Join Us in Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Robust Manufacturing Industry

first_img October 03, 2016 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  The Blog,  Videos Manufacturing is the foundation of Pennsylvania’s economy — our state boasts a deep heritage and rich legacy in the industry. Throughout the history of our nation, Pennsylvania has been a leader in manufacturing, and today, our unique blend of world-class R&D institutions, technology commercialization programs, technical and industrial resources, and our skilled workforce create a competitive advantage for manufacturing businesses.With more than 25 years in the manufacturing industry myself, I recognize first-hand the power of manufacturing in Pennsylvania, and I strive to support the creation of new, well-paying jobs to spur manufacturing growth.Watch Governor Wolf talk about the importance of manufacturing in Pennsylvania:Since I took office, I have worked with the Governor’s Action Team to create more than 3,500 manufacturing jobs and preserve more than 6,100 others and recently established a tax credit for manufacturers who create jobs in Pennsylvania. This tax credit program will be a powerful incentive that will revitalize Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry and create a more robust private sector while securing long-term economic benefits for Pennsylvania residents and communities.Thanks to our state’s assets, manufacturing has an $85 billion impact on Pennsylvania’s economy and positions the commonwealth as the 8th largest producer in terms of manufacturing output in the United States. Manufacturing also employs over a half million workers in Pennsylvania from a highly skilled labor force of more than 6.5 million, who are educated at nearly 300 educational institutions across the state.To celebrate the industry’s continued growth, I ask you to join us in recognizing Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week, October 1-7. Building upon the national Manufacturing Day initiative with the culmination of Manufacturing Day on October 7, this week is designed to change people’s perceptions of the manufacturing industry in today’s world, draw attention to the amazing career opportunities available here in Pennsylvania, and educate the public on the industry’s significant impact on our economy.By opening the doors of manufacturers across Pennsylvania, we hope to address common misconceptions about manufacturing. Students, educators, and residents can witness what manufacturing is — and what it is not. They will learn that manufacturing offers fulfilling jobs in an industry that continues to evolve and offer new opportunities.Manufacturing offers high-paying jobs, with a $63,752 average annual wage in Pennsylvania. That is 15 percent higher than the average salary across the state. Manufacturing was one of the highest-paying industries for 2014 college graduates. Many employers also offer substantial benefits — 90 percent of manufacturing workers have medical benefits and 78 percent receive retirement contributions from their employers.It goes far beyond the financial incentives — manufacturing employees are performing fulfilling work that keeps them coming back. In fact, manufacturing workers have the highest job tenure in the private sector.A critical point to understand about manufacturing is that it’s a diverse industry that requires a high level of skill and education. In Pennsylvania, close to a fifth of manufacturing jobs require a college degree or a post-secondary certificate. With the ever-increasing role of technology in the industry, many companies offer significant on-the-job training that helps employees expand their skillsets.From production and package design to office administration and sales, the job opportunities in the manufacturing industry are limitless. These positions also span a wide range of sectors, including food, machinery, plastics, and even computer and electronic products.Manufacturing offers a rewarding career path with exciting options and stimulating work environments — a statement to which I can personally attest. This week, you can see for yourself as more than 80 Manufacturing Week events and tours will be held throughout the commonwealth, giving you the opportunity to visit and learn more about local manufacturers. An interactive map and list of events and tours can be found at can also follow the conversation on social media using #MFGday16 and #MadeInPA, and find out what it really means to be “Made in PA.”   SHARE  TWEET By: Governor Tom Wolf Join Us in Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Robust Manufacturing Industry Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Defending BC Senior Champs advance after capturing Okanagan Regional Playdown

first_imgThe Bob Ursel rink of Kelowna, with half the rink from the West Kootenay, began defence of its 2016 BC Senior Men’s Curling title by sweeping past the competition during regional playdowns Sunday in Kelowna.Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson, defeated Mark Longworth of Vernon 4-1 Sunday in the B Final to clinch the Okanagan berth.Ursel dumped Longworth 7-4 Saturday in the A Final after opening the four-team playdown with an 11-4 win over Frank Cseke of Salmon Arm.last_img

Youth must move South Africa forward

first_img17 June 2015The private sector has been called on to open their businesses to South Africa’s youth for internships and apprentices in line with the Youth Employment Accord.“The economy is not growing as fast as we want to and is not creating as many jobs as we need. As a result, many of our graduates sit at home without jobs,” President Jacob Zuma said at the national Youth Day event in Tshwane on 16 June.“We have to work together to provide opportunities for the youth, who are the future of our country. The government cannot perform this task alone. We thank all businesses that continue to employ young people and offer opportunities to them.”Young South Africans were also encouraged to become entrepreneurs.Financial aidThe Industrial Development Corporation, in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa), has ring-fenced R2.7-billion over the next five years for young people to take up opportunities in business.In the last financial year, the NYDA supported 1 043 micro and small youth-owned enterprises. The agency has also provided non-financial business development support to 62 990 young aspiring and established entrepreneurs.“We have urged government departments to market the various training and development programmes that they offer nationally and provincially, as well as in municipalities in the country. Already various ministers and deputy ministers are engaged in a month-long imbizo programme engaging our youth in various corners of our country, to inform them of opportunities that exist,’ Zuma said.He also spoke about the Presidential Youth Working Group. It is a platform for young people to participate in government policy-making. They will be able to flag their needs and help to ensure policies lead to better future outcomes for the youth. It would have, said Zuma, five work streams to promote the goal of achieving economic freedom:Economic participation and transformation;Education, skills and second chances;Health care and combating substance abuse;Nation building and social cohesion; and,Building effective and responsive youth development institutions.Young achieversHe also recognised outstanding young South Africans. These included the youngest medical doctor in the country, Dr Sandile Kubheka, who completed his medical degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal when he was only 20, and 25-year-old rocket scientist Siyabulela Xuza from Umthatha, who studied energy engineering at Harvard University in the United States. The Americans recognised Xuza’s achievements by naming a mini-planet after him.Also recognised was the youngest pilot in the country, 18-year-old Grade 12 pupil Marcelle Nienaber, who obtained her pilot’s license at the age of 16. The young scientist who developed the world’s first functional digital laser, Dr Sandile Ngcobo was also recognised, as was the youngest skydiver in the South African National Defence Force, Corporal Dakalo Mavhungu, 22, from Tshakuma village, Limpopo.“We want more young people to become achievers in sports. In this regard, we congratulate Sithelo Mlambo from uMlazi township in Durban, the winner of the Karate World Cup competition that was recently held in Durban, hosted by South Africa for the first time.”Personal responsibilityZuma’s message to young South Africans was that every young person must take responsibility for their own development and for the path towards economic freedom. In doing so, he urged young South Africans to embrace unity in diversity, non-racialism and anti-tribalism.He outlined the achievements the government had made for youth development over the past 21 years since the first democratic elections. Education continued to receive the biggest chunk of the national budget, and the government currently invested more than R6-billion in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.Several government departments also provided bursaries in various fields such as social work, science and technology, teacher training, medical training and many others. Almost 900 000 young people were supported through the NYDA’s career guidance programmes.“We are building more institutions of higher learning as well. We are building three new universities and 12 technical and vocational training colleges. The government also continues to build modern new schools to replace mud schools and other inappropriate structures.NYDA chairperson Yershen Pillay said the responsibility of young people today was to end the triple challenge of inequality, poverty and unemployment.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

OCA presents 2016 awards at annual banquet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Industry Excellence Award was presented to Henry Bergfeld (left)The Environmental Stewardship Award was presented to Pete Conkle (Center). The Seedstock Producer of the Year award was presented to Charlie, Jordan & Scott Diehl of Diehl Cattle Company (not pictured).The Young Cattleman of the Year Award was presented to Randy HollowellThe Commercial Producer of the Year Award was presented to Jamey & Jody Rauch and FamilyThe Industry Service Award was presented to Jim, Jackie & Jarrett MurrayThis year’s Ohio Beef Ambassadors are: Samantha Norman (Fulton), Nick Erf (Bellevue) and Mackenzie Chamberlain (Napoleon)last_img

The Well Known and Often Practiced Secret to Being Productive

first_imgThere is no secret to productivity. Everything you need to know about how to be more productive can be summed up in a single sentence: Do what is most important first and to completion. There is nothing else you need to know because that covers all the terrain. Why then, is productivity so elusive?If you do not know what your priority is, being productive can seem impossible. For most of us, we have too many competing priorities. If you have not clarified your values and decided what is most important, looking at all your roles, your projects, and your tasks will only cause you to feel overwhelmed. The word priority is singular. The word priorities is plural. Unless you have a hierarchy that determines what comes first and why, real productivity will elude you (more likely it will be scattered and busy, neither of which lead to productivity).After you know your priorities, you need a few other things to be productive. First, you need the discipline to eliminate distractions. I know something about you without knowing you. Your smartphone is less than 48 inches away from you now, if it’s that far. The little dings, chimes, and beeps that notify you that a text, email, or some new video has been released chip away at your attention. Worse still, you have your email with you every minute of the day as if it were the most important thing on earth (which I can assure you it is not).There is another type of discipline necessary to be truly productive. That discipline is your capacity for work. The greater your ability to devote your time and energy to what is your highest priority, the greater your results will be. You can develop the capacity to work by focusing on the discipline of 90-minute blocks. Blocking 90 minutes of time for your most important outcomes will provide you with around 75 minutes more time than most of the people you know, who will shift their focus to some distraction in 15 minutes or so.If you can develop the capacity to string together three blocks of 90 minutes over the course of a day the outcomes you produce will be far greater than almost anyone you know. If you can do the work of determining what your priorities are and rank them, you can decide where to invest those 90-minute blocks.What is your number one priority and how much time are you dedicating to producing that outcome?What distractions do you need to eliminate to be able to do focused, disciplined work that produces that outcome?Right now, go to your calendar and block 90 minutes tomorrow. If you complete that 90-minute block without interruption, send me an email and let me know how it felt and how much you got done.last_img read more

Last Nine Competitors Set at World Series of Poker; Finale Eludes Negreanu

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LAS VEGAS — Six-time bracelet winner and poker pro Daniel Negreanu seemed headed for a fairy tale ending at the World Series of Poker, but the dream was crushed by the queen of hearts sending him to the sidelines in the chase for the $7.7 million top prize.Instead, nine other competitors will finish poker’s richest tournament in November, including a 72-year-old former Hasbro executive and a 27-year-old poker pro who won his $10,000 buy-in for the no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event by playing daily fantasy sports.Eight players are chasing Joe McKeehen, a 24-year-old Pennsylvanian who will go into the final table with a dominant chip lead after bouncing several players on Tuesday and early Wednesday.Negreanu wagered the last of his chips after an ace in his hand paired the board. McKeehen called with several draws, the odds of winning the hand against him but plenty of chips to absorb a loss. He won when the queen delivered a straight on the final community card.“I killed the room. I know that,” McKeehen said of the knockout. “I know I may be a villain for a little while.”The 40-year-old Negreanu had plenty of fans cheering him at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as he sought his biggest score in his hall-of-fame career, obliging them with photos, banter and even 30 push-ups as they counted out loud. Though he’s won six smaller tournaments at the series and amassed more than $15 million in World Series of Poker earnings since 1998, the fun-loving pro nicknamed “Kid Poker” has never reached the final table of poker’s marquee event.He won nearly $527,000 for 11th place, matching his 11th place finish in the 2001 main event, when only 613 players entered and he won less than $64,000.Negreanu appeared to take his loss in stride, though he tumbled backward onstage with his head in his hands when the final queen was dealt.“I hurt my head a little bit on the fall,” he said, rubbing the back of his head.McKeehen finished the seventh card session surprised at his position after also eliminating German Alex Turyansky in 10th place ($756,897) and Justin Schwartz in 14th ($411,453), with more than double the chips of any of his competitors.While the position gives McKeehen a clear advantage, there’s still plenty of work ahead to secure a win. Chips have no monetary value at the tournament; players must lose all their chips to be eliminated or win all the chips in play to win as minimum bets rise every two hours.The final nine players will each be paid $1 million in ninth place money before returning for the final table Nov. 8 and 9. They’ll be paid the rest based on their finish.Neil Blumenfield, 61, of San Francisco, never expected to make a deep run after resigning from his tech software job the day before the tournament began. He canceled a flight over the weekend because he was still pursuing the championship, and is already planning on working less and playing more poker.“It’s time in my life,” he said, saying he plans to relax in France before returning to Las Vegas for the finale.Blumenfield and 72-year-old Belgian Pierre Neuville are but two signs of a unique final table for a tournament that typically attracts young men who play poker online. Even the fashion has been different this year, as Blumenfield wore a fedora and scarf and another finalist, 27-year-old Max Steinberg, donned a suit and tie in a tournaments that’s usually a showcase of hoodies and dark sunglasses.“It’s empowering. It makes me feel good,” said Steinberg, who will start in fifth position in chips at the final table after winning his entry through a DraftKings contest.The other players at the final table are: 36-year-old Zvi Stern, 23-year-old Thomas Cannuli, 24-year-old Josh Beckley, 26-year-old Patrick Chan and 25-year-old Federico Butteroni.KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Presslast_img read more

10 months ago​Lovren insists Liverpool feel no pressure

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Lovren insists Liverpool feel no pressureby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren does not believe pressure is an issue for the Reds.It is the best chance the club have experienced to win the Premier League in a long time.They are now six points ahead of Tottenham and seven up on champions Manchester City.But Lovren believes no one is under pressure in the Reds dressing room, as they are only concerned about performing in the next game.”It’s only about us and that’s how we should do it always. We learn from these previous seasons,” the defender said to the club’s official website.”There’s no pressure. In the previous years, yes, but now when you look in the dressing room, when you go into Melwood in the morning, everybody is happy, nobody talks about anything other than the next game.”We can’t talk about something that will happen in five or six months. We go game by game and we will see where we finish. “For us, every game is a final. It’s good to hear all these positive words but we don’t live on these positive words, we live on winning games.” last_img read more