Governor Wolf to Eliminate Blight, Develop Affordable Senior Housing in Nanticoke

first_imgGovernor Wolf to Eliminate Blight, Develop Affordable Senior Housing in Nanticoke SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf helped move forward efforts to eliminate blighted buildings and construct 40 affordable housing units for seniors on a two-block portion of downtown Nanticoke, Luzerne County by awarding a $1 million grant to these projects.“Providing homes for our seniors to live comfortably in their communities is vitally important to their quality of life and I’m pleased this grant will help in such a significant way,” Governor Wolf said. “Removing blighted buildings and replacing them with affordable housing is a win for residents and a boost to economic development in the region.”New Horizons Development Corporation was approved for the $1 million grant to revitalize a portion of East Main Street in the downtown area of Nanticoke. Blighted buildings will be demolished and reconstructed into 40 affordable housing units for seniors at or below 60 percent of area median income. In addition to the housing, the building will house a LIFE program on the ground floor in partnership with LIFE Geisinger to provide eligible older adults with the support they may need to continue living independently. A parking structure will also be built into the building that will serve as parking for the housing as well as the business district of Nanticoke.“Governor Wolf’s strategic support of Nanticoke, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will enable the Nantego Development Project to bring new housing and retail opportunities to downtown Nanticoke continuing the city’s revitalization and spurring additional economic development throughout the South Valley,” said State Senator John Yudichak.“The revitalization of downtown Nanticoke will get a boost thanks to this funding obtained in partnership with Governor Wolf, Senator Yudichak, and city officials,” said Rep. Gerald Mullery. “Older residents will welcome the new affordable housing options and local businesses and customers will benefit from the additional parking.”“The efforts put forth by New Horizons Development Corporation to work collaboratively with local community leaders, including LIFE Geisinger, to identify a creative housing option that will preserve and improve the quality of life for residents of the City of Nanticoke mirrors the Wolf Administration’s commitment to ensure that older Pennsylvanians can live and age well in the setting of their choice for as long as possible,” said Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne. “With a growing aging population, this collaborative revitalization investment demonstrates a shared desire to create an age-friendly future for all our residents.”“Aging brings changes that affect individuals’ physical health, but living apart from their family and community can affect their mental health by leading to feelings of isolation and depression,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “Older Pennsylvanians deserve the opportunity to age safely in place and live in their community and near their family and friends. This development will make that possible for more Pennsylvanians.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.center_img August 17, 2018last_img read more

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It’s Out of the Question: A short stop for Dodgers, Angels in playoffs may be out of their control

first_imgIt’s two McNuggets shy of a Happy Meal, if you need another analogy that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.The slippery slope built into our MLB playoff format isn’t so much the false drama created from having added this gimmicky one-game wildcard. It has more to do with the rubbery rebar that’s pulled out from under the division championship series. Snatching away two extra games in the process compromises the foundation’s integrity.The most obvious argument as to why baseball should reboot to a best-of-seven in every one of its playoff rounds lies within the framework of how your Kings became the 2014 Stanley Cup champions.Had the NHL’s first round been only a best-of-five a year ago, these Kings would have been defrocked three games in. Instead, even facing a 0-3 deficit … you know how it ended up.The current system may provide some poetic happenstance in how a team like the Giants, who won just 54 percent of their games in the regular season, needs only to capture 12 more wins in the extra stanza to claim an actual title. They can even turn into a 12-8 skid during Oktoberfest and still come out smelling like fresh-baked pumpkin pie. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How is it again that the Dodgers and Angels came up short?Short story shorter, they both got shorted.Like a couple of key episodes deleted from a full season of “House of Cards.”Like an ace and extra-inning jack missing from a Royal flush.center_img But this bracket buster also lends itself to the creation of a bawdy limerick waiting to be written about the 98-win Angels, who get nicked up in Games 1 and 2 and end up in Nantucket fishing for some kind of recourse. Ever get a whiff of decaying trout?Would the epic tale of Clayton Kershaw have been rewritten into Paradise Found had epic-fail manager Don Mattingly been given the benefit of a Game 5 after that Game 2 win, even if that allowed Yasiel Puig four more opportunities to fan the flames? We’re not going to assume the payroll playful Dodgers or Angels would have earned anything by taking full advantage of 18 extra-credit innings and actually seized things back from these Midwest party crashers. It’s safer to assume that, had the Dodgers advanced, Mattingly would have been bamboozled by Bruce Bochy in the NL Championship Series with his “Orange Is The New Black” NL West runners-up coming up giant at the right time.(Now then, could the bubbly Kirk Gibson have managed these bubble-machine blue boys any better? Maybe we find out soon?)It’s just that, given the incentive a team has to grind it out from April to September in creating an advantage for itself come the postseason, where is that added benefit when this house of cards is assembled and someone’s about to get royally hosed?• Remember in the early ‘80s, when the NBA finally had to change its first round from a pedestrian best-of-three to a somewhat realistic best-of-five because of expansion? That lasted for about 20 seasons before it went best-of-seven in 2003. The reason to adapt?The TV-titan Lakers had a couple too many close calls early on, even though they were the No. 1 seed in the West and could be excused for getting a bit complacent. Lobbying commissioner David Stern for that safety net — and, by adding more playoff games, more ticket sales — meant that the higher seeds were better protected by some fluke elimination from some petulant No. 8 seed looking to tip over the media money cart.If new MLB boss Rob Manfred isn’t afraid to man-up when he sits in the big-boy seat in 2015, why wouldn’t there be some incentive on his part to better prevent an early exit of its bigger-market playoff teams — including Detroit and Washington D.C. in this scenario — even as much as he’d like to see guys like Mike Moustakas, Brandon Belt or Jon Jay become the new poster boys for postseason parity?• If the Dodgers are forced to reduce payroll next season because the anticipated windfall that didn’t materialize from the TWC SportsNet L.A. distribution, can they pay some respect to DirecTV for helping them shed some of the burden of this “most expensive roster in MLB history” label?• Can’t bring yourself to give Kershaw the NL MVP? What about NL MMVVPP – Most Miserable, Vulnerable and Violated Postseason Pitcher?• Is Luc Robitaille auditioning for the Laugh Factory by proclaiming Los Angeles as “the greatest hockey city in the world” during the Kings’ opening night banner ceremony? Or can he back that up by simply pointing to all the new-ish banners in the Staples Center rafters? • Before any more L.A. councilmen seek further counseling as to why they keep getting duped into really thinking an NFL team will be back sooner (2015) rather than later (3015), maybe they should stop getting their vague pro football talk from websites like ProFootballTalk.com?• Why does it sound as if the Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego are suddenly speaking up in fear of another team in northern Southern California becoming “economically harmful” to their existence? Hasn’t that been the Chargers’ plaintive wail for the last two decades as they’ve been trying to muster the nerve to move back themselves?• From Johnny Football to Johnny Cleveland to Johnny Bench, when do the snickers finally stop for Snickers pitchman Johnny Depp Chart?• A group of Native American advocates will march outside the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., before today’s Washington-Arizona NFL game in what will be the first of a series of “Change The Name, Change The Mascot” rallies.Because, seriously, when was the last time you’ve seen a Cardinal proudly perched on a cactus in the greater Phoenix area? last_img read more

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A Sorry State: 5 Indian Women’s Football League Teams Have Not Held a Practice Session in 3 Months

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: It has been a little over three months since the Indian Women’s League (IWL) 2019 ended in Ludhiana with Sethu FC defeating Manipur Police SC 3-1 in the final on May 22 to emerge champions.With Indian veteran Bala Devi firing in goals at will and all the national team players in action, this year’s IWL received quite a bit of attention. However, how has it been for these teams after that 18-day league?. Away from the glare, women footballers are hardly getting meaningful competitive football. Since the end of the IWL, none of the 12 participating teams have had any major competitive football. Five of them have not even had the chance to practice together as a team.Here is News18.com taking a look at the status of each of the teams that played in IWL 2019.BARODA FOOTBALL ACADEMYBaroda Football Academy finished last in Group B after losing all the five matches they played in the 18-day league. The girls of the academy, however, have been in regular practice and have been able to play a few friendly matches organised by the academy. Baroda Football Academy hold practice sessions for the players every day in the evening under floodlights since most of the girls attend school or college.In the past three months, Baroda have played against other clubs in the state of Gujarat and they also had an NGO come from Delhi for a friendly match. Apart from these friendly games, Baroda have been a part of an inter-district tournament that took place in the end of June.”Our club has only one sponsor, who provides us with the kits, and because of that we are unable to spend on getting more exposure and have to be content with the matches we are able to set up for ourselves. Some of the girls here are extremely talented but they do not get the opportunity and platform to showcase their talent and that is where we lag behind,” Tarannum Shaikh, a player and one of the coaches at Baroda Football Academy, told News18.com.BANGALORE UNITED FCBangalore United FC were in the same group as Baroda and finished second-last after they won one game of the five they played. The club has not yet been able to hold a proper combined training session for its players and ever since the IWL, the girls have been attending their colleges, where they have been taking care of their own fitness and training.The club’s women’s team plays against the boys of the same club every 15 days in order to get some game time. Since Bangalore United FC do not operate as a professional club, they do not ask the girls to come for practice every day and whoever is free on a given day just drops by. This past Saturday, the club started a camp where all the players were asked to join.The club is currently waiting to know the dates of Karnataka Super League and IWL qualfiers in order to begin proper training with the team.CENTRAL SSB WOMEN’SSince the end of the IWL, no women’s football league or tournament has been held in Bengal because of which the Central SSB Women’s team has not had much practice or proper game time.SSB were one of the semi-finalists of IWL 2019 and they had lost to eventual winners Sethu FC.Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) is one of India’s Central Armed Police Forces and the girls have rarely been able to practice together. SSB’s star recruit for the IWL, Sangita Basfore, has been busy with the national team.FC ALAKHPURAAlakhpura is a village in Haryana and the people here fund FC Alakhpura on their own enabling their girls to pursue football. Alakhpura had finished last in Group A in IWL 2019, having won one of the five matches they played.Since FC Alakhpura is a club based in the Alakhpura High School, the girls train regularly in morning and evening sessions and the club began a camp for senior nationals from August 19.Since the IWL, Alakhpura have not had any proper competitive game even though they try and organise matches against other clubs from Haryana. The girls of FC Alakhpura also play against the boys of the village every now and then.Alakhpura did not participate in the ongoing Punjab Women’s League and they told News18.com that they did not play in order to focus on preparing for the girls for senior nationals.FC KOLHAPUR CITYFC Kolhapur City have been trying to train a few girls in order for them to remain in practice but a number of the players they sourced from other states have left to play for their states. With the dates of the IWL qualifiers not out yet, Kolhapur City have not been training the girls regularly under a system.”AIFF is working on increasing the teams so they have not specified the format for the qualifiers and the league yet so we have no clarity,” Amit Pawar, FC Kolhapur City Head Coach, told News18.com.GOKULAM KERALA FCIWL 2019 semi-finalists Gokulam Kerala FC have had no competitive match since the end of the league and have had no practice as a team either. However for the upcoming season, Gokulam have started scouting for players locally and are holding a small camp in Kannur region of Kerala.Gokulam Kerala coach Priya PV said that after the team’s performance in the third season, the president of the club is more serious and they are planning to retain some players from the previous season and add good local talent.HANS WOMEN FCHans Women FC, who finished third in Group A with two wins from five games, do not train and practice systematically as a club. Most of their team comes out of Jesus and Mary College so the girls practice in the college grouds. Since the IWL, they have not had any competitive game as Delhi has not seen any tournament or competition for women.Hans Women FC believe that no other women’s club is of the same level as them and hence to avoid the chances of injury, they refrain from playing competitive games against other clubs.Among the 30-35 players that Hans Women FC has, they divide themselves into two teams and play practice games.”Football Delhi has not been able to organise any tournament for the senior girls so there is a general lack of competition. Tournaments are mentioned in the calendar every year but nothing happens,” Nagendra Singh, owner of Hans Women FC, said.MANIPUR POLICE SCIWL 2019 finalists Manipur Police SC have not played any tournament since the completion of the IWL.Being a department team, coach Surmala Chanu trains the women every day from 7.30am to 10am but apart from that, the lack of tournaments means the team hardly gets any game time.A number of senior members of the team, including Bala Devi, have been with the Indian national team but the rest have only been in regular practice.PANJIM FOOTBALLERSNews18.com reported a few days ago that Panjim Footballers are considering disbanding their team due to expenses and management issues.Panjim were the Goa state champions last season courtesy of which they played in the IWL but they are yet to pay match fees to their players for the matches the girls played.A Panjim official said that due to the draft system in the qualifiers organised by Goa Football Association, it gets difficult to train new girls from scratch every season and hence, they feel they can’t support the logistics of having the women’s team.RISING STUDENT’S CLUBIWL 2018 champions Rising Student’s Club finished fifth in Group A of IWL 2019 after being able to win only a single game out of the five matches they played.Rising Student’s released all their players right after the IWL and so, there has been no practice in the past three months. They are waiting for AIFF to specify the format and dates for the next IWL, which is when they will look to form a team.STC-SAI CUTTACKSTC-SAI Cuttack, who finished fourth in Group B of IWL 2019, winning two of their five games, have also not had any competitive game since the IWL. STC-SAI is a team from the Sports Authority of India hostel in Cuttack, and therefore, all the girls who are in the hostel have been practicing regularly under coach Shyam Manik Lodh.Seven girls from the team are away for the Senior National Championships camp and a couple of them are in Goa for the U-17 World Cup team camp.Under the government programme, STC-SAI are also inducting more girls and readying them in order to be ready for whatever competitive games that come their way. The average age of the girls in the hostel currently is 17.SETHU FCIWL 2019 champions Sethu FC, as a club, have not practiced together since the IWL. Their national team players like Dangmei Grace, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Nongmaithem Ratanbala Devi and Loitongbam Ashalata Devi have all been in the India camp.Rest of their players, most of who are college-going girls, practice in their college itself.Even though Tamil Nadu has State Championships and CM trophy, none of the tournaments have happened so far since the end of the IWL and their coach Amrutha rued the lack of tournaments and said they needed regular game time for development.”Last season, the dates were fixed in the last moment and we did not get much time to prepare. This time AIFF is saying they might have over 20 teams so we want to have a camp for at least three months,” Amrutha said. Central SSB Women’sfootballGokulam Kerala FCindian football First Published: August 27, 2019, 10:34 AM ISTlast_img read more

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