Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Rob Teplitz today announced $3.5 million in funding to support the completion of a crucial redevelopment of the Third Street commercial corridor in Midtown Harrisburg. The 40,000 square foot mixed commercial and residential redevelopment includes the renovation of four vacant and blighted buildings that have been boarded up for nearly a decade and an expansion of Harrisburg’s first co-working space.“The funding from the Commonwealth will help this project be completed and will assist small businesses who use the space in getting their properties to market,” Governor Wolf said. “But most importantly, this project is about new opportunities for the businesses that grow here, and continued hope for a neighborhood, and city, on the upswing.”“This project represents an opportunity to make the city a better place to live and work and will positively contribute to our local economy,” said Senator Teplitz. “I’m pleased that that state has recognized this effort to improve the quality of life in Midtown.”The redevelopment project, led by WCI Partners, includes four properties on Third Street between Boas Street and Union Street, including the former Moose Lodge also previously used as the Ronald Brown Charter School at 922 N. 3rd Street. The buildings will be renovated to contain a mix of commercial and residential space and will dramatically enhance the character of the surrounding neighborhood. The total investment in the project is $8 million.The ground floor of the project will provide Harrisburg’s first co-working space, St@rtup, with an expanded operation for their tenants, which include early entrepreneurs, as well as established businesses looking for affordable single office space.“Our expansion into this redevelopment will allow for more entrepreneurs to start businesses and more existing businesses to grow in Harrisburg,” Adam Porter, co-founder of St@rtup Harrisburg and Director of Operations for Midtown Cinema, said. “This project is a not just an opportunity for start-ups and new businesses but it will provide a new face for the entrance to Midtown that will highlight continued progress for the city and neighborhood.”In addition to being an important anchor site to the major commercial corridor in Midtown Harrisburg, the project developers estimate the redevelopment will provide 40 permanent jobs, 50 construction jobs and annual combined business spending of $4 million.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 07, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million Grant for Third Street Revitalization Project in Midtown Harrisburg SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Taiwanese government watchdog, Control Yuan, has issued a report which is said to point to a number of shortcomings in the country’s offshore wind development plan, according to local media.The report states that the 20-year Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) for the offshore wind projects are ”above global benchmarks” and that they ”do not take into consideration the falling Levelized Cost of Energy” brought about by ”technological advances and the economies of scale.”The Ministry of Economic Affairs has argued against this, saying that the rate is TWD 0.1 above the UK’s, and TWD 4 below the rate in Japan.The news comes shortly after the Ministry of Economic Affairs proposed a 12.7% reduction in FiTs for offshore wind projects that sign their Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Taipower in 2019 as compared to the current rate.Currently, the FiT for projects that sign their PPAs by the end of 2018 would be TWD 5.8498/kWh (USD 0.1897/kWh). For projects that sign PPAs in 2019, the ministry has proposed FiTs of TWD 5.106/kWh (USD 0.1656/kWh). The proposal has been met with resistance from the developers such as Ørsted. The ministry plans to hold public hearings on the proposed cut.The report by Control Yuan, however, goes beyond the FiTs, and has criticised the ministry’s site selection and capacity allocation procedures. It also reportedly states that ”the review committee is not handling cases in line with regulations, and that most of its members have conflicts of interest.”Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Shen Jong-chin, has argued against these findings, saying that the offshore wind plan ”adheres to the law and there are no compliance issues”.Control Yuan has also taken aim at the ministry’s build-out timeline according to which 16 projects must be completed in the next seven years, saying that the timeline does not take into consideration the challenges of developing a local supply chain.Taiwan awarded a total of 5.5GW of offshore wind capacity in two separate tendering rounds in April and June.Offshore wind developers that secured the rights to build wind farms are obligated to sign PPAs for the projects with the state-owned Taipower by the end of 2019.
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Coimbatore: The Chennai trio of Ashwin Datta, Vishnu Prasad and Joseph Matthew will aim to consolidate their positions at the top of the leaderboard as the curtain goes up on second round of the 21st JK Tyre national racing championship here on Saturday.Ashwin Datta, who surprised the field by nosing ahead in Round 1 of the blue riband Euro JK 18 event despite not winning a single race, will hope to rectify that. He was very consistent though, managing three podium finishes to garner 24 points.Sri Lanka’s Brayan Perera and Karthik Tharani, however, are just one point adrift (at 23 points) and will hope to dismantle Ashwin from the top. They won two races each but also finished fifth and sixth in the other two to slide down the table.Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee will also be pushing hard to prove his class. He suffered an early setback as his car forced him to pull out in the season’s first race. He made up in the last three races to add 20 points into his kitty and he will be eager to fire in this round.”It was a great opening round and it did throw some surprises. I am sure the teams and drivers are raring to go and we look forward to another exhilarating round of racing,” Sanjay Sharma, head of JK Tyre Motorsports, said.Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad was imperious in the LGB Formula 4, sweeping 22 points in the three races. He, however, will be feeling the heat as his buddy Raghul Rangasamy is just one point behind him.The LGB class will again be the cynosure of all eyes, with the Ahura girls creating a buzz with their presence.The six ladies, who had been selected after a nation-wide hunt, gave a good account of themselves too, finishing all their races with elan.Led by actress Manisha Kelkar, they have been training hard at the Kari Motor Speedway since the week began and will be keen to lead their brigade into the Top 10.Joseph Mathew, who won both his JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup races in Round 1 easily, will be the rider to catch once again.Similarly, in the Red Bull Road to Rookies, Mizoram’s Zothanmawia won both his races to launch his campaign on a high note. His city-mates PC Andy Lalhmangaihsanga and Jerome Vanlalrengpuia are 6 points behind, at 14, setting the stage for an exciting weekend.The second round of the JKNRC will see the introduction of a new class, the JK Tyre Novice Cup, giving youngsters another platform to sharpen their racing skills. IANS
The Berlin Marathon is one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.It will be the first year with no Berlin Marathon since the race was founded in 1974.The announcement came on the same day that the New York City Marathon was canceled. That race had been scheduled for Nov. 1.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports June 24, 2020 Associated Press ___Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila says one player and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.Avila said on a video conference that the player was living in Florida, but was not working out at the team’s spring training facilities in Lakeland. He did not identify the two people who tested positive.“They’re going through the process, obviously, of recovering as we speak,” Avila said. “It was just recently, a few days ago, so they’re still in the recovery stages, and at some point they’ll be tested again.”With baseball returning for a shortened season, the Tigers are set to have training camp in Detroit. Nearby Laurel Park remains closed to the general public.___This year’s Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say “after extensive examination and various discussions” they were not able to find a later date. Authorities in Germany have blocked the hosting of major events through October.The marathon was scheduled for Sept. 27. UConn President Thomas Katsouleas told the school’s Board of Trustees Wednesday that the school will reduce the number of sports it supports from 24 to 20, eliminating its men’s cross-country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing teams.He said eliminating those programs, along with mandating a 15% cut in the operating budget of all sports and cutting some scholarships, should result in a requested savings of $10 million annually, or 25% of the school’s subsidy to the Division of Athletics over the next three years. That subsidy was $42 million in 2019.The school will continue to support the eliminated sports through the 2020-21 academic year, allowing the 124 affected athletes time to transfer or make other decisions, officials said.“While this is a painful decision, it is in the best interests of the long-term viability of UConn and of UConn athletics,” Katsouleas said. The decision came as the Board of Trustees approved a $1.5 billion spending plan for its main campus in Storrs and regional campuses. ___Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will open Thursday for wagering on simulcast horse races.Fans will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19.The race track will open the first and second floors of the clubhouse. All fans must wear masks or a face covering upon entering the facility.Pimlico is scheduled to host the Preakness on Oct. 3. The Latest: UConn eliminates 4 sports in virus- related cuts Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of Connecticut is eliminating four athletic teams as it deals with an expected budget deficit driven by issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.
… crowned champions of 2019 Smalta Girls Pee Wee footballBy Stephan Sookram ON a soggy night in Georgetown, it took one ‘Chance’ for North Georgetown to be crowned champions of the 2019 Smalta Girls Pee Wee football champions.Martha Chance’s double sealed the deal for the eventual winners over defending champions West Ruimveldt in a 2-1 nail-biter of a contest last evening at the Ministry of Education ground.Martha Chance scores goal number one in North Georgetown’s 2-1 win over West Ruimvedlt in the final of the Smalta Girls Pee Wee competition. (Delano Williams photo)Chance’s opening goal in the 11th minute set her aside from the rest of the players on the field. She dribbled two defenders before putting her shot high in the right corner, far out of the reach of the goalkeeper.The North Georgetown bench roared after the goal, but their lead was short-lived.Danella Lewis’ 15th minute shot, which flew past the keeper, meant that the scores were back level, as the West supporters streamed onto the field in celebration with their players.Visibly upset at the equaliser, North Georgetown, led by Chance begun bombarding the opposition with shots from all parts of the field but to no avail.Eventually, the half ended and even before the commencement of the second half, North Georgetown side were back on the field, sitting in their playing positions. And from the whistle, they carried the fire.Chance was the point of their attack, oftentimes shooting just steps into the opposition half.On every attempt, she tested the goalkeeper’s skill, inching closer and closer to the goal that seemed inevitable.When she finally did it, she did it in style; a curling free kick just tall enough to clear the heads of the defenders but producing enough dip into the goal, which sent the crowd into frenzy.And when the final whistle went, it was a mad scramble by little schoolgirls running to their players and coaches to celebrate their win.Chance picked up the Most Valuable Player award as well as the Most Goals with 22 while North’s Ayanna Griffith won the Best Goalkeeper.In handing over the winners’ trophy, Ansa McAl, through their corporate Communications Officer Treiston Joseph, contended, “There were no losers tonight; you all are winners because you are building a tradition that cannot be erased.”In the third-place playoff, Tucville beat Redeemer 3-2 on penalties Smith Memorial finished fifth, St Stephen’s sixth, Timehri Primary seventh and South Ruimvedlt eighth.
Podcast: How do the Trojans respond following their tough loss to the Ducks last week?Eleven seasons.It’s been 11 seasons since Arizona State beat USC in a football game — 1999 was the last time it happened.Searching · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley looks to throw downfield against Oregon last weekend. Barkley and the Trojans, who have dropped three of their last four games and two of their last three in the Coliseum, will face Arizona State on Saturday. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan This Saturday’s game — scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Coliseum — is the Sun Devils’ best chance to do so in quite a while, with the Trojans reeling from a 21-point loss to Oregon and ASU coming off a dominating 42-point shutout victory over Washington State.But USC is still favored, and with good reason: The Trojans (5-3, 2-3) still possess a talented offense capable of putting up the points against almost every opponent, and a defense that struggled against the Ducks but appears motivated to again prove its validity in conference play.Arizona State (4-4, 2-3) has had a very up-and-down season, consecutively smashing two FCS squads to start the year, then struggling to three straight close losses. The Sun Devils beat Washington on the road handily but lost embarrassingly to Cal — 50-17 — the next week.A season ago in Arizona, the teams played poorly and struggled to score points of any sort. USC came out on top, 14-9, as USC’s then-freshman quarterback Matt Barkley struggled perhaps more than he had in any game all season.The saving grace for USC in that game was a pick-six from senior safety Will Harris, the Trojans’ only touchdown. The Arizona State offense appears improved from that game, but Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson hasn’t noticed much of a change.“I don’t see a lot of difference from when I watched them on tape a year ago,” Erickson said this week. “They’re one of the better teams in our league and it’s a challenge for us.”Erickson, 63, has faced USC as the coach of three different squads — Washington State, Oregon State and the Sun Devils. But he’s struggled to consistently top the Trojans at any of those stops, even dating back to the 1980s.This time, he will attempt to make good use of his talented transfer quarterback — former Michigan signal-caller Steven Threet — and a vicious defense that features Corona, Calif., native Vontaze Burfict, a linebacker who was committed to the Trojans for much of high school career at Corona Centennial but de-committed to head to ASU at the last second in February 2009.Burfict is joined in the linebacking corps by fellow California native and Centennial graduate Brandon Magee. In all, the Sun Devils have a remarkable 49 players hailing from California on their roster — compared to just 37 from their home state of Arizona.Other formidable forces on the ASU defense include star freshman defensive end Junior Onyeali and cornerback Omar Bolden, also a California native.When asked what Arizona State had to offer that he was most worried about, Kiffin said, “I think defense, their pass rush. Really good defensive ends rushing the passer and they’ve given people a lot of problems. This will be a very big test for us.”Kiffin also mentioned the Sun Devils’ vertical passing attack. Threet has been interception-prone this season, with 13 interceptions compared to 14 touchdowns, but his 63 percent completion rate is solid. A remarkable five ASU receivers have accumulated at least 200 receiving yards on the season — plus running back Deantre Lewis, who also leads the team in rushing with 6.5 yards per carry.USC’s tackling has improved since the Trojans’ coaching staff reinstated tackling drills in practice two weeks ago. Kiffin said Wednesday that his team’s tackling against Oregon — regardless of the 53 points the Ducks scored — was better than it had been earlier this season.But the Trojans folded outright in the fourth quarter of that game, letting the never-tired Ducks run right over them in the final 15 minutes and turn a once-close game into a blowout. And with a number of players out of practice or limited this week, depth could again be an issue against the Sun Devils.It will be a big test.
“It just comes down to those one or two small plays that can just change the tables,” McKibbin said. “We just kind of fell short in the end. That’s just something we’re continually working on.” “They are a tough serving team and that put us out of system quite a lot of times,” sophomore setter Jameson McKibbin said. “And granted, our out-of-system setting is pretty solid, [but] there comes a point in time where you can’t just be out of system that much.” Having one player lead the entire team by double digits in production on the net suggests a lack of confidence in executing a diversified set of plays. Even though BYU’s top offensive performer, sophomore outside hitter Davide Gardini, finished with just nine kills in comparison, the team still outpaced the Trojans in total number of kills. Seven players logged multiple kills while USC had five. The Trojans went neck-and-neck with the Cougars in the third set, giving themselves a chance to take the match to four sets as they executed five kills that established a lead by the 16th point. However, missed serving opportunities allowed BYU to reclaim the lead and eventually the game, with USC logging three service errors in the last 11 plays. The USC men’s volleyball team fell in three straight sets to No. 2 Brigham Young University on the road Saturday. The loss drops the Trojans to 1-5 in conference play and 3-12 overall while BYU improves to 15-0, extending its lead in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. While proving an explosive force at the net, the production gap between his play and that of his teammates was substantial in this game. Freshman outside hitter Adam Flood seconded Fauntleroy’s performance with seven kills, but got only 16 looks overall. USC will play UCSB at North Gym Saturday at 2 p.m. While Fernandez didn’t finish a point behind the service line this match, his sheer power alongside servers like sophomore opposite hitter Alex Ah Sue and senior outside hitter Zach Eschenberg threw USC out of system multiple times, forcing setting adjustments and throwing the offense out of its normal position. While USC has capable hitters and adequate setter coverage, not being able to set up plays proved to be detrimental in handling opponents with a deadly offense of their own. USC was competitive at the beginning of each set, but individual errors allowed the Cougars to go on runs that dug the Trojans into the ground by the 25th point. USC’s inconsistency could be attributed to BYU’s impressive serves and the Trojans’ inability to return them. BYU junior opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez currently leads the NCAA with 42 aces on the season. The second-closest player, UCLA freshman setter Mads Kyed Jensen, has 30. Sophomore setter Jameson McKibbin led USC with 29 assists during its match against No. 2 BYU Saturday. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) As USC looks forward to continued conference play with another ranked matchup next weekend against No. 3 UC Santa Barbara, the Trojans will have to prepare for another tough serving team and an offense that has the capability to dominate. If they want to prevent point runs that lead to irreconcilable leads, USC will have to limit errors and be able to finish multiple offensive routes. In the first two sets, BYU established substantial leads at the 10-point marker by forcing multiple offensive errors on behalf of USC. By the end of the game, the Trojans logged 21 errors compared to BYU’s eight. Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Billy Fauntleroy provided the Trojans’ strongest individual performance. For the fifth match of the season, Fauntleroy logged double-digit kills, collecting 14 in the three matches out of an overall 27 attacks.
The Member of Parliament for Secondi has described comments by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) president that appearance fees for the Black Stars were airlifted in 2006 as untrue and ambiguous.“The statement is absolutely false and deliberately misleading”. he said on the floor of Parliament last Thursday.Papa Owusu Ankomah who was the Minister of Youth and Sports and head of the delegation that led the Black Stars to the 2006 World Cup held in Germany said no such thing happened.He went on to say that his deputy at the time, Mr. O.B Amoah has made several statements to the fact that the comments made by the GFA president were incorrect.An amount of $3 million dollars was airlifted to Brazil as appearance fees for the Black Stars after they threatened to boycott their crucial match against Portugal.This situation caused uproar among both local and international press with many describing it as a shame. However the GFA president has said the practice was a normal one adding that in both 2006 and 2010 World Cup, appearance fees was airlifted to the players.Papa Owusu Ankomah has therefore advised members of parliament who have given credence to the GFA president’s statement to get their facts right before endorsing such statements.
“A call up to my national team fills me with pride and honour. It is amazing how far I have come in my career courtesy the opportunity granted me to win my first cap.” These are comments attributed to various footballers I have known all my life on getting the opportunity to play for the national sides.Interestingly, these players are from various parts of the world. At look at the way the sport is managed in these countries would give one a fair understanding into the economics of sports in general. In the advanced settings, there are structures that ultimately lead to a sportsman earning all the goodies that come with playing a particular sport.The American economy can afford to pay all the “outrageous” wages it doles out to Basketball, Baseball and the lads in American Football. The wages are ridiculously high that the likes of Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and co would demand next to nothing to feature for their national basketball teams. The case is not too different for footballers originating from countries like Germany, Spain, Holland, England and co as they also make far in excess from their clubs than from playing for their nations. You may be wondering why I am taking this path in the first place.I chanced upon a discussion this morning on Asempa Fm this morning as to what would best pass for rewarding the current Black Stars Squad. Before I touch base on the current generation though, it is always fair to have a historical look at what transpired in the past, maybe, not too long ago. Gone are the days when players had to use their resources to cater for air tickets and had to literally fight officialdom to get these monies refunded. How ironic it was that they almost always seemed happy to jump at the opportunity to get a call up at the time. What was in it for them, one always asked? Well, we do know why now.Players who had the opportunity to showcase their talent at the biggest showpiece events almost always ended up being snapped by the highest bidder. El-Hadji Diouf is a classical example of a player who featured for then Racing Lens in the French Ligue 1. A club that would at best pass for also runs. A spectacular showing in Japan/Korea in 2002 landed him a £10m move to Liverpool and with the perks that followed. Monaco may have paid €45m to secure the rights to James Rodriguez lasts season. Fast forward that to just over twelve months and how a spectacular World Cup doubled his price tag. Real Madrid paying almost a double that amount (€88m) to secure his services. There was absolutely no way Colombia and Senegal would have been able to pay these huge amounts to the two players mentioned. What they did was to give them a platform to demonstrate their ability to the world. The big question is why does it seem to be the other way round in the last couple of years for certain players with the Black Stars a good case study?Then Sports Minister Osafo Marfo and the Kufuor government, desperate to see Ghana play at the World Cup literally quadrupled the wages from a mere $2,000.00 to $8,000.00 all in the name of boosting the morale of the lads during the qualifying campaign for Germany 2006. It worked like magic and has continuously done so for the side as the Black Stars have qualified for a further two world cups in 2010 and 2014. But there is a caveat. The World Cup is played once in four years and the funds generated from that are wisely used by FIFA as their other competitions do not generate that much money. In the same vein, you would expect that monies accrued from the World Cup would not be lavishly spent especially for an emerging economy like Ghana who depend so much on Government to fund its activities. I find it quite strange that more than half of the $7.1m net garnered from the World Cup went into bonuses and emoluments alone. Juxtapose that with the Germans who can afford all that and more spending under a 5th of their World Cup Funds on bonuses agreed with the team for winning the tournament.And this is my worry. The world cup is played once in four years. If we are using more than half of funds generated on bonuses, not to talk of the expenditure in securing qualification, why on earth would common sense not go into the judicious use of this money? We are paying a $100,000 for players, technical team members and officials to “appear” at a competition including those who barely kicked a ball in the qualification process (players). Is this sustainable? Granted we are making soo much money from the World Cup to pay these ridiculously high wages, what then would pass for judicious use of funds for the Nations Cup? This is a competition where the winner earns not more than $2m yet our budget for qualification and participation alone for a single AFCON exceeds $10m.You may argue all you want about short, medium and long-term benefits from the investment made into football but is it not strange that the expected returns on these investments have barely made sense for the continuous lavish spending?Federations that generate so much spend huge amounts of money on development purposes and the returns clearly manifest themselves over a period. The local league was probably one of the finest on the continent before Ghana qualified for the World Cup would only pass for a big joke these days? Our World Cup performances are still not reflecting on the local game. It’s been almost a decade since a Ghanaian club played in the final of the Continental club competitions. The last being Kotoko and Hearts in the Confed Cup in 2004. Our clubs have barely made the group stages within this period. Sponsorship, Stadium attendance, quality of football being played and pitch standards are really nothing to write home about. Community football that churned out talent is literally dead and we blow half these funds on bonuses and morally justify this? Absolutely incredible as my senior Kwabena Yeboah would say.I listened to the various arguments on the show. I was quite baffled with the “insurance” stance being made concerning injuries. There are risk we take in life which would ultimately end up in our good or otherwise. Whatever we earn from our working lives may not necessarily be enough (not the current generation of sportsmen). In the same vein, we all make do with whatever we earn to sustain us. The lads amongst other things opted to play football at a risk and I respect that but how the nation should bear the brunt of such excessive wages over the long term is worrying especially when the World Cup booty does not come through every twelve months.In my honest opinion, players do deserve decent wages but at what point do we tell them that their demands are unrealistic especially for an AFCON where the winner earns a paltry $2m? And can they be respectfully reminded that the glory they share is mostly individualistic. How many Senegalese people benefitted from Diouf’s transfer to Liverpool and the life transforming state of the player after that move? Whatever happened to pride, dedication and passion? A smart player is one who grabs the national opportunity and turns it into gold with his performance. One whose orientation is poor (management not exempted) is the one waiting for that opportunity to hold the state to ransom. Come to think of it, some of our players could have been playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world if they had replicated the performance against Germany in the games they played. Who knows?How about those who are suggesting that bonuses should be tired to output and returns? As a country, we negotiated to pay wages based on returns from the World Cup. In that vein as well, if we are earning $2m from winning the AFCON, why should the nation end up paying wages exceeding the Prize money or how much we earn based on the windfall from the CAN? Makes sense? Waiting to see the components of the AFCON budget. Should be soon I gather.