SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey Announce $3 Million in State Funding for New Project HOME Facility in Philadelphia Equality, Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey today announced a $3 million grant to help fund the construction of a new Project HOME building with LGBTQ-friendly affordable housing units for young adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.“Nationwide, 40 percent of homeless young adults identify as LGBTQ, and we know that without early interventions to educate, employ, and empower homeless youth, and without a stabilizing force in their lives, it becomes incredibly hard to break the cycle they are caught in,” Governor Wolf said. “This project will target that population, giving them a place to stay and access to critical services that they need to get back on their feet in a time of intense need.”“Our nation has a deep and abiding obligation to the most vulnerable, a mission Project HOME fulfils daily,” Senator Casey said. “Earlier this year I called for additional resources to combat homelessness, particularly among children. I worked to help secure this grant so that more children in Southeastern Pennsylvania will be able to have this basic measure of security. This grant will also ensure that LGBTQ youth have an opportunity to reside in a secure and affirming environment.”The $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding will go toward construction of a four-story, 36,000 square-foot building at 1315 N. 8th Street in the Kensington section of the city. It will include 30 one-bedroom units of affordable housing targeted to young adults (age 18-25) who are homeless, have experienced homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness (including those aging out of foster care), and will be LGBTQ-friendly. Residents will benefit from a combination of housing, employment, education and health care-related services, as well as case management, life skills and community-building activities.“Project HOME is very grateful for the partnership with Governor Wolf and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Sister Mary Scullion, President and Executive Director of Project HOME. “With their extraordinary leadership, the $3 million RACP grant will leverage an estimated $13 million in total direct capital investment to support phase one of a two part, $27 million project at 8th and Thompson Streets. The first phase is 30 units of LGBTQ-friendly housing for homeless and at-risk young adults. We will continue our work with the broader community because none of us are home until all of us are home.”Project HOME plans to break ground in the spring of 2017. Construction is expected to be complete by the spring of 2018.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf October 21, 2016
Godan GmbH, the controlling unitholder of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), is in discussions with investors for a potential sale of all of its shares in FSL Holdings, the sponsor of the trust.FSL Holdings, through FSL Asset Management, owns all of the shares of the trustee-manager.The sale by Godan, a subsidiary of HSH Nordbank AG, would result in the change of the beneficial ownership of the sponsor and the trustee-manager.“The trustee-manager views this as a positive development for the trust and anticipates that with a long-term strategic investor controlling the sponsor, prospects for a refinancing and/or extension of the trust’s indebtedness should be greatly improved,” FSL Trust Management said.The manager added that there “is no certainty or assurance as at the date of this announcement that Godan will enter into any definitive agreements for the sale of FSL Holdings.”
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Regent Theater premiere was heavily attended. This picture was taken about 15 minutes before showtime.Â by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Wellington Regent Theater manager Jerry Fike said it was “close” to being sold out for the premiere of the Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 Thursday evening. A huge crowd was on hand to see the world premiere of the third installment of the Hunger Games. The local movie goers enjoyed the two-hour plus movie featuring Katniss and all her drama. Really? Almost dying for a cat?If you missed it, don’t worry. The movie will continue the next 10 nights at the Regent including showings at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Follow us on Twitter.
Ed TrimmerLegislative report from Ed Trimmer â€” I have now heard 10 â€œState of the Stateâ€ speeches from three different Governors.Â I have liked some of what I have heard and I have also disagreed with some of the things that have been said, even from Governors from my own party. Â I have never heard anything like what I heard in Governor Brownbackâ€™s speech a week ago Thursday.The attempts to pass the buck, grab more and more power, and distort the truth were numerous and constant.Â At times I felt like I was listening to the schoolyard bully and at other times I thought the Governor was speaking of an alternative universe.Â Let me touch on a few of the issues that created these perceptions.The Governor began by suggesting that things were just fine in Kansas.Â He said we have created thousands of private sector jobs since he has taken office.Â It is true we have created many new jobs but we have also lost almost as many.Â The reality is that the new jobs do not pay as well as the ones that were lost.Â We are not keeping pace with states around us. Â The Wichita area is not doing well, and a large number of the new jobs were created before the 2012 income tax cuts, which created the current deficit.The Governor praised education and how Kansas ranks nationally in regard to test scores.Â Then he blamed the education funding formula and last yearâ€™s funding equalization bill, which he signed, for the current budget shortfall.Â He said we count students who do not exist and have automatic spending increases built into the budget.Â He knows these claims are just political rhetoric.We use weightings to fund special needs.Â For example, a district in western Kansas might have high transportation costs so we might count students who ride the bus as 1.2.Â Vocational programs require expensive equipment, so we might count a student in a vocation program as 1.5.Â It is a way to fund programs based on participation and is the fairest way to provide equal opportunity for all students and schools systems and the Governor knows this.He proposed that we create a new funding formula but would not say what it might be.Â His proposal was to give the schools the same amount of money they received in 2015, for 2016 and 2017 minus KPERS costs. Â In the mean time, he would have the legislature develop a new formula.Having served on two education study commissions, several things are clear to me; our formula is not broken, our formula is not more complex than any other state, and it is one of the fairest formulas in the country.Â The court did not rule that the funding formula was unconstitutional as the Governor asserted.The court just said we are not adequately funding it.Â I am concerned that the Governor wants to blame the economic crisis he created on the current funding formula for education with no clear vision of how he would change it.The only reason education costs have gone up in the past few years is because of court ordered increases and a larger number of students.Â However, even these increases have not kept pace with inflation.Â The only increase in costs built into the formula is for new students, because we fund schools by student population (Base State Aid Per Pupil).Â Is the Governor suggesting that growing school districts receive no more funding and declining school districts keep getting the same funds?Â If we were to fund schools at the 1992 level with inflation, our per-pupil expenditure should be over $6000 per student instead of the $3852 it is today.The deficit is not due to education as the Governor claims.Â Many well-known economists and even the non-partisan Legislative Research Department told the Legislature and the Governor that the tax cuts of 2012 were not sustainable and that we would be at least $500 million in debt by 2016.Â We have arrived at that point early.Â We must make up more that $280 million for the rest of this year and more than $700 million for 2016 and again in 2017.Â Education did not create the budget deficit, the Governor did.Governor Brownback said in his speech that the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) unfunded liability was the most important issue facing the state and that he was proud of the 2012 legislation he helped create to solve the unfunded liability by 2033.Â As one of the legislative leaders who helped create the 2012 plan, I am amazed at the Governorâ€™s claim that he helped create it.Â His office, in reality, has consistently promoted a 401K-style plan, which is impossible until the current system is fully funded without creating a larger unfunded liability.On Friday, January 16th, the Governor proposed not fully funding the 2012 KPERS plan, which would postpone paying off the unfunded liability until at least 2043 and would, according to KPERS actuaries, add more than $9 billion to the unfunded liability.Â He has also proposed that school districts pay the KPERS costs rather than the state, which would result in a cut to public education. Something he promised not to during his re-election campaign.The Governor has also used the budget crisis he created and the courtâ€™s stance on education funding to argue that he should be given the right to pick Supreme Court Justices.Â He seems to believe in the old political adage,Â â€œNever let a good crisis go to waste?â€Â The current system was put in place in 1953 after a Governor abused the selection process.Â Governor Brownback wants to return to the pre-1953 process and eliminate the checks and balances we currently have.The Governor also proposed that local elections be moved to the fall to improve voter turnout.Â These elections are in the spring because they do not involve party politics.Â They should stay that way.Â Local units of government are not asking for the change nor are most local voters.I have mentioned only what I believe are the biggest whoppers and abuses in the â€œState of the Stateâ€ address.Â There are more, but to conserve space, I will let others comment on them.Â I know this update is a bit more pointed than what I usually write, but this yearâ€™s â€œState of the Stateâ€ speech was without question the most distorted view of what is happening in Kansas I have ever heard.Â It is time for the Governor to admit that his 2012 tax plan is bankrupting the State.He must accept responsibility and not continue to scapegoat our teachers, school children, retirees, and other branches of government.Â It is time to take constructive action to put Kansas back on the right track, but it looks like that will have to be left up to the Legislature, not the Governor.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (19) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 289 weeks ago The sun is shining in Kansas. Dont let anyone tell you its not. Report Reply 1 reply · active 289 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Mike · 289 weeks ago The idiot voters put that lying fool back in for 4 more years they believe in everything he says and does. I guess those who voted to remove his dumb a** paid attention to what he was up to Huh. Report Reply 2 replies · active 288 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Smoke N Mirrors · 289 weeks ago Can’t blame Kansas Budget problems on anyone but Brownback and the legislators he controls. This report from Mr. Trimmer are the cold hard facts that Brownback didn’t talk about in his campaign. Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down guest · 289 weeks ago Does’nt matter what your political party is!!!!!!! That governer is going to bankrupt all of us!!! all he cares about is when it’s time for another face lift!!! He was’nt worth a [email protected]#%^$ as Kansas senator , worse as Govenor !!!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 288 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 288 weeks ago Brownback needs to be taken behind a barn and gave a flogging too…………. His way of funding the budget is bankrupting our state. I am a republican and seen this coming long ago. Everything needs on the table with no exemptions for raising taxes. Report Reply 0 replies · active 288 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Bluejay Fan Forever · 288 weeks ago Well Done, it’s that “vote for anyone that’s not a liberal democrat” mentality that put Brownback back in office. We as voters need to look at what the candidate stands for and what their vision is instead of whether they have a “R” or a “D” after their name. Our Kansas mess we are facing is not because of Barack Obama. Report Reply 8 replies · active 288 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Byron white · 288 weeks ago Mr. Trimmer you said a mouth full. Thanks for standing up for education. 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Linking the flavours of the Caribbean through the region’s music and sport and arguably its most recognisable face – Usain Bolt – telecommunications giant Digicel yesterday launched the Bring the Beat campaign, which will be a key part of the company’s promotion leading to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The event, with Bolt himself as the special guest, was launched at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston. Bring the Beat aims to celebrate the Caribbean’s culture and features its own theme song, performed by Trinidadian Machel Montano featuring Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin. The song will have variations which will be used in other Caribbean territories, featuring artistes from those particular islands, according to Digicel Group’s director of marketing, Peter Lloyd. “Music and sport have the power to bring people and nations together, and that is exactly what we are about. We will use beats, music, rhythm and talent to connect the world to our athletes no matter what flag they compete under,” Lloyd said. CARIBBEAN VISITORS Journalists and children from several Caribbean islands, including Antigua and Barbuda, Cayman, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago were brought in specially for the function, with the children acting as young reporters and invited to pose questions to Bolt, who responded with his usual aplomb. The reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion was put in the hot seat and interviewed by Jamaican primary schoolgirl Naleighna-Kae McLean who asked the athlete a variety of questions ranging from his taste in food, to his relationship with his coach, Glen Mills. Meanwhile, sports fans, through Digicel, will have the opportunity to win tickets to various sporting events this summer, including NBA games, Caribbean Premier League cricket and the Olympic Games track and field programme. The event was broadcast live throughout the region on Digicel’s cable television arm, SportsMax.