Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Kicks Off First Regional Roundtable

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force, a panel of business, labor, education and workforce development experts, today held the first of six regional roundtables to hear from Pennsylvanians about how to improve the lives of hard-working, middle class families.“This task force is bringing together a special combination of representatives for employers, workers, educators and students to listen to people across the commonwealth about how we can support and grow Pennsylvania’s middle class,” said Governor Wolf. “Our state is making progress by increasing education funding and expanding economic incentives and workforce training, but middle class families know we must do more.“It is important this task force hears from people on all sides so we can develop education, training and economic development opportunities to ensure middle class families can live and complete in the 21st century economy.”The governor appointed four chairmen to lead the task force: Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Assistant Vice Chancellor Dr. Sue Mukherjee, and Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Chairperson Susie Snelick. Additional leaders from these constituencies will be invited to join these discussions as well.“With our prime location, diverse industry base and strong work ethic, Pennsylvania is uniquely poised for a host of economic opportunities,” said Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. “But despite these benefits, there are people without jobs, and there are good paying jobs without people to fill them. I’m excited to listen and meet with residents from across the commonwealth to discuss the challenges currently facing our state – including a growing jobs skills gap –  and to work with my fellow task force members towards solutions that will help the middle class and Pennsylvania’s economy to thrive.”“This is an exciting opportunity for worker advocates, businesses, legislators and community organizations to come together to hear the concerns of working people,” said Rick Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. “It is imperative for the future of Pennsylvania that we look ahead with the fullest understanding of the current realities working families face across our commonwealth. At a time when economic inequality is at the forefront of so many conversations, the Governor’s Middle-Class Task Force is a step toward understanding and growing opportunities for working people in the 21st century.”Over the next few weeks the task force will hold five additional regional discussions to listen to businesses leaders, workers, educators, students and others for suggestions on ways the commonwealth can better support working families to get and keep jobs, as well as to invest in education and training to make businesses in Pennsylvania more competitive.“By forming the task force, Governor Wolf is again helping us focus, individually and collectively, on a problem that matters,” said Dr. Sue Mukherjee, assistant vice chancellor with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. “At the State System, we believe that education is at the core of socio-economic mobility. We also know that our state continues to struggle with a mismatch among jobs, workers, and students. We need to learn more.“Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Taskforce will provide our education community the opportunity to learn directly from the families and regional businesses we serve so we can better catalyze pathways to economic security for all.”As the task force works to find common ground, Pennsylvania’s middle class and economy are changing, creating challenges for workers and businesses. Near full employment has caused a tight labor market and a shortage of workers in some industries along with the need to train workers to close the skills gap for the available in-demand jobs.“Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force is an ideal forum for workers and employers statewide to collaborate on policy recommendations that support the governor’s ‘Jobs that Pay’ priority,” said Susie Snelick, chairperson of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association. “I look forward to hearing from middle class workers and employers across the commonwealth about ways we can all help everyone succeed and sharing those suggestions with the governor.”Representing the Wolf administration on the task force are Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Acting Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.The task force will present recommendations to the governor later this year. 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RB Leipzig sign South Korea’s Hwang to replace Werner

first_img Read Also: Ighalo thrilled as Pogba, James show off dancing skills (video) Last autumn, Hwang also bagged three goals in six Champions League matches in the group stages alongside Norwegian teen Erling Braut Haaland, who netted eight time in Europe before his January transfer to Dortmund. This is the second stint in Germany for Hwang, who spent 2018⁄19 on loan at fallen giants Hamburg in the second division. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… RB Leipzig announced Wednesday the signing of Hwang Hee-chan from their sister club Red Bull Salzburg to replace Timo Werner, but the South Korea forward is unavailable for the Champions League next month. The 24-year-old inherits the number 11 shirt Werner vacated when he left for Chelsea last month. Hwang has agreed a five-year contract in a transfer reportedly worth nine million euros ($10 million). He is the 17th player in eight years to move from Salzburg to Leipzig as both clubs are backed by Austrian energy drink giant Red Bull. “He fits perfectly into what we require, can play any position in attack, on the wing or acting as a central striker,” said Leipzig sports director Markus Kroesche. “With his speed and agility he makes our attack even more flexible.” However, Leipzig pointed out Hwang has signed for 2020-21 campaign and will miss the Champions League finals tournament in Lisbon next month.Advertisement The German side, who finished third in the Bundesliga last season and knocked out Tottenham in the last 16, will discover their quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw. Hwang scored 16 goals making 22 assists in helping Salzburg win the Austrian league and cup double last term. Promoted ContentTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?last_img read more

Brandon McCarthy joins Los Angeles Dodgers as a new pitcher

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error One stands 6-foot-7, weighs 200-plus pounds and made 32 starts last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees.The other, McCarthy’s trainer told him a year ago, had “the body of a teenage boy.”The knock on McCarthy, even in Oakland, had always been his health. He went on the disabled list six times from 2007 to 2012 with injuries related to a stress fracture in his right shoulder. Prior to 2014, he had never made more than 25 starts in a season.“It’s basically an accumulation of inflammation,” McCarthy said. “Once it heals, it doesn’t come back unless I continue to aggravate it the way I have. It’s not anything like a torn labrum that has residual soreness. Each one is a new episode.”McCarthy believes that he simply didn’t have the upper-body strength to keep his shoulder healthy for a full season. It wasn’t until after he was struck in the head by a line drive in September 2012 that his health, ironically, changed for the better. Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi spent 10 years in the Oakland A’s front office in various capacities. He saw Dallas Braden throw a perfect game, Dan Haren in his prime, Brett Anderson — whom the Dodgers are about to sign — and others in a pitching staff that was usually one of the American League’s best.“In my 10 years in Oakland,” Zaidi said, “there was no starting pitcher I felt more comfortable with on the mound than Brandon.”That’s a huge heap of praise. But it’s only part of the reason why the Dodgers were willing to invest $48 million in right-hander Brandon McCarthy over the next four years to fill out their starting rotation. The pitcher that so impressed Zaidi from 2011-12, and the pitcher the Dodgers officially signed Tuesday, are two different men.center_img The line drive, hit by the Angels’ Erick Aybar, fractured McCarthy’s skull and caused an epidural hemorrhage. McCarthy needed surgery to relieve pressure on his brain that same day. The injury left him prone to seizures, and he ultimately suffered one away from the field in June 2013.In the aftermath of his seizure, McCarthy said he lost 13 pounds.“I was just under 200 pounds,” he said. “I felt broken. In my mind, I needed to get bigger, get stronger.” So the pitcher turned to one of his neighbors who works at a gym in Dallas. Although he didn’t have a sport-specific training regimen, the neighbor was able to help McCarthy add muscle mass. McCarthy said he continued to lift weights between starts throughout last season.The results were dramatic. McCarthy made 32 starts and pitched 200 innings, both career highs. Despite turning 31 in July — an age when many pitchers are slowing down — McCarthy touched 97 mph with his fastball last season, according to Pitch f/x data on the website That’s more than 1 mph faster than he’d ever thrown a baseball in his major-league career.“I could tell from Day 1 of spring that everything felt different,” McCarthy said. “Everything felt stronger. I felt like a stronger person. The velocity went up with it.”If not for the line drive, the skull fracture, the seizure and the subsequent weight loss, McCarthy said he might never have hit the gym in earnest. Call it a blessing in disguise.On paper, in light of his injury history, signing McCarthy required a leap of faith on the Dodgers’ part. But the pitcher believes his shoulder can stay healthy because of his new workout regimen.The Dodgers’ executives apparently agreed.“When we’re evaluating a pitcher, you can’t just evaluate at face value,” Zaidi said. “We’re hoping the way he performed in Oakland and New York is indicative of how he performs in L.A.”There was mutual interest on both sides. McCarthy’s family lived in Pasadena until he was 10 years old. His memories of being a Dodgers fan date to right around 1988. Orel Hershiser was his favorite.The Dodgers were willing to extend their offer to four years because right-hander Zack Greinke can opt out of his contract after next season. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu can opt out of his deal after the 2017 season.Because he’d never spent more than three years with any major-league team, McCarthy said a four-year offer made the Dodgers even more attractive.“Having that stop/start identity with each organization, it wears on you,” he said. “You lose that sense of familiarity. … To make a name for myself somewhere — you pitch well for four years somewhere, you have a chance to leave an identity.”last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: CJ McCollum driven by past Blazers failures

first_img“So, when I’m in deep paint I find guys on the perimeter. My job is to make sure guys get the basketball.  “I don’t need to shoot a layup every single time. But I’m in the paint all game, and that’s how it goes sometimes.  “Shot attempts is not the only thing that I can do to make sure I’m in it for the defense and kick it out to make open shots.” “We didn’t want anything to get in the way, we didn’t want anything to interfere with that. Multiple times we had discussions about not saying anything to anyone.  “If they’re not wearing a black or gray jersey, don’t talk to them. Don’t talk to the refs, don’t talk to the other team and let’s get out of here with a win “That was our mindset. Having been through what we’ve been through historically, we understand what we need to do, who we need to talk to and how we need to execute.””I take this game very seriously. I put my heart and soul into it. I’ve sacrificed a lot to get to this point, & I’m thankful that I was able to go through those struggles cause it made me a better person.” – @CJMcCollum— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 22, 2019The Blazers were beaten 4-0 in the first round against the Pelicans last year, after having suffered the same fate against the Warriors in 2017 — setbacks that act as enduring motivation for McCollum. “We got swept last year. It was really embarrassing, and everybody talked about it,” he said. “It was on TV every day. They talked about us getting swept, they talked about me getting traded, talked about how we can’t win together. “We remember, and we know that feeling of going home early.” Barring a stunning turnaround, it will be the Thunder and Russell Westbrook heading home early. Westbrook, OKC’s star guard, finished Sunday’s game by missing 10 straight shots and relied heavily on his jump shot throughout, taking only three shots in the paint and missing each one. “I get deep paint any time I want, but I always make the right play,” Westbrook said, as quoted by ESPN.   Magic Johnson says he talks to Lakers every day: ‘It’s almost like I never left’ NBA playoffs 2019: Nets’ Jarrett Allen was fouled in final seconds of Game 4center_img A win Tuesday in Portland would see the Blazers advance, and McCollum is ready to stay above the fray when it comes to trash talk. “I think we’re a lot more mature than we were in past years,” McCollum told reporters. “We can handle adversity and understand what we want to accomplish.  Related News Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum insists his teammates will retain their unwavering focus after moving to the brink of the Western Conference semifinals. McCollum scored 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting as the Blazers opened up a 3-1 series lead over the Thunder with an 111-98 win Sunday in Game 4. last_img read more