SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf’s Statement on Civil Service Commission Banning the Box Criminal Justice Reform, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the Civil Service Commission’s decision, at his urging, to ‘ban the box’ on employment applications starting on July 1, 2017.“I applaud the State Civil Service Commission’s decision to ‘ban the box’ and make opportunities for reentrants more accessible and create economic opportunity to combat recidivism. Banning the box will allow prospective applicants with criminal records to be judged on their skills and qualifications and not solely on their criminal history, while preserving a hiring agency’s ability to appropriately screen applicants as part of the hiring process.”Today’s announcement comes after Governor Wolf’s change to ‘ban the box’ on non-civil service job applications last week. May 09, 2017
I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is not more cowbell — sorry, Christopher Walken. Rather, I think the only cure here is a national championship from one of our USC athletics teams this spring.USC has won at least one national team championship every year for the past eight years, which means the last year without a team title was 2006. Prior to the current streak, at least one team had won a national team title from 2001 to 2005.Therefore, in the past 14 years, USC has won at least one championship in every year but one.As the school year begins to wind down, though, even I am beginning to get a little bit anxious as to whether our teams will be able to extend this unprecedented streak.The Trojan faithful shouldn’t stress too much, though, because I’m not going to let this happen on my watch, and it appears that one of the USC spring sports teams is here to save the day.Fortunately, for the sake of the streak, many of these teams are currently on fire, and it doesn’t look like firefighters are putting it out any time soon.For starters, the Easter bunny seemed to be a good luck charm for USC teams this past weekend, as they went a perfect 10-0, with almost all of these wins coming against conference opponents.As of April 1, USC had 11 teams that were ranked in the top-10, and three were ranked as the top team in the land.Statistically speaking, USC has a relatively good chance of keeping the streak alive as long as one of these scorching teams can pull off a natty. The big question, though, is which one of these team has the best shot of winning a title in their respective sports?There’s no doubt that a program that has caught much of our attention this spring is the USC baseball team, which currently owns its highest ranking since 2006 at No. 6. They kicked off the season as one of the hottest teams in all of collegiate baseball with a 12-0 start. They also sent a message to the rest of the nation early on after beating three of the nation’s best programs: TCU, Vanderbilt and crosstown rival UCLA, at Dodger Stadium.The team has, indeed, carried the momentum into conference play by winning each of its three series in conference, including a sweep of Arizona, the first time they accomplished that feat since 2001.The Trojans have a crucial Pac-12 series coming up at home this weekend against the Bruins, and while I think USC is in a great position to win a conference title and get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005 under third year-skipper Dan Hubbs, I don’t think they will be able to get through the gauntlet that makes up the postseason in collegiate baseball. It would be a huge accomplishment in itself even if the Trojans reached to the College World Series in Omaha.To be honest, I think it will be one of the Women of Troy teams that will save the day in the end.I wouldn’t be surprised at all if either women’s sand volleyball, women’s golf or women’s tennis, which all currently boast No. 1 rankings, are able to win titles in their respective sportsThe sand volleyball team, still in just its fourth season under head coach Anna Collier, is probaly the hottest team at USC right now.Currently boasting a perfect 15-0 record and coming off a huge win over defending champion Pepperdine at their home sand on Zuma Beach, the Women of Troy are poised to become the new queens of the sand, should they be able to keep up their high level of play.The only caviat here would be that women’s sand volleyball doesn’t become a full-fledged NCAA championship sport until next year.Moving on, the top-ranked women’s tennis team has also been on top of its game lately with its current eight-match winning streak.In the process, the Women of Troy have knocked off a number of ranked Pac-12 foes, putting them in good shape as they close out their regular season at home before moving onto the conference and NCAA Tournaments.Also, on the men’s side, you can never count out head coach Peter Smith and his squad, who won four consecutive national titles leading up to 2013 and then secured USC’s 100th NCAA Championship in 2014.Finally, when you’re talking about legendary head coaches, you can’t go without talking the one and only Jovan Vavic and the water polo dynasty he has built.The No. 3 ranked Women of Troy, which is led by the program’s all-time leading scorer in senior Monica Vavic, is currently on a six-game winning streak and is hungry to return to the national title game after losing to UCLA in the semifinals in 2014.The program took home the national title the year before in 2013.I really hope that these teams don’t let me down after I just talked them all up so much, but that’s honestly how confident I am in these teams’ ability to deliver in the postseason.In an attempt to channel my inner Pat Riley, I feel so grateful to be a Trojan, and I’m guaranteeing to all USC fans that at least one of these varsity teams will win a title this spring and keep the streak alive. Can you dig it?Darian Nourian is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.
United States captain Tiger Woods has not ruled out playing at the Presidents Cup, saying the final decision would be his.Woods will lead USA against the International team in Melbourne in December as they chase an eighth straight Presidents Cup win. Woods has struggled since winning the Masters in April, missing two cuts and withdrawing from the Northern Trust as he failed to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship.He finished 13th in the Presidents Cup standings for USA, behind the eight qualified players — Koepka, Thomas, Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau — and Tony Finau, Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed. BMW Championship: Justin Thomas moves to No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings after win Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson headline a star-studded USA outfit, but Woods may yet choose himself as a captain’s pick.”My job as the captain is to put together the best team possible and try and put together the best 12 guys,” the 15-time major champion told reporters Monday. Related News Tiger Woods on missing Tour Championship: ‘I’ll be watching the guys on TV’ “That’s what I’m trying to do. We’ll be going through the whole process of having open communication with our top eight guys and my vice-captains.For Captain @TigerWoods pic.twitter.com/l9dZiXeC7a— Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) August 18, 2019″That is something that we will certainly talk about, whether I should play or not play. Ultimately, it’s going to be my call whether I do play or not as the captain.”But I want to have all of their opinions before that decision is made.”
The Executive Director of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in the State of Maryland (USA) Jim Coleman, says his company will soon invest in the National Port Authority (NPA) with the aim to create more jobs for Liberians.“I have a personal interest in helping to make Liberia’s economy thrive,” said Coleman, adding, “When I learned of my family’s direct connection to the very foundation of Liberia, I knew that there would be no better time for us to leverage our relationships and resources to find investment opportunities that will create jobs and rebuild a flourishing business environment in the NPA Community.”Coleman spoke recently to a Liberian delegation in Maryland (MD) to cement previous agreements on how to further partnerships with businesses and industries on both sides of the Atlantic. He said the EDC is looking to share investment opportunities with Prince George’s County, specifically their vast port system. He noted that through passionate dialogue, it became apparent that a partnership between Prince George’s County and the NPA will have very fruitful returns for both sides.Business mogul Coleman said the EDC will help Liberians with their resources to establish investment opportunities in the country.The Liberian delegation included Gabriel Williams from the Liberian Embassy in the U.S; Gerald F.B. Cooper, Planning Chair with Marylanders for Progress (Liberia) Inc.; John G. Bestman, Chairman, NPA Board of Directors; David F. Williams, NPA Managing Director; and Barnabas Kasor, Executive Director for Ports and Harbor-Liberia.Mr. Williams provided a detailed overview of the port system in Liberia and its value proposition for re-development.“We are delighted to have been a part of today’s briefing as we discussed how we can create a linkage between the Prince George’s County EDC and the Port Authority of Liberia,” said Williams. He added: “This is an exciting time for Liberia as a result of the renaissance that has taken place in the country as a whole, in particular the ports. We had a very interactive discussion about the port systems and how we can go about getting capital for some of the projects.” He then expressed the hope to establish a committee to further discuss about collaborations to pursue their objectives.He expressed gratitude to Mr. Coleman and his team for the fruitful discussion.“Were are extremely interested in how the EDC and the U.S. can utilize its vast resources to bring foreign investors and better opportunities with key business owners to redevelop and diversify the ports of Liberia,” said Williams. Williams also expressed how grateful he was to form part of the Liberian delegation to promote the idea that would result to forming a sister-state relationship between Maryland, Liberia and the Maryland in the U.S.“I think the discussion we had today was quite interesting that we can build our future on. We hope to move forward with this program and shape other relationships with the help of the EDC. Together we can form a greater community for Prince George’s County and Liberia,” Mr. Williams said.The Sister State Agreement was established in 2007 between Maryland County in Liberia and the State of Maryland to enhance cultural and historic understandings and cooperation to promote international trade between them, he said.According to a press release, during their lively discussion, EDC Board Member Eric Henderson suggested that the group formally adopt a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that specifically identifies the most profitable investment opportunities in Liberia. With this document in hand, the EDC will be able to share Liberia’s value proposition in tandem with local investment opportunities.The MOU will also create and complement the Sister State Agreement by stimulating the port economy and enhance the quality of Liberia’s imports.The EDC, County of Baltimore and the Baltimore port leadership hosted the NPA delegations with the aim to cement the previous discussions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)