first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Three New Apprenticeship Opportunities in Allegheny and Butler Counties SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Wolf announced the approval of three apprenticeship grants to assist with the cost of necessary classroom training for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) apprentices in Allegheny and Butler counties. The funding, granted to Pelles Heating & Cooling Services, Inc., A-Air Company, Inc., and Techpro Building Services, will support the governor’s commitment to expanding job training opportunities throughout Pennsylvania.“Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity to enter the workforce and get the necessary training that leads to family-sustaining jobs,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will enable these companies to build on the success of their training programs and empower workers while boosting Pennsylvania’s economy.”The following grants were recently approved:Allegheny CountyA-Air Company, Inc. was approved for $49,500 over the next four years to support the training of five apprentices in the HVACR industry. Apprentices will learn the solid foundations of fundamentals and safety through a hands-on training experience. After successful completion of the program, apprentices will become journeymen and have a set career path in a good-paying job.Techpro Building Services was approved for $49,500 over the next four years to support the training of five apprentices to help them excel in the HVACR industry. Apprentices will learn how to repair, install, and maintain HVACR equipment. After successful completion of the program, apprentices can graduate with a good-paying job, zero school debt, and become journeymen.Butler CountyPelles Heating & Cooling Services, Inc was approved for $29,700 over the next four years. Apprentices will receive the necessary classroom and on-the-job training to gain skills and knowledge to help them excel in the HVACR industry. After successful completion of the program, apprentices will become journeymen with knowledge of the equipment they will be seeing in the field.Apprenticeship programs provide access to career pathways and enable apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to compete in today’s economy. Classroom training is a required component of registered apprenticeship programs across Pennsylvania and complements traditional on-the-job training. The technical material taught in a classroom environment enables apprentices to learn fundamental concepts, terminology, procedures, safety requirements, and basic tools and instruments.Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, an innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and businesses to expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program is a statewide program that offers assistance to registered apprenticeship programs. The program’s goal is to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development.For more information about apprenticeship programs or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img November 25, 2019last_img read more


first_imgUnipension said: “The pension funds’ solvency continues to be very good, which gives them the opportunity to maintain their investment strategy in spite of the turbulence on investment markets in recent weeks.”In the first half, markets had been characterised by a moderate rise in global equities markets, while yields on Danish and German government bonds had generally fallen in the first quarter, but then risen strongly in most of the second quarter, Unipension said.All three pension funds had seen a rise in contributions in the six-month period.AP’s overall contributions grew to DKK157.4m (€21.1m) in the first half, up DKK7.8m or 5.2% from the same period last year, while MP Pension’s contributions were up DKK75m or 4.2% at DKK1.86bn.PJD saw its contributions grow DKK6.8m or 3.8% to DKK183.1m.Active membership at the pension funds grew by 1.7%, 2.2% and 1.0% respectively, according to the funds’ annual reports Investment returns at the three professional pension funds run by Denmark’s Unipension slipped lower in the first half of this year, but the provider was able to maintain its investment strategy due to its stable solvency position.Reporting results for the six months from January to June, Unipension said the Architects’ Pension Fund (AP) made a 4.4% return on investments before tax between January and June this year, while MP Pension, which covers academics in Denmark, produced 4.2%.Meanwhile, the Pension Fund for Agricultural Academics and Veterinary Surgeons (PJD) returned 4.5%.The returns compare with the first half of 2014, when the pension funds produced 6.1%, 6.3% and 6.4%, respectively.last_img read more


first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share LifestyleRelationships Are you stuck in a semi-happy marriage?. by: – June 8, 2011 48 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet by Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Manage Your LifePhoto: ThinkstockThanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Edwards, and now Anthony Weiner, infidelity has been making headlines—and people are reexamining their own relationships.The Pew Research Center recently found that 40 percent of Americans think marriage is becoming obsolete. Another recent Pew study found that Millennials (people age 18 to 29) say they think being a good parent is way more than having a good marriage.Once considered an imperative of sorts, traditional marriage is getting a second look—and research suggests that it may be coming up short. Instead of considering themselves to be happily married, some people are discovering that they’re only “semi-happy,” and their quest for fulfillment can lead them to extramarital affairs and divorce.A semi-happy marriage is one of low conflict, low passion, and low satisfaction. “One minute, you love the stability and contentment. The next minute, you think it’s not the right marriage, and there are flaws in the marriage that are serious, even though there are also great things about the marriage,” says historian Pamela Haag, author of “Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules.” In other words, “one minute you can’t imagine staying, the next you can’t imagine leaving,” Haag says. “It’s these kinds of marriages that are ‘low-conflict’ but not all that satisfying that contribute the lion’s share to divorce court each year.”Her own 13-year-long marriage almost fit the bill. “Often, in my own case, I really can’t tell if my marriage is woeful or sublime,” she writes in her book. “Maybe I’m just so profoundly content that it feels like unhappiness, because nirvana is dull in this way, it lacks frisson.” (She adds that she thinks her husband is “an amazing sport, and brave, to let me write about this topic of mixed feelings at all, even though a good number of husbands and wives have mixed feelings.”)Boredom can also cause major marital problems. A national survey of 3,341 people by advice website Good in Bed and Kristen Mark of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction found that 25 percent of people are are bored in their current monogamous relationship, and another 25 percent admit to being “on the brink” of boredom.“Boredom is basically like an attack on a relationship’s immunity system,” says Ian Kerner, PhD, founder of Good in Bed and author of “Love in the time of Colic: A New Parents’ Guide to Getting It On Again.” “It’s not a coincidence that a fifth of respondents admitted to being unfaithful to their partner as a result of being bored.”While most of the women Haag interviewed said they felt lonely in their semi-happy marriages, men told her that they felt “trapped” or “penned in.” It didn’t seem to matter if they married “too young” or waited until they were older; what mattered was what people expected from their marriages. And for many, the traditional blueprint that their parents followed is simply no longer a good fit.“It’s sometimes said that marriage is on the decline because our expectations are too high,” says Haag. “I think it’s that our expectations for marriage may be too low—such that single people feel, perhaps rightly, that there isn’t much that marriage would add to their lives.”“My generation—people in their 30s, and 40s, and early 50s—are perhaps caught betwixt and between the old romantic ideals and the new post-romantic expectations,” she adds.Haag emphasizes the fact that she’s a historian and not a marriage therapist, and says that she does not “endorse a particular marital style.” In her book, she explores several suggestions for “forging a third way between melancholy persistence and divorce,” ranging from slightly outside-the-box (rewriting your vows to more accurately reflect your life as it is now, for instance, or sleeping in separate bedrooms) to the extreme (redefining marriage as a temporary parenting agreement or giving the green-light to discreet extramarital affairs, among other things.)Even so, people can still end up feeling only semi-happy. “There’s a part of your soul that isn’t nourished in marriage, and it’s too big a part to live without,” Haag writes. “You’ve tried, but you fear that you’re in the wrong marriage, however wonderful your spouse may be.” Sharelast_img read more


first_imgWest Ham will be without Enner Valencia for up to 12 weeks and the club admit there remains a possibility he may yet require an operation. Following that meeting Stijn Vandenbroucke, the club’s head of medical and sports science, confirmed the Ecuador international could miss up to three months and – despite Valencia suggesting that he does not need surgery – Vandenbroucke did not rule out the possibility completely. “Enner visited the consultant on Monday morning, when we discussed the results of the scans he underwent on the injury last Friday,” he told the club’s official website. “The outcome is that there is now a very small chance that he will need an operation and that we instead hope to treat the injury to his fibula using conservative treatment, which we hope to start in three weeks. “We will know for sure whether or not Enner will need an operation next week, but if everything goes to plan we hope that he will be available for selection again within 10 to 12 weeks. “Enner will spend the next three weeks in a walking boot and using crutches, after which we will start his rehabilitation.” Despite Vandenbroucke’s comments, Valencia took to Instagram to post a picture of himself from the Astra game and wrote that he does not need surgery. ”I would like to thank everyone for the support and the affection shown on this difficult moment. Thanks God, today I received great news as I won’t need surgery, all the best!” he wrote. With club-record signing Andy Carroll also out injured, Irons boss Slaven Bilic is still likely to add another striker to his squad before the transfer window closes. He has Diafra Sakho, Mauro Zarate and Mobido Maiga to chose from for the return leg in Romania and their Barclays Premier League opener at Arsenal on Sunday. A loan move for Atletico Madrid and Mexico forward Raul Jimenez has been widely reported, but the 24-year-old would require a work permit before making the move to Upton Park. The 25-year-old forward had given the Hammers the lead before being carried off on a stretcher in the 2-2 Europa League third qualifying round draw with Astra Giurgiu last week. The club said on Friday Valencia had suffered what ”appears to be a significant injury to his right knee and right ankle” and refused to put a time frame on his return ahead of a meeting with a consultant on Monday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgManchester City are to consult with supporters over a possible redesign of the club’s badge, the Barclays Premier League leaders have announced. City have had three major badges since the 1930s and adopted their current crest in 1997. Fans will be asked to fill out a questionnaire with a dedicated consultation space and exhibition being set up at the Etihad Stadium for the next four weeks. City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: “The badge is the most visual representation of Manchester City and is so central to our heritage. We are looking for our fans to share their views as to what they consider to be the most authentic symbols of the club.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgSydney: David Warner’s social media antics continued unabated as the fun-loving Australian opener dressed up like a popular Indian movie character this time to entertain his fans. Warner, who has taken to social media platform Tiktok like duck to water, and has been sharing those posts on Instagram non-stop, dressed up like popular movie character ‘Baahubali’. The 33-year old left-hander posted a picture in a warrior costume similar to what popular Telugu actor Prabhas wore in the movie. “Who’s costume do you prefer?” Warner posted on Instagram with a picture of Prabhas too along with him. In another post recently, Warner chose Test cricket as his favourite form of the game. Warner posted a video where he is seen standing in front of a mirror and swiping past his own versions of imagery wearing Australia’s T20 and ODI jerseys. The white Test flannels come at the end of the video and Warner is seen showing thumbs up to his version on the other side of the mirror and jumping in joy. Warner has played 84 Tests for Australia, scoring 7,244 runs at an average of 48.94. Last year during the pink ball Test at Adelaide against Pakistan, Warner smashed his highest score of 335 not out in a breathtaking display of aggressive batting. IANS Also watch: Flash floods hit Assam! Here are some scenes of the devastationlast_img read more


first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: During the Melbourne Twenty20 International, conditions were bitterly cold and windy. At the toss, Virat Kohli was given a suggestion by Shane Warne to stay warm. One Indian player took it so seriously that he decided to go the extra mile to stay warm. When Marcus Stoinis sliced a full ball to deep backward point, Dinesh Karthik ran to his left to take the catch. However, the 60000-crowd at the G noticed something unique. Karthik took the catch while wearing a monkey cap over his head. Karthik, who hails from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, does not experience cold conditions and the weather in Melbourne was something different.Read More |Virat Kohli trolled in warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI Karthik’s monkey cap was not the only style statement that cricketers have made on the international stage. Here are instances of players sporting rainbow hair-styles, different jerseys and other unique styles to make them get noticed.Read More |Ravichandran Ashwin hopes for an interesting duel with Nathan Lyon1.)    Colin Miller – The first rainbow hairstylistBe it Blue, Pink, rainbow style or orange colour, Australian offspinner Colin Miller was known for his outlandish hair colours and style. In one instance, during the 2000 Sydney Test against West Indies, Miller’s blue hair was so distracting that Courtney Walsh, who was on strike, could not stop himself from laughing. Miller’s colourful persona came at a time when Australian cricket was dominant on the world stage.2.)    Hamish Marshall Beige suit and hairstyleIn 2005, the first Twenty20 International was played between Australia and New Zealand. At that time, Twenty20 Internationals was not so big and it was not considered serious. New Zealand went one step further and donned the retro look of the 80s. Replica beige and brown 1980s uniforms, facial hair and terry towelling hats all added to the extravaganza. Hamish Marshall, the New Zealand player, sported the gravity-defying afro hairstyle, which proved to be a major sensation.3.)    The ‘Fauxhawk’ – not a Faux PasYou have heard of the Mohawk? But, what is the FauxHawk?  This new hairstyle came into existence when Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan unveiled the look before the 2015 World Cup. The Fauxhawk hairstyle was a full head of hair combed into the middle to fabricate the look of a Mohawk.4.)    Sunil Narine – Mohawk style XWhen Sunil Narine entered the international arena, he was less known for his bowling variations. Rather, he was known as the West Indies cricketer who had the perfectly shaped Mohawk. Such was his style that cricketers like Andre Russell decided to copy his style. Russell, in fact, added a new dimension to his Mohawk by colouring it Orange.5.)    Mitchell Johnson – Tormentor turns PinkThe Sydney Test in Australia is dubbed as the ‘Pink Test’. The match is played to create awareness about breast cancer and it gets massive support in Australia, with fans, former players and cricketing kits coloured in pink. With 31 wickets in four Tests, Johnson was in top form and had decimated England in the 2013/14 Ashes. Before the match, he had sported a pink moustache to create awareness. The pink handlebar moustache was a rage but Johnson coloured his Mo black during the game. last_img read more


first_imgJohn Elway’s mother, Janet, dies at 82 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos say general manager John Elway’s mother, Janet Elway, has died after battling pancreatic cancer.The team said she died in Palm Desert, California, on March 4.Janet “Mimi” Elway was raised in Hoquiam, Washington, where she met and married Jack Elway in 1958. March 17, 2020 The couple had three children, Lee Ann and twins John and Jana. Jana died in 2002, a year after Jack Elway’s death.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img


first_img Associated Press But Pironkova served it out in the next game. She won 20 of the 25 points she served in that set.___12:15 p.m.Serena Williams is about to start her U.S. Open quarterfinal against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova.Williams is seeking her seventh championship at Flushing Meadows and record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title overall. Pironkova is a 32-year-old from Bulgaria who is playing in her first tournament since she took a break of more than three years while having a son.The other women’s quarterfinal on Wednesday’s schedule is No. 16 seed Elise Mertens against unseeded Victoria Azarenka, who has a nine-match winning streak.The men’s quarterfinals Wednesday are No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem against No. 21 Alex de Minaur and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev against No. 10 Andrey Rublev in an all-Russian matchup.Medvedev was the runner-up in New York last year.___ September 9, 2020 More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Serena Williams has pushed her U.S. Open quarterfinal against Tsvetana Pironkova to a third set.Pironkova took the opening set 6-4, then went up a quick break at 1-0 in the second. But Williams broke back right away, then again to lead 5-3 by taking a 24-stroke exchange, and served out that set at 6-3.Williams is seeded No. 3 and seeking her record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Pironkova not only isn’t seeded, she isn’t even ranked at all, because this is her first tournament at any level in more than three years. She took time away from the tour to become a mother. They beat the American duo of Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7) in the semifinals Wednesday.Neither Melichar nor Xu has won a Grand Slam title in women’s doubles. Melichar did team with Alexander Peya to win the mixed doubles trophy at Wimbledon in 2018, while Xu and Gabriela Dabrowski were the runners-up in women’s doubles at the All England Club last year.In Friday’s final at Flushing Meadows, the third-seeded pair of Melichar and Xu will face the unseeded team of Laura Siegemund of Germany and Vera Zvonareva of Russia.Siegemund and Zvonareva advanced Tuesday with a three-set victory over Anna Blinkova and Veronika Kudermetova.Zvonareva has won two Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, including at the 2006 U.S. Open with Nathalie Dechy.center_img Two more victories for Williams, and she will claim a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. How big an upset would this have been if Pironkova had held on? Not only is she not seeded at Flushing Meadows, she isn’t even ranked. This was her first tournament of any sort in more than three years, because she left the tour to become a mother.Williams last lost before the semifinals in New York all the way back in 2007, when Justine Henin eliminated her in the quarterfinals.The American, who turns 39 in less than three weeks, has won a total of six championships at the U.S. Open and was the runner-up four times, including in 2018 and 2019.___ 1:45 p.m. In the U.S. Open men’s doubles final Thursday, the eighth-seeded pairing of Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Nikola Mektic of Croatia will face Mate Pavic of Croatia and Bruno Soares of Brazil.___2:35 p.m.Serena Williams has pulled out another three-setter to reach the semifinals in an 11th consecutive U.S. Open appearance.Williams trailed by a set and a break against Tsvetana Pironkova before coming back to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday in Arthur Ashe Stadium. ___1:05 p.m.Serena Williams has dropped the first set of her U.S. Open quarterfinal against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova by a 6-4 score.Pironkova is playing in her first tournament in more than three years after taking time off to become a mother.She broke Williams to lead 3-2, then failed to convert two set points while Williams served at 5-3. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):4 p.m.Nicole Melichar of the United States and Xu Yifan of China have reached the women’s doubles final at the U.S. Open. The Latest: Melichar, Xu reach US Open women’s doubles finallast_img read more


first_imgMS Dhoni is no longer a centrally contracted player with the BCCI. His name didn’t feature in the 27 contracts handed out by the Indian board yesterday.He last played for India during the World Cup in 2019, following which there has been suspense over his future. In 2019, he had been awarded a Grade A contract, which brings a retainer of INR 5 crore (US$700,000 approx.).Top-order batsman KL Rahul made the jump from Grade B to A this time around, getting an increment of INR 2 crore (US$280,000 approx.).While Dhoni has not played any professional cricket since the World Cup, India coach Ravi Shastri has said more than once that Dhoni could come into contention for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year if he does well in the IPL.Others to lose contracts were Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Khaleel Ahmed. There weren’t many other massive changes from the contracts list from last year. Test opener Mayank Agarwal, who made his debut in Melbourne in a delicately poised series and immediately impressed, was the big gainer, entering the list at Grade B, which comes with a retainer of INR 3 crore (US$420,000 approx.). Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who had dropped to Grade C due to injuries, came back to join Agarwal in Grade B.Other new names in the contracts – as of now – included limited-overs specialists Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar. They all entered the system at Grade C, which comes with a retainer of INR 1 crore (US$140,000 approx.).The A+ grade, which includes players who feature in all three formats, remained unchanged with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah retaining their INR 7 crore (US$980,000 approx.) fee. The injured Hardik Pandya, who has played only T20Is since the World Cup, retained his Grade B contract.These contracts are for October 2019 to September 2020. The total number of retainers has come down from 29 to 27. The recommendations for these contracts are made by national selectors, based on a combination of performances in the previous year and the roles players are expected to play in the contract period.If someone outside of this list gets an India cap during the period, he becomes eligible to get a Grade C contract. According to BCCI rules, a player needs to play a minimum of two matches to be eligible to earn a Grade C contract. BCCI’s central contracts list for 2019-2020Grade A+ (INR 7 cr): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit BumrahGrade A (INR 5 cr): R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, KL RahulGrade B (INR 3 cr): Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Mayank AgarwalGrade C (INR 1 cr): Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari,, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more