Governor Wolf Visits Juniata, Union County Companies, Highlights Economic Growth and Workforce Development

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 26, 2018 Economy,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited two central Pennsylvania companies, Champion Modular, in Juniata County, and Playworld, in Union County that received support through the administration’s workforce and economic development programs.“It’s wonderful to see the incredible work being done at these facilities and I’m proud that the commonwealth has partnered with businesses that are committed to investing in their employees and their local communities,” said Governor Wolf.The first governor’s first stop was at the home manufacturer, Champion Modular, in Juniata County, a company that was supported through a 2016 project with the Governor’s Action Team. Through this project Champion was able to reopen a vacant manufacturing facility, rehire many of the workers, and invest in the region’s local economy.The governor’s second stop was at the playground equipment manufacturer, Playworld, in Union County. Supported through the commonwealth’s incumbent worker training program, Playworld has trained more than 250 workers over the past few years.center_img Governor Wolf Visits Juniata, Union County Companies, Highlights Economic Growth and Workforce Developmentlast_img read more

Students give aid to Romania

first_imgFifteen PharmD students from the Keck School of Pharmacy embarked on an outreach trip to rural Romania to deliver much-needed medical care to citizens, according to USC News. Dr. Naomi Florea, an associate professor of clinical pharmacy, organized the two-week trip in July as part of the school’s Global Health Initiative. Three physicians and several Romanian translators accompanied the studentsAccording to World Bank estimates, 70 percent of rural Romanians live below the poverty line, and healthcare services are lacking. The pharmacy students packed 850 pounds of medication into their suitcases before flying to the Eastern European country, according to a USC release. Tam Phan, a third-year pharmacy student who was in the program, described their journey.“We each packed one suitcase full of medications,” Phan said. “We packed some toiletries in a carry-on, but it was mostly medication. It was scary going through security, although the Romanian government knew that we were coming and we had approval.”The team treated 600 patients during their stay between the cities of Jilava and Burcioaia, according to Phan. Many of the patients had chronic diseases which required urgent care, and the lack of adequate healthcare and infrastructure meant that the patients who came for treatment from the students had advanced issues.The USC students were aided by three Romanian physicians and Romanian medical students who often acted as translators. They treated patients with “chronic diseases, including diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure and parasitic infections common in the agricultural region,” according to a press release by the USC School of Pharmacy.“There was no electricity in parts of the town,” Phan said. “All of the drinking water was from wells, so a lot of the cases we saw were fungal infections, parasitic infections. I work at the pharmacy at USC where we stand behind a counter and treat people, but there people came in with very urgent cases that needed medical attention.”The patients were mostly suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and infections, which the team treated with a bevy of medications. The pharmacy students also heard the personal stories of the patients. Phan mentioned a boy who was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia when it actually turned out that he was watching horror films at night. “This child was having night terrors, so the doctor diagnoses him with schizophrenia, and gives him antipsychotic medication,” Phan said. “But he comes to our clinic and we find out that he has been watching scary movies at night.”Another family who had visited Phan’s clinic informed him of the trafficking problem in their country, a social issue that team encountered with one of the younger patients, according to the USC statement.“This woman, she comes with her mother and four kids who all look very innocent,” Phan said. “I was doing her mother’s physical when she told us that many kids are subjected to trafficking in many parts of Romania and sometimes they would be sold for sexual purposes or organ donations.”The trip to Romania is one of several global health trips that Florea has organized during her tenure at USC. Florea hopes to help pharmacy students to enact real-world change, according to a USC statement.“In the U.S. they think pharmacists are people behind the CVS counters handing out medication, but here were are dealing with real-life issues. It gives another face to pharmacy,” Phan said. Another third-year pharmacy student, Ryan Hays, relished in the experience he gained while out in the field, although he described the conditions of Romania as much worse than he had expected.“I didn’t expect it to be so bad, not to the extent that we saw. They didn’t have the health basic education that we do in the U.S.,” Hays said. “But you learn a lot more when you’re out there, it’s way better than staring at a textbook or a presentation.”last_img read more

Akufo-Addo makes $100k donation to Ghana Rugby

first_imgPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made a $100,000 donation to the Ghana Rugby Football Union. The gesture was made Wednesday, when the Ghana Rugby Women’s Sevens National Team and the Ghana Eagles paid a courtesy call on the President at Jubilee House, to present the trophies they won at the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Challenge.After successfully banking in with four trophies, and as described by the Chairman of the Ghana National Rugby, Herbert Mensah, “as the most successful sporting team in Ghana over the last four years” President Akufo-Addo said this “means in my period as President, you’ve been the most successful team sports in Ghana. It makes you very special people to me”Responding to some imminent request made by Herbert Mensah, to foster the inclusion of ordinary Ghanaian children to play Rugby,  the President directed the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to consider making Ruby part of the GES curriculum in Basic schools.He also asked the Minister of Youth and Sports to engage the Managers of the Rugby Team and the National Sports Authority to work together and allow the Rugby team train at the national sports stadiums as “it is a public facility that belongs to the people of Ghana.” The President commended the team for the efforts it has been making that has “brought all this renowned success to our country “as it is encouraging that both men and the women are successful.President Akufo-Addo shaking hands with Ghana Rugby President Herbert MensahThe Ghana National Rugby president, Herbert Mensah commended the President for his vision and support for sports “and his understanding of how to run a global business—just as the Ghana National Ruby is modelled on.He promised the President to judiciously apply the cash donation judiciously, and in a transparent, useful and purposefully manner for the growth of Rugby in Ghana.last_img read more

Plans move forward with construction of 40-unit Wedgewood Apartment complex at Settler’s Creek addition.

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (26) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 315 weeks ago This has bugged me since I first started coming to newcow….but I SOOO wish the images would actually ‘enlarge’ when I click on them. The maps are the same size when clicked on. Thus, not being able to read the fine print. Report Reply 3 replies · active 315 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Teedoff · 315 weeks ago Wish this would of been made known before I bought a house here…and It won’t decrease our homes value? REALLY? No tax breaks for the homeowners in the area either….mmmmm. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Ac Young · 315 weeks ago Just Me – Computer tip click on image then hold ctrl and push up arrow or if you have a wheel mouse move up. hope that helps. Report Reply 1 reply · active 315 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 315 weeks ago Just curious what industry in this town is growing to support 40 new apartments?.? The slaughter house??? And not sure Settlers Creek was ever a good idea, bringing in tons of fill dirt into a wheat field, but they sure aren’t going to be able to sell anymore of those empty lots now… Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Apt dweller · 315 weeks ago Not really sure why anyone out there is upset. You bought a house off of woodlawn which has an affordable housing complex directly on it. You are about a block from a major highway through town and if the wind blows you just might get a wiff of the beef plant. It will be ok. Looks like the city is making it so the people can’t drive directly through your neighborhood…Also Tracy “crap load”…. Report Reply 3 replies · active 315 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Empty pockets · 315 weeks ago Doesn’t the city NOW own all those lots since the developer left them high and dry? If that is the case don’t fault the city with trying to get some of the taxpayers money back. Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Credence · 315 weeks ago Since Ms. Green, Ms. Korte and Mr. Wetta voted to allow this project, they would not mind having one these apartment dwellings in their neighborhoods. When we bought our house there was a wheat field at the north end of the neighborhood and the Woodlawn Apartments are east of Woodlawn which is outside the neighborhood where these new apartments will be located. In addition, this area was zoned single family with covenants that restricted certain construction. What happened with these city council actions? Also, will the apartment residents or landlords be responsible for the specials that were attached the Settler Creek lots? If not, who will be responsible for paying for the infrastructure that was and will be added? When it comes down to it, it is all about the money the city expects to collect and not about the will of the citizens! Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Voice · 315 weeks ago This is shady, it was pushed through by someone who was exiting his city position. There is no way to fight city hall and win. Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down guest · 315 weeks ago The City Council needs to look into the sewer and drainage problems on the WEST side of Wellington before they approve construction anywhere. Or at least approve something to MAINTAIN the CITY’S sewer lines better and maybe it won’t be blowing up in people’s homes. Live WELL. Whatever!!! Report Reply 2 replies · active 315 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 315 weeks ago This is all a bunch of crap….this addition was for SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCES….not MULTI….when families invested their money into these homes, that is what they thought they were buying…if they wanted to live in condo’s…or apartments, they would of done that…You know the council is shotty…and a few need to be removed from it but we can only try….I think the city should have to buy the homeowners out of their homes with everything they have put into the home and the value before rezoning….that should be fair ….and they should also be paying off the specials on each home located in Settlers Creek…when Gus bailed….this plan should of been null and void…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 3-2 vote, the Wellington City Council approved at its July 15 meeting the rezoning of property and the re-platting of land that will pave way for a proposed 40-unit apartment complex called Wedgewood Apartments to be located at the northeast corner of the Settler’s Creek addition, west of Woodlawn Apartments and south of U.S. 160.Jim Moore of Affordable Housing Group/Zimmerman Properties of Springfield, Mo. indicated the company will go ahead with the construction of the complex after receiving approval of tax credits from the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation in May and the council’s approval two weeks ago. In January 2014, Moore told the council he wants to build one, two and three bedroom apartments ranging from $450 to $750 monthly rent. It will be an estimated $5 million investment.Wedgewood Apartment proposal.Of the three proposed apartment complexes in Wellington in January, the Wedgewood Apartments complex appears to be the only one that is progressing forward. Jeff Van Sickle of Wellington has proposed a 192-unit apartment complex adjacently east of Wal-Mart. But according to city sources, that project is currently on hold as the group has not been able to procure enough local investment. Another proposal to turn the Wellington Junior High building into a 48-unit complex is officially dead because the Hassenflu Property Management in Overland Park was unable to get tax credits that Moore’s group was successful in obtaining.Moore approached the Wellington Planning Commission in June – an advisory committee to the council – to ask to rezone the property from a single family residential district to a multi-family district dwelling.Wellington City Economic Developer Cody Sims said the new complex would fit nicely into an area in which it is already multiply zoned with light industrial, commercial, and multi-family apartment units. Sims said the apartment complex would serve as buffer between the commercial activity of U.S. 160 and those who built homes at Settlers Creek.However, at a January city meeting several home owners in the area objected to the proposed apartments fearing it would increase traffic and devalue their property.At the July meeting, though, there were no neighbors objecting to the proposal. Tony Farley, who has a home west of the proposed apartment complex, expressed his dissatisfaction in January. However, at the July 15 meeting when asked to speak by a council member he stated:“I am not here to speak for or against the proposal.”Apartment complex overview with housing addition to left and Woodlawn Avenue and Woodlawn Apartments right.One of the big changes in plans was how the area will be re-platted – i.e. designed. In January the apartments were to be built with an outlet street running east and west. Now a cul-de-sac will be built and the layout would make it impossible for apartment dwellers to be able to turn west. To leave the complex they must travel east and turn on Woodlawn Avenue thus alleviating the rest of the Settler’s Creek residential district to apartment complex traffic.Sims said there is a row of trees that will buffer the rest of the residential district from the apartments. Farley said the council members need to visit the area to make sure they believe the tree separation is a valid statement.The vote to pass the rezoning was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission and was sent to the council. The ordinance, required a majority vote. Council member Kelly Green, Jan Korte and Vince Wetta voted for the ordinance. B.J. Tracy and Jim Valentine voted against it. Because four votes were needed, Mayor Roger Stallbaumer was called in for a vote. He voted yes. John Brand was absent from the meeting.The resolution which called for the re-platting with the new cul-de-sac passed 3-2. Since it is a resolution it only had to pass with the members present. Green, Korte and Wetta voted yes. Tracy and Valentine voted no.There was no timeline given for when the construction of the proposed complex will begin.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more