BLOG: Fix The Deficit or Hurt Pennsylvania’s Most Vulnerable

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter You can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 12, 2016 Budget News,  Government That Works,  Human Services,  Seniors,  The Blog For government, there is no greater call or responsibility than ensuring the health and safety for citizens. Governor Wolf made this a major priority in 2015-2016 by expanding health care for more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians, battling the heroin and opioid crisis, improving benefits for kids receiving CHIP health insurance, funding four new cadet classes for the Pennsylvania State Police, and protecting consumers from dramatic insurance premium increases.But we are at a crossroads. Pennsylvania is facing a nearly $2 billion deficit that will balloon to more than $2.6 billion in the coming years. The deficit is a ticking time bomb over Pennsylvania. When it explodes, we will be forced to cut funding for human service programs and senior assistance in order to balance the budget.Pennsylvania already cut these programs to the bone four years ago. The legislature needs to appropriate the money to address these problems at the state level and stop pushing costs down to counties.We can build on the the progress made in the past year by continuing to improve the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians with smart investments, continuing the fight against the heroin epidemic, and helping seniors get medical assistance.Or we can chose a different path and our looming deficit will force us to lose:Nearly $200 million in services to Pennsylvania seniors including prescription drug assistance and home and community based services.Nearly $180 million in assistance for people living with mental illness or intellectual disabilities.$40 million in state funding for child care, and thus forfeit nearly $50 million in federal matching funds, for a total cut of nearly $90 million.$11.5 million in funding for domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers.Critical programs such as these make up nearly three-quarters of our human services budget. These are our parents, children, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors. And while the Wolf Administration will always strive to tackle fraud and be as efficient as possible, making cuts that impact single mothers, seniors on fixed incomes, or those who are down on their luck will not solve our fiscal crisis, no matter how often it is repeated in the press or news releases.We can also choose a responsible path: one that addresses our deficit to avoid critical program cuts and makes smart investments in programs that combat some of Pennsylvania’s biggest social crises, as laid out in Governor Wolf’s budget:Battle the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic: Treatment for over 11,250 new individualsReform Pennsylvania’s Criminal Justice System: Hire more personnel to lower staffing ratios for inmates with mental illness.Protect Our Farmers and Food Suppliers: $3.5 million to continue preparedness for Avian Flu.Care for Our Most Vulnerable: Create long-term stability by continuing the effort to restore the 10 percent cut made to human services programs four years ago.center_img By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: Fix The Deficit or Hurt Pennsylvania’s Most Vulnerablelast_img read more

Pension funds to boost private equity investment in Africa, survey shows

first_imgPension funds in developed countries expect to triple their allocations to African private equity over the next two years as they look for strong returns to boost funding levels, according to a survey.An international poll carried out by investment firm RisCura, the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), and the South African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) showed pension funds expected their portfolio allocation to African private equity to rise to 3% in two years’ time from an average of 1% now.Rory Ord, head of private equity valuation at RisCura, said: “Pension funds, in particular, are under great pressure to achieve strong return figures to help funding levels, and the results of the survey clearly show there is a strong belief Africa could be the location for these returns.”The survey, which took in data collected from 48 limited partners from different parts of the world with collective assets of more than $150bn (€109bn) in global private equity assets under management, asked about the attractiveness of Africa as an investment destination compared with other emerging markets, he said. Some 70% of respondents rated the continent as more or much more attractive, Ord said.For pension funds, the survey found that the most attractive sectors within Africa over the next three years were energy and power/utilities, he said.Michelle Kathryn Essomé, chief executive of the AVCA, said this was expected, as established funds of private equity funds had the necessary know-how, track record and local networks for pension funds to tap into.Erika van der Merwe, chief executive of the SAVCA, said: “Alongside the openness to first-time fund managers, the survey indicated a clear preference amongst investors for fund managers to be based locally in Africa.”Sixty percent of respondents said African fund managers should be based in their most significant target market, she said.last_img read more

Enekwechi Fails To Hit 21m In Ostrava

first_imgChukwuebuka Enekwechi This was Enekwechi’s fourth consecutive attempt to hit the 21m mark after heaving a massive 21.77m on April 28 at the Grande Prêmio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo, Bragança Paulista in Brazil.His first attempt to make it back-to-back 21m throw and make history as the first Nigerian to hit the 21m mark twice in an outdoor season was at the Golden Gala – Pietro Mennea IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on June 6 but he failed to hit beyond 20.54m.He dropped to 20.50m at the Memorial Jos Verstockt in Lier,Belgium two days later but moved closest at the Irena Szewińska Memorial in Bydgoszcz, Poland where he was just two centimetres short (20.98m).The Commonwealth Games silver medallist had become the second Nigerian man after Stephen Mozia to hit 21m mark and above indoors and out after his 21.09m personal best indoor throw at the Notre Dame in Indianapolis, USA last February.Mozia made Nigerian history in 2016 when he became the first Nigerian to throw 21m and above indoors and out. He began with a 20.11m heave in January before setting a then Nigeria record of 21.76m in July at the Ústí nad Labem meeting in Czech Republic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Reigning Nigeria Shot Put record holder, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi threw 20.44m to place fifth at the 58th Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Thursday.The Nigerian fouled his first three attempts before registering 20.21m in his fourth throw. The mark catapaulted him from eighth to fifth position but his attempt to jump to third position and overhaul the duo of home-boy, Stanek Tomáš (3rd) and Poland’s Bukowiecki Konrad (4th) failed to hit the imagined mark as he could only throw 19.73m on his fifth attempt.The 26-year old improved his mark to 20.44m in his final throw but it was not enough to lift him beyond fifth.last_img read more

Joy for boss Poyet after Brighton beat his former club

first_imgBrighton manager Gus Poyet was a happy man after his team’s victory over his former club Chelsea.Albion hit back to win 3-1 at the Amex Stadium after Frank Lampard had put the Blues ahead.Poyet said: “We found ourselves for long periods without the ball, which is new for us, but the boys did the basics and I’m very pleased for them.“We started well until their goal – which was conceded too easily – but there was a very good reaction. They gave everything.“The idea was to do the basics – defend – and we did that apart from the goal. I’m very pleased.”See also: Chelsea beaten in friendly at BrightonDi Matteo unhappy with performanceFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Uncertainty in the market…

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA report from last week is old news, it’s all about the trade wars today. Plus, a new report from Reuters suggests the EPA secretly allowed a profitable refiner a waiver from the biofuels mandate.  All of this buzz caused significant market volatility.  Everyone is unsure what’s going to happen, so long-term effects are still unknown.Still, the USDA report from last week found that the cure for low prices is low prices. Export pace, feed demand and ethanol grind continues to be strong for the old crop. Some farmers fed up with low corn prices were considering alternative crops with higher profits.  The recent USDA report indicated that farmers may be replacing 2 million corn and bean acres with spring wheat and cotton.  However, this survey was completed in early March when corn prices were much lower and spring wheat prices much higher. Some of the spring wheat acres end up in corn or beans. There is already talk of farmers switching some bean acres to corn because of this tariff on beans.Rarely can the markets be discussed without mentioning weather, and right now it’s unseasonably cold.  It’s doubtful corn planting will start north of I-90 for at least 20 days until ground temperatures increase.  For example, the ground temperature on my farm in southeast Nebraska is 10 degrees below average. While this could be a market factor, farmers are planting faster than ever, so ultimately the cold may have little impact.If usage and exports remain steady, corn may have some upside potential as long as there isn’t a record crop. The trade war will always be a concern, but ultimately, weather will be the deciding factor.My Current Corn Positions2017Currently I have 35% of my 2017 crop priced with futures at $4.42 (this includes options and carry premium). The following additional options strategies are still open:17.5% of my ’17 crop will execute at the end of April, if May corn is above $3.7017.5% of my ‘17 crop will execute at the end of April, if May corn is above $3.8525% of my ’17 crop will execute at the end of June, if July corn is above $4.2015% of my ’17 crop is still unpricedIn reviewing these options, I could have 85% of my crop sold by the end of June for an average of about $4.15 against July futures. If the price of corn isn’t above the strike prices above at the specified times, I won’t have any additional corn sold but will keep the option premium collected that I can add to later trades.I don’t think the corn market will drop a lot more at this point, but I’m willing to accept it as a possibility. If corn is trading above $3.60 at the end of June, I would likely still get at least $4.05 against July futures for all of my corn including options and carry premium.  If corn is anywhere above $3.80 in late June then I should get at least $4.15, and considering what the market has given me this year I will consider that a win.2018I only have 25% of my 2018 crop priced with futures at $4.18 and the following options positions:10% of my ’18 crop will execute at the end of August, if corn is above $4.1020% of my ’18 crop will execute at the end of November, if corn is above $4.20I could have up to 55% of my 2018 corn priced at $4.18 if corn is at or above $3.90 against the Sep or Dec futures as the above options strategies come off.  This means I still need a price rally to get another 45% of my 2018 crop priced above breakeven levels.2019I have 10% of my 2019 crop priced with futures at $4.18Bottom LineLike everyone else, I want the board to continue rallying.  I want weather scares to help drive prices up. I want fewer corn acres planted.  I want the trade issue to be resolved without affecting corn.  But also like everyone else, I have no idea what, if anything, will affect the corn market in the long-term.  That being said, after the futures drop this morning, I’m relieved to have a plan in place.  My marketing plan takes into consideration that unexpected situations affecting the market are going to come up from time to time.  Therefore, I don’t think any of the recent news warrants any changes to my marketing plan, so I plan to stay the course.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

The Gloves Come Off in The Box.net vs. SharePoint Challenge

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair But if they stick around and buy a year’s worth of service, they’ll get the same three months free on Box.net. Note that in order to get either, users have to perform a predetermined set of tasks during their free trial, so be sure to read the fine print. Box.net doesn’t just feel confident pitting its services against SharePoint. They’re doing everything but literally shouting it from the rooftops, having bought a Bay Area billboard alongside Highway 101. At the recent Enterprise 2.0 Conference, they handed out t-shirts with turds on them declaring Microsoft’s software was “SharePoo.” Even if you don’t sign up for the trial, airing your SharePointBlues on Twitter, Flickr or YouTube might just win you a similar shirt. More than just MarketingBillboards and t-shirts might be marketing gimmicks, but the campaign does exemplify a growing schism in enterprise 2.0 over how to deal with the SharePoint-shaped elephant in the room. Many players have rushed to integrate with the platform in the hopes of bridging the divide between the risk-averse and those intent on seeing enterprise transformed. Others have taken a more radical approach, drawing a bright line between the old way of working together and the new. To some, the notion of integrating with a system that they see as fundamentally broken is a foolish one, for businesses and vendors alike. Just which approach will win out in the end, no one can honestly say yet. Though it’s months away still, SharePoint 2010 could be transformative enough to make any previous barbs look silly. But for today at least, the confidence Box.net is showing in its services might just win over some converts. Photo by mrkalhoon 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Plenty of enterprise 2.0 companies have set their sights on replacing SharePoint. But so far, not one has shown the gumption of Box.net, the filesharing and collaboration service which has launched the Box.net vs. SharePoint challenge. Based on the premise that “sharing should be simple” and implying that SharePoint is anything but, Box.net’s campaign is more than a marketing ploy. It’s a bold sign of the growing conflict between hungry young startups and Microsoft over who will dominate business collaboration in the years to come. The Gauntlet is ThrownSo how does the challenge work? Enterprises will sign up for a free, 14-day trial of the Box.net Business Edition. If they’re not happy after giving Box a spin, they’ll get three months of SharePoint paid for. Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts steven walling Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Twitter Upgrades Android App – Users Still Denied Official Push Notifications

first_imgLast September we interviewed a number of User Experience experts from throughout the tech industry about what push notifications would mean for the iPhone. I think the most important response came from Aviel Ginzburg, UX guy at Seattle-based Untitled Startup, makers of Twitter bulk-conversation analysis tool RowFeeder. I think Ginzburg’s predictions for what iPhone push would mean to Twitter users have proven correct. Check them out and ask yourself, “ought not Android users be offered this as well?”“Those of us who have been using Twitter since the days that it was largely (entirely) text messaging driven perceive Twitter much differently than mainstream users.“Two days ago I was having coffee with a friend of mine, who has been on Twitter for a little over a year (tweets everyday, DMs, @replies people, and even owns an iphone w/Twitter for iPhone) and as my phone beeped over and over again, she asked me if something was wrong. I said no, I just get my DMs text messaged to my phone. Her response was, ‘you can do that?!’“She has been using Twitter like people use Facebook, as a way to consume (mainly) and share content in a ‘on your own time’ fashion. When she uses Twitter, she really uses it, but in controlled bursts when she is physically engaging.“The way that the site has been restructured in the past several months including the new search, celebrity, and brand focus, categories, featured tweets, promotions, etc have drawn in the mainstream in such a way that they aren’t perceiving Twitter in the way that the early adopters do – as a real-time communication platform that will one day replace text messaging, email, and even phone calls. Just look at the Twitter homepage… it’s a text media consumption site.“With the announcement of push notifications, they’re bringing the messaging platform core value proposition back to the forefront, and pushing the mainstream, who joined Twitter for entirely different reasons, to experience Twitter in the same way us early adopters do — as a real-time communication channel that you never disconnect from. The concern of course is: have these users really signed-up for entering a service where the are expected to be available and engaged at all times?“It may seem like a small and logical update (cut out the text messaging middle-man), but really, Twitter is going to be dramatically changing the way its mainstreams users experience and use Twitter.”We asked Twitter for any details about push on Android. Their response, “nothing to share right now.” Twitter announced a new version of its app for Android today, which it says is now one of the top 5 most popular ways to access Twitter. The new version is easier to read updates on without having an account, has more granular search options and interface more like the one iPhone owners see.What may be most notable though is the abscence of new features. Twitter for iPhone got push notifications for @ mentions and direct messages a whole three months ago. Twitter said at the time that it hoped to add push to Android soon, but it’s not in this new version. Also missing: any ability to log in to multiple accounts. Other power-user features may or may not come to Twitter’s official app someday, but the abscence of official push notifications is a real loss.Twitter on Android does perform periodic polling for replies, but it’s not in real time like real push notifications and users complain about the cost to battery life.Perhaps Twitter aims its own app at the most mainstream of users, the people it imagines mostly reading Tweets from famous people and a few friends or family, and assumes the rest of us feature-hungry types will get our fix from 3rd party apps. That could be a good strategy. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

US Open Serena Williams Gathers Emotions Advances to Semis

US Open Serena Williams Gathers Emotions Advances to Semis

In the locker room before her match to get into the U.S. Open semifinals, Serena Williams cried. Her friend, Andy Roddick, had lost to Juan Martin del Potro, signaling the end to Roddick’s outstanding tennis career.Williams showed amazing recuperative powers, gathering her emotions and then going out and disposing of Ana Ivanovic in just 58 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Williams insisted steadying her emotions was a chore, despite how she played.“It wasn’t easy, to be honest,” Williams said. “I love Andy so much, he is such a good friend. I’ve known him since I was eight years old.”How ready to play did Williams seem? She blasted three aces in the first game en route to her easy win. As is the case when she is on her game, Williams’ serve was dominant.She had 12 aces and 25 of her 46 serves were not returned. In the second game of the second set, Ivanovic got her racket on Williams’ serve only once. Ivanovic had two break points in the seventh game of the first set, but Williams closed it with an ace.And so, Williams will play Sara Errani of Italy in the semifinals. Errani made it to the semis in an emotional way, too, having to beat her best friend and doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, 6-2, 6-4.After switching to a longer, heavier racket this season, Errani has earned four of her six career tournament wins and risen to No. 10 in the world. She lost the French Open final to Maria Sharapova. Errani also will rise to No. 1 in the doubles rankings and Vinci will be No. 2.“Quarterfinal with your best friend, of course, is difficult,” Errani said. “We know each other very well. We played together many times. So was also strange to see her on the other side of the net.”Errani has faced Williams three times – and lost three times. But they have not met since 2009.“She’s such a fighter,” Williams said. “She’s strong and quick.” read more

San Diego Blood Bank to begin threeday holiday blood drive

San Diego Blood Bank to begin threeday holiday blood drive

first_img November 20, 2018 Posted: November 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:39 AMcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Blood Bank will kick off a three-day blood drive at a Broken Yolk Cafe restaurant Tuesday to prepare for the holiday season, when donations typically wane.The drive is part of the blood bank’s San Diego Cares campaign, which runs through Jan. 15. According to the blood bank, blood donations slow in November and December due to increased travel and donors being busy with holiday plans. Because of this, local blood supply levels can become critically low.The campaign includes multiple blood drives with incentives for donating blood, like special edition T-shirts. Blood donors can also use the points earned by donating to make a donation to the San Diego Food Bank.“Our community’s participation in San Diego Cares and proceeds from all activities contribute to our ability to save the lives of more than 100,000 local hospital patients each year,” said San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis. “This year we’re providing many ways to participate and give back during the holidays.”The blood bank will take donations at the Mission Valley Broken Yolk Cafe at 1760 Camino Del Rio N. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents who donate Tuesday at Broken Yolke Cafe or at any San Diego Blood Bank donor center through Dec. 2 will receive a coupon for a free entree at the restaurant. Donors must be at least 17 years old, 114 pounds and in general good health. San Diego Blood Bank to begin three-day holiday blood drive Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more