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 Pennsylvania
The founders of the Yokohama club proposed that “hacking”, or kicking opponents, be banned, while early match reports underlined the prevalence of drop-kicking in those days.“Mr. Abbott having caught the ball made a good run through his opponents and, with a fine drop kick, scored a goal,” reads one report from the 1873 Japan Weekly Mail.Rugby gained a more solid foothold in Japan at the turn of the century when two Cambridge University alumni, Edward Bramwell Clarke and the Japanese player Ginnosuke Tanaka, introduced the game at Keio University in Tokyo.With more Japanese taking up the game, the sport’s popularity grew quickly with crowds of 20,000 attending matches in the early 1930s, according to Galbraith.– ‘Not so healthy’ –The Japan Rugby Football Union was formed in 1926 and a national team played its first overseas matches on a tour to Canada in 1930.In modern history, the Japanese team have been ever-present at the Rugby World Cup since the first edition in 1987, where they narrowly lost to the United States before suffering a 60-7 hammering at the hands of England.The World Cup has seen extreme highs and lows for Japan, from a record 145-17 loss to the All Blacks in 1995 to the competition’s greatest ever upset when the “Brave Blossoms” beat the mighty Springboks 34-32 in 2015 — dubbed the “Miracle of Brighton.”Organisers hope hosting this year’s competition will accelerate the development of rugby in Japan and Asia more widely, but low attendances for club rugby and the ejection of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves from Super Rugby have raised doubts.And what of rugby now at the Yokohama club, where it all began?“The status today is not so healthy,” sighs Galbraith speaking to AFP at the club, which proudly displays Japan’s oldest rugby trophy and numerous team photos on its wood-panelled walls.A dearth of members from traditional rugby-playing nations has hit the club hard, he says. “It’s more difficult to put out a 15-a-side team to play rugby.”Share on: WhatsApp The Yokohama Club is one of the world’s oldest rugby clubsYokohama, Japan | AFP | When 70,000 fans cram into Japan’s Yokohama stadium for the Rugby World Cup final, few will be aware of the area’s rich rugby history which stretches back more than 150 years and includes one of the world’s oldest clubs.It all started in the early 1860s when Britain sent troops to Yokohama to protect its subjects after samurai warriors slashed to death a British trader — and some of their 19th century officers turned out to be rugby fans.According to historian Mike Galbraith, who has extensively studied Japanese rugby’s early history, the first mention of the game being played dates to 1863, only 40 years after Rugby School student William Webb Ellis famously “took the ball in his arms and ran with it”, giving birth to the sport.As military tensions eased, the bored officers — many of them from British public schools like Rugby — took to the oval ball to pass the time.“They started playing every afternoon because the troubles subsided and so they didn’t really have anything to do. In December 1864, there’s evidence they were playing every afternoon with a few of the civilians,” Galbraith told AFP.Two years later, in 1866, more than 40 of these early rugby players banded together to found the Yokohama Foot Ball Club. A Japanese newspaper report from January 26, 1866, records the official establishment.“As we happen to have two or three Rugby and Winchester men in the Community, we may be certain that we shall have really good scientific play,” said an editorial in the Japan Times.This evidence leads Galbraith to claim that Yokohama may be one of the world’s first “Open” clubs — meaning that unlike a university or school, anyone can join.“The Yokohama Country and Athletic Club appears at present to be the oldest open club in the world with contemporaneous documentary evidence of its founding,” he said.– ‘Very unique’ –There are rugby clubs that are older, acknowledges Galbraith, but they lack such strong evidence describing their creation.“In the case of the Yokohama Foot Ball Club, there is a newspaper printed that very day describing what time it was and who the key people were and what the motions were. That’s very unique,” he said.The game then was very different to the fast-flowing sport played by professional athletes on display during the Rugby World Cup, which culminates on November 2 in Yokohama.