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Governor Wolf Announces Funding for The York Plan 2.0 Project to Revitalize Manufacturing Sector

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first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding for The York Plan 2.0 Project to Revitalize Manufacturing Sector SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Infrastructure,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $6 million to support a community revitalization and economic development project in York County known as The York Plan 2.0 Innovation District in the northwest corner of the city, part of a larger project to revitalize this area into a manufacturing, technology, history, arts and education district.“Today we are honoring York’s past by preparing for York’s future and I am pleased to announce that this project will receive the funding to help revitalize not only York City, but York County, to connect again around our historic manufacturing heritage,” Governor Wolf said.Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will be used to renovate structures that will house American-made robotic device development and assembly, prototype design workshops, and office and lab space.The governor was joined by York Mayor Michael Helfrich, and John McElligott, CEO, The Fortress Initiative, and of York Exponential, the group spearheading the York Plan 2.0, for the announcement.“I have worked hard to ensure that when state government is investing in our local communities, we are directing our resources towards projects that improve the lives of our citizens, our students, and our seniors,” Gov. Wolf said. “And I have worked to make sure that we are using our resources to bring the greatest bang for the buck for our private businesses, who in turn provide jobs and opportunities for our citizens.“When completed, this project will help boost York into the new tech economy, while also ensuring that we are leading the way as we enter the fourth industrial revolution.”center_img June 04, 2018last_img read more

Mayers, Roach put Pride in sight of victory

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first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  (CMC) – Left-hander Kyle Mayers continued his run-spree with an unbeaten half-century as Barbados Pride dominated Windward Islands Volcanoes to install themselves as favourites for a convincing win on today’s final day.The 27-year-old hit an aggressive unbeaten 62 off 43 balls as the hosts, resuming Saturday’s penultimate day of the sixth round fixture at Kensington Oval on six without loss, declared their second innings on 239 for four.Opener Shayne Moseley struck 60, Justin Greaves stroked an unbeaten 53 while Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite chipped in with 49.Set 399 for victory, Volcanoes slumped to 37 for three courtesy a double strike from Test seamer Kemar Roach (2-21) before recovering to reach 73 without further loss.Alick Athanaze, a ‘concussion substitute’ for the injured Desron Maloney, was unbeaten on 21 and was involved in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 36 with Devon Smith (16 not out).Volcanoes require a further 325 runs for victory with seven wickets remaining.Starting the day with a lead of 165 runs, Pride rammed home their advantage through a series of solid partnerships.First, Moseley and Brathwaite extended their opening partnership to 114, carrying the hosts to lunch on 99 to ensure Volcanoes went without success in the first session.Moseley counted eight fours off 111 deliveries in 141 minutes while Brathwaite hit five fours off 90 balls in 156 minutes.Captain Kavem Hodge (2-44) got the breakthrough when he trapped Moseley lbw with his left-arm spin and then bowled Test batsman Shamar Brooks in the same over without scoring.And when fast bowler Ray Jordan removed Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich (2), Pride had lost four wickets for 21 runs to be 135 for four.Mayers, however, who struck a career-best hundred in the first innings, took charge for Pride in an unbroken 104-run partnership with Greaves.Playing in his usual positive style, Mayers crunched three fours and four sixes while Greaves faced 78 balls and counted three fours and two fours in just over an hour-and-a-half at the crease.last_img read more

Long games have become the norm in college football, with Syracuse leading the way

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first_imgI have never, ever seen this before. Mack Brown is doing the game for ESPN, and then… “Alright fellas, LATER!”@awfulannouncing pic.twitter.com/lUob4rTVEl— Funhouse (@RNs_Funhouse) October 1, 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+ In November 1912, C.P. Hutchins pulled out a stopwatch and timed a college football game. The former Syracuse head coach (1905-06) wanted to find how much of an hours-long battle comprised actual play. Amount of action: 13 minutes, 16 seconds.More than a century later, little has changed in this sense — games still average only 11 to 15 minutes of action. But the length of games has grown longer.FBS average game lengths this season have crept up to three and a half hours from 3 hours, 11 minutes just eight years ago. Oklahoma State averages the longest games in the country this year at more than four hours. Thirty-seven teams average at least three and a half hour games through Week 9 this season. In 2009, no teams had an average game length that long.Among the leading culprits is Syracuse. The Orange’s average game duration this year, 3 hours, 34 minutes, is almost 10 minutes longer than the FBS average and 20 minutes longer than SU’s average two years ago. No-huddle offenses are one of the chief causes. With his up-tempo, no-huddling scheme, Dino Babers’ first conference game at Syracuse against Louisville, another hurry-up team, took 3 hours, 55 minutes — longer than any SU game in the previous three seasons.The irony of no-huddle offenses slowing down games may baffle some, but it makes sense: More passing and scoring leads to extra changes of possession and clock stoppages.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve got to remember that 15 to 20 years ago we didn’t have instant replay, we didn’t have all the ESPN, ABC, CBS, all these different TV timeouts that really slow down the game,” Babers said. “Also, I think football teams are throwing the ball more than they threw the ball 20 years ago, and when you have an incomplete pass the clock stops.”A Brigham Young-Toledo game broadcast on ESPN last month was so long that broadcaster Mack Brown left in the fourth quarter to catch his flight. The Orange hasn’t played a game in under three hours since 2014 and, just last weekend, Texas’ upset win over then-No. 8 Baylor —featuring two no-huddle offenses — lasted 4 hours, 8 minutes. There may be no magic bullet, though small changes could help. ACC coaches said last week that they are generally not in favor of rule changes to shorten the length of games. In 2006, the NCAA implemented two rule changes in an effort to shorten the length of games: start the clock on kickoffs and begin the play clock even on change of possession. The rules did not sit well with coaches, as teams lost out on possessions. The guidelines were scraped the next season.There are factors that have a harder-to-quantify impact, such as officiating. The ACC has amped up efforts to increase in-game efficiency, said Michael Strickland, the ACC’s senior associate commissioner for football. ACC administrators work with referees on spotting the ball for play sooner out of breaks. After timeouts, teams should be lined up and ready to go, not huddled on the sidelines, Strickland said. The ACC’s average game length, he noted, is shortest among Power 5 conferences.“We don’t have a whole lot of people that are overly concerned about life of game,” Strickland said. “If we were pushing four hours, perhaps that would change … The 2 hour, 51 minute games are still possible.”What may soon concern coaches is the toll longer games have on players. Such games generally prompt more snaps, which means players are at an increased risk of injury. The more players are on the field, “you start worrying about the number of exposures a player has to injury,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said.Teams usually eat three and a half to four hours before kick, but that could soon change. Air Force has experimented with moving its pregame mealtime closer to kickoff to better prepare players for long outings on the field. ACC coaches said they may consider speaking with team nutritionists about eating closer to start times.“You see games go super long, you’ve got to look at student athletes and decide when is enough enough?” Miami head coach Mark Richt said. “If you eat four hours before the game and the game lasts four hours, that’s quite a long time.”The Pac-12 Conference’s commissioner, Larry Scott, has expressed a desire for new rule changes to shorten games. One of which would explore the NFL’s running clock policy. The clock doesn’t stop after first downs in the NFL, whereas in college football, it does.For now, it may take months for any change. The NCAA is forming a committee that will address ideal game length, according to The Wall Street Journal. Whether the steady increase in long games will plateau remains to be seen.“If you like seeing the ball in the air and you like seeing that kind of football,” Babers said, “I think that’s what we’re going to have to grow accustomed to.” Commentscenter_img It’s no coincidence some of the longest average game lengths belong to Baylor, West Virginia, Texas A&M and Syracuse — all schools that run a hurry-up spread offense. Increased plays, pass attempts, incompletions and longer drives come as a result.Last year, Bowling Green’s non-overtime games clocked in at 3:39 and Baylor’s at 3:34. Amid its first year of the spread, Syracuse sits at 3:34. All three programs have run the hurry-up Baylor offense. Babers has coached at each, including most recently as head coach at BGSU for two years before joining SU.Teams that milk the clock via run-first offenses, by contrast, tend to commit fewer turnovers. This style of play lends itself to less scoring, fewer changes of possession and clock stoppages. In 2014 and 2015, years Syracuse ran a slower offense, its average game length checked in a 3:21, 15 minutes faster than this year. The proliferation of both no-huddle offenses and televised matches contribute to elongated games across the nation.“It’s something that we’ve been dealing with in college football since people started going tempo,” North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora said.Rodney Paul, a professor of sport management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, said games are getting longer not only because of no-huddle offenses but also the need networks feel to televise as many games as possible.No matter a team’s style of play, networks require a set number of commercial breaks, whether it’s a blowout or nail-biter. The use of review, coupled with longer and more frequent commercials, further elongate games. The tradeoff for networks lies in harder-to-schedule lineups. When games run long, they extend into the next scheduled event’s window.“TV revenue is so important, and so all of the sudden you’re getting overlap into what you might be able to cover,” Paul said. “It’s a little bit tricky. You’re cutting into other games.”By expanding timeouts and eroding the flow of the game, networks may be cutting off themselves and those they cover. Leagues and programs are grappling with large problems of their own: declining attendance. The pressure has fallen on leagues to shorten games as fans elect alternative ways to spend Saturday afternoons. Efforts to shorten games and better reach the captive audience could put to rest the steady increase in the length of games. Published on October 30, 2016 at 10:29 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Darwin welcomes Personal Travel Managers for 2017 National Conference

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first_imgDarwin welcomes Personal Travel Managers for 2017 National Conference Aerial Darwin – Set in a stunning tropical waterfront location, the spectacular Darwin Convention Centre is TravelManagers’ world class 2017 conference venueDarwin welcomes Personal Travel Managers for 2017 National ConferenceWith only days to go, TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) from all over Australia, members of the national partnership support team and partner suppliers are making their way to the Northern Territory’s capital city, as the countdown begins to the company’s tenth national conference. With an estimated 389 people attending including over 100 suppliers, the TravelManagers 2017 national conference with a theme of ‘ONE’, will be held 07-09 September in Darwin.“The conference theme of ONE resonates with all that we do. We will explore our theme throughout our entire conference by way of peer to peer and supplier partner presentations, workshops, tradeshows and participation in our community event,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.Testing your didgeridoo prior to purchase at Mindl Beach Sunset MarketsGazal further adds, “ONE is many things – how we work together as ONE, that ONE big thing you may be working towards, or it could be the ONE thing you can change that will make the biggest difference in your life. ONE is also about your sense of ONE – ONE individual working within ONE network, and what that means for our PTMs.”The TravelManagers’ conference always focuses on inspiring, motivating, celebrating and rewarding our PTMs’ successes highlights Gazal.“Conference offers an amazing opportunity for the personal travel manager network to all come together to share ideas, learn from each other and build relationships within the business while networking with suppliers and they are always fun!”The three-day conference is set to open with a bang!“We have been collaborating with David Price from Outshine Media over the last few months as we want to start the conference by a wow moment. David has attended numerous of our conferences and intimately understands our business and we are really excited about what we have come up with to launch this year’s conference and will set the tone for the entire three days,” says Gazal.George-Brown – Darwin Botanic Gardens is one of the few botanic gardens in the world with marine and estuarine plants growing naturallyGazal is excited by the impressive lineup of keynote speakers Red Shark Naomi Simson and Benjamin (Ben) Roberts-Smith the most decorated serving soldier in the Commonwealth, who will inspire the personal travel managers by providing relevant content and thought provoking open forum discussions.“TravelManagers prides itself on previously having innovative and motivational speakers at our national conferences and this year we really have lifted the bar ever further. Naomi and Ben’s incredible stories of success and tenacity to succeed are nothing short of awe inspiring and our PTM’s are simply buzzing with excitement about this year’s conference.”To compliment our key note speakers, just over a quarter of the major presentations which are themed Secrets to my Success are being delivered by personal travel managers themselves.“The relationship between TravelManagers and the personal travel managers is built on mutual respect and is a true partnership. It is to everyone’s benefit that these partnerships are successful and it makes perfect sense that our personal travel managers have significant involvement in the conference content, and these plenary sessions are always popular,” says Gazal.Eight personal travel managers including Queensland’s’ Sarena Taylor representative for Robina, Denise Dean representative for Hendra, Anthony Lee representative for Bardon and Simon Tinkler representative for South Brisbane; Michelle Desmarchelier representative for Berowra and Jane Fowler representative for Elrington in New South Wales and Western Australian based Barbara Turner representative for Scarborough and South Australia’s Corinne Mutz representative for Upper Sturt will share their business success stories at the conference.Gazal knows the personal travel manager presentations will provide real value for their colleagues.“The personal travel managers will share with their peers their own personal and professional journeys providing ideas, inspiration, skills and strategies that have contributed to their success. I have no doubt these presentations will provide invaluable wisdom and motivation and it really does highlight the genuine support and camaraderie that exists within the personal travel manager network.”Gazal says the popular workshops managed by the national partnership team and external experts will again form part of the conference agenda.“The national partnership led workshops will focus on increasing yield and future technology trends. We are also thrilled to have Lauren Bath who pioneered the Australian influencer industry sharing insights on how PTMs can use Instagram to grow their businesses and Janeece Keller will relaunch Travel With Kidz accreditation program. We find these open forum workshops provide a great mix of education and inspiration and are extremely well received by the PTMs.”Whilst the conference days will be jammed packed with interesting and relevant content, the PTMs will have time to discover and explore the many activities Darwin has to offer which include a visit to Mindl Markets culminating with the Gala Awards Dinner at SKYCITY Hotel and Resort.The TravelManagers 2017 national conference will be held 07-09 September at the Darwin Convention Centre.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Please note that with the exception of Arial Darwin all photos require a mandatory credit to Shaana McNaught TourismNTAbout TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more