Governor Wolf’s Week, December 18 – December 24, 2016


first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf’s Week, December 18 – December 24, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Watch Governor Wolf’s year in review video to see how we moved Pennsylvania forward in 2016. https://t.co/YtgKZHJWEs pic.twitter.com/X68GRQkcBe— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 22, 2016 The Blog,  Weekly Update This week Governor Wolf continued his Jobs that Pay and Schools that Teach tours.Governor Wolf hosted a press conference in Philadelphia to tout the recently announced $300 million investment in the Port of Philadelphia. The investment will help improve the Port’s infrastructure, increase capacity, and create thousands of jobs.The Governor visited Central York High School on Monday to discuss his historic $640 million dollar investment in Pennsylvania’s education system.Governor Wolf also highlighted the success of Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania, specifically the almost 63,000 newly eligible Pennsylvanians who now have access to drug and alcohol treatment.Fighting the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania is a top priority for Governor Wolf and his administration. This week, the Wolf Administration released guidance for healthcare professionals to help get individuals who are suffering from substance use disorder into treatment through a process known as a warm handoff. First Lady Frances Wolf also joined Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas on a tour of Community Hospital in the city of Chester and discussed the Wolf Administration’s efforts to battle the opioid crisis.With the holiday season in full swing, Governor Wolf wishes all Pennsylvanian’s a happy holiday.Governor Wolf’s Week, December 18 – December 24, 2016Monday, 12/19/16Governor Wolf Visits York on “Schools that Teach” TourTuesday, 12/20/16Governor Wolf Discusses Benefits of Medicaid Expansion and ACA in Response to Request from Majority Leader McCarthyWednesday, 12/21/16Governor Wolf Touts Port of Philadelphia Investment to Create Thousands of Middle Class JobsGovernor Wolf Announces Grant to Sustain 700 Jobs, Improve Rail Connections at Mercer County Steel PlantWolf Administration Releases Warm Handoff Guidance to Emergency Room Doctors and Healthcare ProfessionalsWolf Administration Announces Personnel ChangesIn Delaware County, First Lady Frances Wolf Discusses Efforts to Battle Opioid EpidemicThursday, 12/22/16Governor Wolf, Senator Yudichak, & Rep. Pashinski Announce $125,000 in State Funds for Solomon Creek Flood WallGovernor Wolf Announces 511PAConnect to Keep Stranded Motorists Safe, InformedFriday, 12/23/16Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Lewistown Health CenterGovernor Wolf Announces Approval of Funding to Support Community Investments through Neighborhood Assistance ProgramHighlights from The BlogWhy Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice is a Wolf Family Christmas TraditionPennsylvania State Agencies Release 2016 Accomplishments (Round-Up)It’s All About the “Drop” in Pennsylvania for New Year’s EveStep off on the Right Foot on a First Day Hike at a Pennsylvania State ParkWatch the 2016 Year in Review VideoA Video Message to Our Troops this Holiday SeasonHappy Holidays, Pennsylvania!Highlights from TwitterNorth Carolina’s anti-LGBT law is shameful and wrong. What happened in NC should be a call to pass non-discrim. legislation in PA now. -TW https://t.co/8lo2ZuxRCA— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016last_img read more

Pochettino keen to end Blues hoodoo


first_img Spurs lost 3-0 to their London rivals on December 3 at Stamford Bridge – a venue where their most recent win came in February 1990. And Pochettino’s side are in the midst of a 10-match winless run against the Blues, whose last defeat to Spurs was at White Hart Lane in April 2010. Mauricio Pochettino hopes to change the mindset of his players with Tottenham perceived by many to be under a Chelsea spell. Press Association “We need to try to change (that),” Pochettino said. “Maybe it is a moment, but we need to fight to win on January 1. “For the fans it is very important to win but we need to play and do our jobs. “Chelsea is a very good team but I think it would be very great for the fans to get three points. “We need to believe. We are in a different moment. We have grown and learned from that game and our organisation and mentality and physical condition.” Pochettino will hope his fighting instruction is not taken literally. Spurs defender Federico Fazio punched Chelsea striker Diego Costa in the stomach during an altercation when the pair were at Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, respectively. Pochettino laughed off that incident – “We need to ask them,” he said – but knows his side must last the distance against Chelsea. Spurs, whose side drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Sunday, were on top for much of the opening 20 minutes of the clash four weeks ago, but, once Eden Hazard had broken the deadlock, Didier Drogba added a quick-fire second, effectively ending the contest. Pochettino added: “We started very well and we had chances in the first 20 minutes. We didn’t score, and, after we conceded, we lost the game.” The Argentinian, who took over last summer after leaving Southampton, believes Spurs are more settled now, with time needed for him to exert his influence. He said: “As always you need time to settle your philosophy, and maybe it is difficult to take time in football but this is the reality. “Our job is not allowed time, (but) time is important for us when you want to change direction. “We are very happy now with the players and squad and you always can improve. So far we are happy. “We need to show the same character and spirit (as against United). “In the past one or two months we have improved a lot in this area and I think we are happy.” Pochettino remembers Blues boss Jose Mourinho well from his playing days at Espanyol, when the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ was cutting his coaching teeth at Catalan rivals Barcelona. “I remember always Mourinho. He was a big figure and all the players have a very good memory of him,” said Pochettino, who declined to reveal any particular stories from their shared past. “(And) we played a lot of times against Real Madrid when I was at Espanyol. We had a good relationship.” In management, at Espanyol and Real Madrid, Mourinho got the better of Pochettino, who says he was “unlucky”, but it is hardly surprising given the stark contrast in resources the two men had at the time. Spurs are bidding to join Chelsea among Europe’s elite this season, but Pochettino places no particular emphasis on the man in the opposing dugout on Thursday evening. He said: “I enjoy every game – it is not important the opponent. “Maybe I will enjoy if we get the three points but it is not because it is Chelsea, who are at this moment in front. “It is a good thing to meet with him as he is a good friend but it is nothing special.” last_img read more

Alumnus places third at Global Wellness Summit


first_img(From left to right) USC alumnus Mikey Ahdoot, École hôtelière de Lausanne student Maria Gil and Florida State University student Jarrod Luca pictured at the 2017 Global Wellness Summit. Photo from Global Wellness Summit website.During his college days, alumnus Mikey Ahdoot had bad habits when he was a USC student; he often went to bed at 4 a.m. and woke up at noon. It was a cyclical routine he couldn’t get out of. But one day, Ahdoot decided to do something about it.“I knew it was something I wanted to improve on,” Ahdoot said. He began researching ways to improve his habits, but soon found it was hard to find much of the information he was looking for. However, Ahdoot eventually created a solution to his problem: an app, Every Damn Day, that placed third at the 2017 Global Wellness Summit’s Shark Tank of Wellness competition earlier this month.Ahdoot heard about the Shark Tank of Wellness through Blackstone LauchPad USC, an entrepreneurship program that helps provide students with the resources to build successful startups. The Shark Tank of Wellness is a unique global challenge giving university students the opportunity to submit innovative, impactful ideas for the wellness industry.Of the 60 entries submitted, Ahdoot’s app was one of three selected to attend the Global Wellness Summit, an invitation-only international event that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the global wellness economy. The summit was held in Palm Beach, Fla. from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11. This year’s theme was the business of living a life of wellness.Ahdoot graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business in 2014 and started his work in 2016 when he created a service that matched people with similar goals together as “accountability partners.” He then built the Every Damn Day app, a habit tracker and accountability resource. Due to the high cost of building the app, Ahdoot and his partners now offer a physical journal, the Morning Sidekick, through their company. The Morning Sidekick journal has the same functions as the app, but in a paper format. It claims to help users become laser-focused on morning productivity and happiness in just three minutes every day, and even promises to heavily impact their lives.“Habit-building is such an effective way to increase the quality of our lives,” Ahdoot said. “We build the journals to be straightforward, simple systems for doing this.”According to the Habit Nest website, the company’s goal is to provide users with the information, motivation and accountability they need to enact changes through simple solutions they can implement immediately.Professor Paul Orlando accompanied Ahdoot to the Global Wellness Summit, and the two met through the incubator Orlando runs at USC.“[Ahdoot] is incredibly passionate about his work, seeks out ways to help other people and [is] a tireless founder,” Orlando said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “He’ll find a way to get things done.”  On the last day of the summit, Ahdoot had the opportunity to pitch his startup to a panel of judges who considered project innovation, visual appeal and design, relevance to wellness, business viability and quality of project presentation. Ahdoot was named second runner-up and received a monetary award.Although the Every Damn Day app has not been released to the public, the Morning Sidekick journal is available online. Ahdoot and his partners plan to release a series of journals in the coming months.“[Ahdoot] believes in reaching people in the most effective way rather than following the herd,” Orlando said. “As a result, when he found better results from his print products he doubled down there. He’ll return to the app in the future.”last_img read more