Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Infrastructure, Innovation, Jobs That Pay, Round-Up, The Blog, Workforce Development We all know the jobs of tomorrow will require new technical and manufacturing skills. And Pennsylvania is prime to meet the demands of tomorrow’s economy. That’s why this month, Governor Tom Wolf continued to highlight how new workforce training and education programs can help bridge the skills gap.ApprenticeshipsFrom innovative workforce training centers to an 150-year-old company, Governor Wolf continued to create new partnerships that will enable more employers to develop specialized training programs, raising the total number of registered apprentices to 15,201 statewide. Governor Wolf also announced statewide efforts to employ more veterans in the utility workforce.Computer Science EducationOver the next decade, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills. This month, Governor Wolf proposed establishing computer science standards across the commonwealth to ensure all students have the skills necessary for emerging high-demand jobs in technology.Job CreationGovernor Wolf applauded national and international companies, such as Berkshire Hathaway GUARD in Wilkes-Barre, Alpla Inc. in Northampton County, and Highwood USA in Luzerne County, on their plans to expand in Pennsylvania and together create more than 400 Pennsylvanian jobs.ShellFinally, an update from Western PA: Shell Chemical’s ethane cracker plant in Beaver County began official construction in November.Highlights from November 2017Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 285 New Jobs Through Expansion of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Headquarters in Wilkes-BarreGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support 23 Small Business Projects and Nearly 400 New JobsGovernor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Holds Roundtable Discussion in Northwestern PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Expansion of Highwood USA, Creation of 58 New JobsGovernor Wolf Announces New Effort to Bolster Solar Energy in PennsylvaniaWolf Administration Teams with PUC and Utilities to Highlight Efforts to Grow Veterans in the Utility WorkforceGovernor Wolf Announces New Project Approval for Pipeline Investment Program Project to Create Jobs and Bring Natural Gas Energy to More Than 115 PropertiesGovernor Wolf Announces Approval for 227 Community Improvement, Transportation, and Environmental Protection ProjectsGovernor Wolf Announces New Solar Grant Program and Approvals of Solar Energy and Building Pennsylvania ProjectsCommunity Development Projects Announced for Allegheny, Montgomery CountiesGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals Supporting Seven Business in Our Sites Projects Statewide, Projected to Create More Than 3,300 JobsGovernor Wolf Proposes ‘Computer Science For All’ Standards for PA SchoolsGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of 59 New Northampton County Manufacturing Jobs Through Expansion of Alpla Inc.Governor Wolf Visits Appvion Spring Mill, Highlighting the Importance of Apprenticeships in Rural AreasGovernor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Stops in Montgomery CountyGovernor Wolf Tours Western Pennsylvania Laborers’ Education and Training CenterPennsylvania Remediates Three Former Industrial SitesPennsylvania Establishes New Apprenticeship ProgramPennsylvania Revives Solar Initiatives to Boost Clean Energy JobsHighlights from Instagram Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November Jobs That Pay Update: Preparing PA for Tomorrow’s Economy November 30, 2017
The Latest: Person from Nuggets organization tests positive The FA, Premier League and English Football League say they are “united in their commitment” that the season should be resumed.___The International Weightlifting Federation says it has changed its Olympic qualifying criteria in response to the coronavirus outbreak but won’t say how the new system works.Olympic qualifying in dozens of sports has been thrown into chaos as continental championships around the world have been postponed.The IWF says it has drawn up a replacement set of qualifying rules and submitted them to the International Olympic Committee but it won’t tell athletes or national federations about the changes until the IOC signs off on the plan. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 19, 2020 The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens.The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896.The 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.”Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan. The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus.The conference and the Collegiate Officiating Consortium issued a joint statement saying the games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11. The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vermont); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, New Jersey).The American East Conference says it continues to adhere to the guidance issued by the CDC and federal and state governments and encourages fans to do the same.___ Formula One canceled the famed Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday. The Indy 500 has been held every year since 1946, with postponements only because of weather. Previously, world wars stopped the race. __Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak.The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, an organization they’ve worked with in the past. Mayfield says they “wanted to give back and help out any way we can.”They asked others to donate and pledged to match those contributions. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 has recently been working out at his high school in Lake Travis, Texas. The person was tested after experiencing symptoms Monday and is under the care of the team’s medical staff and in isolation. Entering Thursday, the NBA had seven players known to have tested positive for COVID-19. The total included four from the Brooklyn Nets, two from the Utah Jazz and one from the Detroit Pistons.___Horse racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York has been suspended indefinitely after an employee tested positive for the new coronavirus.The New York Racing Association says there will be no live racing until further notice after a backstretch worker who works and lives at Belmont Park tested positive. NYRA says the person has been quarantined since developing symptoms last Friday. Racing was scheduled to resume Friday. The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis on Tuesday.The tour says Lange has no symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery while under quarantine at home in South Africa.The PGA Tour Latinoamerica is one of six circuits the tour runs. It says in a statement Lange’s diagnosis will allow the tour to alert those with whom he might have come in contact.Lange has played three events this year — two in South Africa in January and February, and Mexico two weeks ago.___ Turkey has suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu made the announcement after meeting with the heads of the three sports federations.The soccer league had been continuing without spectators after most other leagues in Europe stopped. Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir had argued that the country was one of the least affected by the virus.Some players and coaches had complained about the league going ahead, expressing concerns for their health.Trabzonspor announced this week that it had “mutually agreed” to part with former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel after the former Chelsea player said he did not feel comfortable playing amid the pandemic. The federation says a detailed program of games will be presented after UEFA clarifies dates for rearranged European club tournaments.___Soccer in England will stay suspended until at least April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak and the season could be finished in June.The Football Association and Premier League say they have agreed to extend the suspension from April 4 to April 30. The FA board has waived a regulation which would normally oblige leagues to finish by June 1.That means the English leagues can continue playing in space that opened up when UEFA postponed the European Championship to 2021. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Denver Nuggets say an unidentified member of the organization tested positive for the new coronavirus. Eberl says “I am very proud of the boys. A clear signal: we are standing together for Borussia in good and bad times.”Gladbach is fourth in the German league and was on course to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers says the club and Bundesliga are in their toughest financial situation in more than 20 years because of lost revenue from tickets, TV and sponsorship.Gladbach played a game last week in an empty stadium. The club estimated it lost about 2 million euros ($2.16 million) in revenue by playing without fans.In Scotland, Hearts has asked all its players and other fulltime employees to accept a 50 percent pay cut, or contract termination.___ ___UEFA is giving European soccer clubs extra time and leeway to comply with financial monitoring rules during the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says it has extended a March 31 deadline by one month for clubs to show they have no outstanding debts for taxes and transfer fees.The shutdown of European soccer has deprived clubs of match-day income and many risk getting less revenue from broadcasting contracts if games cannot be played.The “Financial Fair Play” system monitors at least three years of accounts for hundreds of clubs which qualify to play in the Champions League and Europa League. Clubs which fail to break even on commercial income and spending on transfers and wages risk sanctions which include being expelled from competitions in the most severe cases. ___The NBA has told its teams to close its training and practice facilities to all players and staff starting Friday. The league says the shuttering will last indefinitely in the latest response to the global coronavirus pandemic. The league told teams of the new directive in a memo sent Thursday afternoon, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. As recently as Monday, the NBA was telling teams that individual workouts could take place using what the league called the “one player, one coach, one basket” rule. Now, that’s not even permitted. ___ USA Cycling is tweaking its selection timeline for the Tokyo Olympics after the UCI, the sport’s global governing body, instituted a freeze on points accumulation and results due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.The first deadline for the American team is May 1 for track cyclists. The BMX freestyle team will be May 15, followed by the mountain bike and road racin teams on June 1. The BMX racing team will be June 3.USA Cycling has an ambitious goal of bringing home seven medals from the Summer Olympics, which at this point are still scheduled to begin in July.The organization says it will adjust its schedule if the International Olympic Committee alters the date of the Tokyo Games.___ The IWF says it has ruled out extending the qualifying period beyond April 30. That means any rescheduled continental championships won’t count.Weightlifting’s long-standing problems with doping caused the IWF to demand top lifters competed more regularly at international events to be eligible for the Olympics — and to be subject to more doping tests. They were required to compete at least once between November and April.___Players from German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach have accepted pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players approached the club with an offer of voluntary pay cuts, and the coaching staff, directors and executives have joined in. UEFA says the established rules allow for unforeseen circumstances which “is taken into account as part of the clubs’ assessment on a case by case basis.”___The Swedish soccer association says the start of the top professional leagues in the country have been postponed with the aim of playing again in late May or early June.The decision comes a day after a request from clubs in Sweden’s top two men’s leagues to delay the start of the season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4. Associated Press Belmont Park remains open only for the training and care of horses. ___Roger Penske tells The Associated Press no decision has been made yet regarding the Indianapolis 500 in May — a race that draws more than 300,000 spectators annually. “Lots of moving parts. Working on many options,” Penske said in a text to AP. Penske bought Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series in January and has been preparing to host his first Indy 500 on May 24. The Monaco Grand Prix is among three Formula One races postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch and Spanish GPs in May were also called off by governing body FIA.It is not yet clear when the first race of the season can be held.___The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
MLB trade rumors: Yankees ‘love’ Mets starter Zack Wheeler The Tigers have set their asking price for Matthew Boyd.Detroit is believed to be looking for “multiple impact prospects” in exchange for the 28-year-old starter, similar to what the White Sox received from the Cubs for Jose Quintana,” according to MLB.com. MLB trade rumors: Yankees targeting 4 big names on pitching market The White Sox sent Quintana to the Cubs in July 2017 and received two top-100 prospects, including outfielder Eloy Jimenez, and two other players in return.Boyd is in the middle of a career season and holds a 5-6 record with a 3.72 ERA in 17 starts so far in 2019. He has struck out 129 and walked 20 in 101 2/3 innings pitched. Related News The Brewers and Yankees, among others, are reportedly interested in potentially dealing for Boyd.“It’s just noise, right?” Boyd said about the trade rumors earlier this month, via MLB.com. “There’s no action that needs to be taken or anything. It’s just stuff that’s out of my control, and really no stock needs to go into it until something happens. So, there’s nothing I can do.”Detroit is also willing to listen to offers for slugger Nicholas Castellanos and Shane Greene, along with “virtually any veteran on its roster,” according to MLB Network. MLB trade rumors: Tigers listening to offers for Nicholas Castellanos, Matthew Boyd “The guys that should be worried are the guys that no one is interested in,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said last week. “So, when people care, and your name is being thrown around, it ought to flatter you. That’s what I throw out there. Just be happy that someone wants you in this game.”The Tigers finished play Thursday well out of playoff contention with a 26-50 record. They’ve lost seven straight and dropped 13 of their last 15 games.
ALL-STARS—The Pittsburgh Pirates three All-Stars, closer Joel Hanrahan (52), center fielder Andrew McCutchen, center, and starting pitcher Kevin Correia (29) are introduced to fans between innings of a game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park, July 10. McCutchen drove in five runs in the 9-1 Pirates win. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) A first-round selection by the Pirates in 2005, McCutcheon, 24, is leading the club in most of the offensive categories. He’s currently hitting a team-best .291, with 14 homers and a second-highest 54 RBIs. To go with his great hitting, he’s stolen 15 bases and has topped his teammates by crossing home plate 54 times.When Pirates manager Clint Hurdle first understood that McCutcheon wasn’t initially, picked to the squad, he made some remarks to media about his disgust in the decision. He said that Major League Baseball, the players, and San Francisco Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy—who’s managing the NL team—‘whiffed’ on not naming McCutcheon to the roster.After word had been spread about what Hurdle had said, Bochy responded by saying Hurdle’s remarks was “getting too personal.”They eventually made up through what Hurdle called “a 10- to 15-minute friendly phone conversation,” in which he said the two settled their differences.The news was announced that the speedy, power-hitting outfielder had made the team in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs in front of the July 9th sellout crowd. The fans responded to the news with a standing ovation in which McCutcheon responded with a curtain call wave.“It meant a lot, just because it felt like everyone was behind me,” McCutcheon said.“I felt like everyone felt like I should have been (picked) in the first place. To kind of feel that relief from the fans, when they heard the good news and (saw) it on the board, it was good… It’s definitely something that I won’t forget.”McCutcheon was joined on the NL club by flame-throwing closer Joel Hanrahan and starting pitcher Kevin Correia.Hanrahan, in his first All-Star selection, leads the back end of the Pirates bullpen as the first Bucco to save 26 consecutive games—and has not blown one all season.Correia, though he hasn’t been the most dominant hurler on the staff, has found a way to win an impressive 11 games to this point in the season to go with an earned run average that is in the low-4’s.(Malik Vincent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.) The team ended the first-half of this season on a roll with a 47-43 record—which is their best franchise mark since the 1992 season. They are currently just a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brewers in the National League Central division.“We don’t want to be known as the team that has to have someone to represent the Pirates,” McCutcheon said to a reporter from MLB.com. “We’re going to have people there to represent the Pirates because they deserve to be there.” by Malik VincentFor the first time since 1990, the Pirates sent three representatives to the 2011 All-Star game that took place at Chase Field in Phoenix July 13.It was announced July 9 that third year centerfielder Andrew McCutcheon, who wasn’t originally picked, would replace Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun to represent the resurgent Bucs.
The offense put together its best game of the season, maybe its best game in two years, as the Steelers soundly defeated the Tennessee Titans 38-17. Now they face the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend. The Steelers dominated from the very first drive to the finish. They marched down the field to make it 7-0 and increased that to 21-3 at halftime. But unlike the past, instead of faltering in the second half they actually played better. The defense came into the game with one main purpose, to shut down the run. Chris Johnson is one of the five best backs in the game, and the Steelers knew that if they shut him down they beat the Titans. Plus they looked old and slow against the run in the two losses, so they were determined to stop the run, even with their two best linemen, Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton, out. And they did just that as the young players stepped up big time. After a 21 yard opening run by Johnson, they held him to just 30 yards for the rest of the game, while keeping Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in check.Ben Roethlisberger tied a team record with five touchdown passes—including two to Hines Ward —and the Steelers rolled past the Titans.Other than a slight limp when he ran, Roethlisberger appeared to have no issues with his sprained left foot, also hitting Mike Wallace, Heath Miller and David Johnson for scores as the Steelers (3-2) ended Tennessee’s three-game winning streak.The five touchdown passes tied a single-game team record Roethlisberger already shares with Mark Malone and Terry Bradshaw.Tennessee’s Johnson ran for a score but finished with only 51 rushing yards on 14 carries as the Titans hot start came to a screeching halt against Pittsburgh’s rejuvenated defense.Roethlisberger was 24 of 34 for 228 yards, with Wallace and Ward being his primary targets. Wallace had 6 catches for 62 yards and Ward had his best game with 7 catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Antonio Brown also was impressive returning kicks, putting the Steelers in good field position on just about every possession. He also had two catches for 23 yards.The coaches and players had made it very clear that they would not be able to stop the run until they were able to establish the run. Well they established the run against one of the better run defenses in the league. The running game was the most impressive it has been all season, even with Rashard Mendenhall on the sidelines with an injury. Isaac Redman was extremely impressive as he pounded through the Titans lines for 49 yards on 15, carries and Jonathan Dwyer, who had not dressed the first four games, had 107 on just 11 carries coming off the bench backing up Redman. This was done with a makeshift offensive line because of all the injuries. Max Starks, who had been cut, was brought back to fill in, however, he didn’t just fill in, he started and ended up playing the entire game.Coach Mike Tomlin voiced his views on the game after the game: “It was a good bounce-back week for us, coming off of a loss. It was an appropriate response. I thought we played together today. We played hard in all three phases. We made the necessary plays. We weren’t perfect by any stretch but under the circumstances, you have to like what you saw. From an injury standpoint, we had a number of in-game injuries, which were insignificant. I think the guys are going to be able to come back. I don’t think this will inhibit them from participating this week. That group is James Farrior with a shoulder injury, Heath Miller with a shoulder injury, Maurkice Pouncey with a right knee injury, he’s fine, Hines Ward has a chest injury, but he’s fine; and Isaac Redman had leg cramps. There was only one worth mentioning, and we will look at moving forward and that’s Marcus Gilbert. We will keep an eye on him and see where he is. Again, the guys played up to the standard. That’s what we expect. It’s a good win for us. Hopefully it will provide momentum for us as we move forward. It was a good football team we played today in the Tennessee Titans. It was good to come back and be victorious against a team such as that.”The Jaguars have lost four in a row and eight of nine dating back to last season, putting Coach Jack Del Rio’s future further in doubt.The win kept the Steelers in a tie for second in the AFC North with the Bengals at 3-2 behind the Baltimore Ravens 3-1 who along with the Cleveland Browns 1-4, had a bye week. ALL SMILES—Hines Ward looks on with approval as the Steelers take care of business. (Courier Photo/ John Pablo Duran)