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Gov. Wolf Announces $1.5 Million in PAsmart Job Training Grants in Southwest Pennsylvania

first_img Education,  PAsmart,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Building on his plan to expand job training for Pennsylvanians, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the first PAsmart Apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants for southwestern Pennsylvania. The governor launched PAsmart last year to increase STEM and computer science education and job training to prepare workers with the skills that growing businesses need.“Pennsylvania’s economic future depends on a well-educated and highly-trained workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “These PAsmart grants allow more people to get on-the-job training for good jobs in southwest Pennsylvania. The budget that I announced this week builds on the PAsmart initiative to create the strongest workforce in the nation.”The grants totaling $700,000 for apprenticeships and nearly $800,000 for Next Generation Industry Partnerships will support job training in construction, engineering and advanced manufacturing in the southwest region. Apprenticeships provide hands-on opportunities for workers to learn skills while earning a paycheck. Next Generation Industry Partnerships connect employers in the same industry to provide job training.The governor’s budget unveiled Tuesday builds on the success of PAsmart to create opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative.The governor is also creating the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to bring together government, schools and industry like never before. The departments of Community and Economic Development, Labor & Industry (L&I), and State will work with external leaders including Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr, and AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale to find innovative solutions that close the skills gap.The following are the PAsmart apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants awarded in southwest Pennsylvania. To view full details, visit Southwest PAsmart Grants.PAsmart Growing Registered Apprenticeship – A $150,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to Franklin Apprenticeships to deliver, recruit for, and manage a set of registered apprenticeship (RA) programs supporting three high-volume, high-demand IT occupations. It’s expected that the initial RA will be for the Computer User Support Specialist role, delivering 50 apprentices enrolled by the end of 2019.Early Childhood Education Registered Apprenticeship – A $100,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded, in partnership with Partner4Work, to establish a regional hub for Early Childhood Education (ECE) registered apprenticeships that will serve the needs of businesses and workers across the Pittsburgh Metro Area. Partner4Work plans to do so by replicating an existing ECE RA model in Pennsylvania, piloted in Philadelphia by the 1199c Training & Upgrading Fund, and optimizing it to fit the specific needs of Pittsburgh’s labor market.Registered Pre-Apprenticeship for Operating Engineers – A $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to Connellsville Area Career & Technical Center to develop a heavy equipment operations pre-apprenticeship in partnership with a RA sponsor, Operating Engineers Union Local 66. The program prepares students in grades 9-12, out-of-school youth, and adults for entry into the RA program, and establishes a career path for participants into the Operating Engineers Union Local 66 RA program to address the “middle skills” gap in the commonwealth.Pitt Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing (P-CAM) – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to recruit and train interested high school and career and technical students, as well as unemployed and under-employed persons, and place them in well-paid entry-level position in Southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturing firms.East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) Group – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to connect non-traditional students to newly created apprenticeship programs in the sewing trades and hospitality industry.Intro to the Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program – A $45,950.00 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand the construction industry’s pipeline of qualified talent by making critical enhancements to the existing Intro to Trades Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program in order to establish an industry-driven, inclusive, and interlinked system of construction training programs.Registered Robotics Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program – A $45,950 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to develop interest and skill with high school students across southwestern Pennsylvania through the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ program. The organization’s mission is to provide exciting hands-on STEM learning experiences through business/education partnerships that will build the current and future workforce needed by the growing robotics and manufacturing industry.PA AFL-CIO Group Sponsor for Pre-Apprenticeship Programs – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to the PA AFL-CIO to pilot a pre-apprenticeship in manufacturing and office skills. The program, which will work in partnership with schools, career and technical centers, community colleges, and other training providers, will develop and sponsor the Certified Production Technician curriculum as a pathway into the industrial manufacturing technician RA program.Dual Pre-Apprenticeship Program Partnership – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded, in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) Pittsburgh Chapter Dual Pre-Apprenticeship Program, to enable high school seniors to complete high school while taking theoretical skill classes and earning a manufacturing technician 1 certification. Students will complete on-site training at their sponsor company and earn six college credits for completing classes that integrate seamlessly with high school classes.Growing the MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) Pre-Apprenticeship Machinist Training Program – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded, in partnership with New Century Careers (NCC), to narrow the skills gap and increase the region’s pool of skilled workers by growing the M2K pre-apprenticeship machinist program. The machinist pre-apprenticeship training program, which is offered to qualified high school graduates and GED completers 18 and older at NCC’s Training Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, prepares completers to enter the manufacturing workforce within as few as four months.Tri-County Manufacturing Industry Partnership – A $30,000 Next Generation Advanced Manufacturing Partnership grant was awarded to engage eight public and community partners.Pittsburgh Financial Services Industry Partnership – A $45,000 Next Generation Business Services Partnership grant was awarded to engage two businesses and 14 public and community partners.Tri-County Technology Industry Partnership – A $25,000 Next Generation Business Services Partnership grant was awarded to engage eight public and community partners.Pittsburgh K-12 Education Industry Partnership – A $45,000 Next Generation Education Partnership grant was awarded to engage 18 public and community partners.Pittsburgh Construction Industry Partnership – A $250,000 Next Generation Building Construction Partnership grant was awarded to strengthen construction industry pipeline, develop unified entry process for construction careers.Tri-County Health Care Industry Partnership – A $150,000 Next Generation Healthcare Partnership grant was awarded to train 126 incumbent workers and provide career awareness activities to students.Pittsburgh Early Education Industry Partnership (EEIP) – A $250,00 Next Generation Education Partnership grant was awarded to establish a RA program for early childhood education.To celebrate the PAsmart grants and investment in workforce development, L&I Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani toured Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center (CACTC) today and met with students.“Apprenticeship programs are a great example of state agencies and local businesses working together to help meet regional employment needs,” said Cipriani. “Governor Wolf wants Pennsylvania businesses to have access to a world-class workforce, and has proposed additional funding for the PAsmart initiative to further improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers.”“The CACTC’s PAsmart grant will be used to establish a registered pre-apprenticeship program in the Heavy Equipment Operations Program of Study and create a pipeline to the Operators and Engineers Union Local 66 Registered Apprenticeship Program in New Alexandria, PA” said CACTC Workforce Development Coordinator Shawna Little. “The establishment of a registered pre-apprenticeship program at the CACTC will positively impact our students because they will be prepared to enter the Operators and Engineers Union Local 66 Registered Apprenticeship Program and begin a life-long career in a high-priority occupation in our region.” February 07, 2019 Gov. 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Construction of Brisbane 1 in South Brisbane is well underway

first_imgBrisbane 1 in South Brisbane has construction well underway with 90 per cent of sales to buyers in the greater Brisbane region.THE BASICSBrisbane 1 Developer: R & F Property AustraliaPrice: From $473,999Location: 1 Cordelia St, South Brisbane. Sales and display centre at 20 Hocking St, West End.Brisbane 1 offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses over three towers, just across the Brisbane River from the CBD.LOCAL downsizers and first-home buyers are tapping into luxury development Brisbane 1 in South Brisbane, with construction on the first of three towers underway.Developer R & F Property Australia is reporting 90 per cent of sales to buyers in the greater Brisbane region, with mainly downsizers and first homebuyers snapping them up.R & F Property Australia vice president Thomas Chiu welcomed the start of construction, with expected completion in mid-2019. Brisbane 1 in South Brisbane.The first tower is 65 per cent sold, with around 250 apartments going in a record off-the-plan sale, with the second tower of 98 apartments almost sold out at 85 per cent in sales and the third tower sales are also going well with 66 per cent of sales to mainly local buyers.Brisbane 1 offers amazing views, prime location directly above the South Bank cultural precinct and parklands and flanked by South Brisbane, West end and the CBD.The remaining properties start at one-bedroom apartments for $473,999, two-bedroom for $619,905 and three-bedroom for $850,099. Brisbane 1 in South Brisbane.“The project site of Brisbane 1 on Cordelia St yields a lot of promise for R & F, for buyers and for the South Brisbane community,” Mr Chiu said.“Our vision is to shape the future of urbanisation for a growing population, ensuring that it is sustainable, attractive and eco-friendly — Brisbane 1 is the realisation of this vision.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoTower two will be completed later in 2019 and tower three is slated for completion in early 2020.The three towers will be the tallest in South Brisbane, dominating the southern bank of the Brisbane River and its skyline and offering uninterrupted views toward the Brisbane River and CBD. Brisbane 1 in South Brisbane.Designed by renowned architects, Bureau Proberts, the high-end residences have 2000sq m of private residential amenity spaces, one of the largest in a single residential complex in Queensland.Amenities include a lagoon-style pool and sundeck, gymnasium and barbecue area.At the top of each of the three towers lies a stimulating garden, spa and private rooms. Brisbane 1 in South Brisbane.The apartment interiors of the apartments and luxury penthouses include engineered timber flooring and stone kitchen benchtops, with expansive glass and neutral colour palettes.As buyers snap up the remaining residences, the projects success has ensured further investment in Brisbane from global developers R & F Property Australia.“We look forward to strong relationships with new world cities, such as Brisbane, into the future,” Mr Chiu said.last_img read more

Queensland richlister makes loss on sale of luxury beach apartment

first_imgThis apartment at 1901/11-13 Hill Parade, Main Beach, has sold for $2.15m. The kitchen in the apartment at 1901/11-13 Hill Parade, Main Beach. This apartment at 1901/11-13 Hill Parade, Main Beach, has sold for $2.15m. One of the bedrooms in the apartment at 1901/11-13 Hill Parade, Main Beach.They own a home in Hope Island, which they paid $10.9 million for in 2016, and recently splashed $3.4 million on a Byron Bay beach retreat near Clarkes Beach. This apartment at 1901/11-13 Hill Parade, Main Beach, has sold for $2.15m.But the loss is small change for Mr Quinn, who made a $175 million killing on the sale of iconic lolly icon Darrell Lea earlier this year.The Quinns sold their VIP Petfoods empire in 2015 for around $400 million. CRAIG BELLAMY AGREES TO BRISBANE HOME CONTRACT center_img Queensland richlister Tony Quinn has sold his Main Beach apartment for $2.15m.QUEENSLAND richlister Tony Quinn, and wife Christina, have made a $470,000 loss on the sale of their luxury Main Beach apartment.The Quinns sold the sub-penthouse just before it was scheduled to go to auction and now we can reveal the sale price was $2.15 million. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Tony Quinn’s Aston Martin Vulcan, a car limited to 24 in the world. Picture: Jerad Williams.Property records show the Quinn family bought the three-bedroom apartment in Main Beach’s Axis building for $2.62 million back in 2006.It comprises 320 square metres of living with three bedrooms, a home office, two living areas and an entertainers terrace with skyline views.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago $44M HOPES FOR HOME OF EX-AUS POST BOSS The view from the apartment at 1901/11-13 Hill Parade, Main Beach.last_img read more

INSITE Project Launches Industry-Science Alliance

first_imgThe INSITE Programme has launched a collaboration between offshore industries and researchers, designed to give marine scientists access to industry-acquired ecological data.INSITE is a scientific research programme to increase understanding of the influence of man-made structures on the ecosystem of the North Sea. It has attracted recognition and support from industry, government through BEIS and DEFRA, and the scientific community through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).Now in its fifth year, following the completion of a Foundation Phase of research, the Programme has moved into a second phase.A key outcome from the Foundation Phase was that new data is needed to maximise the outcomes from the science programme.The second phase of INSITE has been developed in partnership with NERC and CEFAS, which in addition to a significant funded research programme, also includes a ground-breaking data collaboration between industry and science.A new GIS-based data sharing portal ‘INSITE Interactive’ has been developed to give scientists visibility of industry data made available for INSITE researchers.Commenting on the launch of INSITE Interactive, INSITE programme director, Richard Heard, said: “This data Initiative is crucial to furthering the scientific objectives that were set out by INSITE in 2014. At the conclusion of a successful INSITE Phase 1, the need for high quality data to describe the ecosystem in the North Sea and enhance the scientific outcomes from the research was clear.“This tool has been developed to provide a robust process for scientists to identify data collected by industry during their operations, which could be used to further research into the role of anthropogenic structures in the ecosystem. The new portal provides a GIS-based reference for sourcing industry held ecological data relating to offshore structures. We are pleased that the initiative has been enthusiastically embraced by the research community developing proposals under the NERC call and look forward to extending access to the wider scientific community.”With its specialist GIS capability, Aberdeen-based energy consultancy Xodus was selected to facilitate the delivery of the tool.Christina Horspool, Xodus’ environment manager, said: “As a company, we pride ourselves on knowledge sharing and collaboration. This work is crucial for the INSITE project as it provides visibility of available industry data for the first time and bridges the gap between industry and academia, helping communication between two very different worlds for mutual gain. Our specialists have extensive experience in the needs of the research community and therefore were able to apply that understanding in the development of the tool. We look forward to playing an ongoing role in this unique INSITE data-sharing initiative.”last_img read more

8 Most Complicated Countries to Visit

first_img 128 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet LifestyleTravel 8 Most Complicated Countries to Visit by: – November 10, 2011 Some tourist visa applications are easy–an Australian visa, for example, can be acquired in a few minutes via the Internet. Others, however, can take weeks, if not months to procure. The following eight countries, including China, India, and Brazil, are especially tricky to visit if you’re a U.S. citizen. To ease the process, we enlisted the help of an expert, Medhy Habimana, director of operations for visa service VisaHQ. Habimana walks us through how far in advance you should begin the visa process, the amount of money you should plan to pay for the paperwork, and what you can expect once you arrive. While you can apply for visas closer to your trip than we recommend, delaying may mean extra fees for expedited service. But whatever you do, if you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, call the embassy to verify the visa process before you solidify your travel plans. Visa requirements change often, and the last thing you want is to think that you’re all set to travel–only to find out that you’re not. On the other hand, some of these places are well worth the effort.INDIAApply at least one month in advance.Fee: $76Why Go: The urban energy of Mumbai and Bollywood, the tiger reserves of Rajasthan, the elegance of the Taj Mahal–India’s allure is easy to understand.Related Stories Crossing Foreign Borders Can Be a Lesson In Patience 8 Tips for ‘Voluntourists’ to Maximize the Positive Best Value Destinations of 2012Why It’s Complicated: It’s not that it’s difficult per se to get a visa in India–more than 8 million Americans visit the country each year–it’s more that the process is time-consuming. If you’re not expecting the lengthy application exercise, the visa can come as a surprise–and potentially delay your vacation.What to Do: First, you need to apply to Travisa Visa Outsourcing, the contractor that handles processing for the Government of India. Travisa will let you know which embassy or consulate has jurisdiction where you live. Then you have to provide proof of residency, such as a photocopy of your driver’s license and of a major utility bill–water, gas, or electric is OK; cable or cell phone is not. (Reach out to your consulate to confirm the kind of paperwork they will request as requirements change frequently.) And talk about picky: Travisa Visa Outsourcing says on its website, “Do not cut your driver’s license copy down to a smaller size. Please leave the copy on regular sized paper.” If you don’t submit a copy, they will make a photocopy for you for $2.RUSSIAApply 90 days in advance.Fee: $140Why Go: Russia is persnickety, but cultural treasures like the Hermitage, the Bolshoi Ballet, and the historic brick towers of the Kremlin make enduring the wearisome visa process worthwhile.Why It’s Complicated: To begin with, you’ll need an invitation letter. Your sponsor can be a Russia-based hotel or tour operator registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Russia. Alternatively, you can work with a visa agency such as VisaHQ, Travisa, or A Briggs to get a letter. And securing a letter is only the beginning. The U.S. State Department advises you have someone who reads Russian check your visa before you leave the U.S. to make sure it reflects your intended dates, hotel, and activities. Once you get approval (in the form of a voucher number), you need to deliver your visa application in person (or hire a visa service to do so) at one of five consulate offices in the U.S.What to Do: The process takes time, so you should “apply as early as you can,”Habimanaadvises. (The consulate will allow you to apply up to 60 days in advance of your trip.) Once you get to Russia, don’t overstay your welcome (the duration of the Russian tourist visa cannot be longer than one month). Do so, and you’ll find yourself stuck in Russia until a new visa is approved–a process that can take up to 20 days.CHINAApply one month in advance.Fee: $130Why Go: Many a bucket list includes walking on the Great Wall, embracing history at the Forbidden City, gasping at the Terra Cotta Warriors, and exploring glorious Shanghai.Why It’s Complicated: China is not unfamiliar with American visitors, so its visa process is pretty straightforward but makes the list for both the detail required on the application–expanded in January 2011 from two pages to four–and a steep $130 fee.What to Do: According to Habimana, you need to list where you’ll be staying in a time sequence, your nationality and occupation, all your major family members along with their nationality and occupation, and any countries you’ve visited in the past year (plus the purpose of those visits). Mailing your application is out of the question. Either you or your visa rep (defined as “someone else or a travel/visa agent”) need to drop off your application at the embassy or consulate that holds jurisdiction over the state where you live. There are s ix consulates in the U.S. (you can find them on the embassy’s website) and some are more convenient than others (if you live in Wyoming or Montana, for example, you’ll need to travel to D.C. to hand over your application). Special permits are also required if you want to go to certain regions, such as Tibet and other remote areas. While the processing time is only four working days, the visa application will be rejected if not filled out correctly online.BRAZILApply at least a month in advance.Fee: $140Why Go: Rio de Janeiro being named site of the 2016 Olympics and the Christ the Redeemer Statue making the list of New 7 Wonders of the World have helped boost Brazil’s status as a must-do tourism destination–as if the giant party that is Carnival in Rio, the rain forests of the Amazon, and the amazing Iguaz Falls weren’t enough.Why It’s Complicated: When it comes to visas, Brazil has a process made confusing by the fact that each of its consular and visa-services offices around the U.S. can set their own rules (you have to go to the office that covers the jurisdiction where you live—the list is on the embassy’s website). For instance, the Los Angeles office, according Habimana, has been known to ask married travelers making a solo trip to Sao Paulo to provide a letter from their spouse saying it’s OK for them to make the journey. That rule doesn’t apply in Atlanta, but the Atlanta office is known as one of the slowest Habimana has seen visa processing take up to 24 working days there.What to Do: First, call your consular office to find out what their specific requirements are for procuring a visa. Then give yourself at least a month to go through the process. The Brazilian visa is also among the priciest–$140, plus $20 if you don’t present your application in person.BHUTANApply three months in advance.Fee: $20 upon entry to the countryWhy Go: Trekking the stunningly beautiful Himalayas in Bhutan might sound like a dream come true–the country’s marketing slogan is “Happiness is a place”–but the process for getting there is pretty involved.Why It’s Complicated: You need to go through a licensed tour agency in Bhutan, and among other things you need to prove you can afford to visit–all visitors commit to spending a set daily minimum amount, currently $200. This money goes toward accommodations, food, transportation, the overseas-agent commission, and guide services (a requirement for Bhutan). Note: On January 1, the rates are going up to $250 (for March to May, September to November) and $200 (for January, February, June to August, December). There are additional surcharges if you are traveling solo ($40 per day) or as a couple ($30 per person per day).What to Do: Find a licensed tour agency that will work with you to organize your trip and obtain your visa–there is a directory at the Tourism Council of Bhutan website. Once approved, you don’t get a visa stamp until you arrive in the country and pay $20.IRANApply at least three months in advance.Fee: $27Why Go: Iran has a big image problem, but it also has remains of the Persian Empire, which once controlled much of the Middle East and nearly conquered Greece. They include the impressive ruins of Persepolis (a thriving city about 2,500 years ago and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); and stunning architecture in the frenetic cities of Tehran and Isfahan, the former capital of what was once Persia and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country today.Why It’s Complicated: It’s not an easy place to visit. Start with the fact that all U.S. citizens get fingerprinted on entry. Add to that the U.S. State Department’s Travel Warning that advises against travel to Iran.What to Do: If you still want to go, you need to have a sponsor (an Iran-based travel agency, such as Let’s Go Iran , will do) and they need to get approval for your visit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iran, which issues a reference number that is then forwarded with your visa application to the Iranian Interests Section in Washington, D.C. Here’s the kicker: Passport photos for female travelers must adhere to Islamic dress code (you need to cover your head and dress modestly). The process takes a “very long time,” according to Habimana. And even if you follow all of the instructions and earn a visa, that doesn’t guarantee you’ll gain entry. “Some U.S. citizen travelers with valid visas have been refused entry at the border without explanation,” says the State Department.KAZAKHSTANApply a month in advance.Fee: $40Why Go: Fictional Borat may have put Kazakhstan on the map, but it’s actually the ninth-largest country in the world by size and a place that combines Islamic, Western, and Soviet culture into an unusual mix. Adventure seekers come for the many mountains, which provide both trekking and skiing opportunities. Others come to explore the nomadic past of the Kazakhs and to see UNESCO World Heritage attractions, including petroglyphs and nature reserves that are home to such species as the rare Siberian white crane.Why It’s Complicated: When it comes to visas, all the “Stans” can be tough, according to Habimana. For Kazakhstan, for instance, you need to write a personal letter of intent to the embassy in Washington, D.C., stating the purpose of your trip, the places you plan to visit, and your dates.What to Do: Follow the instructions on the embassy’s website, and apply a month out from your trip (approval takes a couple of weeks). While the government enacted new rules in 2010 to try to simplify the process, what that means for tourists remains to be seen. Fans of bureaucratic garble will appreciate the official description of the changes, which are “aimed at further liberalization and streamlining of Kazakhstan’s visa regime.”SAUDI ARABIAIf you can get one at allFee: $500 for a hajj (religious tourism) visaWhy Go: The holy Muslim cities of Mecca, to which all able Muslims must undertake a pilgrimage, and Medina are the country’s big tourist calling cards. There are other sights of interest, too, including the ancient elaborately carved tombs of Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia’s version of Petra (as in Jordan, the temples at Madain Saleh were carved by the Nabataeans).Why It’s Complicated: But good luck going to see these amazing sites–Saudi Arabia discourages visits by U.S. citizens and is currently not issuing standard tourist visas.What to Do: The embassy will occasionally make an exception for religious tourism, but you must apply through a licensed U.S. travel agency representing the consulate , and the prices are high ($500 to $600 per visa if you’re approved). If you are visiting as a business traveler, you need to have an invitation from a local company you are doing business with and visas can take months to process. Women visitors traveling alone need to be met by sponsors at the airport or may face delays in entering the country, according to the U.S. State Department. And overstaying your welcome is also not looked upon kindly–go beyond the dates on your visa, and you may face a $2,667 fine and incarceration.FOX Newslast_img read more

‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top six million

first_img Tweet Share Obama spoke with supporters of the health law from Rome, where he met Italian PM Matteo Renzi on ThursdayUS President Barack Obama says six million people have signed up for health insurance through his signature healthcare overhaul programme.Mr Obama announced the figure in a conference call with supporters days before the end of the sign-up period for new enrolees.The figure falls short of the White House’s initial goal of seven million.But the programme, widely known as “Obamacare”, was crippled at its October launch by technical glitches.Since then, it has largely overcome those problems and most Americans can now sign up without significant hurdles.The 2010 law, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is intended to extend health insurance to the roughly 48 million Americans who do not receive it through their employers, the government, or a costly privately purchased plan.It also aimed to slow the growth in the cost of healthcare.Among its central provisions are online marketplaces called exchanges run by the states and by the federal government on which individuals can purchase health insurance plans, sometimes with generous subsidies.‘No stone unturned’Under the law, Americans who go without health insurance in 2014 and beyond pay a penalty.The health law has been vigorously opposed by the Republican Party and by conservatives in the private sector who see it as an inappropriate government intrusion into the massive healthcare industry and an affront to personal liberty.They have sought to undermine the law on numerous legal and political fronts.The first “open enrolment” period during which Americans can sign up for a health insurance plan through one of the exchanges comes to an end on 31 March, although the Obama administration has extended the deadline for some people who continue to have trouble signing up.On Thursday, Mr Obama spoke on the phone from Italy with several thousand volunteers and workers guiding Americans through the often confusing process of signing up for insurance through the exchanges.“The president thanked the group for all their hard work to date and discussed the importance of building on this progress over the last four days of open enrolment,” the White House said in a statement.“The president encouraged the navigators and volunteers to redouble their efforts over the next four days and leave no stone unturned in trying to bring affordable health coverage to as many Americans as possible by the March 31 deadline.”BBC News Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestylePolitics ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top six million by: – March 28, 2014 30 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

25-year ISP trooper, Ponsler announces run for Decatur County Sheriff

first_imgPhoto courtesy of the Jim Ponsler for Decatur County Facebook page.Greensburg, Ind. — Jim Ponsler has announced his candidacy for sheriff in Decatur County. Ponsler is an Indiana State Trooper and Westport resident. Ponsler made the announcement at the recent Westport Covered Bridge Festival.Ponsler is a 25-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, and wants to increase training for deputies in phases of law enforcement- criminal activity, traffic and dealing with the public. He also wants to increase outreach in area schools in order to educate young people on the dangers of illegal drug use.The primary election will be held in May of 2018.last_img

Lady Cardinals Battle Lady Trojans In Middle School Volleyball

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated the Sunman Dearborn Lady Trojans in 3 games 25-22, 20-25, 15-6. “The Lady Cardinals worked hard together to push this win out. Team work won this game”, commented Coach Jennifer Meer. The Cardinals struggled with their serves in the beginning but once they got their rhythm the girls could not be stopped. Kate Weber led the team with 17 points followed by Catherine Streator with 10 points and Izzi Price and Isabelle Wonnell with 4 points each. Lilly Schebler was strong at the net as well as Ella Moster and Maggie Beiser as they went up to spike the ball down to the opponents. Solid passing was given by Ava Owens and Ingrid Tuveson.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team suffered their second loss of season to the Sunman Dearborn Lady Trojans 25-8, 25-12.  “The score of the game did not reflect the positive part of the game for the Cardinals”, comment Coach Jennifer Meer. The top server was Audrey Beiser with 4 points followed by Megan Raab with 3 points and Ryanna Phillips and Isabelle Wonnell with 1 point each. Beiser and Phillips led the offense with 1 hit each. Emma Livers and Mary Hunter help support the team with their passing skills.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

Health care heroes theme for best appearing car contest at Super Nationals

first_imgModified and Northern SportMod drivers competing at Boone Speedway during the September dirt track racing spectacular are en­couraged to enter cars with the Health Care theme, promoting the contributions made by anyone from individual providers to specific hospitals.  Required decals must be part of cars’ overall design. Both winners will be announced during the week at Boone. “All our lives have been impacted by the pandemic and we owe so much to those who have cared for us, our family and our friends,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Super Nationals is our biggest stage and as such the perfect time to thank all in the health care profession.” BOONE, Iowa – The health care heroes who have given us their all throughout the Covid-19 pandemic will be celebrated at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.  Along with $250 IMCA.TV broadcasting bonuses, drivers of contest winning cars in each division receive trophies. Speedway Motors gives $100 gift cards to all drivers entering the contest while Sweet Manufacturing gives a steering box to the Modified winner.last_img read more