Governor Wolf Appoints Lucas M. Miller as State Inspector General

first_imgGovernor Wolf Appoints Lucas M. Miller as State Inspector General July 21, 2020 Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today the appointment of Lucas M. Miller, the current Acting State Inspector General, to serve as the State Inspector General of Pennsylvania.“Lucas Miller brings over 20 years of public service experience to the role of State Inspector General,” said Gov. Wolf. “In his acting capacity, he has already proven to be a capable leader, and I know that he will continue to ensure that state government is responsible to Pennsylvanians through ethics, integrity and accountability.”Governor Wolf recently created the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission within the Office of State Inspector General, and Miller will help lead this initiative to ensure accountability within commonwealth law enforcement.Miller has held nearly every position within the Office of State Inspector General, beginning as a Claims Investigation Agent in 1999. With an attention to ethics and integrity, Miller was repeatedly promoted within the agency, first as a Welfare Fraud Investigator Supervisor, then as Operations Manager, as three separate bureau directors and as the Deputy State Inspector General. Throughout his career, Miller has focused on improving government efficiency, eliminating waste and ensuring accountability. A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Miller lives with his family in Hampden Township.“Governor Wolf has tasked the Office of State Inspector General with ensuring the accountability of Pennsylvania state government,” said Miller. “I am humbled and honored that the governor has entrusted me to help lead this effort, and I look forward to this latest chapter in Pennsylvania’s integrity agency.”Miller is replacing former State Inspector General Bruce R. Beemer, who became a judge at the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Miller assumed the role of Acting State Inspector General on January 2, 2020.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: May you live in interesting times

first_imgMao Zedong must be chuckling in his grave to see one of his successors as Chinese leader espousing the cause of global free trade and capitalism while the new president of the US argues for protectionism, insularity, and what appears to be state direction to create jobs.The changing nature of the world can be summarised by comparing key sections of Donald Trump’s inauguration speech with phrases from Chinese president Xi Jinping’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.Xi Jingping declared: “Whether you like it or not, the global economy is the big ocean that you cannot escape from. Any attempt to cut off the flow of capital, technologies, products, industries, and people between economies, and channel the waters in the ocean back into isolated lakes and creeks, is simply not possible. Indeed, it runs counter to the historical trend.”Donald Trump’s view is the exact opposite: “We will follow two simple rules – buy American and hire American.”  To that end, Trump pulled the US out of negotiations for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his first working day in office. That may well be the start of the burning of many trade agreements.Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement has already been declared a priority with Trump scheduled to begin talks soon with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.That philosophy makes the UK’s ability to craft an attractive post-Brexit trade agreement with the US a struggle at best and wishful thinking at worst – as the UK may discover despite the promises made by Trump during UK prime minister Theresa May’s visit last week.There has been much criticism of China’s trade policies and concern that China is not playing fair by “dumping” products such as steel on the world’s markets. Whether countries such as the US are better off by accessing cheap steel from China to rebuild its infrastructure, or producing more expensive steel locally is clearly debateable.What is more striking is the stark contrast in attitudes to the idea of global trade.Xi Jinping declared: “We must remain committed to developing global free trade and investment, promote trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation through opening up, and say no to protectionism. Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room. While wind and rain may be kept outside, that dark room will also block light and air. No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war.”For the leader of a supposedly communist party, accepting global trade in goods with prices set by markets would have been inconceivable 40 years ago.Yet what Donald Trump had to say would have been inconceivable just a year ago – no other candidate had such extreme ideas: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”Trump ended his speech by declaring: “Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.”Yet such ideas run counter to both mainstream academic theory and the historical experience of the 1930s’ Great Depression.Where this will all end, no one knows. But as the apocryphal Chinese curse goes: “May you live in interesting times.”last_img read more

Newell Beach home a perfect Port Douglas holiday house

first_img11 Cyril Cl, Newell BeachYOU’D never get a beachfront pile in Noosa for this much.A home at Newell Beach, where just a few footsteps separate the deck and a sandy beach, has hit the market for $1.25 million, including furnishings. Gorgeous landscaping“The property’s a tropical island inspired architectural home that offers three large bedrooms, two bathrooms, a stylish chef’s kitchen and living spaces that attract the outside in.” he said. The spacious kitchen.“The real gem is the incredible, uninterrupted panoramic ocean views toward the Great Barrier Reef, Low Isles and Snapper Island. While relaxing in the wet edge pool, you can watch and admire as the waves lap up on to the sandy beach. Views, views, views.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoRay White Port Douglas sales manager and licensee Mark Flinn said 11 Cyril Cl was situated in a quiet, private location. Simple but stylish“It’s fair to say this property is a jewel in Far North Queensland’s crown.”last_img read more

Russia’s Gazprom completes TurkStream first line

first_imgImage courtesy of GazpromRussian gas giant Gazprom said on Monday it had completed the sea portion of the first line of the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea.The average rate of the deep-water pipelay carried out by the pipelaying vessel Pioneering Spirit was 4.3 km/day, according to a Gazprom statement.The project is being simultaneously implemented onshore in Russia and Turkey and in the Black Sea.The receiving terminal is being constructed near the settlement of Kiyiköy, Turkey. Upon completion of the landfall sections the works on the first line will be completed.Following the works schedule, Pioneering Spirit would continue the deep-water pipelay of Line 2 in the third quarter of 2018, Gazprom said.“Progress is moving at a high rate. Since 7 May 2017, when we started the pipelaying campaign, the total of 1,161 km of pipes has been laid, which is 62% of the overall gas pipeline length. Needless to say, TurkStream will play a significant role in strengthening energy security of Turkey and Europe,” said Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller.The first line of the gas pipeline is intended for the Turkish consumers, while the second line is designated for the Southern and South-Eastern Europe.Each line is expected to have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year.South Stream Transport B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is responsible for the construction of the gas pipeline’s offshore section.last_img read more

Deutsche Bucht Completion to Potentially Extend Into 2020

first_imgThe completion of the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm may extend into the first quarter of 2020 due to delays in the manufacturing of mono bucket foundations, Northland Power stated in its financial results.According to Northland Power, the installation of the two turbines using mono bucket foundations is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019, however, full completion may extend due to delays in the manufacturing of the foundations resulting from supplier disruptions and potentially adverse weather. The construction of the 269MW project is said to remain on budget as the total estimated project cost remains at approximately EUR 1.4 billion.The company reported that in Q3 2019, electricity production from offshore wind projects increased 33% or 214GWh compared to Q3 2018, primarily due to pre-completion production from Deutsche Bucht and higher wind resource in the North Sea, partially offset by lower grid availability due to repairs at Nordsee One.In the offshore wind business, operating income and adjusted EBITDA of CAD 127 million and CAD 139 million respectively were 31% and 25% higher than the same quarter of 2018 primarily due to higher sales and lower plant operating costs.In total, Northland Power reported a net income of CAD 111 million, 19% higher than in Q3 2018, as well as an adjusted EBITDA of CAD 224 million, an increase of 14%.The rise in adjusted EBITDA is said to be a result of net pre-completion revenues at Deutsche Bucht, an increase in operating results from Gemini due to higher production as well as lower insurance costs and an increase in operating results from Nordsee One primarily due to higher production as well as lower costs from operating efficiencies.“Northland continued to deliver healthy, sustainable results in the quarter with a 14% increase in adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow per share over last year,” said Mike Crawley, President and CEO.“This quarter was also highlighted by the significant progress in our construction activities, where the installation and commissioning of 31 turbines at Deutsche Bucht was completed, ahead of schedule, resulting in generation of power by the end of September.”Deutsche Bucht in total comprises 33 MHI Vestas V164-8.4MW turbines, 31 of which are installed on monopile foundations and were commissioned at the end of September offshore Germany.last_img read more

Joe Jones, 77, West Harrison

first_imgJoe Jones, age 77, of West Harrison, Indiana died Monday, April 9, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born September 21, 1940 in Manchester, Kentucky he was one of six children born to the late John & Daisy (Hibbard) Jones. On August 24, 1965 he was united in marriage to the former Glenna Wooley, and she survives.Joe was retired from Hamilton Foundry in Hamilton, Ohio where he had worked for over 42 years as a molder. In his leisure time he enjoyed farming and working on his land.Besides Glenna, his loving wife of nearly 53 years, survivors include several nieces & nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his five brothers & sisters.Family & friends may visit from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the services at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Pastor Jim Webster of the Oak Forest Church of Christ will officiate the Funeral Services at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Mt. Carmel, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to Smile Train or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jones family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Liverpool fire without Mario

first_img Press Association Rodgers made a bold decision in dropping his £16million signing from AC Milan after just one goal and some less-than-impressive displays in seven appearances. In the continued absence of Daniel Sturridge, still not fit from a thigh injury sustained on England duty which has ruled him out of next week’s Euro 2016 qualifiers, the only other option was to hand Rickie Lambert, making the 550th appearance of his career, his first league start for the club he rejoined in the summer. While it did not pay off in terms of goal threat he did at least provide a greater work-rate up front, closing down the opponent in possession, but looked short of confidence and sharpness. A couple of half-chances came his way which he would most likely have buried first time during his Southampton days, but the burden of responsibility is greater at Anfield and he almost always took a second touch which invariably gave defenders that split-second to recover. His best attempt was parried by goalkeeper Ben Foster after his England team-mate had instantly killed Martin Skrtel’s long pass out of defence and rattled off a shot. The ploy of playing Philippe Coutinho deeper, almost alongside Steven Gerrard on occasions, meant the Brazil international saw plenty of the ball but he has yet to rediscover his knack of playing the pass which unlocks defences. A positive aspect of the tweak to the formation was Henderson getting further forward, putting him in a position to contribute both offensively and defensively as he was the one, along with Lambert, who provided the energy to press the opponent in possession. But the 24-year-old is much more than a willing runner and it was his touch and vision which laid on the assist for the goal a minute before half-time. The build-up involved two delicious backheels, one from Lallana which gave him the extra yard to change direction and drive into the penalty area where he exchanged passes with Henderson, who produced the second neat flick, before firing low across Foster and inside the far post. To be fair to West Brom the goal came against the run of play as it was they and not the hosts who had knocked the ball about confidently and created the better chances. The best of which saw the impressive Berahino plant a free header over the crossbar from Sebastien Pocognoli’s cross and force Simon Mignolet to parry a fierce shot after Javi Manquillo’s backpass fell short. Questions have been asked of Liverpool’s goalkeeper this season, particularly considering their vulnerability at set-pieces, but twice when he came for corners he punched clear. He was given little chance with West Brom’s equaliser, however, as referee Mike Oliver ruled Dejan Lovren had brought down Berahino inside the area and the Baggies forward picked himself up to fire home from the spot. Oliver was in no mood to given Sterling a penalty when he appeared to be barged over by Craig Gardener but the winger staggered to his feet and cut the ball back to Henderson who side-footed home for his first goal since March 30. Lambert departed, along with Manquillo, as Balotelli and Glen Johnson – back from a thigh injury – came on and the Italy international soon curled a low shot just wide of Foster’s left-hand post. A late move saw Coutinho replaced by Lucas Leiva, freeing Gerrard to revisit the number 10 role he played so well for so long before assuming his deep-lying role in an attempt to bring the best out of Balotelli. That may need some work, however, as aside from one long-range shot the Italian’s only other chance came in added time when Foster saved with his legs at his near post. Adam Lallana’s first goal for the club and a cool finish from Jordan Henderson, capping an impressive second-half individual performance, took some of the focus off the misfiring Italy international who came in for some criticism from manager Brendan Rodgers this week. But it was far from straightforward as Saido Berahino’s fourth goal in three matches made things uncomfortable for a time just after half-time. Striker Mario Balotelli’s demotion to the bench coincided with Liverpool’s first win in four Barclays Premier Lague matches, but other factors contributed to the 2-1 victory over West Brom. last_img read more

Lady Mariners Lose Double-header to Johnson State

first_imgMMA’s Kayla Higgins (20) tags out Morgan Rogerson (11) of the Badgers at home plate.—MIKE OLESThe Lady Mariners rough season continued on Saturday as they lost a double header to the Johnson State College Badgers 5-3 and 12-5 in NAC action. MMA drops to 3-19 on the year while the Badgers improve to 9-14. Nicole Poland (12) of the Lady Mariners slides in safely under the tag of Johnson State’s Heidi Bellemore (3) at third.—MIKE OLESJohnson State got the scoring started in the third sending two runners across the plate to take a 2-0 lead. MMA answered back in the bottom of the fourth with three runs taking a 3-2 lead. The Badgers tied the game in the top of the sixth on a Lauren Wallace (Hyde Park, VT) home run then got two more in the top of the seventh to put away the Lady Mariners and win the opening game of the double-header. MMA stranded 10 runners in the game. Megan Russell (Peru, ME), Mallery Stanley (Standish, ME), Nicole Poland (Damariscotta, ME), Dana Houghton (Lee, ME), and Ashley Hunt (Waldoboro, ME) all collected two hits for MMA. Stanley, Poland, and Kayla Higgins (Sullivan, ME) each had an RBI. Mallery Stanley took the loss for MMA giving up 12 hits and walking four in the loss.In the second game, Johnson State jumped on MMA scoring runs in the first six innings of play, cruising to the 12-5 win. Allie Cunningham led the offensive attack going 3 for 5 with three RBI’s and a home run. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img read more

Niang thrives as undersized guard at D-II Simon Fraser after transfer from community college

first_imgSango Niang could hardly get on the court in high school. He sat on the bench, was cut from the team and transferred schools only to make the junior varsity team.To motivate himself, he’d go to the gym three times a day on his own, just to work on his game. But even as a senior, he hardly got on the court. “It was disappointing knowing it was my last year and seeing everybody getting like offers and stuff and just knowing that I can’t help the team,” Niang said. “It just sucked.”After a fruitless high school career and a small stature led to no college interest, Niang attended Chaffey (California) Community College and joined the basketball team. There, his success led to Division I attention. After two years at Chaffey, Niang transferred to Simon Fraser University (11-14, 6-11 Great Northwest Athletic) to play D-II basketball. He’s now tied for 12th in the nation with 22.7 points per game and with one game to go in his senior season, is just 38 points shy of the 1,000-point mark.“He’s had a great scoring career,” Simon Fraser head coach James Blake said. “He’s had a great assists career. He’s done a good job running our club the last two years and we’ve just been lucky to have him.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEvery day in high school, he would go to the gym at least three times and workout alone, using YouTube videos as guides. But the work wasn’t translating into playing time.Chaffey head coach Jeff Klein said that even as a 17-year old, Niang looked like he was 12. He guessed his weight was no more than 130 pounds. “He just wasn’t very big,” Blake said. “He’s really small. … We list him at 6 foot, but I’m 6 foot and I’m two inches taller.”When junior year rolled around, Niang tried out again, but still didn’t make the team and transferred to Summit (California) High School, where he landed on the junior varsity squad.Four hours of practice everyday with the JV and varsity teams gained him a varsity spot for his senior season, but he barely stepped on the court during games.There was no collegiate interest in a bench player without any exposure, so Niang went to the closest community college to his home and assumed he would redshirt.“He really didn’t have any confidence, he didn’t think he could do it,” Klein said. “If he couldn’t do it in high school and play, what makes him think he could do it at the college level?”But Klein saw Niang’s talents, convincing him not to sit out another year, and let him earn a starting spot for the first time in his career.Niang emailed Blake a YouTube video of him dunking three times in a game and was soon committed to Simon Fraser.“I never thought I was going to get any offers so I signed before my sophomore year even started,” Niang said. “I didn’t want to take anything for granted.”During a game his sophomore year Niang hit a buzzer-beater to knock off undefeated City College of San Francisco and send Chaffey to the state finals, piquing the interest of several Division I coaches.But Niang stuck with Simon Fraser.In the Drew League in California last summer, Niang scored 24 points against a team led by NBA All-Star James Harden. “Niang, you’re nice, but you’re not that nice,” Blake recalls Harden telling Niang. “You’ve got a long way to go.”But Niang has already come so far, and he’s not afraid of how much further he has to go. Said Niang: “All I need is a chance and I think I’ll be able to impress them … prove to everyone that I belong.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 25, 2015 at 12:06 am Contact Jon: | @jmettuslast_img read more

USC falters again in tough road losses

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team traveled up the coast to Washington over the weekend, hoping to sweep both Washington State and Washington this season. Ultimately, the Women of Troy came up short in both contests, losing a tight game to the Cougars 57-54 on Friday and falling 61-58 to the Huskies on Sunday.Road weary · Sophomore guard Ariya Crook scored 15 points in the team’s 61-58 loss to the Washington Huskies on Sunday in Seattle. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanAgainst Washington (17-6, 9-3 Pac-12), junior forward Cassie Harberts bounced back from her first single-digit scoring game of the season, leading the Women of Troy (8-15, 5-7 Pac-12) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Ariya Crook added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists, while junior forward Desiree Bradley scored 11 points.Point guard Jazmine Davis led Washington with 24 points, while forward Talia Walton added 13.The Huskies jumped out to an 11-4 lead early against USC, but the Women of Troy scored eight straight points to take the lead behind two 3-pointers from Crook and a jumper by sophomore guard Kiki Alofaituli. The Huskies would retake the lead on a pair of free throws from Davis and hold it throughout the course of the half.Washington led 38-28 at the half on 39 percent shooting. Harberts scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in the first half, while Crook added 10 points for the Women of Troy.Davis scored 13 of the Huskies’ first 23 points to lead the charge but was held scoreless throughout the remainder of the half. Walton added eight points and four rebounds for Washington.The Women of Troy came back strong to start the second half, going on a 14-7 run to cut the Huskies’ lead to three. The Huskies would maintain their advantage until a 3-pointer from Bradley gave the Women of Troy a 54-53 lead with 5:50 left. The game went back and forth until a jumper from Davis gave the Huskies the lead for good. USC would finish with 39 percent shooting compared to Washington’s 36 percent, and both teams were even with 33 rebounds apiece.“We come out in the second half, and they play harder and smarter than us,” Harberts said. “We haven’t been down by 10 at the half that often, so we knew we had to step it up.”USC was in control for the majority of the game against Washington State (9-14, 5-6 Pac-12), leading by as many as 10 points in the first half, but once again failed to play two halves of complete basketball. The Cougars closed the gap in the second half, took a late a late lead and, ultimately, held off the Women of Troy.A good sign for USC was the return of senior forward Christina Marinacci, who had a game-high 17 points, shooting a perfect three-for-three from 3-point range. Crook would add 15 points.The Cougars had a much more balanced scoring attack with 10 different players scoring in the game, led by 11 and 10 points from guards Dawnyelle Awa and Lia Galdeira, respectively. The team heated up in the second half, shooting 52 percent after shooting only 32 percent in the first half. In contrast, USC cooled down, shooting a dismal 27 percent in the second half to finish at 32 percent for the game.The Women of Troy held a 28-23 advantage at halftime, but the Cougars would eventually tie the game at 31-31 at the 17-minute mark and take their first lead of the game, 41-39, breaking the fifth tie of the game. The two teams were tied again at 45 with 8:30 to go before the Cougars went off for a 8-0 run to take the lead, which they would never give back.USC returns to the Galen Center for a tough three-game homestand as it looks to end a four-game losing streak. The Women of Troy will face No. 4 Stanford (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and No. 6 California (21-2, 10-1 Pac-12) on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.  The Women of Troy follow that up against No. 17 UCLA (19-4, 10-2 Pac-12) on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.last_img read more