For the past three years, New Orleans stalwarts Dumpstaphunk have traveled from The Big Easy to The Big Apple on the night before Thanksgiving to help New Yorker’s ring in the holiday season with a night of bass-heavy funk tunes, fun tribute sets, and amazing special guests. In 2014, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall and company hit B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square with special guests Eric Krasno and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. In 2015, they brought Phunksgiving to Port Chester’s beloved venue, The Capitol Theatre, and they invited Cyril Neville, Fishbone, and Dust Rays featuring Capt’n Kirk from The Roots to the party. Last year, the band moved to the friendly confines of American Beauty and delivered a set of 1970s funk classics, with Kraz and Taz both showing up for their second Phunksgiving, while former Dumpstaphunk drummer and The Nth Power founder Nikki Glaspie also lent her talents to the stage for a few tunes.Dumpstaphunk Celebrates Phunksgiving With 70’s Covers, Special Guests, & More [Photos/Video]This year, the holiday tradition will continue in Brooklyn. On Tuesday, November 21st, Dumpstaphunk will bring Phunksgiving to Brooklyn Bowl for a funk throwdown with special guests Southern Avenue, the high-energy upstarts currently taking the live music scene by storm. If previous years of Phunksgiving are any indication, the band certainly has a few tricks up their sleeves as well. After all, you never know who might show up at Phunksgiving!– SHOW INFO –Show: Live For Live Music & Brooklyn Bowl Present The 4th Annual Phunksgiving With Dumpstaphunk w/ Special Guest Southern AvenueVenue: Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249)Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017Tickets: $20 – On Sale HereEnter To Win A Pair Of Tickets!
Notre Dame students and Moreau seminarians got more than they expected during their spring break pilgrimage to Rome, when rearranging their entire itinerary allowed them to be in St. Peter’s Square to watch the announcement of the new pope. Fr. James Gallagher, vocations director for the Congregation of Holy Cross, led a group of three seminarians and 12 male undergraduate students who are discerning vocations to the priesthood on a weeklong trip to Italy. The group joined the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square the evening of March 13 to witness the first moments of Francis’ papacy. Gallagher said trip plans were underway before Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced his resignation in February. News of the conclave made the pilgrimage “a special thing this time around,” he said. The group visited Assisi before returning to Rome in time for the beginning of the conclave on March 12. Together, they fit daily trips to the Square into their schedule in order to watch the smoke signals. “On Tuesday, when the conclave was starting, they had the Mass at St. Peter’s and we were able to go to Mass with the cardinals,” Gallagher said. “It was incredible to be there and to recognize that only once every papacy do all the cardinals in the world come together like that. Gallagher said he got a sense of the universality of the Church during the Mass, as well as the profound connections that link Catholics across the ages. “One of the things that occurred to me during Mass was that for the Eucharistic Prayer, they used prayer number one, which has a litany of the saints. Some of those saints have been popes themselves,” he said. “Being there at the Mass, it occurred to me that it’s not just a group of [cardinals] doing an election, but the whole Church is involved through their prayers [and] invested in what’s going on, including these previous popes.” Freshman Brian Herrmann said the group had just left another Mass in the Basilica when the smoke was sighted – the timing was perfect. “We were told that if the bells started ringing [to announce the white smoke], the priest would cut to the chase, distribute communion and run out of the Basilica,” Hermann said. Senior Pablo Quan said the stretch of time spent waiting in St. Peter’s Square produced a “mix of anxiety and excitement.” “It was very exciting, and I felt a great connection to the universal Church,” Quan said. “I saw people from many different countries speaking all kinds of languages, but with one same faith. Everyone was waiting for the same thing.” Gallagher said the group ended up standing so close to the balcony window where the new pope would later appear, they were unable to see the actual smoke. “We were thinking to ourselves, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice, we’re up close, wouldn’t that be something if it happened now,’” he said. “So the smoke comes out and everybody starts cheering, but the moment of confirmation is when the bells started ringing, so that was when we were thinking, ‘This is it.’ Herrmann said the sound of the bells ringing is especially vivid in his memory. “The large bell tolled once, twice, and the rest joined in,” Herrmann said. “In the distance, the bells of all the churches in Rome all started ringing their notes. [I knew] that all around the world, the bells of every Catholic church were ringing too.” Gallagher said the group prayed a rosary while waiting for the announcement, joined by several surrounding people. He also said once the announcement came he was unable to hear it over the noise of the crowd. “It was funny because when the announcement was first made that we had a pope and they said his name, it was hard to hear both with the cheering and the sound system,” Gallagher said. “In the end, one of my brother priests had texted me to ask ‘are you there’ and I said ‘Yes, who is [the pope]?’ because we had heard Francis but didn’t know which cardinal it was.” The pilgrimage is intended to facilitate the discernment process for the students by allowing them to visit holy sites and taking time to pray while exploring the Church’s center, Gallagher said. “It’s not a tour of Rome, it’s a pilgrimage,” Gallagher said. “We try to go and see most of the major religious sites and also to take time for prayer. In the busyness of the school year, it’s tough for guys to kind of slow down and think about things, pray about things, so going away and taking time in some of these holy places gives them the time to do so.” Quan said he already feels a great connection to Francis because he witnessed the first moments of Francis’ papacy. “I knew it was such an important event and a truly once-in-a-lifetime thing, I couldn’t just let it pass as just one other moment in my life,” Quan said. “I have to react and do something about it. … It inspired me to get a little bit more involved with the Church in the future and follow the pope’s theology and contributions. He said the entire experience was “a great blessing,” and for him it connected the current historic moment with the centuries of Church tradition. “To see the tomb of St. Peter, the first pope, and then to be there for the election of Pope Francis, it’s amazing to see just how long the Church has been alive,” Quan said. “It’s a different time now, but the Church is just as alive now as it was a century after Jesus died.” Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pontiff in Church history, and Gallagher said while Jesuit spirituality differs from the Holy Cross spirituality of his order, there are several interesting overlaps. The motto of the Congregation of Holy Cross is “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope,” and Gallagher said he noted a similar theme in one of the pope’s first homilies. “If you look at the conclusion of the pope’s homily at his installation Mass, he talks a lot about hope, about being people with hope to bring,” Gallagher said. “Hope is a big part of the Holy Cross message, so it was wonderful to see him talking about people of hope in the homily.” Another connection is evident in the symbols Francis selected for his papal crest, Gallagher said, which include marks that represent Jesus, Mary and Joseph. “Holy Cross has a great devotion to the Holy Family, and those are the three symbols represented on the pope’s crest,” he said. “Holy Cross and Jesuit spirituality are different, but it’s been very interesting to see the things this pope is going to press. Devotion to the Holy Family and the need to be people of hope connects with Holy Cross spirituality for sure.” Gallagher said as a priest, he looks at the office of the papacy as having dual responsibilities of leadership and teaching. “Part of the teaching aspect is constantly helping us to understand who Christ is and what it means to follow Him, and the leadership is to then show us the way to do that,” he said. “It will take a little time to learn who [Pope Francis] is and what it is he has to teach, but it seems like right off the bat it’s charity and love that are his main things, especially for the poor and those in need. “It’s always a challenging message … and it seems like he’s going to constantly challenge us to grow in charity and be attentive to the needy in our midst. It seems like he’s really going to lead by example as well, so I think it’s a good challenge to see someone in authority try taking that on as well. It can be a great lesson for us as priests, and he can give us a great example.” Gallagher said the pilgrimage participants are often inspired and encouraged by the tangible history of the Vatican. “I think one of the most powerful things about this pilgrimage is that you see men and women who have given their lives in service to the Church, which is often the most daunting thing when you’re talking about vocations,” he said. “We visit the tombs of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Francis … and to see the witness and the profound effect that these people have had can be a bit of encouragement for the guys. “If we make those sacrifices, the Lord can do great things with it, so seeing the great men who have gone before really encourages these guys to trust in the Lord.”
Photo courtesy of Michael Waddell The master in autism studies program hosts a PEERS workshop in April. MAS will offer two different degrees: a dual degree and a 4+1 program, which allows students to begin their studies while pursuing a bachelor‘s degree.Waddell said this program allows students to get hands-on experience in their field.“It creates extra opportunities for working in clinical settings with people on the spectrum,” he said. “So you get the course work you need to become a licensed and certified speech therapist, you get expertise in autism and you get more opportunities to work with people of the spectrum than you would if you did either degree separately.”The second degree program is titled the 4+1 program. The program organizes classes so that students can take four of the 12 required courses towards attaining their master’s degree by the time they receive their bachelor’s degree. The approval process for this program has been multi layered and in the long time making, Waddell said. “The first proposal we wrote was in the spring of 2011,” he said. “We got approval from the higher learning commission in the fall of 2017 and the board of trustees approved the program in spring of 2017. So from 2011 all the way to the fall of 2017 has been one whole long approval process.”These programs are a rare opportunity and designed specifically to give students specific expertise in working with people with autism, Waddell said. “The two professions that most commonly work with people on the spectrum are speech language pathologist and applied behavioral analysts,” he said. “To become a speech therapist you do a master’s degree in speech therapy where you study the whole range of speech disorders and interventions and so forth, but most speech language pathology programs don’t have any autism components in them. You’re lucky if your school has one autism course. … Most speech therapists now are spending most if not all of their time in clinic working with people in the spectrum but they don’t get any training in autism.”Certain majors pair well with the program, but it is open to students from any disciplinary background, Waddell said.“Some obvious candidates for this program would be those in education, psychology, speech language pathology, pre med and potentially nursing, social work and sociology,” he said. Students interested in the master of autism studies programs can find more information at events such as the autism workshops and colloquiums hosted by Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame. Finding success in the past, two more workshops are planned for this year, Waddell said. “Either seek me out, and if I’m not the right person I’ll put you in contact with the faculty member you should talk to or come to any of the events that we’re sponsoring,” he said.Tags: 4+1 program, Master of Autism Studies, master’s program As of next fall, Saint Mary’s is officially ready to make available to students new programs in the master of autism studies program. For right now, there are two basic dual degree programs planned for the future curriculums, professor Michael Waddell, director of the master of autism studies program and a professor of philosophy at Saint Mary’s, said. “The first one is our dual master’s degree program where you earn the master’s of autism studies and the master’s of science and speech language pathology,” he said.
View Comments Related Shows Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Age: “A lady never tells.”Hometown: Brooklyn, NYCurrent Role: Eclipsed’s Bessie, one of the captive wives of a commanding officer in the thick of Liberia’s Civil War.Stage & Screen Cred: Armand has been under Liesl Tommy’s direction in Eclipsed since its Yale Repertory Theatre incarnation; the Broadway run marks her fourth stint in the production. She received a 2016 Tony nomination for her role in the compelling drama. Armand made her Broadway debut in The Trip to Bountiful. Her additional stage credits include off-Broadway’s An Octoroon, Belleville, Four and Breath, Boom. Her screen credits include The Blacklist, American Odyssey, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming web series Heirloom. Pascale Armand photographed at The Rickey(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)
August 15, 2003 Christine Barney Regular News Managing media to protect and grow your reputation In Practice Strong media relations is one of the most important and undervalued assets of your organization. Whether you are a judge or an attorney in government, private practice or a corporation, at some point you will find yourself staring into a camera or talking into a microphone. It’s probably an understatement to say that most people don’t look forward to this interaction. The truth is, however, that just like the legal profession, the media’s reputation for sensationalism is often unfairly earned. So why play the media game? And if you play, how can you be sure to win? The Media CardIf you doubt the impact that media can have on your reputation, take a look at former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Prior to 9/11 the mayor was mired in scandal due to controversy in his personal life and failures at city hall. But after 9/11, media portrayed him as a hero. The media frenzy culminated with Giuliani’s selection as Time magazine’s man of the year. What can media do for you? A good reputation’s halo effect runs deep. In fact, positive media coverage and the understanding it creates can:• Reinforce to current business partners/stakeholders that they made the right choice in working with you.• Generate new business opportunities.• Help to retain and recruit staff.• Give you the benefit of the doubt when negative accusations arise — or provide you with important advance notice when stories do arise.Becoming an expert source for media is something everyone can and should do, no matter your organization’s size or scope. Get to Know the MediaThe first step in developing a good relationship with media is to get to know the outlets in your area. You don’t have to buy lists. All media organizations have Web sites that list their sections/broadcasts along with contact information. My guess is you already know which outlets are the most influential. Trust your instinctsTake a few minutes to review information on the reporters most likely to cover your area of expertise at those outlets. How often do they write? What topics do they focus on? Get Media TrainingYou need to know the rules of how media works if you are going to win the media game. That’s why even the best speakers take time out to practice media interaction and get updated on the business of media. Clearly, you know the subject matter, but do you know the rules of how media editing is done to ensure quotes are accurate? Do you know how to deliver your knowledge in media-friendly soundbites? Have you had a professional critique your physical and verbal delivery from a media standpoint? Mock media interviews can yield as much valuable feedback as mock trials. Playing to WinSome people believe that working with the press is an art — either you have it or you don’t. There are certainly some personality traits that lend themselves to being good with the press — charm, command of the language, and ability to deliver soundbites. But ultimately, managing press is just like learning the rules of law, and the longer you practice, the better you get. Here are some quick rules to consider when you receive the media call:• Speed counts: All reporters have deadlines. Find out what those deadlines are and determine if you can work within that timeframe. If you can’t, let the reporter know upfront.• Be firm: Just because the media asks doesn’t mean you have to answer. Never rely on “off-the-record” as protection and remember client confidentiality is paramount.• Be prepared: If a reporter calls, you have the right to ask for preparation time. Write down your messages before you do an interview. Have no more than three simple points.• Be compelling: If you’re doing an interview about your area of practice, tell the story of why the reader or listener should care. Forget the legal jargon and give examples that paint a picture for your audience.• Remember the rules: The Bar has specific guidelines for media and advertising. Follow them. You can find them at www.flabar.org under regulation. Get a game planAre you going to manage PR yourself, hire an in-house media director, or use an outside agency or freelancer? There are communications professionals at all budget levels. Explore the pros and cons of all these options.Then, match your media plan to your personal style. Are you more verbal (do live interviews) or do you prefer to express yourself through the written word (write letters-to- the-editor or opinion pieces)? Play to your strengths and remember that frequency counts if you’re looking for positive recognition about pro bono services or other community and civic work. The more times you are in the press, the more likely your target audience is to see your message.Lastly, a proactive game plan will serve you well should a crisis occur. You don’t want to be learning the rules of the media game on the fly. The relationships you build during good times will serve you during the bad times and yield increased story accuracy, more lead time, and perhaps a more open mind.Americans today consume all types of media. Making sure you are prepared to be part of the story is a must. For an investment of only a little time and money, you can be confident that you are ready to harness this powerful tool for your organization. Christine Barney is CEO of rbb Public Relations with offices in Miami, Tallahassee, and New York. She is an accredited public relations professional working with clients such as M&M/Mars, Florida Power & Light Company and The Florida Bar. She can be reached at christine.barney @rbbpr.com or (305) 448-7456.
This year, from December 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019, the restaurants of northwestern Istria are hosting the Days of Adriatic Squid, a gourmet event that seeks to valorize the extraordinary squid from the Adriatic Sea and raise awareness of their value in the kitchen.This gourmet event, in addition to being an additional motive for visiting northwestern Istria (Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla, Buje) during the Christmas holidays, seeks to valorize the extraordinary squid from the Adriatic Sea that is fished in the winter. It aims to raise awareness of their value in the kitchen and encourages caterers to devise new, creative recipes based on this seafood.”With this gourmet event, we want to valorize and present the Adriatic squid, a top local food that is the most delicious and best to prepare at this time of year, and is part of our rich gastronomic culture. Adriatic Squid Days are an additional motive for visiting northwestern Istria during the Christmas holidays, and in addition to enjoying the delicacies specially prepared for this occasion by the chefs of famous restaurants, visitors will surely enjoy other beauties offered by northwestern Istria.”, said Milovan Popović, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Umag.That homemade squid is truly a great snack that can be prepared in the traditional way, but also through new interesting combinations will be shown by the chefs of seven restaurants who have designed special menus for this occasion at affordable prices. In restaurants Melon i Nono in Umag, Vili Vilola in Savudrija, Astarea in Brtonigla, Lux Casino Hotel Mulino i Rondo in Buje and San Benedetto in Novigrad, visitors will be able to enjoy the culinary delicacies and rich flavors of Adriatic squid, all combined with local wines and top quality olive oils. Find out more about the gourmet event Adriatic Squid Days on the official website websites.With emphasis on Adriatic squid, not the one from Patagonia, which in combination with modern cuisine are presented in an attractive way. And that is exactly the key to success and the very essence of tourism. Selling an authentic story.“Never forget who you are, what you are and where you come from, nor forget your knowledge of local products. I would not want Croatian chefs to make the same mistake as Italian or Spanish, who try to satisfy tourists and forget the tradition”Said French chef Lionel Levy with a Michelin star in Osijek after the workshop organized by the CNTB, where he literally opened the eyes of the audience and showed how local food can make a top presentation of dishes that belong to the very top of world cuisine. You just need to add innovation, presentation creation and respect local ingredients. The combination of tradition and modernity, that is the main message, and that it is certainly possible, he presented in a practical way – perk from the fish in an innovative and different way.”It is important to protect and defend the recipes of your ancestors, otherwise they will get lost. Defend the recipes of your ancestors!Levy concluded. A strong message from chef Lionel Levy that can certainly be interpreted as the philosophy of the whole tourism because that is exactly the very meaning of tourism. People travel to get to know new ways and culture of living, and authenticity is the very essence of tourism. We seem to be ashamed of our history, traditions, identity, way of life, etc.… we have to start respecting ourselves, so that others can respect us, and the tourism workers who create our tourism product are not aware that this is our biggest advantage, our incredible diversity. and authenticity. We constantly strive to be some copies, and figuratively we sell French wine to the French.That is why the Days of Adriatic Squid, as well as all other gastronomic events and tourist stories, were small or large, which respect the tradition of extremely important, long-term sustainable and a real signpost in which direction our tourism must develop. It must be our main tourist product – our authentic story. We can learn so many lessons from this example, and the most important one is to stimulate the local economy, which is the meaning of tourism, to increase tourist spending and disperse to as many participants as possible at the local level, not to finance imported products. Photo: Colors of IstriaIt is insane to import potatoes, tomatoes, eggs, lettuce, squid, etc.… We are destroying our economy and our resource and we are only dealing with form through rental tourism, not content. And that is not sustainable in the long run, which we can see day by day in any of our tourist destinations. Everyone loses, and even hotels in the end because the motive for coming is not accommodation, but diverse, quality and authentic content.Because I wonder why someone from Zagreb would come to Istria to eat “Zagreb steak”? Of course not. This is exactly what they are aware of in Istria, and the most important interest of the guests goes in favor of that, so from year to year the event attracts more and more guests from the entire region. Top quality and authenticity – this is how tourism develops and the tourist season is extended. Learn from the better and successful, learn from Istria.
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Topics : The number of individual loans issued under the second phase — 2.2 million so far — exceeds the number issued in the first phase, according to a joint statement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jovita Carranza, administrator of the federal Small Business Administration (SBA).The PPP relief funds, part of a larger package of emergency relief measures worth more than $2.7 trillion, aim to help keep the huge network of small and medium-sized businesses afloat until confinement measures linked to the pandemic are more widely eased. Some 30 million people in the US, a record, have applied for unemployment benefits since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. “It’s going to be very difficult in the months ahead,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN. “The economy is still in a terrible contractionary phase, tremendous hardships everywhere.” But he insisted he was optimistic, pointing to forecasts of “a very strong second-half economic rebound,” possibly followed next year by “one of the fastest growth rebounds in American history.” ‘A pause’ He said the federal effort to shore up smaller and medium-sized businesses had been “an extremely popular and effective program,” and that “there may well be additional legislation.”As Congress and the administration study next steps, Kudlow added, “There’s kind of a pause period right now” of perhaps a few weeks.The administration and congressional leaders of both parties are already in talks on a next round of economic support, but their priorities diverge on several points.Trump would like to see the next round include tax breaks for workers and for the sports and entertainment industries, Kudlow said. The president also wants to see new spending for infrastructure upgrades across the country.But Democrats want greater oversight over the vast spending programs and oppose Trump’s efforts to insist states ban so-called sanctuary cities that provide protections for undocumented immigrants.The Trump administration has also been sharply criticized for funneling billions of dollars in the PPP’s first phase to large corporations that in principle should not have qualified for the conditional loans.Mnuchin and Carranza noted in their statement that the average loan provided in the second phase has been $79,000, indicating the money is going, as intended, to smaller companies.They said that since the first phase launched on April 3, the SBA has processed more than 3.8 million loans for a total of more than $500 billion. The Trump administration on Sunday termed the second phase of an emergency job-saving program a success, with more than $175 billion in loans already issued to smaller companies and more likely after a “pause.”The two phases of the so-called Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have provided a total of $669 billion, including $320 billion in the latest tranche. The program aims to preserve jobs threatened by the coronavirus pandemic, which has paralyzed much of the US economy.
April 09, 2018 Weekly Update: Combatting the Opioid Epidemic, Advocating for Domestic Violence Reforms, and Creating Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Yesterday I announced that I am extending our heroin and opioid disaster declaration. While we have made real progress in our coordination, prevention, rescue and treatment efforts, we have more work to do, and it is critical that our response to this epidemic go uninterrupted. https://t.co/IahochBxcP— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 5, 2018 The Blog, Weekly Update Disaster DeclarationLast Wednesday, the governor renewed his 90-day opioid disaster declaration, which was introduced in January and set to expire on April 10. The renewal allows for the 13 initiatives introduced in the past 90 days to continue without interruption and for the introduction of new initiatives to help those suffering from opioid use disorder. One of these initiatives included the creation of the Opioid Data Dashboard, which expands access to data that is crucial in the fight against the opioid crisis.“We have made real progress during the disaster declaration to stem the tide of this epidemic and provide better resources and coordination for those on the front lines,” Gov. Wolf said. “But it is critical that we keep building on our efforts at prevention, rescue, and treatment. I am extending the disaster declaration for another 90 days to ensure that my administration and local partners can continue to use every tool available to them to help people and communities in need.”SeniorsOn Tuesday, Governor Wolf launched a pilot program for the Sheriff Senior Check-In Service in three counties. The Sheriff Offices of Centre, Venango, and Warren counties are partnering with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to help Pennsylvania’s seniors live independently by checking in with a regular phone call. The Check-In Service will help individuals with a limited support system feel more comfortable at home and could make the difference in case of an emergency situation. The governor is hoping for this program to be available for more counties throughout the year.InfrastructureLast week, Governor Wolf highlighted transportation investments that are expected to be implemented this construction season in counties across the commonwealth. The projects announced include highway and bridge projects, as well as local and rural road improvements. The construction plans were announced for District 2, District 5, District 6 and District 9.“Our commitment to improving our roads and bridges is unwavering,” said Governor Wolf. “These projects are significant and greatly needed. Along with an increased investment to rural and local infrastructure, we will bring better transportation to the drivers of this region and to the state as a whole.”As construction projects are underway in the commonwealth, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers.Pennsylvania School Safety Task ForceThe first meeting of the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force occurred on Friday. Governor Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale heard from students, parents, school officials, law enforcement, health care experts, and residents about ways to improve school safety and security. The task force will hold six meetings throughout the commonwealth to gather perspectives from different communities on improving school safety. If you would like to submit your thoughts or concerns on this issue, click here.Public SafetyGovernor Wolf joined with Legislative Democrats on Thursday to announce a package of reforms to strengthen protections against sexual harassment and discrimination. This announcement builds on steps Governor Wolf has already taken to combat sexual harassment and assault.“No one should ever be the victim of workplace discrimination or sexual harassment – and we cannot, and will not, accept this behavior as normal or acceptable,” said Governor Wolf. “So many victims have come forward and their bravery should continue to change our country, our workplaces, and our culture for the better. These reforms will build on that change to support our employees and create safe workplaces across the commonwealth.”On Friday, the governor urged the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to send a package of domestic violence reform bills to his desk. The legislative package passed overwhelmingly in the Pennsylvania State Senate, and includes Senate Bill 501, which would fix an arcane law that allows domestic abusers to maintain access to guns.“Domestic abusers are known to use firearms to claim the lives of their victims and others. The House should act on these bipartisan, commonsense pieces of legislation so I can sign them into law,” said Governor Wolf.Job CreationGovernor Wolf announced new approvals for low-interest loans through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority program. The loans will support eight business projects in seven counties and will help create and retain nearly 400 jobs statewide. On Friday, it was announced that 300 new jobs will be created in Blair county through the expansion of Centene Management. The governor has acknowledged that this long-term investment will have a great impact on Blair county workers and their families.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 1, 2018 – April 7, 2018Monday, 4/2/18Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Programs for CVS Health and Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 in Southeastern PennsylvaniaWolf Administration Previews 2018 East Central Region Construction Season, Highlights More Than 115 ProjectsTuesday, 4/3/18Governor and First Lady Host Annual Easter Egg Event to Highlight Importance of Pre-K InvestmentGovernor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million for 61 Grants to Enhance ApprenticeshipsGovernor Wolf Announces Senior Check-In Program with County SheriffsWolf Administration Officials Host Cabinet in Your Community Event in TamaquaWolf Administration Previews 2018 Hollidaysburg-Region Construction Season, Highlights 88 ProjectsWednesday, 4/4/18Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Northcentral Region Construction Season, Highlights ProjectsGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Eight Business Projects in Seven Counties, Supporting Nearly 400 JobsGovernor Wolf Announces Progress, Renewal of Opioid Disaster DeclarationThursday, 4/5/18Wolf Administration Announces Medical Marijuana Applications Available for Second Phase of ProgramGovernor Wolf Announces Centene Management Company to Expand into Pennsylvania, Creating Nearly 300 Blair County JobsGov. Wolf, Legislative Democrats Announce Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Protections for WorkersGovernor Wolf Proclaims Earth Day 2018Friday, 4/6/18Governor Wolf Asks House to Send Him Bipartisan Senate Domestic Violence BillsWolf Administration Previews 2018 Southeast Region Construction Season, Highlights 150 ProjectsGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Support Environmental Cleanup and Revitalization Projects at 12 Abandoned Mine Sites Across the StatePennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Holds First Regional MeetingHighlights from TwitterWe must ensure domestic abusers do not have access to firearms. The bills passed by the Senate are important steps toward protecting domestic violence victims, and the House should not wait one unnecessary minute to act so I can sign them into law. https://t.co/vbetYxoCvP— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 6, 2018
Image courtesy of PetronasMalaysian energy giant and LNG player Petronas, signed a deal with Japan’s JERA for the supply of approximately 2.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year.The heads of agreement (HoA) signed through Petronas’ unit, Malaysia LNG, has a three-year term starting in April 2018.Malaysia LNG operates the Petronas liquefied natural gas complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, a nine-train facility with a combined annual production capacity of about 30 million tons.LNG buying giant JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power , said the volumes will be delivered both on a DES (delivered ex ship) and FOB (free on board) basis.JERA noted in its statement that the destination clause in the deal is “line with the survey on LNG trades report released by the Japan Fair Trade Commission in June 2017.”The company added the volumes will contribute to its ability not only to respond to uncertainties in LNG demand but also to optimize its LNG operations.