December 23, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Lewistown Health Center Healthcare, Press Release, Public Health HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed an $11 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transaction that will help fund development of a federally qualified health center in Lewistown. The tax credits will be used for the construction of a three-story, 45,000 square foot facility that will be used to expand access to healthcare for residents in the region.“The goal of this project is to address the need for healthcare in underserved areas in Mifflin and Juniata counties,” said Governor Wolf. “Of course, there also will be economic benefits connected with the construction and operation of this new medical facility. So the region will see multiple benefits stemming from this new construction.”The Primary Health Network will be the anchor tenant of the facility, using the new building to provide primary and specialty healthcare services, including dental and behavioral care. Additionally, one third of the building will be leased to Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s largest rural healthcare organizations.The health center’s service area includes federally designated medically underserved areas in Mifflin and Juniata counties experiencing a shortage of primary health care and mental health professionals. The new facility will address these shortages for low-income people, giving them better access for such things as oral healthcare, misalignment of teeth, mental health screenings, and treatment for depression and anxiety.“New Markets Tax Credits help to address gaps in financing and enable projects that might otherwise become stalled to move forward to construction,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chairman and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). “This is a very worthwhile project that will produce benefits now and for years to come.”CCG was created in 2004 by PHFA to serve as a nonprofit community development entity.The developer for the project is Keystone Health Care Development Services, which has experience executing New Markets Tax Credit deals. The nonprofit developer has completed two prior NMTC-financed developments in Punxsutawney and Sharon.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of these tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.About the Primary Health NetworkPHN began as a small community health center in 1984 and has since grown to include more than 45 service facilities located throughout 16 counties in Pennsylvania and Ohio.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Good ball movement, proper spacing and defense. All were on display for the Clippers in their 114-89 rout of the Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center.Clippers coach Doc Rivers took notice.“The ball movement was fantastic,” said Rivers, whose team will play host to the Dallas Mavericks at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. “The opponent does not matter; you need to make shots. We had great spacing and ball movement.“We need that every night, but it was beautiful to watch. Our defensive intensity was also very high, and that is good to see.” Lakers coach Byron Scott before the game reiterated what he’s been saying since he took over the helm this season, that this is not yet a rivalry and that Los Angeles is still a “purple and gold” town.Rivers believes these games against each other do carry some kind of special meaning.“Both teams can say this game did not mean anything,” Rivers said. “Yes, it does not mean anything in the big scope of everything, but when you play people you know, those games are fun.“You always want to beat the guys that you will see all of the time. You could see the energy in the building.”No question, the Clippers were pumped. Part of it might have been because they were ticked at losing to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Part of it might have been the long-lasting effects of last season’s opening-night loss to the Lakers, Griffin suggested.“Last year, we still had a pretty bad taste in our mouth from losing that first game on opening night,” he said. “There has to be a little bit of pride, but at the same time, I don’t think we do anything different to get ready for this game than we do for any other game.”Matt Barnes, who scored 19 points and played solid defense on Kobe Bryant — Bryant scored just four points on 2-of-12 shooting — chimed in on the so-called rivalry games against the Lakers.“I think that any time — throwing their record out — (a game against the Lakers) is going to be good,” said Barnes, whose team has won nine of the past 10 against the Lakers dating to Nov. 2, 2012. “They are going to play a little better than they normally play, we are going to play a little better than we normally play.“The crowd is electric. The (blowout victory) is just what’s been happening lately.”After losing 116-103 on opening night of 2013-14, the Clippers beat the Lakers 123-87, 142-94 and 120-97 before winning 118-111 in the second game of this season.This and thatShooting guard Monta Ellis is leading Dallas in scoring with a 20.5 average and power forward Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. … The Mavericks are shooting 47.6 percent from the field, second in the NBA. The Clippers are fourth at 47.2 percent. … Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is leading the league in rebounding (13.6 average) and field-goal percentage (71.0).BREAKOUTAfter Saturday’s game against Dallas, the Clippers will host Miami (15-20) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Blake Griffin, who led the team with 27 points, said the team’s mind-set going into the game was all of the above.“Obviously, you have to execute,” Griffin said. “But that was what we talked about in shootaround and pregame amongst the players. I thought we came out and did everything we wanted to do.”With all that said, Griffin seemed happiest the Clippers did not let up on the Lakers. Lack of a killer instinct has been one of the team’s issues.“We said at halftime that we have to keep (pushing) the pedal, keep going and come out with energy and focus,” Griffin said. “We did just that.”Beating Lakers means something Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The ribosome is a complex molecular machine made up of multiple protein and RNA parts. Last year, winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (see 10/10/2009) were praised for elucidating the structure and activity of ribosomes. News stories described “the whole complicated process of transcription initiation, an operation that is of crucial importance in all organisms, because it determines which genes are expressed, and when.” The process from gene to protein “must be carried out with great precision” and involves “the use of complicated assemblies made up of many different proteins, often referred to as molecular machines.” (See also 09/03/2009 and the 08/24/2009 entry, “DNA Translator More Complicated Than Thought.”) Researchers at the Salk Institute, however, essentially said this week in a press release, Elementary, my dear Watson-Crick: as for the origin of life, “elegantly simple organizing principles seen in ribosomes.” The press release explained, “Taking their hints from relics of this evolution left behind in modern cells, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies concluded that after only two waves of ‘matching’ and some last minute fiddling, all 20 commonly used amino acids were firmly linked with their respective codons, setting the stage for the emergence of proteins with unique, defined sequences and properties.” Their conclusions are being published by PNAS next week.personified in this short press release was astounding. Like some goddess, “Evolution” seemed to be working toward personal goals all over the place:…two waves of ‘matching’ and some last minute fiddling…“Although different algorithms, or codes, were likely tested during a long period of chemical evolution, the modern code proved so robust that, once it was established, it gave birth to the entire tree of life,” says the study’s lead author Lei Wang, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Chemical Biology and Proteomics Laboratory.If chemical or physical interactions between amino acids and nucleotide indeed drove the formation of the genetic code, [David B. F.] Johnson reasoned, then he should be able to find relics of this mutual affinity in modern cells.“Also, the ribosome emerged from an early evolutionary stage of life to help with the translation of the genetic code before the last universal common ancestor,” explains [Lei] Wang …“We now believe that the genetic code was established in two different stages,” says Johnson.But once some primitive translational mechanism had been established, new amino acids were added to the mix and started infiltrating the genetic code based on specific amino acid/anticodon interactions.“We found evidence that a few amino acids were reassigned to a different codon but once the code was in place it took over,” says Johnson. “It might not have been the best possible solution but the only one that was viable at the time.” The authors admitted to only one area where their work did not “shed light” –Their data does not shed much light on the early code, consisting of prebiotically available amino acids—the kind generated in Stanley Miller’s famous “zap”-experiment.“Zap experiment.” Has kind of a Frankenstein ring to it, does it not? PhysOrg echoed the whole press release without a double-take.Here’s an entry parents can use to hone their precocious students’ baloney detecting skills. It’s too easy for high schoolers, though. Better put this in the file for junior high. The whole article is like a primer on how not to reason scientifically. Many of the classic fallacies are present: personification, of course, but also glittering generalities, loaded words (euphemism), card stacking, sidestepping, circular reasoning, non-sequitur, and much more. Particularly noteworthy are the miracle phrases (emergence; gave birth to the entire tree of life) and personifications hidden in passive-voice verbs and subjunctive mood constructions (amino acids were firmly linked with their respective codons; the modern code proved so robust that, once it was established). A simple exercise when seeing these phrases is to stop and ask, WHO linked it? WHO proved it robust? WHO established it? It will be a profound educational revelation for a young student to realize there are actually irrational people in our scientific institutions saying dumb things. Don’t let evolutionists, who are supposed to believe evolution is mindless and directionless, get away with personification. It is the besetting sin of the Darwin Party. We need to turn out an army of baloney-detecting young people to arrest the logical drunks, even when they hark from prestigious organizations like the Salk Institute. If they want to engage in Frankenscience, fine: just make them be consistent. No guidance, no interference, no assuming what needs to be proved, no baloney. Do the zap experiment the right way: turn the zapper on the sea water, walk away, and watch it, with hands off, like a good empiricist, for millions of years. Anybody want to predict how many codes and ribosomes and translation mechanisms will “emerge” from the zap experiment? 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The silliest news reports in the science genre usually concern evolution. Immune from serious criticism, Darwinism should be a laughingstock, but is the darling of secular reporters.[Note: CEH is taking a break this week. These news items are presented for those interested.]What we inherited from our bug-eating ancestors (Phys.org). A secular version of the Diet of Worms.What gorilla poop tells us about evolution and human health (Phys.org). Our microbiota is different; therefore we evolved. Logic?New research offers evidence that humans — and the rest of life on Earth — may have been able to form with the right combination of star dust and radiation (Science Daily). More building blocks of lie.Molecular atlases of turtle and lizard brains shed light on the evolution of the human brain (Phys.org). These scientists are thinking like lizards. Or maybe turtles.Can chimpanzee vocalizations reveal the origins of human language? (Science Daily). Short answer: no. Media answer: perhapsimaybecould.In Cities, Wildlife Evolves Astonishingly Fast (National Geographic). Note to editor: the crows are still crows.New take on early evolution of photosynthesis (Science Daily). Why does it always have to be “the evolution of” everything?Does evolution make us or are we just drifting that way? (University of Queensland, via Phys.org). It starts with the March of Man, so you know it’s going to be another Darwin worship service.Practice being a CEH reporter! Pick an article above and critique it. (Visited 431 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Singapore Airlines is a big winner in the annual AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards taking out Best Long Haul Airlines Asia/Pacific, Best Economy Class and being rated 3rd in the rating agency’s Top Ten.AirlineRatings.com the world’s only safety and product rating website promotes excellence and innovation in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards.Best Long Haul AirlineThere is little surprise that Singapore Airlines has won Best Long Haul Airline for Asia/Pacific as the airline has been at the forefront of long-haul flying for decades.It was the launch customer for the Boeing 747-400 which started non-stop flights from Singapore to London in the early 1990s and it also operated A340-500s on the ultra-long-range non-stop routes from Singapore to New York and Los Angeles.The airline also pioneered seat back videos for economy passengers and has been relentless in its innovations for all cabin classes.Recently the airline unveiled a new business class along with premium economy.This year Singapore Airlines started taking delivery of a large fleet of revolutionary Airbus A350s and it will soon receive the Boeing 787-10.Best EconomyThe airline has always been a leader in the economy class product going back to the 1960s, when as Malaysia-Singapore Airlines, it introduced free headsets and free drinks to economy passengers.And the innovation has never stopped with the airline continually upgrading its in-flight entertainment system which has always been an industry leader.Read Geoffrey Thomas’s review of Singapore Airlines service hereWorld RankingTo be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.AirlineRatings.com developed its unique seven-star rating system after two years of evaluation and consultation with the industry’s governing body the International Civil Aviation Organization.For the yearly ranking the editors of AirlineRatings.com, some of the most experienced and awarded, combine four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings to arrive at a ranking.According to AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief the editorial team is “looking for leadership, airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class.”This year Singapore Airlines is ranked 3rd.
12 August 2014 The government will invest billions of rands in South Africa’s transport infrastructure over the next three years in a bid to reduce road deaths and traffic congestion in the country, says Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Addressing a seminar on road safety at the Southern Sun Hotel in Cape Town on Tuesday, Peters said that commuter rail infrastructure, widely identified as the safest mode of transport, would receive the lion’s share of the allocation as the Department of Transport moved to shift passengers from road to rail. Peters said R51-billion would be spent on commuter rail infrastructure and new rolling stock over the next three years, while a further R14-billion will be channelled towards bus subsidies in the 2014/15 financial year in order to encourage a shift from private cars to public transport. A total of R9.3-billion will be spent in 2014/15, and a further R9.9-billion in 2015/16, to upgrade the country’s ageing road infrastructure in order to ensure quality and safer roads. “The National Development Plan (NDP) diagnostic report states that the commuter rail fleet needs to be renewed,” Peters said, adding that commuter rail “provides the lowest-cost service in metropolitan areas and is safer than cars”. Statistics South Africa’s National Household Transport Survey for 2013 showed that the percentage of car ownership in South Africa rose from 22.9% in 2003 to 32.6% in 2013. Peters noted that various information communication technology initiatives – including the introduction of mobile applications and the use of social media platforms such as Twitter – had contributed to reducing road congestion and promoting safer mobility on the country’s roads. “For instance, the South African National Roads Agency has deployed the Freeway Management System in three large metros. The system enables monitoring and communication of real-time traffic condition. It allows for the early detection of road incidents and subsequent deployment of emergency services. It empowers drivers to anticipate road incidents and avoid congestion.” An hourly traffic update by SABC radio channel SAfm had also played an important role in reducing congestion and hence promoting the safety of drivers. Source: SAnews.gov.za
16 July 2015Struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada has received a top French honour, a medal of the Knighthood of the Legion of Honour.French ambassador to South Africa Elisabeth Barbier gave Kathrada the signet of Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion during Bastille Day celebrations at the embassy on 14 July.The French Legion of Honour celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished individuals, irrespective of sex, social background and nationality.“Mr Kathrada, your lifelong struggle for justice and freedom commands respect and admiration,” Barbier said. “Your example demonstrates that freedom, equality, fraternity are not just words devoid of signification. They are an ideal able to inspire the life and dedication of great, exceptional men.”The Legion of HonourThe national order of the Legion of Honour was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It’s the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees of increasing distinction: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).It was first awarded on 14 July 1804.Other South Africans to be honouredNelson Mandela, Kathrada’s close friend for over six decades received the Grand Croix de la Legion d’Honneur in 1994 from former president François Mitterrand.Two other prominent South Africans who have been awarded this honour are Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the late Nadine Gordimer.Bastille DayBastille Day marks the beginning of the French Revolution; which started with the storming of the ancient royal fortress in 1789.In Paris, the day is celebrated with a grand military parade, attended by the president of the republic.Source: French Embassy