.; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Chase Race Decals of Ames; Callies Crankshafts of Fostoria, Ohio; DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends of Lancaster, Pa.; and Dynamic Drivelines and Karl Performance, both of Des Moines.last_img read more

Rookie rules IMCA Sport Compact feature at Arlington

first_imgRookie Brett McConnell was the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature winner Saturday at Arlington Race­way. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty) ARLINGTON, Minn. (July 11) – Mach-1 Sport Compact rookie Brett McConnell was among the drivers making first appearances of the season in victory lane during Dan Grams Memorial Night Saturday at Arlington Raceway. Clint Hatlestad and Cory Probst were repeat IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win­ners, respectively. Neil Stevens was scored first every time around the track in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car fea­ture. Chad Schroeder was the third and final different IMCA Sunoco Stock Car leader and Eric Larson sailed to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers after gaining the lead on lap two. McConnell led flag to flag. R.J. Esquedo worked through the field while racing side-by-side with Eric Stocker but had to settle for second.last_img read more

Estime showcases athleticism in return game

first_imgATLANTA — Earlier this week, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said Brisly Estime “can’t have too many pots on the stove.” Gulley unleashed a 49-yard return in the first quarter, putting SU in strong field position. But as was the case all game, Syracuse failed to capitalize. Comments But Saturday afternoon, Shafer decided to add another pot to the stove that is Estime’s arsenal of weapons. Estime returned two punts and one kickoff for Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) in the Orange’s 56-0 monstrosity of a loss to Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2) at Bobby Dodd Stadium. In the fourth quarter, Estime returned a kickoff 15 yards to the SU 24. Later in the quarter, he burst along the far sideline for a 43-yard punt return. It looked like there was a chance he’d take it to the house, but punter Sean Poole forced him out of bounds at midfield. Published on October 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass On Thursday, Shafer said he and the rest of the coaching staff opted to use Estime exclusively as an H-back. Yet Saturday, he was back for Syracuse returning kicks. “That was exciting for me to see him get out there and make some plays with the return game,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Prince-Tyson Gulley also had a strong game returning kicks for the Orange. He finished with five returns for a total of 128 yards. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more