Wolf Administration Works to Expand Vanpool Options for Workers, Assist Persons with Disabilities

first_img March 27, 2017 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In support of the Employment First initiative to help people with disabilities find employment, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced a new Vanpool Incentive Program to create vanpools across the state that would provide a lower-cost alternative for people to commute to work.“Transportation access can be a deciding factor in whether someone is able to work, so anything we can do to expand options is good for Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “No matter their abilities, people should have access to jobs that pay.”The program will invest up to $1 million annually and is open to government entities, non-profit entities and transportation companies. Approved vanpools will be offered an initial 50-percent cost incentive, up to $800 per vanpool per month based on van size, that is phased out over three years for non-ADA accessible vanpools.ADA-accessible vanpools would be eligible for a monthly subsidy up to $1,200 per van, and would be eligible for an ongoing $400-per-month subsidy after the third year. Participants would also be eligible for state investments to cover the cost to convert a van to be ADA-accessible.“Although public transportation is available in some form in every Pennsylvania county, we’re always looking for new ways to efficiently provide and expand transportation options,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “We strongly encourage participation in this new program.”To qualify for the program, entities must create a new vanpool that has not operated previously to or from the identified destination or origin point. The vanpool must also have at least an expected 60-percent occupancy: five riders for seven-person vans; seven riders for 10-person vans; nine riders for 12-person vans (including ADA); and 11 riders for 15-person vans.To ensure proof of membership, vanpool riders will pay a minimum of $25 per month, with the final cost determined by providers.When officially opened in May, the application period will be announced via the Pennsylvania Bulletin. PennDOT expects to select the first vanpool program participants in the 2017-18 state fiscal year. Agencies or providers interested in the program may email BPTVanPool@pa.gov  for more information. Wolf Administration Works to Expand Vanpool Options for Workers, Assist Persons with Disabilitiescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Persaud is top-shot on day one as WIFBSC opens

first_imgTHE prestigious West Indies Full Bore Shooting Council Championships (WIFBSC) and Guyana National Rifle Association (NRA) 150th shoot opened today in Guyana with National captain Mahendra Persaud leading the way.The Guyanese was in top form after the aggregate of the day’s 300-, 500- and 600-yard flights yesterday, amassing 134 points with 14 V bulls.He was followed closely with 133 points (10 Vs) by England’s Nigel David Stangroom and Guyana’s Lennox Brathwatie third on 132 points with 13 Vs. England’s David Calvert finished fourth (131, 10 Vs) with countrywoman Charlotte Alice Staples fifth (130, 13 Vs)The first event of the day at the 300-yard range, Guyanese Sherwin Filicien lost on a countback to Britain’s David Calvert after both men shot 35 (5 Vs). Kimberly Pope of Ireland finished third on account of equal points but with two less Vs while Stangroom finished fourth with 2 Vs.At the 500-yard, Staples tied on a countback against full-bore captain Persaud with both shooting 50 points with 6 Vs. England’s Henry Albert Day shot a similar number of points with three less Vs.Shooters line up at the 300-yard detail for the first shoot of the day.At the 600 yards is where Persaud showed his dominance, managing the same score while compatriot Brathwaite finished second and Stangroom third; a V bull separating the three top finishers.Meanwhile, at the launch during the morning period, the ranges were officially reopened after a brief period for renovation.Speaking at the opening, president of the GuyanaNRA Brigadier Patrick West contended that it was a great day for the sport.“Words cannot explain but this is a milestone event for the GuyanaNRA. I think as we celebrate 150, this competition here puts us in a position where the rest of the world is showing us that we are celebrating with you,” the Chief of Staff added.“We anticipate as well with the better range that we’ll have more competitions this year and in the years to come because of the facilities we have to offer.”The opening shot was fired by Brigadier West in the absence of Club Patron, H.E Brig. David Granger.last_img read more

Wisconsin turns in Elite performance, routs Baylor

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — All of the talk surrounding Baylor heading into the Sweet 16 was its daunting zone defense. It was still the story after the game, but for a much different reason.Wisconsin’s frontcourt of Nigel Hayes and Frank Kaminsky shredded Baylor’s defense for a combined 29 points in the Badgers’ 69-52 Sweet 16 win.Kaminsky led all scorers with 19 points and 6 blocks. Hayes picked up 10 and senior guard Ben Brust had 14 points with three 3-pointers.Forward Cory Jefferson led Baylor with 15 points and sophomore center Isaiah Austin pitched in with 12.Wisconsin’s big men controlled the game from the start as Kaminsky sparked the Badgers’ offense to an 8-2 run to start the game with six early points.“They were better on the inside than I had thought they would be,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “On film I thought they were good, but I thought we’d cause a little more trouble inside, and we didn’t do that. So credit Hayes and kaminsky and those guys for doing a good job on the interior. That really hurt our defense.”The Bears were getting caught with gaping holes in the middle of their zone that the Badgers were able to exploit with midrange jumpers and drives to the basket.“They left the middle of the zone open a little bit and we were able to get the ball in there and get some easy baskets to the rim, some easy kick-outs for threes,” Kaminsky said. “So we just kind of hammered it into the middle and made some things happen.”Ben Brust would add to the first half effort with two three-pointers as Wisconsin shot 48 percent from the floor through the first 20 minutes.Heading into the locker room, the Badgers owned a 29-16 lead over a team that had trailed for a total of just 1:04 entering the Sweet 16.“Throughout the whole tournament we haven’t really played from behind so the fact that they played the whole shot clock when they had the ball, it makes it difficult to come back on a team like that,” Baylor senior guard Gary Franklin said.Baylor’s 16 first-half points marked a season low for the Bears and the third-lowest scoring half under coach Drew.Wisconsin held Baylor to 20 percent shooting as it connected on just five of its 24 field goal attempts—the same amount of field goals Kaminsky made on his on in the first half.“At the end of the day, shooting is one of those things that sometimes becomes contagious, unfortunately we missed some easy ones,” Drew said. “We just didn’t finish like we have been and you have to credit Wisconsin’s size, strength and physicality for that.”It was more of the same for Wisconsin in the second half as it picked apart Baylor’s defense.The Bears would quickly switch to a man defense, but that didn’t slow down the Badgers who continued to get to the rim and finish high-percentage looks.Wisconsin would stretch its lead to 21 points with just over 10 minutes to go in the game and effectively put the game out of reach for a Baylor comeback.The Badgers bested their first half shooting performance by connecting on 57 percent on its shots in the second half, a nine percent improvement.Baylor more than doubled its first half scoring total in the final half, but couldn’t stop Wisconsin’s offensive attack, never getting within 17 points in the final 10 minutes of the game.“We just stayed disciplined and focused and listening to the scouting report,” Sam Dekker said of his team’s defensive effort. “Our coaches did such a good job of prepping us for this game and we had a lot of time to prepare for these guys. They threw a lot at us, but we recognized it well.”With the win, Wisconsin advances to the Elite Eight for the third time in school history and the second time under coach Ryan. It will be the first time the Badgers make an appearance in the Elite Eight since 2005.Wisconsin will take on Arizona Saturday at the Honda Center with a Final Four bid on the line.“We get 40 more minutes, and I’m awfully proud of them,” coach Ryan said.last_img read more

Panelist choice raises concern

first_img“If I were Mitchell, I would say, `Thank you Stephen for moving back to Monterey Park. I know San Marino is a lot prettier than Monterey Park, and you’ve agreed to come back and serve us,”‘ Lam said. Deputy City Attorney Adrian Guerra said city code requires a planning commissioner to reside in the city but does not list a minimum length of time for residency or require that a person must be a homeowner. Ing said that while Lam’s move is legal, it “raises eyebrows.” “How can someone who just moved in the city be on one of the most influential commissions?” Ing asked. Lam, however, said Ing is ignoring his ties to the city. A San Marino resident up until recently, Lam has owned the clothing store Koco Collection on Garfield Avenue in Monterey Park for 17 years. Lam has also been a member of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club, and previously lived in the city for seven years. MONTEREY PARK – Two councilmen have asked why a man who had lived in the city only eight days was handed a plum commission assignment. Last week, Stephen Lam became the fifth member of the city’s Planning Commission, after being nominated by Councilman Anthony Wong. Lam moved here from San Marino just eight days prior. Councilmen Mitchell Ing and Benjamin “Frank” Venti, both of whom abstained from the vote, said there are unanswered questions about Lam’s recent move to the city. Lam is renting a condominium in Monterey Park. His family continues to reside in San Marino. Lam will also retain his position as chairman of the Business Improvement District Advisory Committee, which he was appointed to by Assemblyman Mike Eng when Eng served on the council. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

The goals you need to see from the UCL group stage with Martial, De Bruyne and Torres

first_img Kevin De Bruyne scored against Sevilla Check out some of the best goals from Wednesday’s round of games in the Champions League group stage.CSKA Moscow 1-1 Man UnitedAnthony Martial (Man United)Man City 2-1 SevillaYevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla)Man City 2-1 SevillaKevin De Bruyne makes it 2-1 to CityGalatasaray 2-1 BenficaNicolas Gaitan (Benfica)Galatasaray 2-1 BenficaLukas Podolski scores the home side’s second goalAtletico Madrid 4-0 AstanaOliver Torres makes it 3-0Wolfsburg 2-0 PSVMax Kruse scores the secondMalmo 1-0 Shakhtar DonetskMarkus Rosenberg (Malmo) 1last_img read more