Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that IQ Fibers, a start-up cellulose fiber manufacturer, selected Northampton County to establish its first manufacturing operation in Pennsylvania. The project will support the creation of 43 jobs.“The investments our administration is making in our business sector represent significant opportunities for the commonwealth to grow and prosper,” Governor Wolf said. “Their success will turn into a stronger economy and new opportunities for job creation and retention in Pennsylvania.”IQ Fibers will lease a 45,000-square-foot building in West Easton Borough and has committed to investing at least $5.4 million into the project. The project, which is expected to create 43 new, full-time jobs, includes leasehold improvements and the purchase of new machinery and equipment.“This is an exciting day for the team here at IQ Fibers,” said George Day, CEO of IQ Fibers. “We are extremely proud of our facility and the highly engineered cellulose fiber products we manufacture. With the market demand for more environmentally friendly solutions, we believe this is the right time and place to launch our company. We greatly appreciate the assistance of the Governor’s Action Team and Governor Wolf’s commitment for business growth.”IQ Fibers received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The proposal includes an $86,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $86,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and a $32,550 workforce development grant to help the company train employees. The company also was encouraged to apply for a $400,000 low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with additional coordination provided through the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC).“We’re very pleased that IQ Fibers has decided to establish its first Pennsylvania manufacturing operation here in the Lehigh Valley, where manufacturing is alive and well,” said Don Cunningham, President and CEO of LVEDC. “Manufacturing accounts for $7.4 billion of the region’s $40 billion GDP, making it our second-largest economic sector. We welcome IQ Fibers to our family of manufacturers.”IQ Fibers is a start-up cellulose fiber manufacturer. Their line of products includes high-quality cellulose insulation and absorbents that are sold to distributors, contract installers and end users, as well as government weatherization agencies, utility companies, and related programs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. Governor Wolf: Manufacturing Startup Selects Northampton County for First Operation in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 09, 2019
NZ Herald 12 Sep 2012Early childhood experts are in shock after a government decision to make education compulsory from the age of 3 for children of welfare beneficiaries. The decision, announced by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett yesterday, will apply from July to 31,500 children, aged 3 and 4, whose parents are either on sole parent or couple benefits. Parents will have their benefits halved if they fail to take “all reasonable steps” to keep their children in licensed or certificated early education for at least 15 hours a week from the time they turn 3 until they go to school. A Cabinet paper estimates that about 2200 beneficiary families might fail the test each year, of which 1300 might fail to comply immediately and have their benefits halved. Dr Sarah Farquhar of the Child Forum early childhood support network said the decision amounted to “a revolution in our social policy”. “It would be a complete u-turn in New Zealand’s tradition of valuing families and the family’s role in the child’s early learning and care. “It’s basically saying there is a certain proportion of the population who are not capable of providing early childhood education to their children.” The Plunket Society was alarmed at the move. “Plunket’s approach is to always look at legislative changes like this through the eyes of the child,” said its general manager of service development Helen Connors. “I think that undoubtedly having a 50 per cent cut in income is going to have a direct impact on children.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10833412
By Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 12) – It may have been Mother’s Day weekend, but it was a father-son duo that made the noise at the Davenport Speedway on Friday night.Bobby Toland led 23 of 25 laps in the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature but he would not see victory lane. Coming to the white flag, his father and defending national champion Rob got under Bobby in turn four, taking the lead and the win.Bobby finished second with Luke Goedert third.Brandon Durbin led flag to flag for win in the Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified main. Durbin protected the bottom groove throughout the race and earned the victory.Bryce Garnhart got to Durbin’s rear bumper at the white flag but was unable to make a bid for the lead. Garnhart took second ahead of Rick Hixson.Tony Olson continued his streak in the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature. On his birthday, Olson picked up his third win in as many races this season.Olson battled Randy Farrell for two laps before establishing a lead he would not relinquish. Jake Morris ran a steady race to finish second. Rance Powell was third.On Friday, May 19, the IMCA Modified Madness 50 comes to the Davenport Speedway. A $2,000 prize and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth awaits the winner of the main event.Sanctioned Late Models and Northern SportMods will be competing for track points.
Widely considered as Ghana’s greatest player of all time, Abedi Ayew Pele, perhaps scored one of his most memorable goals for the Black Stars at the 1992 AFCON against Zambia.The left footed genius exhibited great skill and composure, in his world class strike against Zambia, which earned Ghana a 1-0 win in their opening group game at the 1992 AFCON.15 years later, with the great man now retired, his son, Jordan scored a very identical goal for Ghana at the 2017 AFCON against DR Congo.Abedi’s youngest son, Jordan, picked up the ball, beat two defenders before firing past the DR Congo goalkeeper.Watch both goals below:Like father, like son ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/cHK0V2Rkfq— CAF (@CAF_Online) August 24, 2020Abedi Pele was part of Ghana’s last AFCON winning team in 1982, and was rated fifth in the Top 30 African Footballers in the last 50 years released by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in 2007.He picked up the CAF footballer of year award, three times in 1991, 1992 and 1993.