Governor Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce PAsmart Grant to Expand Science and Technology Education

first_imgGovernor Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce PAsmart Grant to Expand Science and Technology Education February 06, 2019 Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Pittsburgh, PA – The day after unveiling a plan to create the strongest workforce in the nation, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Pittsburgh Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse to announce a $442,000 PAsmart advancing grant has been awarded to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. The state grant will help expand the foundation’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Lending Library to benefit thousands of students across western Pennsylvania.“Over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies in a constantly changing economy,” said Governor Wolf. “I launched PAsmart last year to help students and adults get the skills for those emerging careers.“Investing in projects like the STEAM Lending Library will help students from our cities to our rural communities gain the skills for good jobs here in Pennsylvania that will make our communities stronger.”The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the Citrone Family, and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit established the STEAM Lending Library in 2015. The library is the first of its kind in the nation and allows school districts to borrow the latest educational technology equipment to enhance classroom learning.“The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is honored to be the first recipient of a PAsmart advanced grant,” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins. “We salute Governor Wolf for his commitment to workforce development and expanded classroom instruction for our students. This amazing grant will enable the Foundation to extend its STEAM education work across 22 counties, encompassing 206 school districts.”Governor Wolf launched PAsmart last year as a groundbreaking approach to prepare students and workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow through STEM and computer science education, apprenticeship and job training.Last month, the Wolf Administration announced the initial wave of PAsmart competitive grants. The $8.7 million in targeted grants will expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth. Additional PAsmart advancing grants for STEM and computer science, apprenticeships and job training will be announced in the coming weeks.Governor Wolf’s budget expands on the successful launch of PAsmart to create the strongest workforce in the nation that drives the strongest economy. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) provides opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement.The proposal expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative, a groundbreaking approach to workforce development for Pennsylvania’s economy. Governor Wolf’s goal is to develop innovative solutions that close the skills gap and rapidly meet the needs of employers.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Messi’s 500th Barca goal sinks Real Madrid in thriller

first_imgBy Rik SharmaMADRID,(Reuters)-Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to snatch a stunning 3-2 win at Real Madrid and put the two teams level on points at the top of La Liga on Sunday.James Rodriguez appeared to have rescued a point for the hosts with an 86th-minute strike to make it 2-2 after goals by Messi and Ivan Rakitic had overturned Casemiro’s opener.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Messi in the 77th minute and that left Barcelona in a strong position, until Rodriguez fired home at the near post.But Messi’s second goal in the final minute of added time earned Barca a vital win in the title race that leaves both sides with 75 points, although Madrid have a game in hand.“We are first now but Madrid have an extra game,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “It will be tight down till the end. We got the result we came here for.“This is a season that weighs (on us) like five. So many things have happened, good things, not so good things, things I’ve already forgotten.“The 2-2 (goal) was a terrible blow but players were able to come back in the last breath — the happy ending that we all wanted at Barcelona.”The match was a thriller which will go down as one of the best Clasicos in history, with end-to-end action from the off.Cristiano Ronaldo was furious when Samuel Umtiti tripped him in the box and referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez waved away his appeal, but Barcelona were complaining afterwards when Marcelo got away with an elbow on Messi.The Argentine came in for harsh treatment throughout, with Casemiro lucky not to be sent off for multiple hacks on him after picking up an early booking for a foul.The Brazilian opened the scoring for Madrid in the 28th minute, tapping home at the back post after Ramos had fired Marcelo’s cross against the post.Five minutes later Barcelona were level and it was Messi who finished it, dancing away from Dani Carvajal and slotting the ball beyond Keylor Navas.Gareth Bale went off injured towards the end of the first half and was replaced by Marco Asensio. The youngster set up Ronaldo in the second period but the Portugal international blasted over from close range.Rakitic made him pay with a long-range strike that flew beyond Navas and then Ramos was dismissed as he lunged in on Messi recklessly.Rodriguez levelled the score after he reached Marcelo’s near-post cross but Messi had the final say, blowing the title race wide open.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his team were still in control and the result would not upset their title charge.“Nothing changes now. Maybe after today the league will be more open,” he said. “But we still depend on ourselves.”last_img read more

Boult strikes Windies

first_imgCMC – West Indies’ bid for a series-levelling win over New Zealand was jettisoned by a career-best spell from left-arm fast bowler, Trent Boult, that handed his side a 204-run victory in the second One-day International on Saturday at Hagley Oval.Windies were bowled out for 121 in 28 overs to suffer their heaviest ODI defeat to the New Zealanders, as Boult claimed seven for 34 from his allotted 10 overs to reach 100 ODI wickets.The result left the Caribbean side 0-2 in the three-match series, after the Black Caps also won the first ODI two days earlier at Cobham Oval by five wickets. The final ODI is on Boxing Day, Tuesday, also at Hagley Oval.West Indies gave another insipid performance in the field, as a record sixth-wicket partnership between local boys Henry Nicholls and Todd Astle, along with other solid contributions from the top-order, carried New Zealand to 325 for six off 50 overs.Nicholls hit a personal-best top score of 83 and Astle made 49, sharing 130 to establish a new mark for the sixth-wicket against the Windies, George Worker supported with 58, Ross Taylor made 57 and Colin Munro added 30.Still reeling from the late-innings flourish from Nicholls and Astle that rescued the New Zealanders from 186 for five after the 33rd over, West Indies endured a horrific start to their chase, when Boult removed Kyle Hope, fellow opener Evin Lewis and fellow left-hander Shimron Hetmyer cheaply to leave them wobbling on 21 for three inside the first six overs.Shai Hope stayed long enough with Jason Mohammed to carry the visitors past the 50-run mark before Boult had him caught behind for 23, as the Windies finished the first Power Play on 53 for four.The wickets of Mohammed and Rovman Powell for a first-ball duck to Lockie Ferguson off successive balls in the 16th over, and skipper Jason Holder to the same bowler in the 18th over, snuffed out any chance of the tourists scripting a comeback story.West Indies lost their last three wickets – all to Boult – for 21 in the space of 40 deliveries, as the left-arm fast bowler entered the record books.Boult became the fifth fastest ODI player in terms of matches to reach 100 wickets (56 games) and finished with the second-best ODI figures by a New Zealander behind Tim Southee (7-33).Earlier, the Windies again saw Worker and Munro give New Zealand a flying start, bringing up the first 50 in the sixth over before Sheldon Cottrell, the visitors’ most successful bowler with three for 62 from 10 overs, made the breakthrough.The left-arm fast bowler had Munro caught at mid-on, but Worker would push onto a second consecutive half-century.Cottrell had Neil Broom caught at slip for six in the 11th over and Worker shared 58 with Taylor before he was caught at deep fine leg off Ronsford Beaton.Taylor continued to anchor the batting with a typically breezy half-century, but Holder removed him and Black Caps skipper Tom Latham within three overs to leave the hosts at the crossroads.West Indies however, failed to maintain the pressure, as Nicholls and Astle came together on their home ground and put on a clinic in middle-over batting, manoeuvring the ball around and running well between the wickets to steer their side into a position to launch the final onslaught.The Windies were almost powerless when they did ignite, as sixes and fours rained down to the delight of the crowd.ScorecardNEW ZEALANDG Worker c Powell b Beaton 58C Munro c Mohammed b Cottrell 30N Broom c Holder b Cottrell 6R Taylor c wkpr S Hope b Holder 57*+T Latham c wkpr S Hope b Holder 20H Nicholls not out 83T Astle b Cottrell 49D Bracewell not out 5Extras (lb3, w14) 17TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 325M Henry, L Ferguson, T Boult did not batFall of wickets: 1-50 (Munro, 6.5 overs); 2-66 (Broom, 10.4); 3-124 (Worker, 18.6); 4-169 (Latham, 30.1); 5-186 (Taylor, 32.6); 6-316 (Astle, 49.2)Bowling: Cottrell 10-0-62-3 (w2); Holder 10-0-52-2 (w1); Beaton 8-0-60-1 (w3); Gabriel 10-0-75-0 (w3); Nurse 10-0-45-0 (w4); Powell 2-0-28-0 (w1)WEST INDIESE Lewis c Bracewell b Boult 10K Hope b Boult 4+S Hope c Latham b Boult 23S Hetmyer c Worker b Boult 2J Mohammed c and b Ferguson 18*J Holder c Munro b Ferguson 13R Powell b Ferguson 0A Nurse c Worker b Boult 27S Cottrell c Latham b Boult 8R Beaton not out 12S Gabriel b Boult 0Extras (lb1, w2, nb1) 4TOTAL (all out, 28 overs) 121Fall of wickets: 1-10 (K Hope, 1.6 overs); 2-15 (Lewis, 3.3); 3-21 (Hetmyer, 5.1); 4-52 (S Hope, 9.5); 5-70 (Mohammed, 15.3); 6-70 (Powell, 15.4); 7-86 (Holder, 17.6); 8-100 (Cottrell, 21.3); 9-121 (Nurse, 27.4)Bowling: Henry 7-0-36-0; Boult 10-3-34-7; Bracewell 5-0-19-0 (w2); Ferguson 4-0-17-3 (1nb); Astle 2-0-14-0Result: New Zealand won by 204 runsSeries: New Zealand lead three-match series 2-0last_img read more

Premier Punt hits £200,000 Seedrs crowdfunding target

first_img Related Articles Submit Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 John Gordon – Premier PuntEdinburgh- based start-up and daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator, Premier Punt has announced that it has concluded its crowdfunding campaign on leading crowdfunding platform, Seedrs.The gambling and social gaming start-up was pleased to have hit its  Seedrs venture target of £200,000 in funding which sees the firm give away 6.67% equity at a valuation of £2.8 million. Premier Punt further informed that the investment round carried out on Seedrs surpassed its initial venture funding target by £20,000. John Gordon, CEO, and Founder of Premier Punt, commented on the campaign: “Premier Punt was made for the fans, by the fans which is why we felt crowdfunding fit in with our ethos. It meant friends, family, and our customers could join us in, what promises to be, an exciting and successful journey.We started down this road in September last year so we are delighted to finally get over the line, with a lot of help from Seedrs, and now we can fully focus on the next step for the company. We have some exciting news on that front coming soon.”The funds will be used to venture into overseas markets and further develop Premier Punt’s  app/website.Licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, Premier Punt has secured high coverage DFS partnerships with Southampton FC. The operator aims to bring innovation to the European betting market by combining social gaming dynamics with fantasy competitions. StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Sharelast_img read more