Governor Wolf Announces State Clean Energy Grant Investment

first_img April 17, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces State Clean Energy Grant Investment Energy,  Environment,  Latest News,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced funding approval through the Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program to assist the Berks County Intermediate Unit in replacing six older diesel-powered school buses with newer diesel-powered buses.“Programs like this that help improve air quality are extremely important for the citizens of Pennsylvania and I am pleased to announce the first award approved this year to assist Berks County Intermediate Unit’s efforts to reduce emissions,” said Governor Wolf.The project is anticipated to remove 108 pounds of fine particulate matter, 212 pounds of hydrocarbons, 640 pounds of carbon monoxide, and 1,300 lbs. of oxides of nitrogen annually from the air.“Berks County is a nonattainment area for ozone and maintenance area for fine particulate matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards,” said Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Replacing the school buses will help the commonwealth’s efforts to improve air quality in this area and protect citizens’ health and the environment.”Nearly $400,000 in State Clean Diesel Grant funding is still available for projects that replace, re-power, or retrofit fleet diesel-powered highway and nonroad vehicles, engines, and equipment.Public and private entities that operate diesel-powered fleets throughout the commonwealth are eligible, including but not limited to school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, other state agencies, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the commonwealth.Applications will be accepted through May 12, 2017 and guidelines are available on the DEP Bureau of Air Quality website.State Clean Diesel Grants are funded by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through allocations from the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Swiss pension fund seeks passive equities manager via IPE Quest

first_imgApplicants should state performance data net of fees to 30 April 2017.The deadline is 5 June.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] A Swiss pension fund is tendering a CHF150m (€137m) passive equities mandate using IPE Quest.According to search QN-2321, the mandate is for all/large cap equities in Switzerland.The benchmark should be the Swiss Performance Index and fully replicated.Interested parties should have a track record of at least three years and at least CHF100bn of assets under management, with CHF1bn in the mandate’s targeted asset class.last_img read more

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Korger: Between Field House, talent, UW volleyball has it all

first_imgThe average Wisconsin student sports fan is someone who loves football, basketball and hockey. He or she has been to Camp Randall and the Kohl Center. Two great venues, two great environments. There may be no college sports town as rowdy and rocking as Madison on any game day. Just ask Scott Van Pelt.However, there is one large, storied venue at Wisconsin that remains largely unattended by Badger students. This venue has been the home of the Wisconsin boxing teams who established dominance in the nation from 1933 to 1960, winning eight national team titles and racking up 38 individual champions. This storied building previously hosted Wisconsin basketball and housed the 1941 national championship team, the only title-wining team in program history.Today, Wisconsin’s Field House plays host to two UW teams, one of which is wrestling.The Field House is as much a part of Wisconsin sports and lore as any venue in Madison today. But the history is not the reason to venture down to the Field House this November. Right now, a trip to the Field House is needed to check out one of the most interesting teams the University of Wisconsin has to offer this fall. It’s not the program that calls Camp Randall or the Kohl Center home.The Field House is not just the home of the wrestling team, but also the Wisconsin volleyball team. This weekend is the best time to watch some premier volleyball action, as the squad is setting up for a weekend clash between two top-ranked teams in the conference, including current four-time reigning champion Penn State.If you’re like most average sports enthusiasts, you played volleyball passively in gym, on the beach or in the backyard. While many high schools offer the option of competitive volleyball for girls, very few offer the option for men (only 51 high schools in Wisconsin). So chances are, guys, you have never seen an upper level match of competitive volleyball.Prepare to be surprised when you watch the Badgers. Watching your first collegiate volleyball game is quite the treat. It’s hard not to be impressed with the fast pace, the speed and the power that these athletes display through three or more sets in the duration of a match. There’s nothing like a strong kill or close set to get the blood pumping.For most of the students here (with the exception of graduate students and super seniors) the team has not made the NCAA tournament in recent memory. However, the team this year shows promise of breaking the three-year tournament dry spell, making the team a must-watch during the final month of the season.Most current students are probably unaware of the traditional success the team has had in the last 10-plus years. Under head coach Pete Waite, Wisconsin has gone to nine NCAA tournaments in his 12 years at the helm, with the high mark being a loss in the NCAA championship match in 2000. The last three years have been the first that Waite’s Badgers have not made the NCAA tournament. This may have lead to a recent lack of knowledge by the current student body that Wisconsin volleyball is traditionally among the nation’s best.This year, there is reason to believe that Waite has Wisconsin volleyball back on track to return to the postseason and long-term success. One of the reasons to believe comes from the Badgers’ success this year (13-11, 5-7) with an extremely young roster. The Badgers play three freshmen and two sophomores on the court. Freshman Courtney Thomas currently leads the Badgers with 12 double-doubles this season as well as a triple double – just the fourth Badger in program history to record the feat. Thomas is truly a talent to watch, as the freshman leads the Badgers in total assists, is second in total kills and third in total digs.Another starting freshman that has thrived is Ellen Chapman. A 6-foot-5 outside hitter, she has led the Badgers in kills for seven consecutive matches. Chapman leads all Badgers with 199 kills this season.Defense more of your thing? Look no further than Annemarie Hickey. The Badgers sophomore libero (for all of you non-volleyball followers out there, this is a player that is like a defensive specialist) leads the entire Big Ten with 4.75 digs per set. Hickey seems to cover the entire court herself as she dives and hustles across the floor, making impressive dig after dig.But maybe you want more high-powered offense? Well, this team can give you that. Junior Alexis Mitchell is one of the most athletic players you can see anywhere. The middle blocker gets kills like Aaron Rodgers throws touchdowns. She also brings electricity to the gym with her signature high-energy play.There’s the cast of characters, but what about the setting?As far as the environment, the Field House is one of the best venues to watch college volleyball in the entire country. In 2010, Wisconsin ranked third in the country for average attendance per match, trailing only Nebraska and Hawaii. The Wisconsin-Nebraska match this season had the Field House packed to the brim.If you like strong competition and close matches, look no further than Big Ten volleyball. The competition Wisconsin faces makes for some very entertaining matches. The teams the Badgers take on during the conference season are by no means cupcakes. In fact, it can be argued that the Big Ten is the best conference in volleyball, top to bottom. With seven of the 12 teams in the conference ranked in the Top 25, the Badgers face stiff competition in nearly every home match. The chance to see the Badgers upset a top opponent only adds to the reasons to watch this squad.All that may remain for this team to take the next step is to simply make the NCAA tournament and get that first taste of postseason competition. In many cases, the experience of simply being there can trigger the desire and extra motivation to truly become elite.But perhaps the best reason to watch this Badgers team is the fact that these players are only just beginning to scratch the surface of their potential. With a roster full of so many underclassmen, the fact that the Badgers are in the hunt for the NCAA tournament is impressive by itself. Even though the team faces six ranked opponents this last month of the season, don’t be surprised if these young guns pull off a few upsets. The Badgers have the talent and the youth to be a very dangerous squad for the foreseeable future.Nick is a senior majoring in history and English. 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USC ends desert drought

first_imgTUCSON – The last time USC won a men’s basketball game at Arizona, Ronald Reagan was president, the Berlin Wall stood tall and the first “Back to the Future” movie was No. 1 at the box office. Or, in basketball sense, Michael Jordan had yet to win an NBA Championship or scoring title, Tim Floyd was an assistant at Texas El-Paso dreaming of his first head-coaching job and Abdoulaye N’diaye was the only current Trojan player alive. Young and Stewart led USC with 26 points apiece, and Pruitt added 17 points and four steals. “I think it’s the best the three of them have played in sequence since we’ve been here,” Floyd said. Stewart didn’t start because he missed two days of practice this week, first to go to Mississippi for the funeral of his great-grandfather and then with a sore throat. But he provided a spark the moment he took the court, hitting a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run that erased an early 19-10 deficit. Stewart was a factor at the end, too. He took two steps to his right and drained a jump shot to put USC ahead for good at 74-73 with a little more than three minutes remaining. He made 11 of 15 shots. Young extended the lead from there, nailing a jumper while being fouled and completing the 3-point play. Then Pruitt leaped high to steal an overhead pass from Mustafa Shakur and convert two free throws that gave USC a six-point advantage with just more than a minute remaining. Arizona is the sixth-ranked team that USC has beaten this season, making the Trojans a virtual lock for the NCAA Tournament. One more victory Sunday at Arizona State, to give the Trojans 20 victories, might close the deal. “We all knew this was the game to get us in the tournament,” said Young, who made 9 of 13 shots. “We came together before the game and talked about it.” Floyd had downplayed the 21-game losing streak in Tucson all week, saying his teams were 0-1 at McKale Center. But the sweep of Arizona impressed him. At his first press conference when hired as coach, Floyd called the Wildcats the barometer in the Pac-10. “It’s (bigger) to win against Arizona, who I consider the measuring stick in the league,” Floyd said. “No one has sustained a better program in the country than Lute Olsen. I feel proud of the team win.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A lot has changed since Jan. 17, 1985, and USC showed Thursday that the state of Trojans basketball has earned a spot on that list. The hot shooting of Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart, along with pocket-picking defense from Gabe Pruitt, led No. 22 USC to an 80-75 victory over No. 19 Arizona, breaking the Trojans’ 21-game losing streak at McKale Center. center_img “It means a lot,” Young said of the victory. “I wasn’t born the last time they won here. I was born a few months later. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about all week, to come in and get this win.” With the victory, USC (19-7, 9-4) extended its third-place lead in the Pacific-10 Conference to 1 1/2 games over Arizona (17-8, 8-6) and Oregon. USC’s first win at Arizona in 22 years didn’t bring much of a celebration. Young hugged Daniel Hackett at midcourt, tossed the ball high in the air and pumped his fist while heading toward the bench. Most of the players just walked to the locker room. The Trojans had beaten Arizona two games in a row, both in Los Angeles, giving hope that this could be the year for USC to end the streak. last_img read more

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Donegal bakery rises to the top in national Food and Drink Awards

first_imgArdara’s Gallaghers Bakery are among the nine food and drink companies from across the length and bread-th of Ireland to receive top honours at Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry Awards today.Bord Bia’s awards celebrate businesses who have demonstrated excellence in the production, promotion and growth of the Irish food and drink industry in Ireland and overseas.Gallaghers Bakery in Ardara earned a slice of success with the ‘Entrepreneurial Award’ for the company’s foresight in successfully identifying, researching and developing a successful offering for the gluten-free market. This vision has driven huge success for the business. They have been on a roll since 2011, from employing 65 people to 305 direct employees in 2017, with a further 40 expected by early 2018.The judges note that the success of Gallaghers Bakery is no doubt driven by their entrepreneurial spirit, their ability to think big and smartly leverage retailer’s consumer insights and data. It is an incredible story of drive, ambition and the team’s tenacity to succeed.Pictured is Gallaghers Bakery, Declan Gallagher, Founder / Director and Tom Doyle, Founder / Director of Gallaghers Bakery, which won in the entrepreneurial category of Bord Bia’s Food & Drink Industry Awards. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2017More than 300 Irish food and drink industry leaders will gather for the awards ceremony in the RDS, Dublin, hosted by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.  Other award winning companies, encompassing some of Ireland’s best known brands, family businesses and export successes, included Diageo; Butlers Chocolates; The Happy Pear; Silver Hill Farm; Dawn Meats; Kerry Foods; Monaghan Mushrooms and Pip & Pear. In addition, Bord Bia presented the inaugural ‘Industry Champion’ Award to Denis O’Riordan of Kerry Foods in recognition of his outstanding contribution in delivering global success for the Cheestrings brand.The awards will be presented by Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia, who said, “Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Awards provide us with an opportunity to acknowledge the trailblazers in the Irish food and drink industry who have proven their commitment and ambition to drive the sector forward.“These companies have demonstrated excellence and innovation in their use of marketing principles and consumer insight and provide an example of best practice which new and emerging businesses can aspire to.“I would like to congratulate and applaud all nine companies for their vision and determination to succeed which is helping us to develop the positive reputation for Irish food and drink on the global market.” Donegal bakery rises to the top in national Food and Drink Awards was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry AwardsEntrepreneurialGallagher’s Bakerylast_img read more

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