Alive and kicking

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Kim Jong-un rumored to be in ‘vegetative state’: Reports

first_imgDespite the speculations, North Korea has kept mum on Kim’s health or his whereabouts. The only mention was that he expressed thanks to workers building facilities in Samjiyon, situated near Paektusan, according to the Korea Central News Agency. The rumors on Kim’s health arose when he skipped an annual event at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on April 15 to commemorate the birthday of his late grandfather, national founder Kim Il-sung. Kim Jong-un was last seen April 11, when he presided over a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party. Multiple reports followed, including that Kim is in “grave danger,” after undergoing surgery. The South Korean government has downplayed the reports, saying “no unusual developments have been detected.” Topics : Speculations mounted Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is dead, amid conflicting accounts about his health were reported since he disappeared from public view two weeks ago. But the exact situation remains unclear with unconfirmed claims.A vice director of Hong Kong Satellite Television Shijian Xingzou claimed that Kim has already died, citing a “very solid source,” according to media reports. Separately, Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai reported he was in a “vegetative state,” after he underwent a heart surgery earlier this month, and cannot recuperate. South Korean media outlet Monthly Chosun also reported the leader was in coma. None of these claims have been confirmed as of now.  This article appeared on The Korea Herald newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Postlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Socafe To Relocate to Pennsylvania and Create 130 New Jobs in Lackawanna County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Socafe To Relocate to Pennsylvania and Create 130 New Jobs in Lackawanna County Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Socafe, a coffee manufacturer and distributor, will relocate and expand its operations from New Jersey into Pennsylvania and create 130 new jobs in Lackawanna County.“Pennsylvania welcomes Socafe as yet another example of a successful manufacturing company that realizes the positive impact of doing business in the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “With access to a skilled workforce, extensive infrastructure and committed state and local partners, manufacturers and distributers like Socafe can thrive here.”Socafe will purchase an existing 116,000-square-foot building in Dunmore Borough to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Newark, New Jersey. This facility offers an additional 85,000 sq. ft. of capacity and enables the company to streamline its operations. The company has committed to investing at least $2,471,000 into the project and has committed to create 130 new jobs over three years.“Socafe is incredibly excited to be relocating to Pennsylvania,” said Joseph Fernandes III, vice president of Socafe. “More importantly, we are excited about becoming part of the Greater Scranton community. Leaving our roots in Newark is bittersweet – it has been home to our company for 30 years, but we are more than ready to create a new home for our continually growing business in the greater Scranton area. Given both state and local pro-business governmental philosophies and the available work force, we are confident this is not only going to be a positive move for our business, but also for the residents of Lackawanna County and the surrounding area.”Socafe received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $130,000 Pennsylvania First grant, an $18,000 WEDnet grant for employee training, and $130,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued after the new jobs are created.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. Collaborating with the Governor’s Action Team to make this project happen were the Lackawanna County Department of Planning and Economic Development and the Scranton Plan, the economic development affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.“Truly effective economic development takes a community effort in creating a value proposition for Socafe to locate here,” said George Kelly, Lackawanna County director of planning and economic development. “The Governor’s Action Team, the Scranton Plan, Lackawanna County and the Redevelopment Authority all have contributed and worked closely together to welcome Socafe. There is still a lot of work to be done, and we look forward to working with Socafe as the company grows and enjoys success in Pennsylvania.”“This is an important economic development project for several reasons,” said Bob Durkin, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “Socafe will create 130 quality jobs in our area, it will adaptively reuse an iconic historic property, and it will demonstrate to other prospects that our region is a great place to establish and grow a cutting-edge business.”Socafe is a third-generation, family-owned and operated manufacturer and distributor of coffee. The company employs a low-cost provider strategy, and its business model focuses on private label manufacturing for large national retailers. The company also distributes its own branded coffee through wholesale distributers and retailers by employing a focused differentiation strategy.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit August 03, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf’s 2020-21 Budget Will Further Protect Vulnerable Populations

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 22, 2020 Gov. Wolf’s 2020-21 Budget Will Further Protect Vulnerable Populationscenter_img Budget News,  Government That Works,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today outlined how his 2020-21 budget further demonstrates his commitment to protecting the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians by proposing to expand comprehensive training for direct care workers, reduce waiting lists for care, and increasing staff in specific service areas, including child welfare, among other key investments. The governor was joined by Senator Vince Hughes, Secretary of Aging Robert Torres, Executive Director of the Office of Advocacy and Reform Dan Jurman, and Denise Major, a homecare aide, for the announcement at the Inglis Innovation Center in Philadelphia.“Pennsylvania has a long history as a leader in caring for its vulnerable residents, including children, seniors, veterans, adults facing domestic violence and Pennsylvanians of all ages with mental health concerns or physical or intellectual disabilities, or other challenges,” Gov. Wolf said. “Every Pennsylvanian deserves an opportunity to thrive and that’s why making investments in our services for vulnerable populations is a priority of mine for the upcoming budget.”The budget recommendations Gov. Wolf outlined propose investments in several human service programs to ensure vulnerable populations have access to needed services to promote health and wellbeing, many of which mirror the recommendations of the Council on Reform, established as part of the governor’s July executive order to protect vulnerable populations.Several of the Council on Reform’s recommendations, presented in November, have already been acted upon, and other initiatives are in-progress. Governor Wolf’s 2020-21 budget further supports the Council on Reform’s recommendations, helping to ensure all Pennsylvanians are treated with the care and dignity they deserve:Supporting Adults with Disabilities in Long-Term Care FacilitiesBy proposing an adjustment in the eligibility criteria for the Ventilator Dependent Resident Grant Program from requiring at least 8 hours per day of ventilator support to any pressure support ventilation and increasing the list of supplies that are reimbursable, relief will be provided to nursing facilities and access to these critical services will be maintained. This includes a proposed investment of $1.4 million into the program.Legal Services for Vulnerable PopulationsAdditional funding of $1 million will be proposed to expand the legal services program that provides legal assistance to low-income individuals and families who are unable to afford necessary legal services from the private sector. Such services include emergency protective services for victims of abuse without consideration of income and consultation, advice, assessment, negotiation, and representation for clients under 125 percent of the federal poverty level.Direct Care Worker Comprehensive TrainingA new investment of $1.2 million would enhance the current direct care worker training to support the workers and those receiving long-term services and supports as recommended by the Governor’s Council on Reform. According to the National Association for States United for Aging and Disabilities, the growing use of home and community-based services in lieu of institutional services, as well as the growth of the aging population, has increased demand for direct care workers. To support the growing population of individuals becoming eligible for long-term care services, however, the number of individuals performing this work needs to increase. One strategy to address the direct care worker crisis is through a standardized core training and credentialing system for direct care workers in the Participant Directed Model, which will provide career pathways throughout the continuum of long-term services and supports.Commitment to Performance-Based Metrics, Accountability and Transparency in Services and LicensingAdditional administrative funding of $4 million is proposed for counties to support individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism living in the community by better equipping counties with resources needed to ensure better risk management and independent incident investigations to better serve this vulnerable population.Additional staff funded by a proposed $5.1 million budget increase will be provided to several program areas within the Department of Human Services (DHS) to support increased workloads and complete timely inspections of facilities to ensure full compliance with regulations, investigate complaints, and monitor the implementation of corrective action measures, as directed by the Vulnerable Populations Executive Order and as recommended by the Council on Reform.Supporting Vulnerable Populations through Home and Community-Based Services and Reducing Waiting ListsContinuing the commitment to serve individuals in the community, $1.25 million is proposed for 20 Community Hospital Integration Projects Program (CHIPP) discharges to reduce the state hospital populations. The program is targeted for individuals ready for discharge but for whom community resources or programs are not available to support a successful transition to the community. Through the CHIPP, the mental health programs have been able to enhance their systems and develop additional community-based services which are intended to divert individuals from going back to a state hospital.Pennsylvania continues to see an increase of individuals eligible for long-term services and supports and increased need for protective services for older adults. To address the growing need, the 2020-21 budget will provide services to 1,700 people on the OPTIONS in-home services waiting list with $8.1 million in new funding.The 2020-21 budget proposes to move 732 individuals with an intellectual disability and/or autism from the emergency waitlist into the Community Living Waiver and 100 individuals into the Consolidated Waiver. The $15 million investment will provide community services to people with unanticipated emergencies, people transferring from private intermediate care facilities, or state hospitals. As recommended by Governor Wolf’s Council on Reform, this initiative will include moving up to 40 children with complex medical needs into the Community Living and Consolidated Waivers to support their transition from congregate care settings ensuring they have an opportunity to live and grow up with their families in their own home.With the announcement of the closures of Polk and White Haven State Centers, DHS is working to transition individuals to community homes. In order to meet the unique needs of residents with the highest acuity, start-up funding is proposed in the budget for property acquisition and/or modification necessary for many residents to transition to the community.Resources for Organizations Best Positioned to Steward Change in the CommunityA proposed investment of $1.3 million in the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program would support court-appointed volunteer advocacy in communities so that children who have been victims of abuse or neglect can be safe, establish permanency, and have the opportunity to thrive. Local CASA programs recruit, screen, train, and supervise CASA volunteers appointed through dependency court for children facing abuse and neglect.Prevention Services to Support At-Risk FamiliesOne million additional state dollars will be proposed to fill decreased federal dollars to maintain the existing evidence-based home visiting programs that enable Pennsylvania families to receive essential services to promote parental and child bonding and monitoring of developmental milestones.DHS will also propose expansion of a newly established home visiting initiative through the Medicaid managed care organizations that will provide in-home visits for new parents with an additional $1.4 million in state funds. Evidence-based and evidence-informed home visiting family support programs have a family-centered focus and strength-based approach that works with both the child and parent. Studies of various home visiting programs have shown positive impacts for the mother and baby during pregnancy and after birth, such as a decrease in domestic violence and smoking during pregnancy, a significant decrease in pre-term births, and a majority of babies being born at a healthy weight.Improving Food Security while Supporting AgricultureAn additional investment of $1 million in the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) would further address food insecurity in Pennsylvania and ensure more Pennsylvanians have access to healthy meals for their families. Through PASS, the Department of Agriculture provides funding to cover the costs associated with harvesting, processing, packaging, and transporting surplus products including fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy, meat, and grains in order to donate those items to the charitable food system. Current funding has allowed healthy and nutritious surplus food to be brought into the charitable food system to nourish 1.6 million Pennsylvanians who struggle to put food on the table.The Council on Reform emphasized the need to expand and better train staff who work with vulnerable populations. Sec. of Aging Robert Torres detailed how the $1.2 million for a new direct care worker training program will help Pennsylvania’s senior population.“When direct care workers leave their profession, we all lose,” Sec. Torres said. “High turnover robs us of their experience and expertise, and compromises continuity of care for the older adults and individuals with disabilities that they serve. This is why the governor’s call for $1.2 million in funding for direct care worker training is so important. With a standardized core training and credentialing system for direct care workers, we can provide career pathways throughout the continuum of long-term services and supports, helping with recruitment and retention of direct care workers to better support vulnerable populations.”The Office of Advocacy and Reform was created as part of the vulnerable populations executive order and Executive Director Dan Jurman discussed the need for staff to support frontline employees.“The Office of Advocacy and Reform is in the process of hiring our Child Advocate and is creating a blueprint to make Pennsylvania a trauma-informed state,” Jurman said. “We don’t just mean to raise the bar for how our most vulnerable citizens are treated in Pennsylvania, but in the nation. That will take all of us working together to make sure we build a Pennsylvania that doesn’t leave anyone behind, no matter what hand life has dealt them or what challenges they’re overcoming.”Also joining the governor was Senator Vince Hughes, who focused on the legislature’s role in protecting vulnerable populations.“Today’s announcement sends the message that Pennsylvania is here for its most vulnerable citizens,” Sen. Hughes said. “I am pleased to know that so many of our people will benefit from these new investments in services and training, which will have a major impact in our communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I thank Gov. Wolf for his support of vulnerable populations.”Founded nearly a century and a half ago, Inglis’ mission is to enable people with disabilities — and those who care for them — to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest. The Inglis Innovation Center opened in December and is where all of Inglis’ community-based programming and services are headquartered. The governor and guests toured the center prior to the press conference.“The investments I’ve outlined today support the recommendations issued by the Council on Reform,” Gov. Wolf said. “And will truly make a difference in the lives of the Pennsylvanians who need help the most. I look forward to working with the General Assembly to enact a budget that supports all Pennsylvanians, including our most vulnerable.”last_img read more

Coolangatta unit block hits the market ahead of forecast rent rise

first_imgSome rentals are forecast to fetch up to $760 per week during holiday periods like Christmas. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe building houses five apartments.The units are currently being rented by tenants paying between $270 to $320 per week. Property records show a projected current market rent of up to $350. The Eden Avenue apartment block is at the heart of it all.IT’S all sunshine and rainbows for Coolangatta’s unit market, with a vendor offloading an entire apartment block in Rainbow Bay ahead of a predicted rise in rent.The building, on a 481sq m block at 50 Eden Avenue, houses five units and can be snapped up for $1.77 million. Stable tenancies are currently in place.Holiday rental projections vary from $420 to $760 during the low season up to Christmas.The median price for a two-bedroom unit in Coolangatta in the last year was $462,000, equating to a compound annual growth rate of 3.1% The area is buzzing.last_img read more

Dalian Port Merges Container Terminal Facilities

first_imgDalian Port (PDA) Company Limited revealed that its subsidiary Dalian Container Terminal Company inked deals to acquire the total assets, liabilities, interests, and businesses of two container terminal subsidiaries, Dalian Port Container Terminal (DPCT) and Dalian International Container Terminal (DICT).With this move, PDA intends to further integrate resources, reduce management costs and improve operational efficiency, what is in line with the company’s strategy.As informed, the transaction will include equity transfer and swap agreements with DPCT’s and DICT’s shareholders which include Dalian Port, APM Terminals, PSA China, Cosco, NYK and China Shipping.The agreements are subject to relevant conditions. Once the transaction is approved, DPCT and DICT will be dissolved, according to Dalian Port.Dalian Port Container entered into the equity transfer deal with the vendor, APM Terminals Dalian, according to which APM will sell shares for USD 18 million. The shares represent 20% of the total equity interest in DPCT.The remaining shareholders will receive new stakes in the merged company.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Keegan lined up for Newcastle return after £300m Saudi takeover

first_img Keegan vowed never to set foot inside St James’s Park again after describing Mike Ashley’s ownership as ‘an empire of self-harm’ after a second spell as manager ended bitterly 12 years ago. However, that is about to change – and there is also the potential for him to link-up once more with his erstwhile number two, Terry McDermott, who is another who is on the shortlist of former players with whom the club’s new hierarchy is keen to build bridges. The duo will not have any direct influence on team affairs but Keegan’s name and superb media and personal skills are being seen as crucial to promoting the club on a global scale. The move would be well-received on Tyneside and be the first sign that the new owners mean business. Keegan was worshipped as a player and his stock only grew when he returned as a manager. Terry McDermott could also return along with Keegan Read Also: Arsenal to miss CL spot as UEFA opt for points system if season cut short He signed stars such as Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, Robert Lee, Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley – breaking the world transfer record to bring in £15m striker Alan Shearer. Labelled, ‘The Entertainers’ Newcastle came close to landing the title in the club’s most exciting era in decades and it is that spirit which the in-coming bosses are keen to tap into as the Magpies look to challenge the Premier League’s elite for the game’s top prizes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Kevin Keegan is being lined for a sensational return to Newcastle – and the Saudi takeover could even be rubber-stamped later this week. The man idolised as ‘The Messiah’ by the Toon Army will be invited to take up an ambassadorial role when the £300m buy-out is finalised. Newcastle’s takeover could be confirmed next week And that could come within the next ten days as Mirror Sport understands that the Premier League are now within sight of giving Amanda Staveley’s P.I.F. consortium the green light to assume control. To date, the club has not been asked for any further details on the proposed acquisition – which means that the fit and proper persons’ test is close to being satisfied – with a final decision expected imminently. The new owners are keen to generate goodwill and have earmarked Keegan’s homecoming as a high-priority. That news will be greeted with a huge sigh of relief on Tyneside – and the olive branch to Keegan is a sure sign that the new owners are keen to start afresh. Kevin Keegan is a hugely popular figure with Newcastle fans The Geordie Nation still holds a tremendous affection for the 69-year-old who is regarded as one of the city’s adopted sons after leading the Magpies out of the doldrums, both as a player and manager. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowIt’s Time To Show How Bad Some Women Can Really BeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka Trumplast_img read more

Tottenham lead race to sign Barcelona midfielder

first_imgThe 32-year old is out of contract at the end of next season, but he has consistently stated his preference to remain in Catalonia.However, with no deal reached between the club and Rakitic, he could be sold, to avoid losing him on a free transfer in 2021.Reports from Mundo Deportivo claim Jose Mourinho’s side have put together the strongest offer, ahead of former side Sevilla, Juventus and Atletico Madrid.Read Also: Barcelona star linked with MLS summer switchThe report adds that Julen Lopetegui’s side are unable to raise the €20m asking price for Rakitic, with Juventus concerned over his longevity for such a significant fee.Atletico do remain an option for Rakitic, but they are only offering a one year deal, with his representatives pushing for a two year contract.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World Loading… The Croatian international has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou, due to the stalling of his contract extension talks. Premier League side Tottenham are now reportedly the front runners to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic this summer.Advertisementlast_img read more

Victims in weekend fire identified

first_imgVevay, IN—A fire on Saturday claimed the lives of six victims in rural Switzerland County.   The Switzerland County Coroner has identified all six victims.  All six were siblings with ages that range from 25 to 10 years old.  Officials say that the 5 younger siblings all lived at the home but the oldest, Paige Ridener, 25,  had recently been staying at the home as well. A boyfriend of the victim was at the home at the time of the fire and was able to escape shortly after the fire began early Saturday morning.  He attempted to go back into the home to save the others but was overcome with heavy smoke and flames from the fire.The cause of the fire and the cause of the deaths has not been determined yet although no foul play is suspected at this time.last_img

De Boer open to Premier League

first_imgAjax manager Frank de Boer may have turned down Tottenham and Liverpool in the past, but would be open to managing them one day. The former defender rejected an approach from the former after Andre Villas-Boas’ exit, while adding “Liverpool especially” were interested in him previously. De Boer insists he has no intention of leaving the Amsterdam ArenA any time soon, but when he does those Premier League clubs would be ideal destinations. “Those two clubs are clubs that I think in the future I could be a manager of,” he told the BBC World Football Show. “I think the history of the clubs and what you can do with the team is my cup of tea. “I’m not really thinking about it because I’m very happy here at Ajax. I’m not in a hurry to leave because everybody is still happy with me. “I step in my car with a big smile to go to the club. I don’t think I’m finished here but there will come a time when I don’t like it anymore or the club doesn’t like me anymore. Then we have to go both ways.” The former Holland international is into his fourth season in charge of the Amsterdammers and has won three Eredivisie titles to date. Ajax are on course to do so again this term, with such success a key reason why De Boer turned down overtures from Spurs and Liverpool. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more