Compromise Budget: Government That Works

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: December 09, 2015 By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Compromise Budget: Government That Workscenter_img Government That Works,  The Blog In bipartisan fashion, the Pennsylvania Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise budget based on the agreed-to framework established weeks ago by the Governor and legislative leaders. In addition to historic investments in our schools and the first step toward the restoration of the cuts made to human services programs, this budget enhances the governor’s mission to create a government that works for all Pennsylvanians.This compromise budget invests in important programs aimed at solving some of Pennsylvania’s biggest crises and expanding some of the commonwealth’s most successful programs: increasing funding to combat the heroin epidemic, investing in workforce development programs, funding four new cadet classes for the Pennsylvanian State Police, increasing access to food security for needy families, and protecting Pennsylvanians’ air and water.Attacking the Heroin EpidemicThe compromise budget includes an additional $9 million in funding toward efforts to combat the heroin epidemic spread across three agencies. Since his inauguration, Governor Wolf has worked with his administration to provide real solutions not only to save lives but also to help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives.Such actions taken by the Wolf Administration include the development of the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program which can finally be implemented upon passage of the budget, the creation of the interagency Heroin Task Force, the support for the use of naloxone at schools across the commonwealth, and stocking all Pennsylvania State Police cars and Capitol Police officers with the naloxone drug. Since equipping State Police cars with naloxone, over 300 lives have been saved with this drug. Further, at the Governor’s request, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed a standing-order allowing any Pennsylvanian to obtain this life-saving drug.Investing in WorkersThe budget increases funding for Department of Labor and Industry programs totaling nearly $11 million, including $4 million for increased training initiatives; $5 million to leverage an additional $18.5 million in federal funds for vocational rehabilitation and assistance; and $400,000 to expand services at centers for independent living. This infusion of state dollars will help Pennsylvania significantly strengthen and expand these vital programs and partnerships with higher education and the private sector.Making Pennsylvania SaferThe compromise budget increases funding for the Pennsylvania State Police by nearly $25 million to fund four new cadet classes and increase complement to the highest level in commonwealth history. This will increase the strength of Pennsylvania’s primary law enforcement and public safety agency despite expected retirements and turnover.Strengthening Food SecurityThe budget includes an increase in the State Food Purchase Program of $3.4 million, providing additional funding for local food banks, to ensure the most vulnerable of Pennsylvania’s families can find food security in their time of need.Protecting Air and WaterThis compromise increases funding for Department of Environmental Protection program appropriations by more than $8 million, including a nearly $5 million increase to protect Pennsylvanians’ air and water quality. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

OEEC 2018: Offshore Energy to Remain Strong Part of Market

first_imgOffshore Transport, Installation and Removal is one of the two thematic sessions wrapping up the Day-1 of the OEEC 2018 action-packed program set up at Amsterdam RAI.It was a full room as the session attracted major players in the offshore execution arena, including Allseas, Bourbon, Boskalis, Van Oord and Jumbo.The oil & gas and offshore wind markets offer room for a range of dedicated vessels, carrying out activities from installation of oil and gas infrastructure, offshore wind foundations, turbines and substations through to decommissioning of topsides, jackets and subsea structure.This session looks at the latest additions to the global fleet, from purpose-built to multi-purpose vessels, from vessels able to operate in shallow water and in deep water, nearshore and far offshore.Hubert Schaafsma from Blue sea marketing led the session.Edward Heerema, President of Allseas (Swiss-based offshore contractor specialising in pipelay, heavy lift and subsea construction), highlighted the company’s pride and joy – the world’s largest construction vessel “Pioneering Spirit”.With the single-lift removal of Shell’s 24,000-t Brent Delta topsides in 2017 the vessel re-defined heavy lifting, as well as in June this year with the installation of Equinor’s 22,000-t Johan Sverdrup drilling platform topsides.“Nobody ever talked about the Pioneering Spirit seriously until 2010 when we signed a contract to build it”Jack Spaan, Expert Heavy Lift within the Marine Heavy Lift group of the Boskalis Offshore Energy division.In the next decades, the offshore energy market will play a key role in the ever diversifying global energy mix.“Energy market and energy need is expanding and also services for these markets are expanding,” Spaan said.The cutting-edge investments in (heavy-lift) installation capacity while remaining cost-efficient and reducing overall environmental footprint at the same time was idea of Wout Janssens, Director Operations and Engineering at Jumbo Offshore.“The energy mix will be more diversified than ever and offshore will remain a very important part of that mix,” Janssens said.Yvan Leyni, Engineering and Projects Director at Bourbon and Clement Mochet, Commercial Director, Vryhof focused on floating offshore wind. Using a project case scenario, the two speakers, as mooring solutions provider and installation contractor, will expanded on the future of this new market. Discussion focused on potential synergies with existing relevant industries (Oil & Gas and Wind Offshore), as well as specific challenges which must be considered and addressed.“We are still in early stages of development. To move forward we need to be cost-competitive…and we are not there yet,” said Mochet about the floating wing projects going commercial.Kevin van de Leur, Lead Engineer at Van Oord, closed the session, talking about foundation installation project at Walney Extension offshore wind farm.More than half of the foundations were located in areas with soft soil, where jacking up during installation was not feasible. The use of a jack up vessel for floating installation was an innovation that required thorough preparations, analyses and equipment modifications.New technologies – digital twins, virtual reality and high performance computing – were embraced to generate cost-effective solutions to optimize usage of existing assets.“We are continuously looking for limits and trying to push them.”last_img read more

Boston MA – Reported by Elite Traveler the Priv

first_imgBoston , MA – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineCommitted to the arts, and to the environment, the 424-room luxury InterContinental Boston launches its fifth art exhibition since opening in 2006. ‘Wild at Heart,’ an indoor/outdoor animal sculpture exhibition by Essex, Mass.-based artist, Chris Williams, features large-scale bronze and steel sculptures of numerous wild critters from tree frogs to giraffes and octopi to owls. In conjunction, InterContinental Boston is offering a ‘Wild at Heart’ package starting from only $399.00 per night (valid through November 2010) that includes a private behind-the-scenes tour and admission to Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo and a small one-of-a-kind animal sculpture by Chris Williams with 10% of the proceeds of each package sold donated to National Geographic. The exhibit will be on display at InterContinental Boston through mid-December 2010.Of the sculptures, a majestic eagle landing at its tree nest graces the Atlantic St. entrance of the InterContinental Boston. The lobby is home to an octopus and seascape with sea anemones and an array of coral, an owl perched in a tree and a tree frog amidst a bamboo habitat. In Sushi-Teq, the hotel’s popular sushi and tequila restaurant/bar, hangs an octopus with its hand-blown glass head illuminated and the private dining room in Miel “Brasserie Provençale” is home to a bee. The InterContinental Boston’s two acre waterfront promenade graces an austere vulture peering towards the water which is also situated on Boston’s Harbor Walk and a gentle 14’ giraffe adjacent to Miel’s outdoor terrace.“As one of the leading and newer contemporary hotels on Boston’s burgeoning waterfront, we are committed supporters of the arts and are thrilled to present the incredible work by local Massachusetts sculptor Chris Williams,” says Tim Kirwan, general manager, InterContinental Boston. “His animal sculptures bring a majestic and whimsical element to our expansive lobby and a not-to-be-missed visual component to the Atlantic Ave and waterfront sides of our hotel. And, with proceeds from our ‘Wild at Heart’ package benefiting National Geographic, we support their efforts in protecting and sustaining wild animals such as these and our planet.”InterContinental Boston’s ‘Wild at Heart’ Package Through the ‘Wild at Heart” package, InterContinental Boston donates 10% of the proceeds of each package sold to National Geographic. The National Geographic society has funded more than 9,200 research, conservation and exploration projects, and supported geography education-based programs and public events that bring stories from the field to audiences worldwide. As one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, National Geographic was founded in 1888 with a mission to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge. Today the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. The ‘Wild at Heart’ package includes:• Deluxe accommodations at the InterContinental Boston • Private behind-the-scenes tour and admission to Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo • A small one-of-a-kind animal sculpture by Chris Williams • A copy of National Geographic’s The 100 Best Vacations To Enrich Your Life • Overnight parking • Late check-out (2 p.m.) • 10% of the proceeds of each package will be donated to National GeographicFranklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled within Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Here, guests can experience the most innovative and intimate indoor gorilla exhibit in the world. Visitors to the signature Tropical Forest can stand face-to-face with the Zoo’s seven western lowland gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations in the state-of-the-art indoor exhibit. While at Franklin Park Zoo, there is also the African lion in the Kalahari Kingdom, the tigers in the Tiger Tales exhibit, the Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra on the Giraffe Savannah, and the many other remarkable species that call the Zoo home. Not to be missed is the new Aussie Aviary – an interactive exhibit featuring hundreds of brightly-colored budgies (small parakeets).www.intercontinentalboston.comlast_img read more