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Gov. Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Philabundance for Grand Opening Event

first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today joined local elected officials for the grand opening celebration of the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK). The 20,000 square foot facility is PCK’s first location in its 20-year history not shared with another entity.“In a year that has contained a great deal of hardship, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate a new beginning,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nothing could be more appropriate than celebrating with the Philabundance community. Philabundance has remained a steadfast partner in my administration’s commitment to ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to plentiful, nutritious food.”PCK is a 16-week culinary training and life skills program, providing opportunities to adults with no- to low income who need not just a job, but a second chance at life. PCK promotes the self-sufficiency of its students by preparing them for and connecting them to work in the food service industry and allows them to give back by preparing meals for those in need.The proceeds of PCKatering, PCK’s social enterprise, benefit students, graduates and neighbors facing hunger.At its height during COVID, PCK was providing up to 4,500 additional meals per week. These meals are distributed to a range of community agencies, including outreach meals for Project Home, the City of Philadelphia, a temporary shelter in Kensington, the Woodstock Shelter in North Philadelphia, the Hub of Hope and Federation Housing.The Wolf Administration has lodged a concerted, multi-agency effort to help those in need of food during this pandemic. Many Pennsylvanians who never required food assistance found themselves in need during these unprecedented times. Food pantries, food banks, and organizations across the state sought help to make food available and accessible.Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 1.53 million Pennsylvanians experienced chronic hunger every day, including about 437,000 children.According to new projections from Feeding America, the pandemic has helped push that number to more than 2 million Pennsylvanians, including nearly 630,000 children.Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks have reported significant increases in the need for food assistance in their communities, with an average 65 percent increase in demand.“We know that emergency feeding efforts are just one part of a comprehensive food security strategy, and proactive, empowering programs such as PCK truly help attack the issue of hunger right at its roots, with results stretching across generations,” First Lady Frances Wolf said. “We are thrilled to celebrate the program’s monumental growth and the possibility that it represents.”Philabundance received $2 million in RACP funds to construct the 19,960 square foot, free-standing facility that includes 10,000 square feet of space for production and a training kitchen – both USDA certified; office and classroom space; locker rooms; ample storage and refrigeration; and flexible community space.As the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, Philabundance plays an essential role in helping Pennsylvanians weather the COVID-19 crisis.“We are still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still trying to keep our case numbers down, still waiting for a vaccine,” Gov. Wolf said. “But in the past several months we have also reopened the commonwealth. We have begun to explore a new way of living life in Pennsylvania.“And so, it is a great pleasure for me and Frances to join in celebrating the grand opening of the Philabundance Community Kitchen’s new facility. PCK is a place that understands new beginnings and second chances.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 22, 2020center_img Gov. Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Philabundance for Grand Opening Eventlast_img read more

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Upper Corentyne set 148 for victory

first_imgBy Rajiv BisnauthSET 148 for victory, Upper Corentyne closed the penultimate day of their third round game against Lower Corentyne on 25-2 in the Jaguars Franchise League Three-day competition yesterday when play ended yesterday at the Port Mourant Cricket Club ground..Andy Mohan (8) and Arif Chan (0), will resume today with Upper Corentyne, still 123 runs behind.Earlier, Upper Corentyne were bowled out 41 minutes before lunch for 220, a first innings lead of 58 runs.Starting the day from their overnight 133-5, Chan and Shawn Pereira looked to get settled in and push their team towards Lower Corentyne first innings total of 162.They, however, started the day very cautiously, as Lower Corentyne continued their ploy of bowling tight and not giving away easy runs to the batsmen.The overnight pair eventually took the total to 140. But the inevitable finally happened as left-arm spinner Kassim Khan got the breakthrough by removing Chan for 21.Clinton Pestano joined Pereira, and he too was in some trouble against Khan. However, the pair wiped out the first innings deficit, but soon after Khan was again rewarded for bowling tight when he removed Pestano for 13.Pereira in company with Eon Hooper put together 32 runs for the seventh wicket, as the lead crossed the 50-mark.During that partnership there was momentum shift as Hooper brought out his attacking shots, hitting three sweetly timed boundaries during his valiant knock to remain unbeaten on 35.Pereira was dismissed by Sharaz Ramcharran for 27, while Keon Sinclair was removed by Devon Clements for three and Omesh Mathura was run out without scoring.Khan finished with 3-73, while pacer Nail Smith (2-21), Clements (2-19), Raun Johnson (1-45) and Ramcharran (1-30), were the other successful bowlers.The start of the third innings was superb for Upper Corentyne as Pestano (2-20) got opener Waheid Edwards in the first over, caught at first slip without scoring, at 5-1.Fellow opener Kandasammy Surujnarine and Jonathan Foo negotiated the remainder of play, and by lunch they have progressed to 22.After seeing off the period before the interval, the pair applied themselves. The duo kept picking ones and twos and the odd boundary when the opportunity was being presented.Surujnarine, especially, was quick to pounce on any width outside the offstump, be it the pacers of spinners.Lower Corentyne then lost Foo (40), and Gajanand Singh (10), in quick succession, off the bowling of Pestano and Eon Hooper.On the other hand, Surujnarine stood firm at the other end. However, after the interval Hooper made significant inroads, claiming four other wickets to finished with figures of 5-48. Surujnarine made 86 from 148 balls, with nine fours and a six, while spinner Mathura had 3-23.Meanwhile, score in the other three games are as follows:At Cumberland: West Demerara resuming on their overnight score of 276/5 reached 369/9 before declaring with a healthy lead of 338. Travis Persaud made 39, Kemol Savory score 28 and Rishi Looknauth contributing 22 not out. Reifer had earlier struck 119 and Akshaya Persaud made 73. Bowling for West Berbice, Brandon Bess returning to cricket after a long lay-off took 2/33, Javed Karim claimed 2/46 while Kevin Jawahir had 2/104.West Berbice in their second turn at the crease feared a little better than their first innings 30 with 114 all out. Kevin Jawahir scored 45.Bowling for West Demerara, Askhaya Persaud had 4/30 while Rishi Looknauth took 3/45. West Berbice lost by an innings and 124 runs inside 2 days.At Bourda: East Coast Demerara won the toss and chose to bat first. However, they could only muster 148 as off spinner Gajanan Suknanan bagged 7/37 bowling for Georgetown. Gavin Boodwah and Ramnarine Chatura top score with 40 apiece.Georgetown ended the day on 63/3. Robin Bachhus 18, Andrew Lyght 25 and Ovid Richardson 4 were the batsmen dismissed. Vivian Albert has so far taken 2/10.At Everest, no play was possible on day 2 because of a wet outfield.Play will continue today at GCC, Port Mourant and Everest.last_img read more

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There will be CPL matches in Guyana – Director General

first_imgGUYANA will host 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League matches. Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, confirmed to Chronicle Sport yesterday.“As far as I am aware there will be matches,” Harmon said.His statement comes as the CPL organisers released fixtures yesterday that featured every other West Indian territory except Guyana.Instead, they released the remaining fixtures for the 34-match season that starts later this year, with the opening match happening on September 4 and the final on October 12, 2019.So far, matches are confirmed in Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago.The first match will see last year’s winners Trinbago Knight Riders take on St Kitts & Nevis Patriots while Guyana Amazon Warriors match will get underway against St Lucia Stars.Fans will have to wait until game 27 for a repeat of last year’s final with Knight Riders taking on the Amazon Warriors.To coincide with the release of the schedule, CPL has made selected tickets available for sale online for this year’s tournament. This includes group games in Trinidad and Jamaica. These are available at www.cplt20.com.Hero CPL‘s Chief Executive Officer, Damien O’Donohoe, is excited about the upcoming season. “We are delighted with how Hero CPL continues to grow.Last season we saw more than 200 million viewers watch the tournament and Hero CPL also made a huge impact on the economies of the countries we visited. We are certain that this year we will see those numbers grow once again.”Speaking about the announcement of the tournament fixtures Hero CPL’s Chief Operating Officer, Pete Russell said: “It is very pleasing to get the fixture list agreed for this year. It is always a challenge and we would like to thank everyone involved in helping to pull this all together.”last_img read more

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Study: USC driving force in Los Angeles economy

first_imgChampions · From January 2005 ­­— Trojan fans celebrate the football team’s 2004 National Championship victory in front of Tommy Trojan. The victory was the second consecutive national title for USC football. | Photo courtesy of Joel Zink Despite the recent economic decline, an independent study has found that USC’s economic impact on the Los Angeles area has risen nearly $1 billion in three years.A study conducted by Economic Research Associates found that USC — the city’s largest private sector employer — has an economic impact of $4.9 billion per year on the region, compared with a $4 billion economic impact in 2006.Economic impact measures the effect on employment, income and spending generated by a decision or policy. The study of USC’s economic impact measured the effect on spending and employment in the surrounding area relative to USC’s projects, spending and policies.The study accounted for USC’s operational expenditures, but did not include the direct spending or impact of USC’s affiliated hospitals. According to the study, for every dollar USC spent in Los Angeles County, an output of 63 cents was generated somewhere else in the regional economy.Councilman Bernard Parks, whose district includes USC, attributed the increase in economic impact to the construction happening all around campus. He added, however, that USC has always been a positive force in the Los Angeles economy.“The hiring of students and the hiring of locals, those have been a staple for a long time in the Los Angeles region,” Parks said. “There’s a very positive impact USC makes anywhere from the adoption of local schools, the maintenance of their campus and the area around it and the benefits of having some 40,000 students in the local area supporting businesses.”During the 2008 fiscal year, the study found USC spent $130 million on capital projects. Other expenditures included $21 billion in total direct spending, $1 billion in wage and payroll expenditures and $430 million in purchasing expenditures.Students and visitors also contributed to the university’s economic impact, as students spent $503 million for goods and services and visitors spent about $12 million.James Grant, director of USC Media Relations, said the university has always had a large economic impact.“USC has been a major part of the community since, well, more than 125 years,” Grant said. “The bottom line is that USC and its economic impact is a bright spot in what is a very uncertain economy right now … Despite economic issues, USC continues to help fuel this local and regional and national economy.”Parks said the economic and cultural contributions that USC makes as a corporate citizen of Los Angeles have a very positive impact on the surrounding area.“[A corporate citizen is] somebody that understands their mission as it relates to their particular job, but is always looking to incorporate the local community in the configuration of their decision-making,” Parks said. “The USC community is not just an inclusive group that grinds out students, gets tuition and goes home … they’re also giving as much as they’re getting from the community.”Aaron Yee, a senior majoring in public policy, management and planning, said the economic impact USC has on its surrounding area is probably the most significant effect USC has on its community.“It’s definitely the economic generation that the university brings to the city, since suburbanization and sprawl have taken so much industry and financial resources away from the city core,” Yee said. “I think USC and its needs are serving as a catalyst for revitalization of this area.”last_img read more

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2nd edition of Head of State Invitational golf tournament scheduled for June 16

first_imgThe Ghana Golf Association in collaboration with Ghana @ 60 Years on Committee has officially launched the second edition of the Head of State Invitational tournament.The Head of State Invitational Tournament is a golf competition being organized in honour of the President of the Republic of Ghana and also an opportunity to broker business deals for the country.It is also a platform to groom and give exposure to amateur golfers.Speaking at the launch, the President of the Ghana Golf Association, Mr Mike Aggrey, said “this tournament is not just a golf competition but an informal avenue to bring together decision-makers in corporate Ghana to interact and discuss various business opportunities for the country. We are creating a congenial atmosphere for high profile business meetings and networking.”Mr Aggrey said the event will come off on Saturday, June 16 at the Kumasi Royal Golf Course and President Nana Akuffo-Addo is expected to be present to do the Tee-off and the closing ceremony. Over 150 golfers both local and international are expected to participate in this year’s tournament with over 30 slots allocated to women golfers, he revealed.He continued that there will be a golf clinic on the day of the event to educate people on the technicalities of golf and over 20 prizes will be awarded on the day of the event. The chairman of the launch, Mr Mike Ezan, who is also a former President of the Ghana Golf Association, underscored the importance of this high profile golf event and encouraged everyone to get involved in promoting the game of golf.Mr Ezan expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the competition: UMB, MTN, Global Media Alliance, GCB Bank, SSIC Insurance, Golden Tulip, etc.Present at the launch were the Chairman of Ghana @ 60 years on, Francis Andoh, CEO of Northwestern Solutions, Chairman Ken Amankwa and Esther Amedzro, President of Women Golfers in Ghana.last_img read more

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Over half a million euro granted to Donegal Airport operations

first_imgDonegal Airport has been allocated an additional €667,900 grant towards operating costs and safety investments, it was announced this week. The grant is part of the Regional Airports Programme that supports necessary safety and security investments and activities by these airports to enable them to continue to contribute to enhanced regional connectivity.Cllr Niamh Kennedy has welcomed the news from her independent Alliance colleague Minister Shane Ross that Donegal Airport is to receive this aid. Cllr Kennedy said: “Donegal Airport remains a key part of the infrastructure of Donegal for connectivity of our tourism product as well as for business. I am delighted that this Government continues to recognise the role our Regional Airports play in this regard.”She added: “I am delighted to work with Minister Ross to further enhance this and was delighted with the allocations secured in the review of the Capital Plan.”The Review of the Capital Plan that was announced in September by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform identified the need for continued support for this Programme.The review of the Capital Plan yielded over €17 million in additional capital funding for the Regional Airports Programme over the period 2019 to 2021, considerably in excess of the €10 million in extra funding that was originally mooted in the Programme for Government. Over half a million euro granted to Donegal Airport operations was last modified: December 20th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Niamh KennedyDonegal Airportlast_img read more

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