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Governor Wolf Announces Pittsburgh Has Emerged from Distressed Status Under Act 47

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Pittsburgh Has Emerged from Distressed Status Under Act 47 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the city of Pittsburgh’s status as a distressed municipality under Act 47 is terminated. Pittsburgh is the second city and 14th municipality to exit the program.“This turnaround wasn’t easy – it took a lot of hard work, a lot of collaboration, and yes, some constructive arguments about where the city was headed, but in the face of it all, Pittsburgh stood united – desperately working to improve its stability and its financial health,” said Governor Wolf.  “Pittsburgh’s recovery has captured the attention of the nation, and, frankly, the world. We’ve transformed a rust belt city that was a symbol of economic decline into one of the most dynamic examples of innovation for the new economy in the world. My administration has been proud to support your efforts and will continue to do so in the years ahead.”In a ceremony at the City-County Building, Governor Wolf joined Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, city officials, local legislators, economic development officials, and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Davin, who issued a formal determination letter finding that termination of the city’s distressed status was appropriate under Section 255.1 of Act 47. Secretary Davin made the decision after a thorough review of the city’s audits, financial data, and the record from a public hearing held on December 20, 2017.“I want to thank Governor Wolf and DCED for this announcement, and especially city residents and workers for all their patience and sacrifices the past 14 years,” Mayor Peduto said. “Act 47 was the tool we needed to bring our financial house in order and pave the way for Pittsburgh’s economic resurgence. Now our challenge is to continue building upon the fiscal discipline it taught us.”Pittsburgh has operated under Act 47 status for 14 years, entering on December 29, 2003. In the last few weeks, Secretary Davin reviewed documentation and evidence that was presented during the December 20 public hearing. The findings indicated that, bolstered by careful budget governance and a recent surge in the city’s technology and medical sectors, the city has stabilized its finances, and now operates with healthy surpluses that are projected to continue. It also reported the city’s debt service is reasonable and manageable when compared with the overall budget, and that city administrators have developed a strategy for fiscal management that pays for the necessary city services such public safety and public works, funds employee pensions plans, invests in capital improvements, and controls costs.“When Governor Wolf appointed me to this position, he set forth several priorities for my agency, one of which was to make sure Pittsburgh had the necessary support from Harrisburg to exit Act 47,” Secretary Davin said. “I’m extremely proud of our team and everyone here in the city who worked with energy, focus, and determination to get us to this point today.”Since 2015, five municipalities, including Pittsburgh, have recovered from distressed status. Others include Altoona, Blair County, Plymouth, Luzerne County; Nanticoke, Luzerne County; and Clairton, Allegheny County.The Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, Act 47 of 1987, was enacted to provide a broad-based program of fiscal management oversight, technical assistance, planning and financial aid to municipalities experiencing severe fiscal distress.For more information on Act 47, visit the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services at the Department of Community and Economic Development. February 12, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Pooran skips 300 places to top 100 ODI batsmen

first_imgCMC – FOLLOWING a solid ICC World Cup performance, West Indies middle-order batsman Nicholas Pooran has jumped over 300 places and is now among the top 100 One Day International (ODI) batsmen in the world, according to the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings.Pooran was the Windies’ top-scorer at the World Cup, scoring 367 runs in nine matches at an average of 52.42, with one century and two half-centuries.His performance has resulted in the 23-year-old leap-frogging from outside the top 400 to number 92.Despite a subpar World Cup outing, Shai Hope’s ranking did not move and he still remains the region’s highest-ranked batsman at 14.Shimron Hetmyer (26), Chris Gayle (49), Evin Lewis (76) and Marlon Samuels, who is ranked 83rd, are the other West Indians in the top 100.Windies’ skipper Jason Holder has still managed to maintain his sixth-rank among ODI all-rounders.Among the bowlers, Holder slipped to 38th but is still the highest ranked West Indian among ODI bowlers.There was no movement for Kemar Roach (50), Ashley Nurse (65), Carlos Brathwaite (91), Devendra Bishoo (93) and Oshane Thomas (94).The West Indies are still ranked ninth in the ODI rankings on 47 points, seven more than 10th place Afghanistan.last_img read more

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Close-knit Syracuse looking to take superstitions to Big East tournament

first_imgSuperstitions are common in sports, and Syracuse is no different.Flags, special headbands and handshakes all contribute to what the Orange (16-1, 6-0 Big East) believes, in addition to its talent, helps the team win.Syracuse will take all of its good-luck charms to Louisville, Ky., for the Big East tournament. Top-seeded SU will play No. 4-seed Providence (9-8, 3-3 Big East) at 5 p.m. Friday.The Orange is a close-knit team and, before games, the players give each other unique high-fives depending on which player is coming onto the field. But before they even enter the stadium, they are getting their minds ready by going into the same routine for each game.“I think some of the girls might wear special shorts or shirts under their uniforms,” midfielder Liz McInerney said. “It’s like a mental thing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA “superstitious athlete” is redundant. So many of them have something special they do for games. Some listen to a certain song to get energized, others have a routine they go through, individually or with another teammate. It’s the familiarity of the routines that allows them to focus on the upcoming game.Within this team, the forward tandem of Kelsey Millman and Lauren Brooks has worn pink headbands during games that have many wondering if that is building some sort of unexplained cohesiveness between the two.“I’ve seen the forwards wearing matching headbands,” midfielder Liz McInerney said. “I’m not sure what they are for, but whatever it is, it’s got to be working.”Headbands or not, the team is clearly playing in sync. In the last game of the regular season against Connecticut, Gillian Pinder delivered a pinpoint pass to Millman as she dove to put it in the goal. The precision and wherewithal to know where her teammate is going to be is borderline scary.After the game, in which the team won the Big East regular season title, one of the Irish players pulled out an Ireland flag, and Liz McInerney, Emma Russell and Gillian Pinder all took pictures with it.“It was only me for a long time over here, so I’m happy to have two more Irish girls to keep me company,” McInerney said. “We just keep a flag around.”Another flag that has been flying high this season is the Syracuse flag being waved at every home game by backup goalkeeper Jess Jecko’s uncle, Mark Kuzio. He, along with his full Syracuse attire and signature flag, keeps the crowd energized and chanting during games.Since the tournament is being played in Kentucky, Kuzio isn’t sure if he will be able to attend it, but is sending the flag as a reminder that he and the rest of the Syracuse fans will be there in spirit.“If I can’t make the away game, I’m going to send my flag with the team for good luck,” Kuzio said. “That flag is important to me and the team; even when I can’t make the game, the flag still flies. It’s Orange pride.”The team was able to shut out Providence 3-0 in the regular season and is looking to demonstrate the same dominance this time.Whatever the team uses to prepare for games is working to its advantage. It is the favorite to win the Big East Conference Championship, but no amount of routines, charms or luck will help without hard work.Head coach Ange Bradley believes that after the team has a good week of watching film and practicing, it is ready to go far in the tournament.Said Bradley: “Nothing substitutes for a good work ethic, which I think we have.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2012 at 12:36 am Contact Jasmine: jlwatk01@syr.edulast_img read more

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Women’s soccer looks for first win against Long Beach

first_imgWomen’s soccer makes a pair of short trips to Long Beach State and Pepperdine this weekend, as the Women of Troy seek their first two victories of the season. After suffering a tough overtime defeat at Santa Clara to open the season last week, USC will look to rebound with strong showings.Despite opening the year with a narrow loss, the Women of Troy were arguably the superior team against Santa Clara. USC pulled ahead of the Broncos twice before eventually losing 2-3.“We played really well for the first 30 minutes,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “Then we got away from some of the things we wanted to do tactically throughout the rest of the game.”Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme agreed with her coach and was confident that the Women of Troy would iron out their issues by Friday night. Prudhomme was encouraged by the team’s early season friendlies (two wins by a combined score of 9-1), and she said the squad would improve as it logged more minutes as a unit.“There were just a couple breakdowns on defense that we need to clean up, and I think we’ll be OK,” Prudhomme said. “The more we play and the more we’re together, it’ll feel more like an exhibition when we go out for a normal game.”The loss to Santa Clara stings, but McAlpine said he was happy with his squad’s opening to the season.“All in all, it was a good start,” McAlpine said. “We learned something by playing a team of that caliber early. Hopefully we’ll continue to grow and build off of that.”There is still much growing left to do for USC. Ranked No. 11 in the nation in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Women of Troy harbor high ambitions for this season after making it to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.“Our goals are to win the Pac-12 championship and to win the national championship,” Prudhomme said. “I don’t think they’re unrealistic … if we do what we need to do.”McAlpine was similarly excited about his team, but he knows that USC’s tournament run last year now puts a target on the Women of Troy’s back.“This team has better talent than we had a year ago, but you still have to play the games,” McAlpine said. “This year, we’re not an underdog; people know that we’re talented and what we’re capable of. So we’re going to have to be a little bit more focused every game.”The Women of Troy kick off at Long Beach State at 7 p.m. on Friday, and they take on Pepperdine in Malibu at 1 p.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

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